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2016 in Review: Paulson, Laurie, Stamos and 22 More TV Workaholics

There are some actors we just can’t get enough of… and some of those actors really took that to heart this year.

As TVLine’s Year in Review coverage winds down, we’re celebrating the smaller screen’s workaholics, those who appeared in multiple episodes of multiple TV shows, putting in the OT to deliver all the televised entertainment we can handle. If this is indeed the “Peak TV” era, these actors are standing on the summit with their flags firmly planted.

The names on this list showed up in two, three, even four shows this calendar year… and knocked it out of the park each time. We have Emmy winners, beloved guest stars, a soap stud-turned-primetime revelation, and many others you probably glimpsed at least once in your 2016 channel surfing.

So check out the gallery at right (click here for direct access) and join us as we look back on TV’s busiest bees. Then come back and hit the comments to honor your favorites… or remind us of any actors working overtime who we may have missed.

Comments are monitored, so don’t go off topic, don’t frakkin’ curse and don’t bore us with how much your coworker’s sister-in-law makes per hour. Talk smart about TV!

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  1. Brian says:

    Rob Lowe was also on You, Me and the Apocalypse which aired in the US in 2016.

  2. Nicole says:

    What about Chris Wood on Containment and Supergirl? Maybe doesn’t make the cut since Containment wasn’t a full series?

  3. Kevin says:

    With Rectify now over, Timeless should be a breakout career for Abigail Spencer.

  4. Phun says:

    What about Floriana Lima who is doing double duty as Maggie Sawyer on SUPERGIRL and as Miranda Riggs on LETHAL WEAPON.

  5. Philip says:

    What a great group of busy Stars. I enjoy a lot of these Performers a lot. Good choices!!

  6. Paul says:

    To each I guess. Personally, I can do very well without any of them and would be grateful to never see Stamos or Nash again.

  7. kayw4 says:

    You could also add guest star in The Catch for Samira Wiley.

  8. Jamie says:

    I want Sarah Paulson, Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Sterling K Brown, and Kristen Bell to be in everything anyway, so their nightmare schedules are a huge win for me.

  9. Steven says:

    And even though it hasn’t aired yet Gillian Anderson was also filming American Gods.

  10. Kathy says:

    While I was thrilled to see Paget Brewster on the list, I think her co-star Aisha Tyler might actually deserve the title of busiest woman on (and off) TV. Not only is she a regular on Criminal Minds, but she is also the co-host of an hour-long daily talk show, the host of Whose Line Is It Anyway? and the voice of the female lead on Archer (I don’t watch that show, but I think she’s still on it). I don’t think there are many people on television that could top that schedule.