Sarah, 'Horace and Pete'
For our money, the nine-minute unbroken closeup on the face of barkeep Horace Wittel's ex-wife as she told the story of her shocking affair with her new husband's elderly father was 2016's true TV tour-de-force. Played by veteran actor Laurie Metcalf (Roseanne), the character's outlandish plight became the beating-heart centerpiece of Louis C.K.'s self-released show – a combination of 20th century theater, old-school live television dramas and indie-film digressions – and its most eloquent example of a life of quiet desperation. Sarah was the year's most gut-wrenching portrait of empathy, desire, and sadness, one stammered sentence and furtive glance at a time. STC