It’s a new day for nerds and now television series for nerds. Once condemned as outcasts, nerds now command respect in social circles and pop culture. Today nerds aren’t only the front-runners for the stock market but are also taking over prime-time television. So what are TV’s top nerd shows, the best television series for nerds? I’m here to report!
Season 6 on iTunes at: itunes.apple.com
Starting with the Switzerland of television series for nerds, this in one you can’t miss. TV’s perennials had a huge year with matrimonies, space missions, new levels of promise, and, new adventures in nerdery. What began as a venue to mock the broad perception of nerds, The Big Bang Theory has grown into a fun comedy where the writers play against stereotypes and expectations to deliver laughs as they indulge in them.
Season 3 on iTunes at: itunes.apple.com
Nerds love zombies. No recent program or film has done more to explore the zombie genre than “The Walking Dead.” It is a never ending game, about how the smart and practical have to gather whatever supplies they can, while staying a step ahead of the creepiest walking dead you’ve ever seen. And when it comes time to off these undead beings, it helps to have a virtually nerd-like creative problem-solving attitude.
Season 8 on iTunes at: itunes.apple.com
This drama is about brothers, Sam and Dean, who’ve been raised by their father to pursuit and kill all things that go "bump in the night" after his wife was murdered by an evil supernatural being when the boys were young. 22 years later the brothers set out on an evil fighting journey to find their missing dad who, when they lastly meet up with, discloses his knowledge of what killed their mother, a demon, and has originated a way to hunt and kill it. Meanwhile, Sam starts to develop terrifying abilities that include death visions. When their father dies striking a deal with the very same devil that killed his wife, the brothers are determined to finish the crusade their father started.
Season 4 on iTunes at: itunes.apple.com
Twilight’s over, but The Vampire Diaries, going into its fifth season, is still going strong. This show is filled with attractive young people, but Diaries also doubles down on being TV’s fastest moving drama. Your arch-enemy one week can be the one person you desperately need to save the next week, and the love of your life in the prior episode becomes the one who conveys the most stinging treachery now. Also working in Diaries favor is its capability to kill off characters without pity or regret, even its focal character.
Season 7, Part 1 on iTunes at: itunes.apple.com
BBC's "Doctor Who" stars David Tennant. He's smart and quirky. He speaks with a British accent and can fix anything with his sonic screwdriver. He travels in a TARDIS through time and space — half by throwing seemingly random switches and half by body language. There's the wonderfully geeky premise that’s allowed to keep the show going since the 60's—if they need to replace the main actor, The Doctor simply "regenerates".
Not available on iTunes (or anywhere else!) til fall 2013
This is a new show coming this fall that branches off The Vampire Diaries seized by Klaus, Elijah and Rebekah Mikaelson. A more adult take on the sexy vampires superiority, these characters are already fully-formed and blemished beings – as well as mass murdering sociopaths - promising well for the show’s ultimate appeal.
Season 1 on iTunes at: itunes.apple.com
NBC's "Heroes" is based on ordinary people who have special powers. The series has mythology to fill a Joseph Campbell hardcover, and there are "Star Trek" connections including a recurring George Takei as a background character. One hero is, Hiro Nakamura a "level three programmer" who is into anime and reminds the audience of superhero lore. The plot centers on genetics and has been masterful at integrating geek-friendly media into its world.
Okay! So I had to sum all this up in less than 650 words! I hope I gave these shows justice. What did y'all think?
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