The character of Aunt Vivian Banks on the popular sitcom The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air has gone through some drastic changes throughout the show’s six season run. Fans of the show have long wondered, when did they change Aunt Viv?
Before the Change
The original Aunt Viv was played by actress Janet Hubert-Whitten. Hubert-Whitten was an experienced actress with a long list of credits to her name. She brought a strong presence to the show and a lot of comedic timing. She was the perfect foil to the high energy of Will Smith, the Fresh Prince himself.
After the Change
In season four, Hubert-Whitten was replaced by actress Daphne Maxwell Reid. Reid was a bit younger than Hubert-Whitten, but also had some impressive credits to her name. She brought a different energy to the role and the show as a whole. Her character was more laid back and had a more subtle sense of humor.
The change in Aunt Viv was a shock to fans of the show, but the two actresses both brought something unique and special to the role. While Hubert-Whitten’s Aunt Viv was strong and comedic, Reid’s version was more laid back and subtle. Either way, Aunt Viv was an important part of the show and it was fascinating to see how the character changed over time.