Sharon Horgan made a cringe-inducing, gut-laugh-inspiring impact on British television as the creator and star of "Pulling" (BBC3, 2006-09), which began a run of projects that would leave media wags dubbing her the U. K.'s ascendant queen of black comedy. The Irish-raised Horgan broke into television as a writer and performer for a succession of quirky comedy projects and host of "The Friday Night Project" (Channel 4, 2005- ). In 2006, she sold the BBC on "Pulling," a de-romanticized look at three normal, deeply troubled thirtysomething single women with a penchant for making horrible choices. The show proved a critical smash, if not so ratings-wise, and scored multiple laurels and a billowing celebrity for Horgan. Ensuing projects would be short-lived but cutting-edge fare, from straight acting gigs such as "Free Agents" (Channel 4, 2009) and "The Increasingly Poor Decisions of Todd Margaret" (IFC, 2010-12), to star-turns in her own creations, a la "Angelo's" (2007) and the loopy crime comedy "Dead Boss" (2012- ). With a singular talent for writing and rendering spunky-yet-profoundly-oblivious characters, Horgan became a darling of critics and, as the Irish Times raved in 2012, "one of the brightest comic talents to emerge from this country."