From: The Fresh Prince of Bel Air
Who said it?: Will Smith
The story behind the quote: The quote comes from the 90’s sitcom, The Fresh Prince of Bel Air. The show starred Will Smith. Yes, the same Will Smith you see in a lot of blockbuster movies like The Pursuit of Happyness, Men in Black, Bad Boys and many more. But before he was a Hollywood superstar, Will Smith was part of the rap duo, DJ Jazzy Jeff and The Fresh Prince (which is where part of the name of the show came from). Will Smith was approached by Quincy Jones to star in the sitcom, which became a smash hit and started Will Smith’s ride to stardom.
The show became popular to no small part of the show’s extremely catchy theme song. In fact, if you mention the quote, which is the first line of The Fresh Prince of Bel Air’s theme song, there’s a good chance that people will instinctively start rapping the entire thing from memory.
Geek wisdom: You can be millionaire that managed to claw their way out of poverty. Or a political official that managed to climb up from an impoverished neighborhood. These may seem like success stories but it will be all for nothing if you forget where you came from. Always remember your roots and where you came from.
From: Diff’rent Strokes
Who said it?: Arnold Jackson
The story behind the quote: The quote comes from Diff’rent Strokes. The show was a very successful sitcom that ran from 1978 to 1986. In the show, businessman Mr. Drummond takes in two African American kids from Harlem, Willis and Arnold and adopts them. The show follows a classic “fish out of water” scenario wherein Willis (played by Todd Bridges) and Arnold (played by Gary Coleman) as they try to adjust to living in luxury as well as trying to fit in with high society.
The quote is actually the catchphrase of Arnold as he says it multiple times in the show. He doesn’t necessarily always question Willis and he does substitute different people at times. But since he usually questions his older brother, the quote is usually mentioned as such.
Geek wisdom: Sometimes, you just need to get some clarity on a situation. There are times when we say that we understand something even though we really don’t. Whether it be because we don’t like to ask questions or we don’t like to look stupid, it doesn’t, and it shouldn’t matter. Clarify and ask questions while it’s still early.
From: Kenan and Kel
Who said it?: Kenan Thompson and Kel Kimble
The story behind the quote: This week’s quote comes from Kenan and Kel, a live action sitcom on Nickelodeon that came out during the mid-90s. The show focuses on two teenage boys. Kenan Rockmore (played by Kenan Thompson) is a generally good-natured kid but dreams of getting rich quick. His best friend, Kel Kimble (played by Kel Mitchell) is energetic but rather dim-witted. Each episode has Kenan trying to cook up some get rich scheme with the assistance of Kel but they manage to bungle it up at the end.
The quote is actually one of the catchphrases of the show. Essentially, Kel really enjoys the fizzy, artificially flavored citrus drink and is not ashamed to let everyone know about it.
Geek wisdom: Life can be extremely tough nowadays, with problems popping up here and there. So, sometimes, it would be a great idea to escape the pressure of everyday life and just enjoy the better things life has to offer. There’s nothing wrong with indulging the some of the comforts in life.
From: 30 Rock
Who said it?: Jack Donaghy
The story behind the quote: This week’s quote comes from the critically acclaimed sitcom 30 Rock. The show is about a fictional sketch show originally called “The Girlie Show,” which is produced by Liz Lemon (played by show creator Tina Fey). However, under the behest of network executive Jack Donaghy, the show is retooled so that top comedian Tracy Jordan (played by Tracey Morgan) would topbill the show. The show is mostly a spoof about the backstage happenings and insanity of producing a show.
The quote comes from the seventh episode of the first season of 30 Rock. Jack Donaghy is all dressed in a tuxedo and Liz assumes he is going to a big gala. However, it turns out the event is nowhere near happening. Liz then irritatedly asks why he’s wearing a tux, which is when Jack delivers the quote.
Geek wisdom: Everyone has things that make them feel good. We all have certain rituals that makes sense in out heads, even though it may seem absurd to others. We can’t really judge them because we all have these little quirks. We have to accept all of these little idiosyncrasies as these are all part of what makes us who we are.
From: Arrested Development
Who said it?: Most of the Bluth Family Members but mostly “Gob”
The story behind the quote: Arrested Development is a sitcom that focuses around the Bluths, a family of rather deviant people. While the sitcom was acclaimed by critics and did get a huge cult following, the show was ultimately cancelled after only three seasons. The show’s fanbase did prove large enough to warrant Netflix to develop a fourth season roughly seven years after the show’s cancellation. The show is known for a lot of Easter Eggs as well as recurring gags like this week’s quote.
The quote is actually exclaimed by the majority of the Bluth family, however, it’s Gob Bluth that says it the most often. It’s usually uttered after one of the characters does something he/she thinks is the right thing to do only to realize a few moments later that it was actually a bonehead move.
Geek wisdom: Everyone makes mistakes and it’s okay to make them most of the time. Mistakes are actually one of the best tools we have to learn new things. However, it’s a huge mistake to keep on making the same errors over and over again, repeating them ad nauseam.
The 4th post is up now in Unreality! This week’s piece is about Star Trek and comes from fan favorite “Bones” McCoy.
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