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The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air Google Easter Egg is a Blast from the Past

You have to check it out.


Google is the world’s pre-eminent search engine, one that has become synonymous with finding something out on your own. But the ever-present search engine isn’t the same every day. Google often throws fun Easter Eggs into the searches to keep things fun. For example, if you type “Askew” into the search, it shifts everything sideways. If you type Alex Trebek into the search bar, it asks, “Did you mean: WHO IS Alex Trebek?” And the latest Easter Egg is all about the Fresh Prince of Bel-Air. Here’s what you need to know.

The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air is one of the most known and loved sitcoms of all time. In a space dominated by white families, the fully Black cast was a very needed perspective we didn’t see much on TV at that time.  It’s one of those shows that will go down as the best of the best, not just for its time, but re-watching it now is still entertaining and relevant.

And that’s why we’re obsessed with the Easter egg Google has honoring the Fresh Prince of Bel-Air. We’re not sure when it became a feature on the search site, but when Angie Thomas, a New York Times Bestselling author, tweeted about it on May 18, everyone flocked to give it a try.

“Google The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, she writes, “Tap the car tag at the top right. At some point, click the back button.”

What happens? When you type the search term into Google (which only seems to work in the US), a car license plate that reads “Fresh” will appear on the screen. Some have said the left-hand side, while others note it is on the right side of the screen.

Wherever it appears, click the license plate, and a taxi will pop on the screen, drive from left to right and the screen changes to a very dated 90s look in the header and basic HTML. The logo changes to a Fresh Prince feel, and all the links are inside jokes to the show.

If we had to guess, the new Easter egg was developed to celebrate the Fresh Prince of Bel-Air’s final episode, which aired on May 20, 1996. We’re not sure how long the feature will stay, whether it’s going to be one of those that last forever or disappear, so you’ll want to pop on, check it out, and read through all the links for a good laugh.