Whenever I see people online talk about Friends and the amount of money that continues to be spent on the streaming rights for it, I always think of one thing. That the 90s were the golden age of the Black Sitcom and the money is flowing in the wrong direction.
Kicking off the decade was The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, a show initially built around the charisma of then rising super star Will Smith. It quickly became a classic sitcom with heart and a lot of laughs filled with great characters and great moments.
I don’t normally go in for nostalgic, love fest, reunion shows. But the trailer for the reunion special immediately set itself apart with an appearance by the OG Aunt Viv as a hook. Basically the reunion show functions as a really well made documentary about the show and that era. It is firing on all cylinders and hits on many levels. And oh god the tears. I was sobbing at certain points.
Fans of the show should check it out. But also fans of sitcoms and Black art in the 90s should also.