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The "Bel-Air" Trailer Promises Peacock's New Show Will Indeed Be Fresh

Peacock is rebooting a '90's classic and doing so in a fresh, new way.

In West Philadelphia born and raised....

If you finished this line, you probably were raised on a bevy of '90s sitcoms, rife with legendary TV father figures, humor, and style. Specifically, I'm talking about the "Fresh Prince of Bel-Air." The image conjures up a myriad of colors in bomber jackets, jeans, and hats, turntable hip hop, and any number of '90s nostalgia that takes up residence in the brains of millennials and older who enjoyed the show.

Many don't even know that the theme song they know isn't the full song. Yes, I know the full theme from memory. 

The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air defined the '90s in many ways. It springloaded Will Smith's career. He started as a rapper with a few hits and by the end of that decade, he was Hollywood's most bankable movie star. 

The show had an unmatched sense of humor from the top-billed names down to the guest stars. It had some of the most emotional moments a sitcom has ever dared to film, and it pushed the issue of social justice and race at every turn. For a show known for its laugh-out-loud humor, the more serious moments could hit like a freight train. If this scene from "Papa's Got A Brand New Excuse" didn't make you cry, I don't know what would.

It was, simply put, one of the best sitcoms ever made. Few shows could influence pop culture in such totality the way "The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air" did.

The Remix

As an older millennial, I could sing an aria here about the number of classics being remade to attract a new audience and pull at the heartstrings of an exhausted generation. Full disclosure—that was my initial reaction. I suppose I have reached the age where my default immediate reaction is to have whatever is new get off my lawn. Then I watched the trailer for the new "Bel-Air" show that is set to debut in February.

Maybe it's because I just finished season four of "Cobra Kai" but a lot of these newer shows give me that kind of vibe. "Bel-Air" seems like it is airing on a more serious tone, though. I wanted to see this trailer and immediately sink into the comfort of the "it was better the first time" mentality. Who knows, maybe that is how the show will be received. I don't want to do that, however. The trailer has some positives. The cast looks incredible and the cinematography has bite and vibrance. 

I started thinking about the things we enjoyed in the '90 and the idea that very few things are completely original. I think most people would agree that remakes and reboots are more prevalent in the past 10 years than they were before, but that doesn't mean they're a new phenomenon. Fashions are cyclical, and now that TV as a medium has 70 years in popular existence, TV's trends are as well. Sneer at it all you want, but it's not going away.

Since the COVID-19 pandemic took over our lives, I found my life has been better-suited appreciating as many things for what they are. Finding comfort in new things as opposed to recycling what we have gives new inventory in our era of coping mechanisms. 

New art isn't always appreciated until it is old, and I don't want to have to wait to appreciate new things until they're gone. Bel-Air might entertain, it may not, but I certainly won't be discarding it just because it's another reboot. Bring it on.

The re-imagined show will be available for streaming on Peacock on February 13th.