Monday, November 29, 2010

Nerding 101: Guide to Nerdy TV

There are quite a few nerd essentials you should be, or should have watched. I'm going to break it down for ya!

Current Nerdy TV Shows

The Walking Dead- If you're a comic book fanatic, chances are, you've read this. Chances are if you read it, you loved it. The television adaptation of one of the biggest comics ever written does not disappoint. This show has everything. Violence, drama, you name it. There are heart wrenching scenes of people trying to survive and there are also nasty zombies tearing people limb from limb. Its the hottest new show of the season, and you should DEFINITELY be watching.

Fringe- As mentioned before, if you're not watching Fringe, you should be. The show follows FBI agent Olivia Dunham as she and her team try and figure out answers to cases that are seemingly unsolvable. While solving these cases Olivia gains insight into exactly WHO and WHAT she is. This show features grotesque cases and alternate universes. Also, I dare you not to love Walter Bishop. 

Big Bang Theory- Sure, this TV makes stereotypes come to life, but these guys are downright loveable. The show follows two guys living next door to a hot blonde, and all of the trials they go though to make her notice. It's a very cute show, and extremely funny. 

 30 Rock- This show appeals to everyone. The writers on this show (most notably Donald Glover and Tina Fey) are both huge nerds themselves, so there is a lot of hidden nerd humor in the show. Especially from Tina Fey's character, Liz. This show works on every level, so if you're looking for something new and hilarious, I highly suggest 30 Rock.

 Smallville- Now in it's 10th and final season, this series follows Clark Kent from a high school freshman to a full fledged adult. The show features characters like Green Arrow, Lex Luthor, Lois Lane, Supergirl, The Wonder Twins, Aquaman, Zatanna, Zod and Doomsday. Not every show is a winner, but overall, it's got my vote!

 The League- As discussed between The Editor and myself, this is easily the funniest show out there. It revolves around a group of guys who play fantasy football. It's a little raunchy at times, but all funny. I guarantee you will LOL numerous times in each episode. 

 True Blood- Yeah, it's a vampire show. But it's the BEST vampire show in the world! Based on "The Southern Vampire Mysteries" by Charlaine Harris, this witty, sexy, scary show shows what happens when vampires "come out of the closet". It leaves you wondering what else there is out there in the world. 

BBC Current Nerdy TV Shows

Dr Who- Dr Who was a show that began way back in the 60's, but don't worry about that! The series of the show began 5 years ago, and there's not much you need to know to catch up. They change doctors quite frequently, so you're good to jump on board whenever. I had time to go back and watch the newest series in its entirety, but if you don't have that kind of time you can just watch the season previous to this. Basically, Dr Who is a time lord who travels through time with his companion. It's full of action and adventure, and sometimes it is downright frightening. If you want a good place to start with British TV, this is where to begin.

Being Human- Being Human is a television show based around a ghost, a vampire and a werewolf that live together. It sounds completely ridiculous, but it's a truly great show. The ghost is very needy, and sad, the werewolf struggles with what he is, and the vampire is a sex addict who through a series of events has to lead the vampires into the new age. It's a very suspenseful, touching, funny show.

Torchwood- This show will soon be in the "Current" for American television as Showtime has picked it up. This show is a spin off from Dr. Who that follows Captain Jack Harkness. Captain Jack is special because he can't die. Captain Jack and his team protect Earth from aliens.

Nerdy Shows of the Past

Firefly- This sci-fi space cowboy show focuses on Mal Reynolds and his crew. Swaying on the edge of the law, Mal and his crew are simply trying to survive, while avoiding run ins with the law and "Reavers". It's full of action, and will make you wish you lived in 2517.

Heroes- You really only need to watch season 1.

Reaper- Reaper is a show about a kid whose parents sold his sold to the devil before he was born (in their defense, they were told they couldn't have kids). Now their son has turned 21, and the devil wants to cash in. Sam, now has to hold down his job at The Work Bench, while also trapping souls that have escaped from hell for the devil. Sam and his two friends have crazy adventures while trying to capture the souls and save Sam's once and for all.

Now these are just a few of my personal favorites. I know I'm probably forgetting a few, or there are a few I haven't watched yet (Chuck, Psych, Battlestar Gallactica, The Event), or a few I PERSONALLY wouldn't recommend (V),  but these are my current recommendations. I'll post more if I come up with another post worth, but until then, enjoy!

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