20 Best TV Characters of 2016

From bat-wielding bad guys to hipster-stoner sidekicks, these were the small-screen heroes and villains that made our year

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Dennis Box, 'The Night Of'

Dennis Box, 'The Night Of'

On a show with no shortage of high-caliber acting talent – John Turturro, The Wire's Michael K. Williams, Rogue One's Riz Ahmed  – it was Bill Camp's turn as the quietly confident Detective Dennis Box that ended up being the HBO series' standout performance. Soft-spoken but deceptively shrewd, this "subtle beast" was a living demonstration of the warped system. Using his undeniable skill and genuine thirst for justice – both of which frequently put him at odds with the rest of the force – Box helped railroad the wrong man into prison; though he eventually cracked the case post-retirement, the damage was already done. The character actor's twinkling eyes and craggy face perfectly telegraphed the cop's blend of wit and weariness; you watched as he went from who's-that-guy to a star in eight episodes flat. STC

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