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

Darius, 'Atlanta'
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Darius, 'Atlanta'

Every classic sitcom needs its own version of Seinfeld's Kramer or Taxi's Jim Ignatowski – the weirdo who keeps the other characters on their toes. Without Darius, Donald Glover's Atlanta would still be a brilliantly low-key, mostly realistic dramedy about a moderately popular local rapper and the sullen cousin trying to capitalize on his success. But add Keith Stanfield's easy-living, drug-taking philosopher to the mix, and suddenly there’s the possibility that any given episode will feature a weird, wonderful detour. It might be to a pawn shop to buy a samurai sword; or maybe to a shooting range where the patrons don't take too kindly to our man's preference for targets shaped like dogs. Regardless, whenever Darius showed up, you knew you this FX insta-classic was headed into wonderful, warped territory. NM

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