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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11. 'Transparent' (Amazon)

Jill Soloway's family portrait remains one of a kind – even though we've had three seasons to get to know the messed-up Pfefferman clan, they keep revealing new quirks and traumas that we couldn't have imagined. Maura Pfefferman (the ever-amazing Jeffrey Tambor) and her selfish upscale L.A. brood struggle with different kinds of transitioning, both surgical and spiritual. This season's MVP: Judith Light as the often-overlooked matriarch Shelley. She finally finds her voice via her one-woman cabaret show To Shell and Back, belting her impossibly poignant cruise-ship rendition of Alanis Morrissette's "Hand in My Pocket," a song that will never sound the same.

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