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The Must List: Week of Feb. 1

Kelly Clarkson singing her heart out, ''The Powerpuff Girls'' anniversary, the return of ''Galactica,'' and 12 other pop culture gems YOU and the EW staff love this week

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The Must List: Week of Feb. 1, 2009

TV
1. LOST
Oh, were you using the laws of physics and that space-time continuum thingie? 'Cause they're moot, what with this season's metaphysical mysteries and time-traveling island. Hang on.

DVD
2. THE POWERPUFF GIRLS 10th Anniversary Collection
The DVD set has every episode of the cutie crime fighters who put the grr in girls.

TV
3. THE BIG BANG THEORY on CBS
Jim Parsons (Sheldon) stands out in a terrific cast that consistently hits comedy nerdvana. Best Sheldon moment: his dizzying primer on the rules of rock-paper- scissors-lizard-Spock.

MUSIC
4. ''MY LIFE WOULD SUCK WITHOUT YOU,'' Kelly Clarkson
Miss Independent ends her blue period with a roar of a love anthem — slamming guitar solo included — that makes us realize how much we missed her.

TV
5. BATTLESTAR GALACTICA on Sci Fi
Earth's toast and that fifth Cylon was finally revealed (her? Really?) — BSG is back in brilliant form.

BOOKS
6. OBEY: SUPPLY & DEMAND — THE ART OF SHEPARD FAIREY
Fairey was an icon long before his Obama ''HOPE'' poster. Learn more in this new reissue.

MOVIES
7. THE CLASS
With a real-life teacher playing an educator, and French students essentially starring as themselves, it's hard to discern the line between fact and fiction — and The Class is all the better for it.

MOVIES
8. NOTORIOUS
The late Biggie Smalls gets more than a rap-by-numbers biopic thanks to a ferocious lead turn by newcomer Jamal Woolard that reveals the hip-hop star's conflicted confidence.

MUSIC
9. ''PEOPLE GOT A LOTTA NERVE,'' Neko Case
Man-eaters, killer whales, and twangy guitars can't help but add up to a catchy tune.

READER'S CHOICE*: TV
10. SMALLVILLE and SUPERNATURAL return
Clark and the Winchesters are cruisin' for bruisin' after a long break, so we'd advise not getting between them and evildoers...or fans. —Submitted by Riley

READER'S CHOICE*: TV
11. THE UNITED STATES OF TARA
Toni Collette deserves a vote for her character, Tara, and for each of the alternates: T, Buck and Alice. She truly is amazing! And you can definitely hear Diablo Cody in every character. —Moxie

READER'S CHOICE*: TV
12. ONE TREE HILL
Now that we've established One Tree Hill is a mountain of awesomeness, the question still remains: Why doesn't EW recap it in TV Watch? —Catherine

READER'S CHOICE*: TV
13. THE L WORD
Bette & Tina back together! —Porter Kennard

READER'S CHOICE*: TV
14. SUNDAY NIGHT ON HBO
The one-two punch of Big Love and Flight of the Conchords makes your brain explode with drama, but then you can sweep up the goo into a dustpan of hilariousness. —Josh Brown

READER'S CHOICE*: MUSIC
15. ''GET ON YOUR BOOTS,'' U2
A completely different sound than their past album, but just as fantastic. I’m so looking forward to their new CD! —Stephanie

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Originally posted Jan 23, 2009 Published in issue #1032-1033 Jan 30, 2009 Order article reprints
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