We all know 'The Fresh Prince' was a great show. That's not up for debate. But there's no doubt some of the show's decisions and casting made no sense whatsoever. Calling them "inconsistent" would be letting them off easy. But alas, let's count them down.
#7. Will's Basketball Aspirations
The early seasons of the show make it very clear that Will's a basketball stud, single-handedly turning around an embarrassing program at Bel-Air Academy (and impressing all the slimmies no less). That he was highly-recruited prospect should be no surprise, as he was draining half-court shots with ease
But for some reason, no college offer came. Instead, he enrolled at the local university, which of course was Carlton's safety school as well, and never mentioned his ballin' days again. Neither did the show.
#6. Uncle Phil's Deteriorating Health
Uncle Phil was fat. We were reminded of it any time he and Will were in the same room. Or he and Geoffrey were in the same room. Or he and anybody were in the same room. But the joking stopped for an episode when Phil suffered a very serious heart attack, landing him in the hospital in a situation so depressing that Carlton refused to come to terms with it.
I guess the producers didn't either. Episode ended, and Phil continued to be fat and the subject of more jokes.
"Looks like you eat here often."
-Jazz being Jazz
#5. One Actress, Two Roles
Queen Latifah made a couple guest appearances during the show's first two seasons, but played two completely different characters. First season, it was as Hilary's horrific boss, Marissa Redmon. Second season, it was as Will's beautiful on the inside love interest, Dee-Dee.
Ignoring their common love of putting straws in their nose, Will ditched Dee-Dee to go the dance with an over-the-top annoying girl played by Nia Long. The very same Nia Long who would later appear as Will's fiance, Lisa.
#4. Will's Disappearing Friends
Remember his friend Ty? No? Good. That's what the producers set out to accomplish when he disappeared after high school, despite being one of Will's best friends.
And then there was Jackie, played by future rabies victim
Tyra Banks. The two engage in a little "will they won't they" until she gets fed up with Will's antics at a frat party and storms out, demanding that Carlton drive her home. She was never seen or heard from again. Obviously, Carlton killed her.
#3. New House!
Nothing new when it comes to sitcoms, but it was a drastic change when a new season began and the house had been completely remodeled. Stairs were in the living room, kitchens were in the hallways. It was madness. At least the establishing shot didn't change.
#2. Nicky's Hormone Problem
In the 5th season, cousin Nicky goes from newborn to sassy preschooler. At least this was somewhat acknowledged, as Jazz stared blankly at Will after witnessing the growth. Jazz, always bringing the truth.
#1. Two Aunt Vivs
Of course this is #1. And of course, the only one to acknowledge it was Jazz, who said "Mrs. Banks, you look different." Jazz, coming through again.