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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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Monster (2003)

Aileen's changed self takes shape most immediately and vehemently in response to a psychotic-seeming john who declares his loathing of all 'hookers nowadays'.

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Monster (2003)

Aileen is a terrifying specter, precisely because she's neither only a victim nor only monstrous. As Theron plays her, she swaggers and rationalizes, trusts and fumes.

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