BEL AIR, CA (WCMH) — Now, this is a story all about….nostalgia.
The final episode of NBC’s iconic comedy “The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air” aired 20 years ago today.
“Fresh Prince” starred Will Smith, James Avery, Janet Hubert-Whitten, Daphne Maxwell Reid , Alfonso Ribeiro, Karyn Parsons, Tatyana Ali, Joseph Marcell and Ross Bagley.
Smith’s character, also named Will, moved from Philadelphia to his aunt and uncle’s ritzy Bel Air mansion–which you probably know from listening to the theme song dozens of times throughout the 1990s.
Will’s street-smart personality and middle class upbringing makes him a bit of an outsider in his new neighborhood, and his clashes with his family create much of the plot and the comedy of the show.
If that doesn’t make you feel old, here are some other things turning 20 this year that may surprise you.
“The Macarena“ topped the charts in ’96. “Wannabe,” the first major hit by the Spice Girls, was also released.
“Independence Day,” “Twister,” “The Hunchback of Notre Dame,” “Space Jam” and“Mission: Impossible.” Will Smith also starred in “Independence Day,” which was the highest-grossing film of 1996.
“The Notebook” by Nicholas Sparks–which was actually Sparks’ first published novel. The movie adaption starring Ryan Gosling and Rachel McAdams came 8 years later.
64-bit video gaming
The N64, Playstation, GameBoy, and Sega Genesis were all released 20 years ago.
Some of the hit games that came along with this systems include “Tomb Raider,” “Resident Evil,” “Diablo,” “Super Mario 64,” and the original Japanese “Pokemon”games.
Christmas must-haves in 1996
“Tickle Me Elmo,” a huge hit for the 1996 Christmas season, and the “Cabbage Patch Snacktime Kids,” which were recalled after many children got their hair caught in the motorized mouths of the dolls.
Dolly the Sheep was born in 1996. She was the first mammal to be cloned from an adult cell, and to this day is considered the world’s most famous clone.
Celebrities turning 20 this year
Celebrities born in 1996 include Tom Holland, who plays Spider-Man in “Captain America: Civil War;” singer and actress Zendaya; actress Abigail Breslin; actressHailee Steinfeld; gymnast Kyla Ross; and singer Austin Mahone.