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Back to Basics - The 30 Best TV Shows of 2008

The Year in TV was a lot like the US economy: struggling until summer and then tanking under the hope of a 2009 comeback. Still, our staff found 30 solid reasons to be cheerful come entertainment investment time.

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Dexter

While Dexter provides a seductive enough surface, it doesn't lose sight of the ugliness "deep inside."

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The Warriors: Ultimate Director's Cut (1979)

The documentary DVD explores every detail of production and Hill's vision, so that the film, for this writer becomes something altogether new.

Nikki Tranter
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North Shore

The truth is that I watch North Shore because I have an affinity for trash, or opala, as we call it in the 50th State.

Bobby Simmons
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The Girl Next Door: Unrated Version (2004)

The film begins by introducing just how hard it is to be in high school -- a good and difficult thing for adults to remember.

Cynthia Fuchs
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The Girl Next Door (2004)

For all its raunchy allusions and language (and porn stars), the film is essentially conservative, as Matt succeeds in romance and business.

Cynthia Fuchs
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Duplex (2003)

Mrs. Connelly's revenge is strange, but in the current political environment, as seniors are ignored, abused, and repressed, also rather sweet.

Cynthia Fuchs
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2 Fast 2 Furious (2003)

'It's the juxtaposition, like Sergio Leone would do that really well.'"

Cynthia Fuchs
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2 Fast 2 Furious (2003)

Tyrese brings appropriate rage, outstanding musculature, and welcome comedy to the proceedings.

Cynthia Fuchs
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