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7 Things You Didn't Know About 'The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air

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The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air is one of the most-loved sitcoms of the 90s. Between Will Smith's impeccable comedic timing, Alfonso Ribeiro's hilarious dance moves and James Avery's always perfect Uncle Phil, the show was nothing short of amazing.

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The show ran for six seasons, ending in an incredibly emotional finale. Watching the show was always the highlight of our weeks when we were young, but it turns out we missed a lot of interesting trivia.  So I'd like to take a minute, just sit right there, and we'll share 7 awesome facts about The Fresh Prince Of Bel-Air.

Will Smith was about to file for bankruptcy before he got chosen to play the part

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Producer Quincy Jones picked Smith to play the lead in the new show, even though he had no acting experience. Smith was recently gaining some fame as a rapper but had been having some financial issues. He hadn't filed income taxes properly and was over $2 million in debt to the IRS. If he hadn't had gotten the part he would have filed for bankruptcy.

70% of Smith's salary went to the IRS

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In order to pay back the money he owed, he was forced to have 70% of his pay check deducted and given directly to the IRS for the first three seasons of the show.

Carlton's iconic dance is inspired by Courtney Cox and Eddie Murphy

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Alfonso Ribeiro said that his dance was based on "a video of Bruce Springsteen and Courteney Cox called 'Dancing in the Dark,' and Bruce Springsteen pulls her up onto the stage and she basically does that dance. And it was also from Eddie Murphy’s Delirious comedy video where he does 'the white man dance.' And what I did was ultimately take those two dances and combined them and made it my own, and made it my character’s."

There is so much left to learn about the show, including which of the most memorable scenes was improvised...

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