Emmy winner Jean Smart has spent decades on the small screen — and thankfully, the TV legend has shown zero signs of slowing down.
Having struck gold in 2021 headlining HBO Max’s Hacks, while also supporting Kate Winslet in the highly acclaimed crime drama Mare of Easttown, the actress has had one helluva year, which could — and should — earn her a fourth win. (We’d certainly give up the gold for Smart, who quickly rose to the top of our own Dream Emmys list.)
Below, we’re celebrating the scene-stealer’s best and most compelling roles of her four-decade-plus career — and of course, you’ll find both of the aforementioned series in our list. (Uhh, spoiler alert?) But we’re also diving deeper. Much deeper.
The actress has played plenty of eclectic characters over the years, from a Sugarbaker & Associates staffer to a couple of puuurrr-fect animated roles, and we’ve carefully selected our favorites and ranked them accordingly. Also making the cut are Smart’s emotionally turbulent First Lady and her warring North Dakotan crime boss.
Ready to see what other roles we cherry-picked as her best? Keep scrolling down to view the complete list, then hit the comments to let us know which ones are your favorites (and which actors’ resumes you’d like to see us tackle next).