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We all want 2016 to end, but was it really *that* bad?


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WATCH  |  Everyone laments how 2016 has been the worst year ever. But has it been really *that* bad?

We all want the dumpster fire that has been 2016 to be over.

Zika, terrorism, the refugee crisis, Brexit, David Bowie, Prince, Alan Rickman, Samsung, the presidential election... the list of unsavory events that took place in 2016 is longer than we care to remember.

But, 2016 did have some redeeming points.

So, before you chalk it up as a complete disaster, here are some of the happier moments you may have forgotten that will give you (at least some) hope for 2017.

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TV and film saved us this year.

Netflix stole the show with its lineup of original content: Fuller House, Narcos, The Crown and Gilmore Girls (in spite of its flaws), among other binge-worthy options.

Plus, Netflix made its content available offline without the need to stream over WiFi.

HBO gave us Westworld, Pixar brought us Finding Dory and Disney debuted Zootopia -- an instant classic.


Sports gave us historic wins.

The Rio Olympics were uneventful in some ways. But there was Michael Phelps becoming the most decorated Olympian ever with his 22nd gold medal.  Not to be outdone, the U.S. women's gymnastics team -- aka the Final Five -- took home gold, finishing nearly 10 points ahead of second-place Russia.

Back here in the States, LeBron James and the Cavaliers brought home an epic NBA championship win to Cleveland. And the Chicago Cubs made history with their World Series win, breaking a 108-year curse for Cubbie fans. 

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"I'm such a happy Chewbacca!"

Arguably, the best use of Facebook's Live tool, Texas mom Candace Payne made the entire world roll over in laughter when she live-streamed herself trying on her new Chewbacca mask.

Then, Niantic made every 90s kid's summer with the release of their AI-powered Pokémon Go mobile game. Rainbow foods (like this grilled cheese sandwich) and over-the-top milkshakes were pretty much omnipresent in our diets. And we all struck a pose for the mannequin challenge, including Hillary Clinton.

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News from around the world

News from around the world was bleak this year, but we did find some stories worth noting.

As if the year couldn't get any worse, Africa's wild giraffes are in danger of going extinct. But giant pandas bounced off the endangered list.

And while the fight against climate change has become dire, the U.S. officially joined the Paris Agreement on Climate Change in 2016 and billionaire Bill Gates is heading a $1 billion fund to combat climate change by financing clean energy.

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And back stateside...

U.S. stock markets blasted past record highs riding a post-election rally. In fact, the Dow Jones industrial average hit a 120-year high in late November. 

Meanwhile, Ticketmaster finally reached a settlement in a 13-year-old lawsuit that let some customers claim free or discounted tickets.

And if that didn't convince you it wasn't all doom and gloom, let us remind you 2016 was the year Beyonce gave us "Lemonade."

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