The Must List: September 23, 2005
1. PUNK: ATTITUDE
Now on DVD: a scruffy doc that uses interviews and archival footage to examine a musical genre best known for mohawks and safety pins.
2. DA ALI G SHOW
The squirm-inducing man of three faces is up to his old tricks (don’t his victims watch TV?) in the second-season DVD of the HBO show.
3. DOCTORS, PROFESSORS, KINGS & QUEENS
A gumbo of jazz, blues, zydeco, and other Big Easy staples on four CDs. Heartbreaking? Yes. But also comforting and wondrously vital.
4. WHAT WOULD SATAN DO? by Pat Byrnes
Burn, baby, burn! A collection of hell-arious cartoons about doing the wrong thing.
5. EVERYBODY HATES CHRIS
…but critics love UPN’s new sitcom. Funnyman Chris Rock taps his supposedly troubled childhood for one of this season’s most anticipated shows. Fall Preview >
6. USER I.D., by Jenefer Shute
A disturbing and satisfying thriller in which a demure and unsuspecting young professor finds her life disrupted when a gaudy bon vivant swipes both her identity and her sheltered outlook on life. Review >
7. THE CENTURY OF THE SELF A riveting and utterly provocative doc that explores the roots of marketing and consumer culture. Review >
8. ALL-TIME TOP 100 TV THEMES
The tunes you grew up with, on two CDs. Admit it: You want to hear the Friends song one more time.
9. Coldplay’s ”FIX YOU” video
Chris Martin restlessly wanders empty streets in a clip whose climax is almost embarrassingly cathartic. CD Review >
10. ARRESTED DEVELOPMENT
Surviving many possible-cancellation scares, TV’s funniest, most original sitcom is back (hallelujah!) for a third season on Fox. Fall Preview >