Lovecraft Country’s Jurnee Smollett Movies And TV Shows

“The Jurnee Smollett Cinematic Universe.”

It’s hard to believe it, but the Lovecraft Country finale already airs this Sunday night on HBO and HBO Max — and it’s safe to say that Jurnee Smollett has delivered one of the best TV performances of the year as Leti.

If you’re already stressed by the lack of Jurnee on your screen every single week, you’re in luck because there’s just about an endless amount of amazing Jurnee projects for you to check out in the interim. In other words:

Dare I say, let’s take a journey through some of the highlights of Jurnee’s repertoire?


Full House (1992–1994)

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Way back when she was just 5, Jurnee played Denise, Michelle Tanner’s best friend who first competed with Teddy (Tahj Mowry) for Michelle’s BFF status, and then eventually all three became pals.


Martin (1992)


Jurnee had a short role as a little girl demanding to see Santa on the episode “I Saw Gina Kissing Santa Claus.”


On Our Own (1994–1995)

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Jurnee starred opposite her siblings on this short-lived ABC sitcom about a family who loses their parents and has to take care of each other.


Jack (1996)

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Jurnee appeared as one of the kids in the Robin Williams movie Jack, about a 10-year-old living in the body of a 40-year-old man.


NYPD Blue (1996)

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Jurnee appeared on the long-running procedural NYPD Blue in the Season 4 episode, “Where’s ‘Swaldo.”


Eve’s Bayou (1997)

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Jurnee played the leading role of Eve in this 1997 film set in 1960s Louisiana about an affluent family with skeletons in their closet. The film was produced by and also stars Samuel L. Jackson, and it was a huge breakout moment for Jurnee.


Cosby (1998–2000)

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Jurnee starred as Jurnee on Cosby from 1998–2000.


ER (2002)


Jurnee played a young mother who abandoned her baby in the Season 9 episode “Next of Kin” of the hit medical drama.


Wanda At Large (2003)

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Jurnee starred on this short-lived comedy starring Wanda Sykes.


Roll Bounce (2005)

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Jurnee starred in this 1978 Chicago-set film about roller disco, starring Bow Wow in the lead role.


House M.D. (2006)


Jurnee starred on a verrrryyy memorable episode of House M.D. called “Fools for Love” opposite Raviv “Ricky” Ullman. I won’t spoil it, but I still think about it to this day.


The Great Debaters (2007)

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Jurnee starred opposite Denzel Washington in this 1935-set period piece based on a true story about Melvin B. Tolson, who started a debate team at Wiley College, a historically Black college.


Grey’s Anatomy (2008)


Jurnee starred on the heartbreaking Season 4 Grey’s finale, “Freedom,” as Beth, a patient who joined Derek’s clinical trial along with her boyfriend, Jeremy. I’m crying just thinking about it, tbh.


Friday Night Lights (2009–2011)


Jurnee starred as Jess Merriweather (one of the very best characters on the show, imo) on Seasons 4 and 5 of Friday Night Lights.


The Defenders (2010–2011)


Jurnee appeared opposite Jerry O’Connell and Jim Belushi on this short-lived CBS legal drama.


Parenthood (2013)


Jurnee had an arc as Heather Hall, Kristina’s campaign manager, during Season 5 of the show.


True Blood (2013–2014)


Jurnee played Nicole Wright on seasons 6 and 7 of HBO’s True Blood.


Hands of Stone (2016)

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Jurnee starred in the 2016 biographical sports drama along with Usher, Robert De Niro, and Édgar Ramírez.


Underground (2016–2017)


Jurnee starred as Rosalee on the WGN period drama about the Underground Railroad. The show was created by Misha Green, who also created Lovecraft Country.


Sofia the First (2017–2018)


Jurnee voiced the Crystal Fairy, Chrysta, on Disney Junior’s Sofia the First.


One Last Thing (2018)

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Jurnee starred in this 2018 movie as the adult daughter of a dentist (played by Wendell Pierce) who never knew he had a kid.


Birds of Prey (2020)

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Jurnee starred as Dinah Lance/Black Canary in Birds of Prey — which SOMEHOW came out THIS year????


The Twilight Zone (2020)

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Jurnee starred in an episode of The Twilight Zone as Jasmine Delancey, a struggling singer who, thanks to a magical coin, becomes a massive star and attracts applause wherever she goes, for whatever she does.


Lovecraft Country (2020)

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And, of course, Jurnee stars on Lovecraft Country as Leti.

Make sure to check out the Lovecraft Country finale on HBO and HBO Max this Sunday, and then binge any and all of these Jurnee viewing options.

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