The year’s most popular work runs the gamut, from bizarre comedy to poignant and political verse. As expected for an election year, politics weighed heavily on the product. Perhaps as a panacea, viewers kept tuning in to cute dogs, too. That an ode to diversity ranks here with professional comedians, a tech giant and one of the most successful campaign powerhouses of the last decade goes to show that a good idea—backed by solid execution—can stand on its own merits.

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