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

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17. 'Horace and Pete' (LouisCK.net)

A 10-act drama from Louis C.K., released as a surprise on his own website, writing and directing the whole thing himself. It's different from Louie in every way – except the stubborn refusal to follow any formula, even his own. Horace and Pete is set in a Brooklyn dive bar that's been passed down from generation to generation, like a lot of traumas in this family. Steve Buscemi really nails the mood as Pete, the cousin cursed with remembering all the family history: "I said that I have a good memory, not that I have good memories." The whole cast excels – Alan Alda as a right-wing bigot, Jessica Lange, Edie Falco, Laurie Metcalf. Plus the brilliant presence of Paul Simon, who sings the theme song as well as bellying up to the bar ... just another customer watching his life slip-slidin' away.

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