As seen on: Fresh Prince of Bel-Air (NBC)
Portrayed by: Daphne Reid
As if it's that uncle at your Thanksgiving table who's on his fifth glass of wine before "Grace" has been said, we pretend not to notice Hollywood's trick of replacing dark-skinned original characters with light-skinned counterparts. It's happened on My Wife and Kids, Family Matters (though, in that case, due to contractual issues with the original Harriet Winslow), and even the early Harry Potter films.
Besides, we just liked the original Aunt Viv better. Janey Hubert-Whitten, the original Aunt Viv, played the role with a certain sharpness and attitude that you instantly recognized. The lighter Aunt Viv, however, lacked any discernible personality traits outside of "Philip Banks' supposedly better half."