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The Best of the Rest
We couldn’t celebrate the highs of the 2015–16 TV season without nodding to these worthy moments and performances.
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BEST USE OF TATTOOSBlindspot (NBC)
First off, it's pretty much the only show that used tattoos as a device. But from the moment naked and tattoo-laden Jane Doe (Jaimie Alexander) came out of that bag in Times Square, viewers were intrigued by the mystery of each tattoo's meaning. They even carefully dissected the real puzzles inscribed on her body to figure out where the series-long scavenger hunt would lead the FBI next, making Blindspot an interactive adventure. – Natalie Abrams
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BEST EPISODE “Mulder & Scully Meet the Were-Monster,” The X-Files (FOX)
The X-Files revival was a mixed bag, to be sure, but it gave us one of the sci-fi series’ greatest hours ever in this installment that flipped the script on an age-old setup. Instead of showing what happens when a monster bites a human, it told the story of a monster (Rhys Darby) bitten by a human. The result? Quirky comedic gold.
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WORST FAMILY REUNION Elliot nearly kisses his sister Darlene, Mr. Robot (USA)
No wonder Darlene (Carly Chaiken) had been so comfortable with “recruiting” Elliot (Rami Malek) into the fsociety fold: She’d known him her entire life. But when Elliot couldn’t remember his sibling, he took their intimacy for something romantic. This breakout thriller might be dark, but it’s not Game of Thrones! – Shirley Li
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BEST USE OF A SONG ON A SHOW Bruce Springsteen's “Lift Me Up,” Show Me a Hero (HBO)
This equal parts inspiring and heartbreaking look at the real-life confluence of race, politics, and housing in Yonkers, N.Y., relied on a Springsteen-heavy soundtrack, including this tender Boss ballad that played over the final funeral-scene montage as we learned the fates of all the major players involved. A true emotional gut punch.
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BEST LATE-NIGHT VIRAL VIDEO Adele's Carpool Karaoke, The Late Late Show With James Corden (CBS)
The British songstress is, of course, known for the emotive nature of her work, and this video definitely gives a taste of that. Not only does Adele belt out “Hello” and “Someone Like You” with host James Corden, she also shows more of her goofier side. Case in point: she spits Nicki Minaj’s “Monster” verse like a pro and recounts a time when she got wine drunk at a restaurant by herself. – C. Molly Smith
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MOST SHOCKING DEATH Lexa, The 100 (THE CW)
As quickly as shippers rejoiced over Lexa (Alycia Debnam-Carey) and Clarke (Eliza Taylor) finally consummating their relationship, their excitement was ruthlessly dashed. After the Commander caught a stray bullet meant for her love, the normally progressive show was accused by some fans of using the “bury your gays” TV trope. While tragic, the death did open up a dialogue about LGBT representation on TV.
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MOST HUNGER-INDUCING SHOW Master of None (Netflix)
Of all of Master of None's delectable attributes, the food is the most salivating. Finger-licking Nashville ribs. Succulent chicken parm sandwiches. Silky ice cream. Impeccably mixed cocktails. "Eating's a big part of dating," Dev (Aziz Ansari) tells Rachel (Noël Wells) on their first date. It's also a big, vicarious part of digging into this Netflix series. – Will Robinson
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BEST COUPLE Alicia Florrick and Jason Crouse, THE GOOD WIFE (CBS)
We weren’t sure Alicia (Julianna Margulies) would ever find happiness after the death of Will Gardner (Josh Charles). Enter disarmingly carefree investigator Jason Crouse (Jeffrey Dean Morgan), possessor of network TV’s greatest smile and patience as long as Peter Florrick’s rap sheet. Thanks to an ambiguous finale, whether the opposites-attract couple will actually get to enjoy said happiness remains sadly up in the air.
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BEST WIG Sarah Paulson, The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story (FX)
During the trial of the century, we also got the haircut heard ‘round the world. Prosecutor Marcia Clark (Sarah Paulson) gets a new permed ‘do in the midst of the case — a coif of tightly wound curls she’s immensely proud of until she steps into the courtroom and everyone ridicules it. – Jessica Derschowtz
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BEST FIGHT CHOREOGRAPHY Daredevil (Netflix)
The team behind Hallway Fight Scene 2.0 took things to another level — literally — by moving the violence from the hallway to a stairwell, where the eponymous vigilante (Charlie Cox) got to eliminate dozens of goons by flipping, tossing, and kicking them down a building. Bad guys, take note: Never face the Devil of Hell’s Kitchen indoors. – Shirley Li
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BEST GUEST STAR Timothy Olyphant as “Timothy Olyphant,” The Grinder (FOX)
It takes a strong, captivating, handsome man to replace Rob Lowe on a fictional legal drama, but the producers were justified in casting Olyphant in this self-tweaking role. As “Timothy Olyphant”—the newly minted star of the spin-off-within-a- show The Grinder: New Orleans — he was funny, he was needy, and he made a case to land his own sitcom.
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BEST USE OF A HENLEYQuantico (ABC)
No single piece of clothing looks good on everyone, right? Wrong, according to the wardrobe department on ABC’s Quantico, who outfits the FBI trainees with light blue henleys, that indeed, flatter every single character. Sexy, sleek, and sporty, the light-weight waffle shirts match the show’s style, with minute details tweaked for each character. – Jessica Goodman
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BEST META CAMEOMara Wilson on Broad City (Comedy Central)
The Comedy Central show channeled Mrs. Doubtfire in a season 3 episode where Abbi (Abbi Jacobson) tries to bounce between two tables at a restaurant à la Robin Williams in the 1993 movie — and they even got actress Mara Wilson, who was just 6-years-old at the time when she starred in the hit comedy, to make a cameo as a waitress. – Ariana Bacle