LOS ANGELES – DJ Jazzy Jeff knew “The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air” made a mark in television history after filming six seasons during the mid-'90s, but he thought the show’s popularity would eventually fizzle out at some point.
So far, that hasn’t happened. The NBC sitcom starring Will Smith has grown more popular over three decades with the help of its catchy theme song, enduring social themes and comedy. The show starred Smith as a street-smart teen from Philadelphia who moved into his aunt and uncle’s home in the wealthy Bel-Air neighborhood of Los Angeles.
DJ Jazzy Jeff played the recurring role of Smith’s best friend named Jazz. The show also starred Tatyana Ali, Alfonso Ribeiro, Karyn Parsons, Joseph Marcell, Daphne Maxwell Reid and James Avery, who played Uncle Phil.
The show became a cultural phenomenon, and now it's being celebrated in a variety of ways. The original cast of “The Fresh Prince” will reunite for the show’s 30th anniversary, which will air on HBO Max around Thanksgiving. The unscripted special will take a look back on the impact of the series since it debuted in 1990.
Separately, Los Angeles County residents will have a chance to stay at the show’s iconic mansion — which is located in Brentwood, not Bel-Air — through Airbnb. The master wing of the home will be available to rent for five one-night stays starting in early October at the affordable rate of $30, to celebrate the anniversary. Mega-fans might even book DJ Jazzy Jeff for a virtual mixing lesson at the mansion.
In a recent interview, DJ Jazzy Jeff spoke to The Associated Press about the show’s relevance, his fondest memories on set and his virtual deejay experience being offered for those staying at “The Fresh Prince” mansion.
AP: Are you surprised by how relevant the show still is today?