Bel-Air Season 2: Release Date, Trailer, Cast and Everything We Know So Far

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Simone Joy Jones as Lisa Jabari Banks as Will

Are you ready for the next chapter in a story all about how one young man's life got flipped-turned upside down? Bel-Air season 2 is coming sooner than you think!

ICYMI: Bel-Air is a reimagining of the beloved ‘90s sitcom The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, which starred Will Smith as a fictionalized version of himself. While Fresh Prince was a half-hour family sitcom, Bel-Air is an hour-long drama. 

The dramatic concept of the new series is a result of filmmaker and Fresh Prince fan Morgan Cooper’s question of what the seminal sitcom would look like if it were made today. In 2019, Cooper created his answer: a four-minute short film titled Bel-Air that depicted all the characters we know and love in dramatic setting with darker conflict. After the short film-slash-trailer went viral, it caught the eye of Will Smith — and the rest is pretty much history.

“Working with partners that have been so supportive of that vision while bringing their own sensibilities and talent to the project, we were able to create something that we were ultimately all really proud of," Cooper said to Teen Vogue earlier this year of the show's creative journey. "This show came from a place of passion and wanting to make something meaningful to the culture. It's been quite a journey, but I wouldn't change anything about it.”

Bel-Air debuted on Peacock on February 13, 2022, and is now gearing up for its comeback. After such a cliffhanger season 1 ending, fans are eager to return to the Banks family mansion and get some answers. Below, we've compiled a guide of everything you need to know about Bel-Air season 2, including new and returning cast, release date, trailer, and plot info.

Who is in the cast of Bel-Air Season 2?


As confirmed by first-look photos from the second season and behind-the-scenes snaps, the entire main cast has been confirmed to return for Bel-Air season 2. This roster includes Jabari Banks (who plays Will), Olly Sholotan (Carlton Banks), Coco Jones (Hilary Banks), Akira Akbar (Ashley Banks), Adrian Holmes (Phillip Banks), Cassandra Freeman (Vivian Banks), Jordan L. Jones (Jazz), Jimmy Akingbola (Geoffrey), and Simone Joy (Lisa Wilkes).

It's also possible that we'll see a return of Will's parents — April Parker Jones who plays Vy and Marlon Wayans who plays Lou — in season 2, as there's still so much left unsaid between them and their son. (More on that below!)

What will Bel-Air Season 2 be about?

Warning: spoilers ahead for the Bel-Air season 1 finale.

For all of his life and the majority of Bel-Air season 1, Will has believed that his father abandoned his family. However, in episode 10, it's revealed that Will's father didn't walk on out on his four-year-old son. In reality, he was incarcerated — yet, the adults in Will's life kept this a secret from him. When Will's father Lou shows up on the front steps of the Banks house after having spent 13 years in prison, all hell breaks loose. One family's collective lie to protect a young boy now directly affects the evolution of a young man. By the end of episode 10, Will doesn't know who to believe, who to trust, and where to go from here.


“Our take on the show is a lot bigger than just Will’s POV. We wanted to involve Aunt Viv and his mother Vy. We created a lie that they had told the four-year-old boy, and could never decide when would be the right time for them to come clean,” co-showrunner T.J. Brady told Variety back in March 2022 after the finale. 

“You don’t want to tell a four-year-old, ‘Your father’s in jail.’ We had people in our writers’ room who had observed that and the damage it did to young children," Brady continued. “So we wanted to give Lou some agency, deciding, ‘I don’t want him to see me like this.’ But when do you tell him? Is it OK to tell a five-year-old? Six-year-old? Seven? They missed an opportunity when Will asked to be told, and they decided collectively to not tell him the truth. And now we want to play the repercussions of that. Lou was doing his best to break a cycle… There’s a part of him thinks, ‘I became the way I became because I saw my father go through prison,’ so he didn’t want his son to have the same experience. It’s both loving and maybe a little selfish.”

Co-showrunner Rasheed Newson told Popsugar in March that Bel-Air season 2 would focus on the difficulty of “rebuilding" the Banks family dynamic after such a bombshell. “One of the things we talked about is with a sitcom, at the end of those 30 minutes, whatever problem we have is resolved,” said Newson. "[But] they lied to this boy for years. He feels like he really came here, opened up his heart to them, trusted them, and now he feels betrayed. It's going to be very hard for them to rebuild that."

Where will I be able to watch Bel-Air Season 2?


Just like Season 1, Bel-Air season 2 will be available to stream exclusively on Peacock.

Is there a trailer for Bel-Air Season 2?

Yes! On November 17, Peacock dropped the first teaser trailer for Bel-Air season 2. In the trailer, which is just over a minute long, we see each member of the main cast in a montage that teases their upcoming story arcs.

“Life is a series of choices. A world of either this or that,” Jabari Banks as Will narrates the trailer. “Push for what you want or let people figure it out on their own. Set your own rules or disturb the system. Stay true to your vision no matter the cost. Play the game they want you to play, or draw the line and then simply walk away. We all got choices to make. But this time, no one chooses for me.” Watch the full teaser trailer for yourself below:


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When will Bel-Air Season 2 air?

A little more than a year after its smash hit debut, Bel-Air season 2 will premiere on Peacock on February 23, 2022. Mark your calendars now!

Are there any first-look photos from Bel-Air Season 2?

The same day the teaser trailer for Bel-Air season 2 dropped, Peacock released ten in-depth first-look photos at the second chapter of Will's story. In the new photos, we Will and Carlton at school looking like allies, a tense shot of Will and Lisa, Hilary Banks in an already-iconic pink ensemble, and the previously-ousted Geoffrey showing up at Bel-Air Academy and talking privately with Uncle Phil. Big eye emoji energy. See all the new shots below and start making those theories.

Jordan L. Jones as Jazz, Jabari Banks as Will in Bel-Air season 2


Adrian Holmes as Philip Banks, Akira Akbar as Ashley in Bel-Air season 2


Jabari Banks as Will, Olly Sholotan as Carlton in Bel-Air season 2


Simone Joy Jones as Lisa, Jabari Banks as Will in Bel-Air season 2


Coco Jones as Hilary, Cassandra Freeman as Vivian Banks, Adrian Holmes as Philip Banks, Akira Akbar as Ashley in Bel-Air season 2


Coco Jones as Hilary in Bel-Air season 2


Cassandra Freeman as Vivian Banks in Bel-Air season 2


Jimmy Akingbola as Geoffrey, Jabari Banks as Will in Bel-Air season 2


Cassandra Freeman as Vivian Banks, Adrian Holmes as Philip Banks in Bel-Air season 2


Adrian Holmes as Philip Banks, Jimmy Akingbola as Geoffrey in Bel-Air season 2