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The Best Current Shows for Nerds  

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This definitive ranking of current shows for nerds in 2019 will guide your inner geeky science lover in the right direction. When it comes to nerd shows, it is hard to top some of the current series on the air right now. Whether you love nerdy tv characters or fantastical high school worlds like Beacon Hills on MTV’s Teen Wolf, this list is for you. Behold your current options for geeky shows that have yet to be canceled and are still pumping out new episodes to the delight of nerdy TV fans everywhere.

Recent years have been great for nerd TV shows, from The CW adapting favorite superheroes (The Flash) to Netflix knowing how to perfectly pluck the strings of nostalgia (Stranger Things). A nerd TV show like Doctor Who or a geeky hacker show like Mr. Robot have and will continue to blow your minds. 

What does nerd mean to you? Whether you're into science, sci-fi, fantasy, horror, or any other "geeky" genre, the shows on this list are sure to satisfy your inner nerd. Upvote the best shows for nerds below, or add other great television series currently airing that you think other nerds would enjoy.

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Star Trek: Discovery is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Current Shows for Nerds
Felipe Avila added Sonequa Martin-Green, Doug Jones, Anthony Rapp
Star Trek: Discovery (CBS All Access, 2017) is the first Star Trek series since Star Trek: Enterprise concluded in 2005. Set roughly a decade before the events of the original Star Trek series, ...more
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The Walking Dead is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Current Shows for Nerds
Felipe Avila added Andrew Lincoln, Jon Bernthal, Sarah Wayne Callies
The Walking Dead (A&E, 2010) is an American post-apocalyptic horror television series developed by Frank Darabont, based on the comic book series by Robert Kirkman, Tony Moore, and Charlie ...more
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Fargo is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Current Shows for Nerds
heather-mcconnell added Billy Bob Thornton, Allison Tolman, Colin Hanks
Fargo (FX, 2014) is an American black comedy drama anthology television series created by Noah Hawley, and inspired by the 1996 film. Various chronicles of deception, intrigue and wrong doings ...more
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Legion is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Current Shows for Nerds
voting closed at #30 Jayden Lebel added Dan Stevens, Rachel Keller, Aubrey Plaza
Legion (FX, 2017) is an American cable television series created by Noah Hawley, based on the Marvel Comics character. Diagnosed with schizophrenia at a young age, David Haller (Dan Stevens) ...more
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The Good Doctor is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Current Shows for Nerds
Luke Albright added The Good Doctor Freddie Highmore, Antonia Thomas, Nicholas Gonzalez
The Good Doctor (ABC, 2017) is an American medical-drama television series based on the 2013 South Korean series of the same name. Shaun Murphy (Freddie Highmore) is a young pediatric surgeon ...more
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The Expanse is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Current Shows for Nerds
Amy Boal added Thomas Jane, Steven Strait, Cas Anvar
The Expanse (Syfy, 2015) is an American science fiction television series developed by Mark Fergus and Hawk Ostby, based on the novels by James S. A. Corey. In a future where humanity has ...more
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The Defenders is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Current Shows for Nerds
Felipe Avila added Charlie Cox, Krysten Ritter, Mike Colter
The Defender (Netflix, 2017) is an American web television miniseries created by Douglas Petrie and Marco Ramirez, based on the Marvel Comics superhero team. Daredevil (Charlie Cox), Jessica ...more
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Preacher is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Current Shows for Nerds
voting closed at #35 Felipe Avila added Dominic Cooper, Joseph Gilgun, Ruth Negga
Preacher (AMC, 2016) is an American television series developed by Sam Catlin, Evan Goldberg, and Seth Rogen, based on the comic book series created by Garth Ennis and Steve Dillon. After a ...more
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Wynonna Earp is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Current Shows for Nerds
go_sullivan added Melanie Scrofano, Shamier Anderson, Tim Rozon
Wynonna Earp (Syfy, 2016) is a Canadian-American supernatural Western horror television series created by Emily Andras, based on the comic book series by Beau Smith. With her unique abilities, ...more
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Altered Carbon is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Current Shows for Nerds
Joel Kinnaman, Renée Elise Goldsberry, James Purefoy
Altered Carbon is an American science fiction television series created by Laeta Kalogridis, based on the novel by Richard K. Morgan. In a future where human minds are digitized and downloaded ...more
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MythBusters is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Current Shows for Nerds
Jon Lung, Brian Louden
MythBusters is a science entertainment television program created by Peter Rees and produced by Australia's Beyond Television Productions for the Discovery Channel. The series is transmitted by ...more
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Lost in Space is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Current Shows for Nerds
Toby Stephens, Molly Parker, Ignacio Serricchio
Lost in Space (Netflix, 2018) is an American science fiction web television series created by Matt Sazama and Burk Sharpless, and a reboot of the 1965 series. After encountering a rip in ...more
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Dirk Gently's Holistic Detecti... is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Current Shows for Nerds
Samuel Barnett, Elijah Wood, Hannah Marks
Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency (BBC America, Netflix, 2016) is British/American comic science fiction detective television series, taking place after the Douglas Adams novel series of ...more
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Travelers is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Current Shows for Nerds
Luke Albright added Eric McCormack, MacKenzie Porter, Nesta Cooper
Travelers (Netflix, 2016) is a science fiction television series created by Brad Wright. Hundreds of years from now, surviving humans discover how to send consciousness back through time, into ...more
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Riverdale is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Current Shows for Nerds
Felipe Avila added KJ Apa, Lili Reinhart, Camila Mendes
Riverdale (The CW, 2017) is an American teen drama television series developed by Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa, based on the characters of Archie Comics. The series follows Archie Andrews' (KJ Apa) ...more
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American Gods is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Current Shows for Nerds
Felipe Avila added Ricky Whittle, Emily Browning, Crispin Glover
American Gods (Starz, 2017) is an American television series developed by Bryan Fuller and Michael Green, based on the novel by Neil Gaiman. After being released from prison, Shadow Moon (Ricky ...more
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Runaways is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Current Shows for Nerds
Rhenzy Feliz, Lyrica Okano, Virginia Gardner
Marvel's Runaways (Hulu, 2017) is an American web television series created by Josh Schwartz and Stephanie Savage. Six teenagers from different backgrounds unite against a common enemy.
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Batwoman is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Current Shows for Nerds
Ruby Rose, Meagan Tandy, Camrus Johnson
Batwoman (The CW, 2019) is an American superhero television series based on the DC Comics character Kate Kane/Batwoman and set in the Arrowverse. Kate Kane (Ruby Rose) must overcome her own ...more
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The World According to Jeff Go... is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Current Shows for Nerds
Jeff Goldblum
The World According to Jeff Goldblum (Disney+, 2019) is an American documentary television series from National Geographic. Each episode is centered around something we all love—like sneakers or ...more
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The Imagineering Story is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Current Shows for Nerds
Walt Disney, John Lasseter, Richard M. Sherman
The Imagineering Story (Disney+, 2019) is an American documentary television series. The docuseries looks at the past, present and future achievements of Walt Disney's Imagineering staff at his ...more
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I Ship It is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Current Shows for Nerds
Helen Highfield, Riley Neldam, Yasmine Al-Bustami
I Ship It (CW Seed, 2016) is an American musical comedy television series. Roommates, co-workers, and best friends Ella (Helen Highfield) and Tim (Riley Neldam) start a band with interns Sasha ...more
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Comic Book Men is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Current Shows for Nerds
James Mayberry added Kevin Smith, Ming Chen, Walter Flanagan
Comic Book Men is an American reality television series airing on the AMC network. It is set at Kevin Smith's comic book shop, Jay and Silent Bob's Secret Stash, in Red Bank, New Jersey.
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The First is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Current Shows for Nerds
Sean Penn, Natascha McElhone, LisaGay Hamilton
The First (Hulu, 2018) is an American-British drama web television series created by Beau Willimon. A team of astronauts become the first humans to visit Mars.
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Schooled is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Current Shows for Nerds
AJ Michalka, Bryan Callen, Tim Meadows
Schooled (ABC, 2019) is an American comedy television series, and a spinoff of The Goldbergs. In the 1990s, the teachers of William Penn Academy are heroes to their students, despite their ...more