20 Best TV Characters of 2016

From bat-wielding bad guys to hipster-stoner sidekicks, these were the small-screen heroes and villains that made our year

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Chuck Rhoades, 'Billions'
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Chuck Rhoades, 'Billions'

Before Chuck Rhoades, the hard-charging U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York, enters into a titanic battle of wills against brazen hedge-funder Bobby Axelrod, we see him tied on the floor of his bedroom, taking a golden shower from his dominatrix wife. He's supposed to be the good guy in the fight against the ultimate avatar of Wall Street greed. But this Showtime drama itself urinates on his righteousness at every turn, exposing the weakness and hypocrisy that underscores his own quest for power. Paul Giamatti sinks his teeth into the role with a pit-bull ferociousness and cup that nearly spilleth over with every rage-spitting invective. But more often than not, the actor's performance reveals a man who, despite his pathetic flaws, seeks justice by any means necessary. ST

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