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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Marcia Clark, 'The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story'
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Marcia Clark, 'The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story'

As the O.J. Simpson trial unfolded through the bulk of 1995, it opened up a national conversation on race, celebrity justice, and 24/7 cable television; the concept of sexism in modern society, however, was less talked-about. Among its other virtues, Ryan Murphy's The People v. O.J. Simpson did much to revive the reputation of Marcia Clark, the chief prosecutor who faced not only a murderer's row of defense attorneys, but tabloid sniping about her appearance, her voice and her personal life. Sarah Paulson plays her as a flawed but resilient warrior against impossible headwinds, with a personal commitment to standing up for a serially abused victim and other women like her. It's both a stunning reclamation and a remarkably showstopping performance from start to finish. ST

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