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The Best Current Shows for Nerds

Updated November 20, 2020 16.7k votes 6.4k voters 103.1k views26 items

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This definitive ranking of current shows for nerds in 2020 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 coding show like Mythic Quest: Raven’s Banquet 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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  • Doctor Who1
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    Doctor Who

    Christopher Eccleston, David Tennant

    Premiered1963

    Genres (Tv)Sci-fi, Adventure, Drama

    Doctor Who (BBC, 2005) is a British science-fiction television show created by Sydney Newman,...  more
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  • Rick and Morty2
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    Rick and Morty

    Justin Roiland, Chris Parnell

    Premiered2013

    Genres (Tv)Adult animation, Sci-fi, Comedy, Adventure

    Rick and Morty (Adult Swim, 2013) is an American adult animated science-fiction sitcom created...  more
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  • The Flash3
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    The Flash

    Grant Gustin, Candice Patton

    Premiered2014

    Genres (Tv)Superhero, Action, Sci-fi, Drama

    The Flash (The CW, 2014) is an American superhero television series developed by Greg...  more
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  • Archer4
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    Archer

    H. Jon Benjamin, Judy Greer

    Premiered2009

    Genres (Tv)Adult animation, Action, Comedy

    Archer (FXX, 2009) is an American adult animated black spy sitcom created by Adam Reed. The...  more
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  • Lucifer5
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    Lucifer

    Tom Ellis, Lauren German

    Premiered2015

    Genres (Tv)Comedy-drama, Mystery, Fantasy

    Lucifer (Fox, 2016) is an American fantasy police procedural comedy-drama television series...  more
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  • Stranger Things6
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    Stranger Things

    Winona Ryder, David Harbour

    Premiered2016

    Genres (Tv)Sci-fi, Horror, Supernatural, Period drama

    Stranger Things (Netflix, 2016) is an American science fiction-horror web television series...  more
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  • The Simpsons7
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    The Simpsons

    Dan Castellaneta, Nancy Cartwright

    Premiered1989

    Genres (Tv)Animation, Television comedy, Comedy, Family Film

    The Simpsons is an American animated sitcom created by Matt Groening for the Fox Broadcasting...  more
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  • Black Mirror8
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    Black Mirror

    Daniel Kaluuya, Toby Kebbell

    Premiered2011

    Genres (Tv)Drama, Thriller, Science Fiction, Fantasy

    Black Mirror (Netflix, 2011) is a British television anthology series created by Charlie...  more
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  • The Orville9
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    The Orville

    Seth MacFarlane, Adrianne Palicki

    Premiered2017

    Genres (Tv)Comedy-drama, Science fiction

    The Orville (Fox, 2017) is a science fiction comedy-drama series created by Seth MacFarlane....  more
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  • Westworld10
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    Westworld

    Evan Rachel Wood, Thandie Newton

    Premiered2016

    Genres (Tv)Sci-fi, Drama, Western

    Westworld (HBO, 2016) is an American science fiction western thriller television series...  more
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  • Star Trek: Discovery11
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    Star Trek: Discovery

    Sonequa Martin-Green, Doug Jones

    Premiered2017

    Genres (Tv)Science Fiction

    Star Trek: Discovery (CBS All Access, 2017) is the first Star Trek series since Star Trek:...  more
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  • Supergirl12
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    Supergirl

    Melissa Benoist, Mehcad Brooks

    Premiered2015

    Genres (Tv)Superhero, Drama, Action, Adventure, Sci-fi

    Supergirl (The CW, 2015) is an American superhero action-adventure television series developed...  more
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  • Lost in Space13
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    Lost in Space

    Toby Stephens, Molly Parker

    Premiered2018

    Genres (Tv)Sci-fi, Mystery, Adventure

    Lost in Space (Netflix, 2018) is an American science fiction web television series created by...  more
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  • The Walking Dead14
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    The Walking Dead

    Andrew Lincoln, Jon Bernthal

    Premiered2010

    Genres (Tv)Apocalyptic and post-apocalyptic fiction, Suspense, Drama

    The Walking Dead (AMC, 2010) is an American post-apocalyptic horror television series...  more
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  • The Expanse15
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    The Expanse

    Thomas Jane, Steven Strait

    Premiered2015

    Genres (Tv)Mystery, Sci-Fi

    The Expanse (Syfy, 2015) is an American science fiction television series developed by Mark...  more
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  • The Good Doctor16
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    The Good Doctor

    Freddie Highmore, Antonia Thomas

    Premiered2017

    Genres (Tv)Medical, Drama

    The Good Doctor (ABC, 2017) is an American medical-drama television series based on the 2013...  more
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  • DC Daily17
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    DC Daily

    Tiffany Smith, John Barrowman

    Premiered2018

    Genres (Tv)News Program

    DC Daily (DC Universe, 2018) is an American daily news television program. Hosted by Tiffany...  more
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  • Wynonna Earp18
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    Wynonna Earp

    Melanie Scrofano, Shamier Anderson

    Premiered2016

    Genres (Tv)Dark fantasy, Drama, Horror, Western, Supernatural

    Wynonna Earp (Syfy, 2016) is a Canadian-American supernatural Western horror television series...  more
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  • Attack on Titan19
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    Attack on Titan

    Marina Inoue, Yuki Kaji

    Premiered2013

    Genres (Tv)Animation, Drama, Anime, Action

    Attack on Titan (Wit Studio, 2013) is a Japanese fantasy anime television series adapted from...  more
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  • Star Trek: Short Treks20
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    Star Trek: Short Treks

    Mary Wiseman, Rainn Wilson

    Premiered2018

    Genres (Tv)Science Fiction, Anthology

    Star Trek: Short Treks (CBS All Access, 2018) is an American science fiction anthology web TV...  more
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  • Bob's Burgers21
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    Bob's Burgers

    H. Jon Benjamin, Dan Mintz

    Premiered2011

    Genres (Tv)Animation, Sitcom, Comedy

    Bob's Burgers (FOX, 2011) is an American animated comedy television series created by Loren...  more
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  • American Gods22
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    American Gods

    Ricky Whittle, Emily Browning

    Premiered2017

    Genres (Tv)Fantasy, Drama

    American Gods (Starz, 2017) is an American television series developed by Bryan Fuller and...  more
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  • Mythic Quest23
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    Mythic Quest

    Rob McElhenney, F. Murray Abraham

    Premiered2020

    Genres (Tv)Comedy

    Mythic Quest (Apple TV+, 2020), known as "Mythic Quest: Raven’s Banquet" for its first season,...  more
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  • Batwoman24
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    Batwoman

    Javicia Leslie, Meagan Tandy

    Premiered2019

    Genres (Tv)Superhero, Drama, Action, Crime, Mystery

    Batwoman (The CW, 2019) is an American superhero television series originally based on the DC...  more
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  • Riverdale25
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    Riverdale

    KJ Apa, Lili Reinhart

    Premiered2017

    Genres (Tv)Teen drama, Mystery

    Riverdale (The CW, 2017) is an American teen drama television series developed by Roberto...  more
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