LOS ANGELES (TheWrap.com) – “Fresh Prince of Bel-Air” is experiencing a resurgence – and its emerging fan base gives new meaning to the phrase “captive audience.”
The Miami Herald reports that Will Smith’s 1990s comedy has become a big hit with the suspected terrorists being held at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, supplanting the “Harry Potter” books as the preferred form of diversion for the inmates.
“I just ordered all six seasons,” a librarian at the detention camp told the Herald.
The series, which aired on NBC from 1990 to 1996, followed Will Smith as a teenager from West Philadelphia who’s sent to live with his wealthy relatives in Bel-Air, Calif., in order to distance him from the rough streets of his hometown.
In the meantime, the “Harry Potter” titles, once hot items among the detention center’s 28,000-title library, sit largely unwanted on the library’s shelves.
“They’re over that; it’s been more than a year,” the librarian told the newspaper.
Another popular title among the inmates? The Oxford English Dictionary, as the prisoners attempt to brush up on their language skills while incarcerated. According to the librarian, he’s had to order 10 copies of the reference book – nearly one for every cell block of the facility.
Whether the dictionaries will help the prisoners translate a sentence like “Yo homes, smell ya later” is anyone’s guess.