20 Best TV Shows of 2016

From Samantha Bee and John Oliver raging against the machine to the greatest hip-hip sitcom ever, the year's small-screen winners

14. 'Better Things' (FX)

Pamela Adlon brings the pain when it comes to family life: "We're all girls, and we're all women, and we all bleed, and we all suffer. Then the bleeding stops and we still suffer." After her attention-getting stint on Louie, she's a punk mom with her own sardonic style of single parenthood – when she finds a condom hidden her teenage daughter's room, it isn't time for a Very Special Episode mother/daughter talk. She just steals it for herself. And in a year when menopause made a comeback as comedy gunpowder, from Broad City ("I totally forgot about menopause!") to Veep ("Her lady fruit is rotting"), Better Things has the funniest episode about it since Edith Bunker, with Adlon announcing, "Aunt Flo has left the station forever."

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