1. JAMES SPADER IN ‘THE PRACTICE’
He works his considerable oily charm as an ethically challenged lawyer (Must List’s favorite kind) in ABC’s legal drama.
2. WANT ONE, RUFUS WAINWRIGHT
Hurt and longing inform every track of this mood-drenched album, but so too do his gorgeous melodies and ironic wordplay.
3. DELIVERANCE, BUBBA SPARXXX
Armed with ”a fishin’ pole and a bottle o’ ‘shine,” Bubba crashes the country hoedown with a hip-hop CD that actually flips these kinds of Southern stereotypes.
4. THE TICK: THE ENTIRE SERIES
Finally on DVD, all nine episodes of the best TV show ever to star an insipid blue-insect superhero.
5. THE ADVENTURES OF ROBIN HOOD
Good work, Warner Bros.! They’ve brought their oldies (like this Errol Flynn classic) to DVD with cartoons, newsreels, and other old-time extras. Tallyho!
6. WAX-WINGS, BY JONATHAN RABAN
Tom, this marvelous novel’s hero, is a likable bore — but then his marriage to a Seattle dot-commer sours and a Chinese immigrant moves uninvited into his basement, and so his story takes flight.
7. TELEVISION REISSUES
Get two newly rejiggered CDs — Marquee Moon and Adventure — from the late-’70s art-punk innovators. Turn on Television.
8. MATT & BEN
A quirky and unlikely Off Broadway hit about the pre-fame lives of Messrs. Damon and Affleck, as performed by its two female authors.
Psychological tension and dopey laughs abound at this twisted website that pairs the brooding Swedish dramatist with a bouncing baby head.
10. THE SCHOOL OF ROCK
ML fave Jack Black teaches his young charges — and audiences — a thing or two as headliner of this Man-hating crowd-pleaser.