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31 TV Roles That Were So Well-Performed, They Made People Realize An Actor Had Better Range Than They Originally Thought

Kaley Cuoco's performance in The Flight Attendant just proved she didn't get enough great material on The Big Bang Theory.

We recently asked the BuzzFeed Community to tell us which TV acting performances were so exceptional, they made you realize an actor was better than you first thought. Here are some of the best responses:

🚨There are obviously some MASSIVE spoilers ahead! 🚨

1. First, Hugh Laurie as Dr. Gregory House in House

House crushing his fingers at his desk so he can get more Vicodin

2. Shailene Woodley as Jane Chapman in Big Little Lies

Jane listing of excuses to believe that her kid's father is a good person

3. Zendaya as Rue Bennett in Euphoria

Rue crying and telling her sister that she's sorry and wants to get clean

4. Andy Samberg as Jake Peralta in Brooklyn Nine-Nine

Jake proposing and lifting off all the things he loves about his gf

5. Kunal Nayyar as Sandeep Singh in Criminal: United Kingdom

Sandeep being questioned and him admitting he saw Annabelle and hit her with a pole

6. Kaley Cuoco as Cassie Bowden in The Flight Attendant

Cassie saying it's her fault her dad is dead because she was his drinking buddy

7. Adam Scott as Mark Scout in Severance

Mark sitting in a dark room listing things he loved about his wife, like being allergic to nutmeg and liking other people's dogs

8. John Cena as Christopher Smith/Peacemaker in Peacemaker

Peacemaker saying he's never had a real friendship before

9. Alison Brie as Ruth Wilder in GLOW

Ruth telling another character that she doesn't want the same things she wants

10. Jason Bateman as Martin "Marty" Byrde in Ozark

Marty in an argument calling his wife a power-hungry bitch

11. Alexis Bledel as Emily Malek in The Handmaid's Tale

Emily with her mouth tied in a fabric mask and hands handcuffed behind her being found guilty

12. Darren Criss as Andrew Cunanan in The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story

Andrew sitting in a garage saying that he just killed two people even though it's hard to believe

13. Matt LeBlanc as Matt LeBlanc in Episodes

Matt outside at night trying to spread his dad's ashes when the wind blows them in his face instead

14. Marlon Wayans as Lou in Bel-Air

Lou tells Will that he's been trying to get on his feet and start over and Will tells him he can't call him his son because he hasn't earned the right

15. Annie Murphy as Allison McRoberts in Kevin Can F**k Himself

Allison sitting in an empty bathtub with a bottle of wine telling her friend that she's done some terrible things

16. David Tennant as Kilgrave in Jessica Jones

Kilgrave telling Jessica that he hopes she chooses him because they're inevitable

17. Krysten Ritter as Jessica Jones in Jessica Jones

Jessica demanding to be told, "I love you" and then grabbing the man's face and telling him to smile

18. Sebastian Stan as Bucky Barnes/The Winter Soldier in The Falcon and the Winter Soldier

Bucky cries as he's told he's free

19. Charlie Day as Charlie Kelly in It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia, specifically Season 15

Charlie in the rain taking a break from carrying his dad's body to be buried saying "you were supposed to carry me"

20. Nick Robinson as Sean in Maid

Sean arguing with Alex and asking her if she knows how hard it is to not drink

21. Katey Segal as Gemma Teller Morrow in Sons of Anarchy

Gemma saying "only men need to be loved, sweetheart. Women need to be wanted"

22. Joshua Jackson as Christopher Duntsch in Dr. Death

Charlie being questioned as a doctor so he says, "if you come for me, you better be ready for what i'm going to do to you"

23. Jennifer Love Hewitt as Vicki Sayers in Law & Order: SVU

Vicki saying that she's scared after being assualted and still hasn't cleaned the gash on her forehead

24. Jonah Hill as Owen Milgrim in Maniac

Owen telling his therapist that he doesn't want to talk to Anne again because she might not be real

25. Hamish Linklater as Father Paul Hill in Midnight Mass

Father Paul preaching

26. Karla Souza as Marina in Home Economics

Marina saying "connor killed emily" and then blaming the wine when everyone looks at her weird

27. Eric Christian Olsen as Marty Deeks in NCIS: Los Angeles

Marty confessing his love

28. Michaela Watkins as Valerie Meyers in Casual

Valerie telling her friend that whenever the universe thinks she's happy, it autocorrects

29. Jensen Ackles as Dean Winchester in Supernatural, specifically in Season 12

30. Bryan Cranston as Walter White in Breaking Bad

Walter White saying he's not in danger, he is danger

31. And finally, Adam Driver as a host on Saturday Night Live

Adam in a skit saying he killed the character's son, but is sad for the dad and writes him a card that says, "after the rain comes the rainbow, sorry I killed your son, Kylo"

We can't fit everyone into one post, so which other actors surprised you with their incredible range? Tell us in the comments below!

Note: Some submissions have been edited for length and/or clarity.