We are currently living in what can only be considered as the height of quality television. With shows like Game of Thrones and The Walking Dead proving that TV is no longer the little brother of the film industry, there really isn’t a better time to be a nerd. As a self-professed nerd, geek, and member of the pop-culture community, there are a handful of television shows that have a unique place in my memory. These are the five shows that I always recommend when people ask what they should watch, and are the shows that I consider to be great, especially for nerds.
Note: This top five list contains five television shows that have ended and are no longer airing on television.
Before he was Superman, Clark Kent was an extraordinary young man who wanted nothing more than to be normal. Smallville tells the story of Superman’s origin and his upbringing in Smallville, Kansas. The show ran for ten seasons giving the writers/creators enough time to fully flesh out who this character is and how he went from being a small-town farm boy to the greatest superhero the world has ever seen.
Why You Should Watch Smallville
While not every episode of Smallville was great, it’s hard to argue that this isn’t an amazing portrayal of Superman on the small screen. Comic book fans especially will easily find something to love in each of the ten seasons, between great villains, amazing references, and a great origin story for the Superman character, Smallville is definitely a show worth bingeing. Although be warned, it’s not easy to plow through ten seasons of television – no matter how nerdy you claim to be.
4. The X-Files
I know the series returned recently with the tenth season and will probably continue with more episodes in the future, but looking solely at the original series, The X-Files is a damn fine show to binge. The series follows FBI special Agents Scully and Mulder, who investigate the unexplained, and mysterious cases that the government refuses to believe in. Through the seasons the pair search for proof of alien existence and the impossible.
Why You Should Watch The X-Files
Not only is The X-Files an extremely entertaining series, with a great monster of the week formula, the show introduced and maintained one of the greatest on-screen partnerships we’ve ever seen. Scully and Mulder have become two of the most iconic characters in pop-culture. The show also told interesting and funny stories and kept you on the edge of your seat wondering if the truth really was out there. You can catch The X-Files on various streaming services and discover the impossible for yourself.
Chuck is pretty much the televised version of the life most nerds always wished we had! Ordinary super-nerd Chuck Bartowski becomes the target of government assassins when he accidentally gets his hands on critical information. To keep the information safe, Maj. John Casey and the girl of Chuck’s dreams, Sarah Walker are tasked with protecting this unmotivated nerd.
Why You Should Watch Chuck
In my opinion, Chuck is one of the rare shows that delivers consistent quality television. Each of the five seasons tells a different chapter of Chuck’s life and the characters are constantly improving and changing, which we all know is rare. The reason Chuck is one of my all-time favorite series and one of the shows I always recommend is simply because it managed to tell a great story while balancing a mix of hilarious comedy and exciting action. Chuck ran for a total of five hilarious seasons and is well worth the binge, enjoy!
2. Batman: The Animated Series
Okay, now before you get angry because I’m recommending an animated series just hear me out. Batman: The Animated Series is arguably the greatest on-screen portrayal of the Caped Crusader and features some of Batman’s most entertaining adventures. The show ran for a total of 85 episodes and introduced some of the most iconic supervillains from DC Comics, including Mark Hamill’s Joker.
Why You Should Watch Batman: The Animated Series
I wasn’t always the biggest fan of animated television, but after more than a few recommendations I decided to watch Batman: The Animated Series and it’s a decision I will never regret. The dark, moody tone of the series is reminiscent of the early Batman comics and the representation of Batman’s greatest characters is done expertly, also how can you not love the show that created Harley Quinn!
1. Buffy The Vampire Slayer
If you’ve not watched a single episode of Buffy The Vampire Slayer, then sorry but I’m gonna have to take away your nerd card. This is easily one of the most iconic shows to ever grace the small screen and also one of my personal favourites. The show follows Buffy, a teenage girl who learns she is the Slayer, a girl destined to defeat vampires, demons, and other supernatural monsters.
Why You Should Watch Buffy The Vampire Slayer
I mean, who wouldn’t want to watch a show about a girl killing monsters? In all seriousness, I think everyone should give this show a chance because not only is it insanely entertaining but creator Joss Whedon has created iconic characters and told stories that have quickly become some of the best TV episodes ever made. For fans of the vampire genre, Buffy The Vampire Slayer will also remind you of a time before Twilight when vampires weren’t just the brooding romantics but also the badass monsters that we remember. Don’t worry though, there’s still a few romantics to be enjoyed! Buffy ran for seven glorious seasons, meaning there’s plenty to binge and enjoy.
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