As TV moms go, few come as loved as Aunt Viv from The Fresh Prince Of Bel-Air.
For six seasons, the Banks matriarch delighted audiences with her class, wit, sass, and sophistication.
Interestingly, the character was portrayed by two different actresses – Janet Hubert first and Daphne Maxwell Reid who would step into the role from the show’s third season.
The story surrounding that change is drenched in drama, however this instalment of Retro Rewind celebrates the semantics of Aunt Viv, a character who, along Claire Huxtable, serves as one of the most progressive images of Black womanhood in television history.
By no means a coincidence, each of That Grape Juice‘s favourite Aunt Viv moments are played by the “originale” and they await after the jump…
Randomness: Did you know the “new” Aunt Viv, Daphne Maxwell Reid, is married to Tim Reid who played ‘Sister Sister’ patriarch Ray?