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Elam Ferguson (Common), "Hell on Wheels" — Memorable Quote: "I'm gonna kill your lily white ass."
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Michonne (Danai Gurira), "The Walking Dead" — Memorable Quote: "I made it so they couldn't bite, couldn't scratch. I tied chains around their necks. It was insane. It was sick. It felt like what I deserved, dragging them around so that I would always know. I found out that they kept me safe. They hid me. The walkers didn't see me anymore. I was just another monster."
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Darius (Keith Stanfield), "Atlanta" — Memorable Quote: "How would you know you were alive, unless you knew you could die?"
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Nova Bordelon (Rutina Wesley), "Queen Sugar" — Memorable Quote: "We don't honor our father by serving friends and family outside at fancy tables. We don't honor our father by having strangers serve those grieving. We serve comfort food for those who need comfort and we do it with our own hands."
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M-Chuck (Erica Ash), "Survivor's Remorse" — Memorable Quote: "This is the hand God dealt me. I'm a lesbian who speaks like she's actually from where the fuck she's from! I'm from Dorchester!"
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Dr. Algernon Edwards (Andre Holland), "The Knick" — Memorable Quote: "Free labor can certainly change the equation. History has shown us that."
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Cato (Alano Miller), "Underground" — "Funny thing about plans: they always changin'. "
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CeCe (Loretta Devine), "Being Mary Jane" — Devine, who's played a wide range of moms and grandmas (all interesting characters in their own right, to be fair) shows up early on in the season, and the expectation is that she'll do what we think she's good at doing. Instead, she ends up rocking a fedora and hitting on Mary Jane, while stealing for her, because that's what you'd do if you were a gay, elderly villain with a plan. Devine delivered this performance with fantastic aplomb, serving a reminder to all TV-watchers that there is no character that a woman—regardless of age, race or past roles—can play.
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Sam Dresden (Brandon Mychal Smith), "You're the Worst" — Memorable Quote: "Sleepy bitches lose the right to use normal people phones."
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Missy Vaughn (Teyonah Parris), "Survivor's Remorse"
Memorable Quote: "Do you know what every dark-skinned girl thinks when she sees only light-skinned girls in magazines? They think their dark skin has made them invisible."