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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Issa Rae, 'Insecure'
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Issa Rae, 'Insecure'

In expanding her web series Awkward Black Girl into an HBO sitcom, writer-producer-star Issa Rae upped the narrative ambition but kept her biggest asset: herself, playing a socially clumsy young woman who has a habit of looking into mirrors while trying out rap lyrics. Insecure is a show about the different personae that our heroine has to adopt. whether she's with friends, boyfriends, clients or co-workers. It works so well because we get such direct, intimate insight into what's going on inside the heroine's head. We figure her life out along with her, one dope rhyme and self-aware pep talk at a time. NM

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