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Top Picks: A breakout British star, bears in the wild, and more

The best of the 'Thin Man' series get re-released, a board game that everyone wins is available for family time, 2012 myths are debunked, and more top picks.

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Essential Nick and Nora

The first four movies included in The Thin Man, Vol. 1 box set from the TCM Greatest Classic Films Collection are really all you need of the six-part series starring William Powell and Myrna Loy as married detectives. The best are "The Thin Man," where Powell gets dragged back into the detective business, and "After The Thin Man," which features a young James Stewart.

Treasure hunting together

Fun as it is to build a hotel on Boardwalk, late-game Monopoly is often entertaining for only one player: the winner. Forbidden Island, on the other hand, stands as the rare example of an excellent cooperative board game. Players must work together to collect four treasures before the entire island sinks into the ocean. The game rewards teamwork, quick thinking, and imagination. Available from Barnes & Noble, Amazon, and the iPad app store.

Bear kingdom

On PBS's "Nature," Fortress of the Bears explores the largest concentration of bears in the world, on Alaska's Admiralty Island. Half the size of Yellowstone – the island is only 100 miles long and 20 miles wide – the area contains four times the number of grizzlies. The native Tlingít people call the island "Kootznoowoo," which means "fortress of the bears." An up-close look at this impressive animal airs Jan. 25 at 8 p.m.

Power and the glory


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