The Not as Fresh Prince of Bel-Air

Let's take a break from cold world events as we long for a little summer warmth....

Four years before the the series debut of nearly the same title starring Will Smith (now a ubiquitously marketed Peacock remake of their own), and a year before starring together in the cult hit Summer School, Mark Harmon and Kirstie Alley showed their romantic comedy chemistry in this week's remake spotlight and little known 80s classic called Prince of Bel-Air

Mark Harmon’s perfect life gets better when he meets Kirstie Alley a preppy artist who catches Harmon’s eye, much to the chagrin of her wealthy uncle, who is his pseudo-mentor cum benefactor. 

He blackmails Harmon into breaking off the relationship or else he’ll cut off all financial support and break their business partnership. 

The interesting piece of nostalgia about this movie is that it clearly inspired Summer School! Mark Harmon, Kirstie Alley, Patrick Labyorteaux, and Dean Camron all play the same characters, in a similar setting that ends with the good looking slacker getting the girl. 

The tropes are all there and the romcom formula is out in full effect. But it works time and again so we thought we should pull it out of TheArchive and shine a little light on the other Bel-Air prince.

Stream Prince of Bel-Air and many more classics on TheArchive now. Or watch the remake of the other one on Peacock. 

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