Television series aren’t only limited to the usual genres of drama, comedy, and action. From time to time, TV networks churn out shows that also cater to a very specific niche market usually composed of smartypants who wear glasses and ugly sweaters. So without further ado, here’s a mixed bag of seven television shows, both in production and cancelled, that portray ultra-intelligent characters ranging from doctors, detectives, IT experts, and superheroes who geeks and nerds can easily relate to.
The Big Bang Theory
Perhaps one of the most popular shows to which geeks and nerds can relate is CBS’ sitcom The Big Bang Theory, which stars Johnny Galecki (Leonard) and Jim Parsons (Sheldon) as roommates who work at Caltech as physicists and their relationship with a hot waitress and aspiring actress named Penny (played by Kaley Cuoco) who lives just across the hall.
The IT Crowd
British sitcom The IT Crowd tackled the life of three IT staff from the fictional Reynholm Industries: a geeky genius named Maurice Moss, a socially inept employee named Roy Trenneman, and a technologically challenged department head named Jen Barber. The show also tried to add a large number of references to geek culture and professionalism, mostly in the set, props, and dialogue. Viewers knowledgeable in IT can truly relate in the technobabble injected into the scenes and jokes in this series.
Wrapped in a comedic and geek-inspired packaging, spy series Chuck from NBC was perhaps one of television’s most legit multi-categorical pseudo-dramas. No one can deny that all the pop-culture references, hilarious goofball scenes, and convoluted storylines on which this show continuously based its premises exceeded expectations and created a lasting effect among audiences, young and old.
Fringe is a sci-fi TV drama revolving around a team of FBI agents who gets the job done through fringe science, a field of study that uses unusual modes of discovery vis-à-vis actual scientific methods. The show combines elements seen in procedural dramas like CSI, Criminal Minds, and the like but has been mostly described as a cross between The X-Files and The Twilight Zone.
Flash Forward was a short-lived, high-concept science fiction series on ABC, centered on the lives of people affected by a mysterious event that caused a two-minute simultaneous worldwide blackout. It starred British actor Joseph Fiennes as Mark Benford, an FBI agent who investigates the event due to the vision he had during his blackout. The intriguing show also discussed themes ranging from quantum entanglement to government conspiracies, along with a few major philosophical points laced with drama.
Can an obese person really get stuck on an airline vacuum toilet? Will you really die if you pee on the third rail? Can making a business phone call at a gas station really start a fire? Special effects designers Adam Savage and Jamie Hyneman reveal the answers to these urban legends and myths through science experiments and simulations in the long-running Discovery Channel show Mythbusters. The main duo confirms or busts theories along with equally interesting additional cast members collectively known as “The Build Team.”
Based on the novels by author Jeff Lindsay, Dexter follows the life of Miami Metro Police Department blood spatter pattern analyst Dexter Morgan (played by Michael C. Hall) who also leads a secret life as a serial killer. He is different from other serial killers in the sense that he only kills people who fit the ‘moral code’ his late father taught him, which he mastered and perfected as he grew up.
We all have our favorite shows. These are a few of mine. Do you have any to add to the list? Please leave a comment below!
Henry Conrad is a 29-year-old game developer from Albuquerque, New Mexico. Aside from gaming and being a tech junky, he also dabbles in creative writing, which allows him to create great storylines and backgrounds for his characters. Follow him on Twitter and join him in Google+
Image: The Big Bang Theory, CBS