Janice Smith
AKA Aunt J
From West Philadelphia
Frank Schaeffer Jr.
Vivian Banks
Helen Smith
Viola Smith
Will Smith
Carlton Banks
Hilary Banks
Ashley Banks
Philip Banks
Romances Frank Schaeffer, Sr.
Actor Charlayne Woodard
First seen Guess Who's Coming to Marry?
Last seen The Baby Comes Out
Episodes 4
Janice Smith is a recurring character on The Fresh Prince Of Bel-Air. She is portrayed by Charlayne Woodard.


Janice is the youngest sibling of the four Smith sisters. Vivian and Helen usually describe Janice as sweet, impetuous and romantic, with Helen and Vy being the more direct, sometimes cynical of the sisters.

Series arc

In the Season 2 episode "Guess Whos Coming to Marry?", Janice announces she is engaged, and brings her fiancée to the Banks residence, a white man named Frank Schaeffer. The entire Banks family reacts with surprise, but soon accept it. The only one who is angry about it is Viola, who thinks Janice is being idiotic in her choice and that she will encounter bigotry in life. Janice defends her actions in that she loves Frank and both she and him are well aware they may face problems in life. Janice and Frank end up getting married at Philip and Vivian's house, and having a son they named Frank Jr.

Not much was known about Frank or his career, but it was hinted that he was well-to-do. When he tried to bond with Will prior to the wedding, Frank as Will's uncle-to-be said he did have the best interests of Will's aunt at heart, and that if Will ever visited them he could use his Porsche, causing Will to (predictably) grant his support to the marriage. Another time it was said that Janice was unable to attend the baptism of her new nephew Nicky Banks as she now lived in Europe thanks to Frank's job sending him there.


Guess Who's Coming to Marry?
Christmas Show
Mommy Nearest
The Baby Comes Out


  • According to Vivian, she is the sweetest among her sisters.
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