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10 Essential TV Shows for 2016

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There was more television than ever in 2015, and the industry shows no signs of slowing down its output in the year to come. As we reach the midpoint of the 2015-2016 season, there are more new series, from more outlets, on the horizon than ever — and with so much white noise, it takes a lot to stand out as an essential. Still, here are ten can’t-miss television events in the year to come, with a heavy focus on the first half of the year.
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‘The Leftovers’ Figured Out Exactly Which Answers to Give Us

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It wasn’t easy being a fan of The Leftovers’ first season. Damon Lindelof and Tom Perrotta’s sad, slow adaptation of Perrotta’s novel may have been the most polarizing show of 2014; for every partisan like me who found themselves drawn into a world deeply traumatized by an event as all-encompassing as it was inexplicable, there was another repelled by the relentlessly grim, dramatically inert series they saw onscreen. Every week, I’d emerge from an hourlong trance convinced we were watching different shows. 
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