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The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air

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The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air In 1990's a television show called 'The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air was a very popular American Sitcom and is still now. The main part is focused on the character Will, a black teenager who comes from an urban area of Philadelphia to live with his very rich aunt's family. The series is aimed at teenagers aged 15-17 because of many real situations and the problems which many teenagers face. But why do teenagers love to watch this program now days? I think it's all because of the opening sequence which tells us about the life of Will and because of many camera shots, media techniques and storyline used. In the first scene you see Will spinning around in a throne telling his story of how he became the fresh prince of Bel- Air. ...read more.


When the policeman finds out that will is doing something wrong with the wall, Will instead of hiding the graffiti spray, he sprays it underneath his arm and acts like as if he haven't done anything wrong. This makes the policeman look very confused and foolish. The target audience would like this because many teenagers would like to make figures of authority look ridiculous. In the next scene you see Will playing basket ball with his friend and gets in trouble again. First of all he tries to look really cool by laying basket ball with his friends but he looks complete fool when he can't even dribble the ball, and his friends also look silly when they jog around alike a monkey without getting the ball, he acts as if he is really good at basket ball but he looks really silly when he tries o shoot and score the ball but he misses it. ...read more.


Because this scene is from Wills point of view his mum looks hilarious with big glasses and her poor makeup. She looks even funnier due to the camera shot which is an extreme close up, so the target audience get same impression for their mums too. The camera angle makes it seem as if the audience has become Will smith and is being told off by his mother. This again helps to make the audience identify with Will. This opening sequence is about 90 second; it tells us how Will gets into trouble from the first scene and at last tells himself the fresh prince of Bel-air. Just by watching the opening sequence we, the audience can tell what the story is going to be about. This show was a crossover hit. This series also proved that a sitcom with a predominately black cast would attract a strong following anyone white viewers as well. ...read more.

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