7 Kristen Bell shows you haven’t watched yet, but probably should
This Sunday, for the first time in its 24 year history, the SAG Awards will have a host.
Kristen Bell had a *pretty* busy 2017, starring in breakout hit sitcom The Good Place, guest hosting Jimmy Kimmel Live! and starring in films like A Bad Moms Christmas and CHiPs, but on Sunday she’ll take the stage at the Shrine Exposition center to host the SAG Awards. While criminally not nominated herself for The Good Place, Bell will MC the event, which will award the top acting performances of the year for television and film, often serving a an indicator for the Academy Awards.
While best known for her breakout roles on Veronica Mars and Forgetting Sarah Marshall — not to mention status as a Disney princess as Anna in Frozen — Bell is one of the busiest actors in the business with a ton of films and TV series to her credit.
Here are seven Kristen Bell shows fans should be familiar with — and if you’ve seen the mall, you’re definitely her number one fan but hey, why not give them another go.
Bell starred as the titular teen detective in the cult WB series, which ran from 2004-2007. After her best friend, the popular Lilly Kane, is murdered and the stalled investigation finds her father out as sheriff of their wealthy town, Veronica becomes the teen private detective we all wish we could have been. The cast reunited in 2014 for a Veronica Mars movie. Binge the series on Go90.
While Bell is only seen on-screen once — and we can’t tell you why — you’ll hear her in every episode as the voice of the titular “Gossip Girl.” An anonymous gossip website plaguing the affluent teens of the Upper East Side, Bell is the perfect snarky voice to keep us up to date on all the secrets of the NYC teen elite. You can find the series forever streaming on Netflix.
While she didn’t join the cast until Season 2, Bell starred as Elle Bishop on the sci-fi drama. While the first season of the series served as an origin story, following a group of people who learn they possess superheroes, Season 2 introduces Elle, an agent of covert organization Company, whose powers have been known to her and others for quite some time. Binge it all on Crackle.
Bell reunited with Veronica Mars creator Rob Thomas, as well as former costars Ryan Hansen and Ken Marino, for two episodes of Party Down, where she played Uda Bengt, owner of the rival Valhalla Catering company. Catch both seasons streaming on Starz.
While Bell is best known for live-action roles, she voiced one of the main characters on Unsupervised an adult animated series for FX. In the series, which only ran one season, Bell played Megan McKinley, an angsty teen who desperate to fit in with the popular crowd. Unfortunately, it doesn’t seem like Unsupervised is available online.
House of Lies
In this Showtime comedy about a group of cutthroat management consultants, which ran for five seasons, Bell starred as Jeannie van der Hooven, a partner at Kaan & Associates. The complete series is currently available to stream on Showtime.
The Good Place
Everyone’s watching The Good Place, right? Bell stars as Eleanor Shellstrop, a not-entirely-great person who finds herself in the coveted Good Place in the afterlife after she’s knocked over by shopping carts and hit by a truck — seriously. But everything is quickly not as it seems in this hilarious sitcom as Eleanor struggles to keep up the facade as a selfless person deserving of the eternal utopia. Season 1 is currently streaming on Netflix, with Season 2 currently airing on NBC.