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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12. 'Veep' (HBO)

Now more than ever, Julia Louis Dreyfus' President Selina Meyer has choice words for the American people: "I'm declaring a state of Go Fuck Yourself." Veep keeps setting new standards for high-speed hostility, even in its first season without creator Armando Iannucci – and even when its satire got outflanked by a real-life election year that turned into a tall glass of frozen strawberry fuck-up. As the nation collapses ("We'll be Greece – the country, not the musical") and Selina treats the White House staff "like an alcoholic father who's just stepped on a Lego," the show keeps throwing more horror into the mix. Special honors to Timothy Simons' Jonah, possibly the most loathsome fictional human on TV, earning this compliment from Dan Bakkedahl's runner-up Roger Furlong: "You look like Clark Kent if they dug up Christopher Reeve's corpse to play the part."

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