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

10. 'Last Week Tonight With John Oliver' (HBO)

As 2016 brought home the unbelievably chickenshit toadying of the TV news machine more than ever – barely one step removed from Jimmy Fallon's stomach-turning smell-the-glove session with Trump, destined to go down in suck-up history alongside Sammy Davis Jr. smooching Richard Nixon – John Oliver came to look like some kind of accidental renegade. In his 15-minute longform pieces, he's cool and collected, yet fraught with comic outrage. He nailed his election post-mortem, summing up Trump's agenda as "the to-do list on Satan's refrigerator – which incidentally Satan no longer needs now that hell has frozen over."

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