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HBO Max’s ‘Fresh Prince’ reunion is a blueprint for streaming services selling nostalgia

 

Welcome to Thanks, I Love It, our series highlighting something onscreen we’re obsessed with this week. 


Have a box of tissues at the ready when you sit down to watch the Fresh Prince of Bel Air reunion on HBO Max.

It’s lovely. It’s moving. The tears flow freely, both for the cast and for those of us at home, as the hourlong special winds through the highs and lows of six seasons of landmark television. And it’s all the more remarkable because the moment you’re done, you can dive right into the HBO Max archives and binge the whole thing.

So when star Will Smith talks about how, in the early run of episodes, he was so nervous and inexperienced that he learned everyone’s lines and often mouthed along with them during filming, you can jump right in and see it for yourself. The reunion highlights some reference moments, but the original document is always only a click away. Read more…

 

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