'Dear White People'
Justin Simien adapted his Sundance hit into this dramedy about racial identity on a contentious American college campus, and instantly created an ensemble view of a satirical social microcosm that feels all-too-timely. It's a show about being heard in an increasingly loud world, the subtle art of protest, safe spaces, cultural and social identity, economic anxiety and more – much more. And it featured an episode directed by Moonlight's Barry Jenkins that's a flat-out masterpiece. It made sense that its inaugural season ends with A Tribe Called Quest's "We the People" – few shows better captured the current state of the "people" this year. BT