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6 Degrees Entertainment

'The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air: Fifth Season'
(Will Smith, James Avery, Daphne Reid, Alfonso Ribeiro, Karyn Parsonsa, et al / 3-Disc DVD / NR / 2010 / Warner Bros.)

Overview: This season, Will (Will Smith) finds himself in all sorts of hysterical predicaments. He manages to land a part in a daytime soap. He’s put into a trance by a stage hypnotist, who gets him to behave like a four-year-old and even takes a bullet for Carlton.

DVD: Back when the first season was released on DVD, I had already waited so long for this to come out I thought I'd die! I have loved the show for many years often watching repeats constantly aired on TV. I never could work out how I found the jokes so funny even though I could virtually recite every line. It's one of those rare programs that never loses its appeal.

It's a show that isn't afraid to poke fun at itself and rarely takes itself seriously. Having said that, there is usually a moral at the end of every story and this is drilled into the audience. That's the only time it even remotely takes itself seriously.

The actors appear to be having great fun playing their characters and every character has their place in the show adding to the comedy. Will and Carlton are my personal favorites but they only would be half as funny without the rest of the family to gel the whole thing together.

There are also a number of cameo roles littered throughout the seasons ranging from Quincey Jones to Queen Latifah and even Evander Holyfield.

But, here in the fifth season, a life-changing event awaits Will when he meets Lisa (Nia Long). Before we know it, he’s in love, engaged and standing before the minister. Will they go through with the wedding? As for the others in the Banks household, Ashley (Tatyana M. Ali) finds herself abandoning her private school education in exchange for public school. Hillary (Karyn Parsons) prepares to leave the nest. Vivian (Daphne Maxwell Reid) reminisces about Philip’s (James Avery) marriage proposal when they appeared on Soul Train 25 years earlier. This is a Widescreen Presentation (1.85:1) enhanced for 16x9 TVs, but does not come with any Special Features!