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The Best Current Shows for Nerds 

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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 Who is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Current Shows for Nerds
Christopher Eccleston, David Tennant, Matt Smith

Premiered: 1963

Genres (Tv): Sci-fi, Adventure, Drama

Doctor Who (BBC, 2005) is a British science-fiction television show created by Sydney Newman, C. E. Webber, and Donald Wilson. The further adventures in time and space of the alien adventurer ...more

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Rick and Morty is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Current Shows for Nerds
jaivster added Justin Roiland, Chris Parnell, Spencer Grammer

Premiered: 2013

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

Rick and Morty (Adult Swim, 2013) is an American adult animated science-fiction sitcom created by Justin Roiland and Dan Harmon. Cynical mad scientist Rick Sanchez and his fretful, easily ...more

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Supernatural is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Current Shows for Nerds
Jared Padalecki, Jensen Ackles, Katie Cassidy

Premiered: 2005

Genres (Tv): Supernatural drama, Black comedy, Drama, Horror Film, Mystery, + more

Supernatural (The CW, 2005) is an American fantasy horror television series created by Eric Kripke. Two brothers, Sam (Jared Padalecki) and Dean Winchester (Jensen Ackles), follow their father's ...more

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The Flash is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Current Shows for Nerds
Grant Gustin, Candice Patton, Danielle Panabaker

Premiered: 2014

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

The Flash (The CW, 2014) is an American superhero television series developed by Greg Berlanti, Andrew Kreisberg, and Geoff Johns, based on the DC Comics character. CSI Barry Allen (Grant ...more

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Archer is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Current Shows for Nerds
H. Jon Benjamin, Judy Greer, Amber Nash

Premiered: 2009

Genres (Tv): Adult animation, Action, Comedy

Archer (FXX, 2009) is an American adult animated black spy sitcom created by Adam Reed. The adventures and mishaps of secret agent Sterling Archer (H. Jon Benjamin) and his colleagues, who are ...more

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Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. ... is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Current Shows for Nerds
Clark Gregg, Ming-Na Wen, Brett Dalton

Premiered: 2013

Genres (Tv): Drama, Action, Adventure Film, Science Fiction, Fantasy

Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., or simply Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., is an American television series created for ABC by Joss Whedon, Jed Whedon, and Maurissa Tancharoen, based on the Marvel ...more

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Vikings is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Current Shows for Nerds
Travis Fimmel, Katheryn Winnick, Clive Standen

Premiered: 2013

Genres (Tv): Historical drama, Action-adventure

Vikings (History, 2013) is a historical drama television series created by Michael Hirst. A farmer (Travis Fimmel) rises to fame by successful raids into England, and eventually becomes a ...more

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The Simpsons is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Current Shows for Nerds
jaivster added Dan Castellaneta, Nancy Cartwright, Julie Kavner

Premiered: 1989

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

The Simpsons is an American animated sitcom created by Matt Groening for the Fox Broadcasting Company. The series is a satirical depiction of a middle class American lifestyle epitomized by the ...more

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Stranger Things is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Current Shows for Nerds
Guest_176ff788-6053-42a5-8dbb-0c6751695943 added Winona Ryder, David Harbour, Finn Wolfhard

Premiered: 2016

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

Stranger Things (Netflix, 2016) is an American science fiction-horror web television series created by The Duffer Brothers. When a young boy (Noah Schnapp) disappears, his mother (Winona Ryder), ...more

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Supergirl is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Current Shows for Nerds
TricMarland added Melissa Benoist, Mehcad Brooks, Chyler Leigh

Premiered: 2015

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

Supergirl (The CW, 2015) is an American superhero action-adventure television series developed by Ali Adler, Greg Berlanti, and Andrew Kreisberg, based on the DC Comics character. The adventures ...more

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Lucifer is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Current Shows for Nerds
Felipe Avila added Tom Ellis, Lauren German, Kevin Alejandro

Premiered: 2015

Genres (Tv): Comedy-drama, Mystery, Fantasy

Lucifer (Fox, 2016) is an American fantasy police procedural comedy-drama television series developed by Tom Kapinos. The series revolves around Lucifer Morningstar (Tom Ellis), the Devil, who ...more

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Black Mirror is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Current Shows for Nerds
Luke Albright added Daniel Kaluuya, Toby Kebbell, Rory Kinnear

Premiered: 2011

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

Black Mirror (Netflix, 2011) is a British television anthology series created by Charlie Brooker. The show features speculative fiction with dark and sometimes satirical themes that examine ...more

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The Orville is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Current Shows for Nerds
Luke Albright added Seth MacFarlane, Adrianne Palicki, Scott Grimes

Premiered: 2017

Genres (Tv): Comedy-drama, Science fiction

The Orville (Fox, 2017) is a science fiction comedy-drama series created by Seth MacFarlane. Ed Mercer (MacFarlane) is captain of the U.S.S. Orville (ECV-197), a mid-level exploration starship ...more

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Westworld is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Current Shows for Nerds
Chris Sausler added Evan Rachel Wood, Thandie Newton, Jeffrey Wright

Premiered: 2016

Genres (Tv): Sci-fi, Drama, Western

Westworld (HBO, 2016) is an American science fiction western thriller television series created by Jonathan Nolan and Lisa Joy, and based on the 1973 film. In a technologically advanced Wild ...more

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Attack on Titan is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Current Shows for Nerds
heather-mcconnell added Marina Inoue, Yuki Kaji, Josh Grelle

Premiered: 2013

Genres (Tv): Animation, Drama, Anime, Action

Attack on Titan (MBS, 2013) is a Japanese fantasy anime television series adapted from the manga of the same name by Hajime Isayama. It is set in a world where humanity lives inside cities ...more

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Star Trek: Discovery is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Current Shows for Nerds
Felipe Avila added Sonequa Martin-Green, Doug Jones, Anthony Rapp

Premiered: 2017

Genres (Tv): Science Fiction

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 Great Debate is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Current Shows for Nerds
Baron Vaughn, Sterling Brim, Maude Garrett

Premiered: 2020

Genres (Tv): Talk Show

The Great Debate (Syfy, 2020) is an American talk show hosted by Baron Vaughn. This half-hour, late-night series features a rotating group of nerd-tastic, nostalgia loving celebrity panelists ...more

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The Walking Dead is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Current Shows for Nerds
Felipe Avila added Andrew Lincoln, Jon Bernthal, Sarah Wayne Callies

Premiered: 2010

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

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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The Good Doctor is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Current Shows for Nerds
Luke Albright added The Good Doctor Freddie Highmore, Antonia Thomas, Nicholas Gonzalez

Premiered: 2017

Genres (Tv): Medical, Drama

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) 20 on the list The Best Current Shows for Nerds
Amy Boal added Thomas Jane, Steven Strait, Cas Anvar

Premiered: 2015

Genres (Tv): Mystery, Sci-Fi

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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Wynonna Earp is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Current Shows for Nerds
go_sullivan added Melanie Scrofano, Shamier Anderson, Tim Rozon

Premiered: 2016

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

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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Prop Culture is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Current Shows for Nerds
Dan Lanigan, Andrew Adamson, Erin Andrews

Premiered: 2020

Genres (Tv): Documentary, Entertainment

Prop Culture (Disney+, 2020) is a documentary television series created by Jason C. Henry and Dan Lanigan. The series takes viewers behind the scenes of their favorite Disney films.
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Lost in Space is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Current Shows for Nerds
Toby Stephens, Molly Parker, Ignacio Serricchio

Premiered: 2018

Genres (Tv): Sci-fi, Mystery, Adventure

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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Fargo is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Current Shows for Nerds
heather-mcconnell added Billy Bob Thornton, Allison Tolman, Colin Hanks

Premiered: 2014

Genres (Tv): Comedy, Drama, Crime

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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Altered Carbon is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Current Shows for Nerds
Joel Kinnaman, Renée Elise Goldsberry, James Purefoy

Premiered: 2018

Genres (Tv): Sci-fi, Mystery, Action

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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