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And it did it all on the network and within the format that Cosby helped save in the 1980s, an act of bravery that’s vanishingly rare on network TV.This always-nihilistic comedy took a turn into drama with this episode, in which President Selina Meyer is simultaneously nonplussed by the death of her mother and heartbroken over her threatened political future.

Four seasons’ worth of history were artfully built upon by this series, one that, in an era of endlessly wending fantasy series, is admirably unafraid to be decisive when it counts.No live-action TV series was as comfortable with deadpan discomfort, stoner ellipses, startling moments of surrealism, and beauty for its own sake (the magic-hour shots of Atlanta streets were enchanting). K.’s mini-series looked and sounded like a taboo-busting 1970s Norman Lear sitcom but channeled the contained, corrosive despair of a postwar stage drama, depicting a bar full of mostly embittered and delusional Brooklynites with compassion and an eye for eccentric detail. There was nothing else like it, and the devastating finale pretty much ruined Simon & Garfunkel’s “America” for all of time. Search Party (TBS) Co-produced by Michael Showalter, Sarah-Violet Bliss, and Charles Rogers (among others) this was one of the year’s biggest surprises.But the series is equally impressive as class- and race-conscious cultural anthropology that smuggled its politics into characterization and story. The Girlfriend Experience (Starz) This series about Christine (Riley Keough), a Chicago law student and intern who moonlights as an escort to rich men, was theoretically a continuation of Steven Soderbergh’s semi-satirical 2009 feature. Swooping out of nowhere to capture a particular slice of the Zeitgeist, this series about a group of spoiled, clueless New York 20-somethings searching for a disappeared classmate managed to brutally satirize specific kinds of entitlement while taking the dawning self-awareness of its heroine (Alia Shawkat) seriously. And their differences in outlook were elegantly and movingly explored in an episode about police brutality.This was a painful episode about how, or whether, to teach one’s children about life’s harsh truths—one that managed, as though by magic, to avoid letting the laughs get swallowed entirely by sorrow.

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