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The Must List: Week of March 5, 2010

The top 10 things we love this week

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1. AMC best picture showcase
Want to prove your love for the Oscars? Then sign up to watch all 10 Best Picture nominees on Feb. 27 and March 6 at select theaters nationwide. For tickets and locations, go to amcentertainment.com.

2. Small Wonder: The Complete First Season on DVD
She’s fantastic, made of plastic, and now available on DVD. This set features 24 episodes of the ’80s cult favorite, which followed engineer Ted Lawson, his wife and son, and his newest invention: a robot dubbed Voice Input Child Identicant (a.k.a. Vicki, right).

3. Tyrannosaurus Sex on Discovery.com
Never fear if you missed the Discovery Channel special. Instructive (we swear!) videos about dino lovin’ are available on their website.

4. The Amazing Race on CBS
We’re equal-opportunity Race fans, but who doesn’t want Big Brother couple Jordan and Jeff (above) to take home the $1 million?

5. Law & Order: SVU on NBC
After 11 seasons, Mariska Hargitay and Christopher Meloni still make the cop drama sizzle. They’ve got a crack team of guest stars in store when new episodes return on March 3, including Mischa Barton, Sharon Stone, and Kathy Griffin.

6. Ponyo on DVD
The 10th film by Japanese animator Hayao Miyazaki, Ponyo unfolds like a loose adaptation of Hans Christian Andersen’s ”The Little Mermaid,” in which the title character — a fish with magical power — transforms herself into a human. By turns bewitching and comical, Ponyo‘s a tour de force of traditional animation.

7. Hipster Puppies blog
If there’s anything better than adorable puppies, it’s adorable emo puppies with bed head, ironic sunglasses, and snobby musical tastes. So lap up some precious pretension at hipsterpuppies.tumblr.com.

8. The Ask, by Sam Lipsyte
The acclaimed author of 2004’s Home Land applies his absurdist wit to the tar-black tale of a hapless middle-aged failure caught up in the web of an old friend-turned-mogul. Acrid, hilarious, and hard to put down.

9. How To Make It In America theme song
The best part of the HBO show might be Aloe Blacc’s sizzling soul number ”I Need a Dollar.” It sounds like it could be decades old but is actually brand-new. Download it for free at stonesthrow.com.

10. 16 and Pregnant on MTV
Coming off a stellar first season that spawned the spin-off Teen Mom, Pregnant returns with a compelling new cast of babies having babies. And if nothing else, it serves as the best argument for teenage birth control. Ever.

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