Even if the rest of it stunk, 2016 gave us some incredible television, including these favorite TV scenes from the AwardsDaily TV crew.
Mr. Robot – USA
Season 2, Episode 12 “eps2.9_pyth0n-pt2.p7z”
“All is Revealed”
*SPOILERS* When you finally learn what Dom has been up to. Everything about this scene is haunting. The music, the dialogue, the direction.
Full Frontal with Samantha Bee – TBS
Season 1, Episode 29 “Meet the (Russian) Press”
“The Fascinating Emails of a Sixty-Something”
As the show intern, Sarah Paulson reads Hillary’s emails. Please Print.
South Park – Comedy Central
Season 20, Episode 2 “Skank Hunt”
Membah when Kyle’s dad was Skankhunt and trolled everyone to the music of Boston?
Saturday Night Live – NBC
Season 42, Episode 6 “Dave Chappelle/A Tribe Called Quest”
“Kate McKinnon’s Cold Open”
Proved she can make them laugh—and cry.
Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life – Netflix
Everyone talked about those final four words, but neglected the understated but beautiful midnight wedding courtesy of a budget crunch.
Stranger Things – Netflix
Season 1, Episode 3 “Chapter Three: Holly, Jolly”
“Barb’s Death Scene”
While Nancy is losing her virginity to the sound of Foreigner, Barb is losing her life. Creepy.
The Case of: JonBenet Ramsey – CBS
Airdate: September 18/19, 2016
Not only did this show build a replica house to reexamine the case (for real), but it also brought in a kid to bash in a human skull.
Man Seeking Woman – FXX
Season 2, Episode 4 “Tinsel”
“Santa Clause is Coming”
Liz (Britt Lower) starts dating Santa and things get really weird in the bedroom. Watch this episode for yourself. You’ll never look at holiday train sets the same way.
Unreal – Lifetime
Season 2, Episode 1 “War”
“Money, Dick, Power”
Season 2 started out strong, with the best BFF tattoos ever between Quinn (Constance Zimmer) and Rachel (Shiri Appleby).
Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt – Netflix
Titus Andromendon’s performance is so good that is causes one of the haters in the scene to spontaneously combust afterward because there’s nothing else to complain about. Tituss Burgess is brilliant.
Season 2, Episode 7 “Season Two: Episode Seven”
*SPOILERS* After shooting a bully at school, Taylor (Connor Jessup) visits his mother Anne (Lili Taylor) at work and completely breaks down. Lili Taylor, as the mother who would do anything for her kid, is spectacular in this scene, as is Jessup. (Photo: ABC)
Season 2, Episode 5 “Patches”
“That’s a Wrap on Julie!”
Julie thinks it’s her big break on an Affair-esque show, but little does she know her accent makes producers think she’s mentally challenged.
American Crime Story: The People v. O.J. Simpson – FX
Season 1, Episode 3 “The Dream Team”
Marcia Clark (Sarah Paulson) drops the F bomb when she realizes Johnnie Cochran (Courtney B. Vance) is on the case. The plot point wasn’t a surprise to anyone, but the use of the mother of all swear words on network TV was. (Photo:FX)
Season 5, Episode 7 “Congressional Ball”
“A Selina Meyer Dress-Down”
Before President Meyer (Julia Louis-Dreyfus) dressed down with Tom James (Hugh Laurie), she delivered this speech to Penny Nickerson (Stephnie Weir).