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2016 was a year of surprises: President-elect Donald Trump, Nobel laureate Bob Dylan, the end of Angelina and Brad (or was that one inevitable?).

We were hacked by the Russians, panicked by Zika and horrified by shootings across the country. After the November election, adult Californians could smoke marijuana -- legally. We said goodbye to Kobe and Vin, binge-watched, rocked out to "Old-Chella" and signed up for the Tesla 3.

Beyoncé and "Hamilton" ruled.

So, yes, it was a big year. And we'd like to suggest that you take some time to recall the biggest stories of 2016 -- if only to prepare for the cacophony that undoubtedly will erupt in 2017.

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Presidential campaign as reality TV

 (Victoria Will / Invision/Associated Press)
(Victoria Will / Invision/Associated Press)

Crowded with contentious candidates, the Republican debates raised the television profile, and profitability of politics in 2015 and continued into the new year as a ratings bonanza. Consider:

-- Megyn Kelly became a breakout star, turning her accusations of  harassment by Donald Trump after an early showdown into a TV special and a memoir .

-- Increasingly, debate moderators drew more criticism than the candidates.

-- The release of an "Access Hollywood" tape on which Trump obscenely boasted about his ability to kiss women and grope their genitals with impunity because he is a celebrity left Billy Bush out of a job and “Apprentice” producer Mark Burnett under siege but in the end had no effect on the campaign.

-- In an election night that will go down in history, Trump’s surprising victory left TV anchors and late night hosts literally dumbstruck .

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