5 TV Shows to Watch After You Finish “Bel-Air”
When Hollywood decides to remake or reboot classic TV shows, it’s usually a hit or miss. And fortunately, “Bel-Air” has been an absolute hit. The series is a dramatization of the long-running sitcom, “The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air”, and follows a similar storyline.
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After getting into an altercation on streets of Philadelphia, Will, played by Jabari Banks, is sent to live with his wealthy aunt and uncle in Los Angeles. While there, he struggles to break his rebellious streak and fit in, but eventually starts carving out his own path.
If you enjoyed “Bel-Air”, you’ll want to binge-watch one or all five of these shows below.
The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air
If you enjoyed “Bel-Air”, you’ll probably also enjoy the original series. Will Smith stars as Will, who was also sent to live with his aunt and uncle after getting into a fight. The series is a feel-good sitcom and takes a milder approach to issues relevant to the African American experience. Like “Bel-Air”, it explores class, racism, sexism, and more.
Watch on HBO Max
On My Block
“On My Block” is a coming-of-age series that follows four friends — Monse Finnie (Sierra Capri), Cesar Diaz (Diego Tinoco), Ruby Martinez (Jason Genao), and Jamal Turner (Brett Gray) — as they navigate life, school, family issues, gang violence, unexpected loss, and the highs and lows of friendships, romances, and everything in between.
Watch on Netflix
Like “Bel-Air”, “The Neighborhood” explores moving to a new place as an outsider just trying to fit in. When Dave (Max Greenfield), a white man from the Midwest, moves to a predominantly Black LA neighborhood, he tries to befriend his next-door neighbor Calvin (Cedric the Entertainer). Each episode hilariously tackles different topics — including cultural differences, racial issues, and police brutality — while diving deeper into Dave and Calvin’s budding friendship.
Watch on Paramount+
“Family Matters” is another feel-good sitcom from ’90s. It focuses on a middle-class African American family, The Winslows, who are forced to deal with an annoying neighbor. The neighbor, Steve Urkel, played by Jaleel White, eventually becomes a part of the family, despite constantly creating chaos in the quiet Chicago neighborhood. If you enjoyed how family-focused “Bel-Air” was, then you’ll love diving into similar themes of “Family Matters”.
Watch on HBO Max
“Blindspotting” was created by Rafael Casal & Daveed Diggs and picks up six months after the movie’s timeline ends. It focuses on Ashley, played by Jasmine Cephas Jones, as she navigates life without Miles (Rafael Casal), her partner and father of her son. She eventually moves in with Miles’ mother and sister, but things aren’t smooth sailing for the temporarily single mother.
Watch on Hulu