Rachel Bloom, "The Math of Love Triangles" Crazy Ex-Girlfriend (The CW)
This geometry-pun-filled parody put Rebecca’s (Bloom) delusional belief that she’s at the center of a love triangle on display while critiquing the trope.
Judith Light, "Hand in My Pocket" Transparent (Amazon)
Shelly Pfefferman’s (Light) one-woman show was a triumphant moment for an oft-ridiculed character and brought this dark season to an uplifting end.
Kate McKinnon, "Hallelujah" Saturday Night Live (NBC)
Solemn and inspiring, McKinnon’s tribute to presidential candidate Hillary Clinton and the late Leonard Cohen was the tear-filled catharsis that many needed postelection.
Portia Doubleday, "Everybody Wants to Rule The World" Mr. Robot (USA)
Overwhelming despair pervaded Doubleday’s moving and unsteady karaoke version of Tears for Fears’ 1985 hit.
Julianne Hough and Aaron Tveit, "You're the One That I Want" Grease Live! (Fox)
It was the highest-rated live musical since 2013, which isn’t surprising given its electrifying numbers like this one. We’ve got chills just remembering it.
Chrissy Metz, "Time After Time" This is Us (NBC)
Metz’s cover of the Cyndi Lauper classic at a nursing home soars — and not coincidentally, it’s one of the few times the show doesn’t focus on her character’s weight-loss journey.
Adele, "Monster" The Late Late Show With James Corden (CBS)
On “Carpool Karaoke,” the singer revealed that she, like the rest of us, spent 2010 memorizing Nicki Minaj’s song-stealing verse.
Skylan Brooks, TJ Brown Jr., Jaden Smith, Justice Smith, and Shameik Moore, "Get Down Brothers vs. Notorious 3" The Get Down (Netflix)
The Get Down Brothers prevailed over their rivals with this boisterous set that sampled the Star Wars theme song and the Jackson 5.
Mariah Carey and Jussie Smollett, "Infamous" Empire (Fox)
The Elusive Chanteuse made her long- awaited debut as Kitty, an R&B diva, on the hip-hop soap in season 3, teaming up with Smollett for this sultry, intimate ballad.