Bel-Air season 2: release date, cast and everything we know about the hit drama

Simone Joy Jones as Lisa and Jabari Banks as Will outside of their school in Bel-Air season 2
Simone Joy and Jabari Banks, Bel-AIr season 2 (Image credit: Greg Gayne/PEACOCK)

When Peacock's Bel-Air was first announced, there were a number of people that weren’t quite sure how a dramatic take on the 90s sitcom The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air would fare. Well, it turns out, a dramatization of the original show’s characters and storylines is exactly what TV audiences wanted to see in this day and age. As of May, Bel-Air was Peacock’s most-streamed original series (opens in new tab) and the third-biggest title on the platform overall. 

Now with Bel-Air season 2 arriving, show fans are ready to dive head first into the series and get some of their questions answered from the season one finale. For example, while he’s not the main character, many viewers want to know "where did Geoffrey (Jimmy Akingbola) go?"

Here’s everything we know about Bel-Air season 2. 

Bel-Air season 2 release date

Bel-Air season 2 premieres in the US on Peacock on Thursday, February 23. 

While we are still waiting on an official word as to when, season 2 premieres in the UK on Peacock as well. The streaming service can be utilized via a Sky or NOW subscription. 

Bel-Air season 2 trailer

There isn’t a trailer available for the new season. However, Peacock was kind enough to release an official teaser. Looking at it, you’ll notice a certain face is in fact back. (Hint: Uncle Phil’s right-hand man.) 

Bel-Air season 2 cast

It looks like the entire main cast from season 1 is returning. Back as Will Smith is of course, Jabari Banks. To date, Bel-Air is Banks’ most notable onscreen role. However, given the success of the show and the shower of compliments from fans, we anticipate he is a rising star in Hollywood. 

Fan-favorite Coco Jones is also reprising her role as Hillary Banks. Jones has previously been featured in Vampires vs. the Bronx, Good Luck Charlie and White Elephant. Most recently, the actress has put her musical talent to use and released her EP titled What I Didn’t Tell You (opens in new tab)

The entire list of series regulars is as follows: 

  • Jabari Banks as Will 
  • Adrian Holmes (At That Age, V Wars) as Philip Banks  
  • Cassandra Freeman (The Enemy Within, Atlanta) as Vivian Banks   
  • Olly Sholotan (Run Hide Fight, Evolution of Nate Gibson) as Carlton Banks  
  • Coco Jones (Let it Shine, Vampires vs. The Bronx) as Hilary Banks  
  • Akira Akbar (We Can Be Heroes, Captain Marvel) as Ashley Banks  
  • Jimmy Akingbola (Most Dangerous Game, In The Long Run) as Geoffrey  
  • Jordan L. Jones (Rel, Snowfall)  as Jazz   
  • Simone Joy Jones (The Chair, What If) as Lisa 

Bel-Air season 2 plot

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

Coco Jones, Cassandra Freeman, Adrian Holmes and Akira Akbar in Bel-Air season 2 (Image credit: Rose/Peacock)

Here is the official synopsis of season 2: 

"Season two of Bel-Air picks up with Will at a crossroads in his life as a new figure comes into his life who challenges what he’s learned in Bel-Air and competes for control of his influence. He juggles this while navigating his home life with the Banks family and trying to rebuild the trust that was broken at the end of last season. 

"We’ll see Will and Carlton’s brotherhood start to evolve as they grow closer, but still challenge each other about their differences. We’ll also see Hilary evolve as she becomes more of a boss in her influencer world and how that spills over into her relationship with Jazz, and also highlight the relatable struggles around Viv and Phil balancing marriage and family while trying to forge their own career paths and reconnect to the things that are important to them."

How to watch Bel-Air season 2

Bel-Air is a Peacock Original series. If you’re hoping to watch episodes, you’ll need at least a Peacock Premium subscription.  You can sign up with the streamer in just a few clicks. 

In the UK, Peacock is a service included with a Sky or NOW package. 

Terrell Smith has a diverse writing background having penned material for a wide array of clients including the federal government and Bravo television personalities.  When he’s not writing as Terrell, he’s writing under his pseudonym Tavion Scott, creating scripts for his audio drama podcasts. Terrell is a huge fan of great storytelling when it comes to television and film. Some of his favorite shows include The CrownWandaVision, Abbot Elementary and Godfather of HarlemAnd a fun fact is he's completely dialed into the TLC 90 Day Fiancé universe.