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The Philadelphia Story 

Will is excited to visit Philadelphia with everyone from California. When Will returns home, he finds that his old friends consider him a chicken for running off to California.


Shelley Jensen


Benny Medina (format by), Jeff Pollack (format by) | 4 more credits »




Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Will Smith ... Will Smith
James Avery ... Philip Banks
Daphne Reid ... Vivian Banks (as Daphne Maxwell Reid)
Alfonso Ribeiro ... Carlton Banks
Karyn Parsons ... Hilary Banks
Tatyana Ali ... Ashley Banks (as Tatyana M. Ali)
Joseph Marcell ... Geoffrey Butler
Vernee Watson ... Viola 'Vy' Smith (as Vernee Watson-Johnson)
Dick Clark ... Himself
Robert Costanzo ... Duke
Daryl Mitchell ... Chill (as Daryl 'Chill' Mitchell)
Reno Wilson ... Steve
Jacques Apollo Bolton Jacques Apollo Bolton ... Omar
Jeri Gray Jeri Gray ... Elderly Lady #1
Loretta Jean Loretta Jean ... Elderly Lady #2


Will is excited to visit Philadelphia with everyone from California. When Will returns home, he finds that his old friends consider him a chicken for running off to California.

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Release Date:

23 May 1994 (USA) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


This episode was going to be the last in the series, but letters from fans to Will Smith and NBC meant that the show ran for two more seasons. See more »


[Will confronting his former bully, Omar]
Will: Let me tell you something, man. You have kicked me off of this court for the last time.
Omar: I don't remember kicking you off the first time.
Will: You really don't remember me, huh?
Omar: No.
Will: OK, OK, OK, OK. Hey, can I see that ball, brother?
[takes a basketball from one of Omar's friends]
Will: How about a little hint?
[hits Omar in the head with the ball]
Omar: Oh, I remember you, but hey man, I'm not like that anymore.
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Crazy Credits

Footage of Will running up the Rocky Steps at the Philadelphia Museum of Art is shown during the end credit. See more »


References Rocky (1976) See more »


Take Me Out to the Ball Game
Music by Albert von Tilzer
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i can't stand here for one more minute..
12 May 2018 | by Arth_JoshiSee all my reviews

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The Philadelphia Story

The origin of Will Smith's fame and too many mentions from The Graham Norton Show got me to binge watch this series which I think has a potential to be a typical one-time-watch sitcom. The creators made the relations pretty much clear from the first frame now all one seek and wait for is their character development through this journey with hopefully no dips on content or humor. The relation between Will Smith and Tatyana Ali seems interesting (something to look forward especially when she grows up) and is definitely supposed to bring the laughs whilst with James Avery there is a soft spot hidden in there.

After third season one can easily deduce that the bonding between Alfonso Rebeiro and Will Smith despite of being polar opposite in nature and taste that they rely upon. Having said that, the other characters are left undercooked except for James Avery whose portrayal as a disturbed father of teen kids is brilliant. Karyn Parsons' same old ideology may provide a laugh here and there but it can also annoy you.

The Philadelphia Story takes a smarter approach on revisiting and resetting the terms from the origin that works like a charm in here and addition to that the movie reference too is hilarious with a decent cliffhanger for the fans.

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