Harry Potter Books Out, Fresh Prince of Bel Air In as Gitmo Prisoners' Entertainment of Choice

A Defense Department contractor in charge of the prisoners' library at the Guantanamo Bay detention camp reports that early episodes of the '90s sitcom The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air are in high demand among the 168 captives presently serving out the second decade of an indefinite detention.

"I just ordered all six seasons," the librarian told a visiting journalist from the Miami Herald.

Though he couldn't say exactly why the Will Smith launch pad was so popular among the captives, he did note that it had practically replaced the Harry Potter book series as the most in-demand form of entertainment at Gitmo.

The detention center's library currently makes available some 28,000 books and videos to cooperative captives, who are allowed to enjoy the diversions at their leisure inside their medium security lock-ups.

But maximum security captives — about 15 percent of the camp — are also given an hour or two a day to watch videos inside a solo cell with a recliner. The only caveat is that they must have "one ankle shackled to a bolt on the floor" at all times.

Milton, the librarian, tells the Herald that before the Fresh Prince took over the number one spot, the Bill Cosby Show enjoyed "a period of popularity."

[H/T: @michaelroston, photo via AP]