‘Bel-Air’ Trailer: Peacock’s Dramatic ‘Fresh Prince’ Reboot Arrives Next Month

Of the things I have zero interest in seeing, a sober, serious, dramatic take on The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air is high on the list. No thanks. But the series Bel-Air, which Peacock won a high-priced bidding war to acquire for two guaranteed seasons, has a lot of buzz and could be a giant hit for the streamer. Will it have the same cultural impact as the show that launched Will Smith’s acting career 30 years ago?

Jabari Banks stars as Will Smith, the latter also on board as a producer. I mean, of course he is. He helped give the mock trailer created by producer Morgan Cooper the push it needed to get noticed, and thus a reboot was born.

Also in the cast in familiar roles are Adrian Holmes, Cassandra Freeman, Olly Sholotan, Coco Jones, and Akira Akbar. Jimmy Akingbola, Jordan L. Jones, and Simone Joy Jones.

This ain’t for me, but Bel-Air is poised to be huge when it hits Peacock on February 13th with three episodes available at launch.


Travis Hopson has been reviewing movies before he even knew there was such a thing. Having grown up on a combination of bad '80s movies, pro wrestling, comic books, and hip-hop, Travis is uniquely positioned to geek out on just about everything under the sun. A vampire who walks during the day and refuses to sleep, Travis is the co-creator and lead writer for Punch Drunk Critics. He is also a contributor to Good Morning Washington, WBAL Morning News, and WETA Around Town. In the five minutes a day he's not working, Travis is also a voice actor, podcaster, and Twitch gamer. Travis is a voting member of the Critics Choice Association (CCA), Washington DC Area Film Critics Association (WAFCA), and Late Night programmer for the Lakefront Film Festival.