20 Best, Worst and WTF Things We Saw at Emmys 2017

From Stephen Colbert getting political to Sean Spicer getting a podium – the highlights, low points and headscratchers from last night's Emmys

Best: The Politically Charged Opening Monologue
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Best: The Politically Charged Opening Monologue

The opening number, about television's ability to provide a pleasant escape during rough times, was snappy and just a little bit sarcastic – in other words, a perfect showcase of host Colbert's talents as an occasional song-and-dance man. It managed to squeeze in a bunch of cast members from This Is Us, Stranger Things and Veep, while also taking direct aim at the raging trash fire that is our current moment. ("The Americans has hotter spies than the Russian inquiry/Even treason's better on TV!")

Chance the Rapper even showed up to inject a bit of woke-ness into the proceedings, reminding viewers that while tuning out may feel good in the moment, it's not actually going to solve anything. Starting off with "I love television, it's a pleasant distraction/But just imagine taking action," he then reminded folks that there are plenty of terrible things that need our attention – police brutality and Trump's pigheaded ban on transgender soldiers in the military among them. "I get it, them finales, they got you focused/Just record the show and try to show up at the protest," he rapped. Solid advice. AP