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Why Sheryl From Ghosts Looks So Familiar

Some of the greatest TV shows and films of all time feature a large number of supernatural elements. One need only think back to "The Twilight Zone" tickling viewers' interest in the unexplainable in the 1950s and '60s to understand that ghosts and ghouls have long been a mainstay of mainstream television. Of course, supernatural movies and TV shows don't always end up being horror or thriller titles, either. Indeed, some of the most popular properties in history have focused on the more lighthearted and fun side of the spirit world (see: "Ghostbusters" or "Beetlejuice").

The new CBS series "Ghosts" takes a similar approach to the genre. The comedy series follows a Manhattan couple who inherit a mansion outside the city and move in with zeal, armed with plans to turn it into a bed and breakfast. They don't know until it is too late, however, that the property is already occupied by the spirits of those who perished nearby.

If you've been tuning into this supernatural farce, then you likely recognized the faces of its leads, Samantha (Rose McIver from "iZombie") and Jay (Utkarsh Ambudkar of "Blindspotting" fame). One other character that may also have caught your eye is Sam's mother, Sheryl, who is played by Rachael Harris. If you recognized her but couldn't figure out where from, here are a few movies and TV shows where you've most likely seen Harris before.

Harris was Ed Helms' partner in The Hangover

One of the last great comedies of the '00s, 2009's "The Hangover," not only tore through the theaters to a $469 million haul at the worldwide box office, but it also kicked off a wildly funny series of films. A simple trip to Vegas for a bachelor party turns chaotic when the groom, Doug (Justin Bartha), disappears after a long night out. His three friends — Alan (Zach Galifianakis), Phil (Bradley Cooper), and Stu (Ed Helms) — are then forced to retrace their steps to discover how crazy their antics got. They find that they stole a police car, wed a dancer, stole a tiger from Mike Tyson, and even briefly got involved in organized crime.

While the core trio of friends proved to be the glue that helped keep the "Hangover" series chugging along for two more outings, the movies are also known for their gut-busting casts of supporting characters. Keen-eyed viewers will remember that Rachael Harris played Stu's fiance Melissa in the first film. She plays a controlling and manipulative partner who timid Stu is unable to stand up to. However, the fateful trip ends up giving him the power to finally end their troubled relationship. 

Harris brought warmth to Diary of a Wimpy Kid

Growing up is hard to do. Parents, bullies, and schoolwork are tough to balance as a child navigates through the difficult task of becoming an adult. Beginning in 2007, author Jeff Kinney mined those adolescent troubles to great success with his franchise, "Diary of a Wimpy Kid," which spawned a total of 16 books that have sold over 250 million copies worldwide

A feature film was released in 2010 starring Zachary Gordon as the titular wimpy kid, Greg Heffley, and Robert Capron as his best friend, Rowley Jefferson. The movie followed the first novel's story, chronicling Greg's first year in middle school. He and Rowley do what they must to survive the year and avoid the dreaded "cheese touch." Even though the movie didn't do so well with audiences or critics at the initial release, it has spawned two sequels, one stand-alone film, and an animated remake that hit Disney+ on December 3, 2021.

Rachel Harris appeared in the first three live-action films as Greg's loving mother, Susan Heffley. Although her story is obviously not what the films are all about, her nurturing nature provides a welcome balance and makes Susan a bright spot for the films.

Harris captured Louis Litt's heart on Suits

By nailing a perfect score of 100% on Rotten Tomatoes for Seasons 4, 5, 6, and 8, "Suits" cemented itself as one of the most enjoyable shows of the 2010s. The show follows its slick-tongued lead, Harvey Specter (Gabriel Macht), as he navigates the legal world of Manhattan with an engaging supporting cast that includes Patrick J. Adams, Gina Torres, and Meghan Markle.

One of the main characters is an on-again-off-again ally, Louis Litt (Rick Hoffman). His insecurities and need for recognition constantly bring Louis into conflict with the other characters. Most of his co-workers have difficulty working with him throughout the series, brought on by their inability to understand him.

Rachael Harris appeared in 28 episodes spanning from Season 2 until the final Season 9. She serves as Lous' love interest, the one person that understands him and knows how to keep him focused. She is undoubtedly the love of his life, even though he consistently does everything he can to push her away.

Harris helped Lucifer work through his emotions

Solve a murder, run a nightclub, go to therapy — it's all in a day's work for the harbinger of evil and suffering. "Lucifer" follows the Devil himself (Tom Ellis) as he flees Hell to live a life as a nightclub owner in Los Angeles. When we first meet Lucifer, he is bored with his duties as the lord of the underworld and is living a more luxurious life with his number 2, Mazikeen (Lesley-Ann Brandt). Things are spiced up for him considerably when he is pulled into the role of consultant with the LAPD and begins a new life as a defacto homicide detective.

"Lucifer" ran for three seasons on Fox before moving over to Netflix for three more. Rachael Harris appeared throughout all six seasons of the series as Dr. Linda Martin, Lucifer's therapist. While Dr. Martin is no angel herself, she initially has some trouble helping Lucifer with his very unique emotional issues. However, by the series' end, the two were quite the pair. The prospect of the devil himself going through therapy set up some of the best scenes in the series, and Harris delivered perfectly.