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Erika Murphy (Regina King), "The Leftovers" — When Erika came into focus, the episode would immediately become electric with Regina King's highwire acting work. Here was a woman whose home life was collapsing and whose world started to crumble with the arrival of the strange family moving in next door. Rather than withering away, she set her jaw, lowered her stare, and remained a fiery center amid the chaos. And when faced with the probing questions and barely-masked contempt of Nora, she turned ice cold and venomous. King's performance was the ideal follow up to her Emmy-winning turn on American Crime, and one that, in a perfect world, will net her a few more statues.—Robert Ham
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Black Cindy Tova (Adrienne C. Moore), "Orange is the New Black" — Memorable Quote: "I was raised in a church where I was told to believe and pray. And if I was bad, I'd go to hell. If I was good, I'd go to heaven. If I asked Jesus, he'd forgive me, and that was that. And here, y'all sayin' it ain't no hell. Ain't sure about heaven. And if you do something wrong, you got to figure it out yourself. And as far as God is concerned, it's yo' job to keep askin' questions, and to keep learnin' and to keep arguing. It's like a verb. It's like—you do God. And it's a lot of work, but I think I'm in."
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Gregory Thomas (Derek Luke), "The Americans" — Memorable Quote: "I just want to do right by you… I love you"
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Tulip O'Hare (Ruth Negga), "Preacher" — Memorable Quote: "We lost everything 'cause of him. It took two years to track him down. Now I have. Now I've found him. All that's left to do is go over there and get him, tie him to a table, cut his freaking balls off, and—over and over—stab him in the face with a screwdriver... "
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Johnny Cochran (Courtney B. Vance), "American Crime Story: The People v. OJ Simpson" — Memorable Quote: "Nigga, please."