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This definitive ranking of current shows for nerds 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 like Sheldon on CBS’s The Big Bang Theory 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. HBO in particular has not only shown the humor that can be found in the world of modern start-up companies (Silicon Valley) but also how to beautifully adapt those wordy and dense George R.R. Martin novels (Game of Thrones). A nerd TV show like Doctor Who or a geeky hacker show like Mr. Robot have and will continue to blow your minds. While the major broadcast networks do offer great nerdy shows like Agent Carter on ABC or Beauty and the Beast on CW, geeks can now get expand their TV horizons on cable and premium cable channels. For instance, a wonderful nerd show like Helix can be found on the Syfy channel while history nerds have their own geek show in Manhattan, on WGN.

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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Game of Thrones is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Current Shows for Nerds
Game of Thrones Peter Dinklage, Lena Headey, Emilia Clarke Game of Thrones (HBO, 2011) is an American fantasy drama television series created by David Benioff and D. B. Weiss, based on the series of fantasy novels by George R. R. Martin. Nine noble ...more

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Doctor Who is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Current Shows for Nerds
Doctor Who Christopher Eccleston, David Tennant, Matt Smith 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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Sherlock is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Current Shows for Nerds
aimee-ac-lachance added Sherlock Benedict Cumberbatch, Martin Freeman, Una Stubbs Sherlock is a British television crime drama that presents a contemporary adaptation of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's Sherlock Holmes detective stories. Created by Steven Moffat and Mark Gatiss, it ...more

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Rick and Morty is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Current Shows for Nerds
jaivster added Rick and Morty Justin Roiland, Chris Parnell, Spencer Grammer Rick and Morty is an American adult animated television series created by Justin Roiland and Dan Harmon for Adult Swim. The series follows the misadventures of alcoholic scientist Rick and his ...more

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Supernatural is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Current Shows for Nerds
Supernatural Jared Padalecki, Jensen Ackles, Jim Beave Supernatural is an American fantasy horror television series created by Eric Kripke. It was first broadcast on September 13, 2005, on The WB and subsequently became part of successor The CW's ...more

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Daredevil is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Current Shows for Nerds
Daredevil Charlie Cox, Vincent D'Onofrio, Deborah Ann Woll Marvel's Daredevil, or simply Daredevil, is an American web television series created for Netflix by Drew Goddard, based on the Marvel Comics character of the same name. It is set in the Marvel ...more

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The Flash is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Current Shows for Nerds
The Flash Grant Gustin, Candice Patton, Danielle Panabaker The Flash is an American television series developed by writer/producers Greg Berlanti, Andrew Kreisberg and Geoff Johns, airing on The CW. It is based on the DC Comics character Barry Allen / ...more

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The Big Bang Theory is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Current Shows for Nerds
The Big Bang Theory Johnny Galecki, Jim Parsons, Kaley Cuoco The Big Bang Theory is an American sitcom created by Chuck Lorre and Bill Prady, both of whom serve as executive producers on the show along with Steven Molaro. All three also serve as head ...more

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Archer is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Current Shows for Nerds
Archer H. Jon Benjamin, Judy Greer, Amber Nash Watch for Free with Amazon Prime Free Trial Archer is an American adult animated television series created by Adam Reed for the FX network. A preview of the series aired on September 17, 2009. The first season premiered on January 14, ...more

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Stranger Things is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Current Shows for Nerds
Guest_176ff788-6053-42a5-8dbb-0c6751695943 added Stranger Things Winona Ryder, Millie Bobby Brown, Finn Wolfhard On November 6, 1983, in the town of Hawkins,[12] Indiana, 12-year-old Will Byers vanishes mysteriously. Will's frantic mother, Joyce, searches for him while Police Chief Jim Hopper launches his ...more

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The X-Files is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Current Shows for Nerds
jaivster added The X-Files David Duchovny, Gillian Anderson, Mitch Pileggi The X-Files is an American science fiction horror drama television series created by Chris Carter. The program originally aired from September 10, 1993 to May 19, 2002 on Fox, spanning nine ...more

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Gotham is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Current Shows for Nerds
TricMarland added Gotham Ben McKenzie, Donal Logue, David Mazouz Gotham (Fox, 2014) is an American crime drama television series developed by Bruno Heller, based on the DC Comics characters from the Batman franchise. The story behind Detective James Gordon's ...more

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Arrow is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Current Shows for Nerds
Arrow Stephen Amell, Katie Cassidy, David Ramsey After a violent shipwreck, billionaire playboy Oliver Queen was missing and presumed dead for five years before being discovered alive on a remote island in the Pacific. When he returns home to ...more

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Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Current Shows for Nerds
Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Clark Gregg, Ming-Na Wen, Brett Dalton 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) 15 on the list The Best Current Shows for Nerds
Vikings Travis Fimmel, Clive Standen, Gustaf Skarsgård Watch for Free with Amazon Prime Free Trial Vikings is an Irish-Canadian historical drama television series written and created by Michael Hirst for the television channel History. It premiered on 3 March 2013 in the United States and ...more

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Mr. Robot is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Current Shows for Nerds
Mr. Robot Rami Malek, Carly Chaikin, Portia Doubleday Mr. Robot (USA Network, 2015) is an American drama–thriller television series created by Sam Esmail. Elliot (Rami Malek), a cybersecurity engineer and hacker who suffers from social anxiety ...more

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The Simpsons is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Current Shows for Nerds
jaivster added The Simpsons Dan Castellaneta, Nancy Cartwright, Julie Kavner 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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Supergirl is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Current Shows for Nerds
TricMarland added Supergirl Melissa Benoist, Mehcad Brooks, Chyler Leigh Supergirl is an American superhero action-adventure drama television series developed by Ali Adler, Greg Berlanti and Andrew Kreisberg (the latter two having previously created Arrow and The ...more

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Once Upon a Time is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Current Shows for Nerds
Once Upon a Time Ginnifer Goodwin, Jennifer Morrison, Lana Parrilla Once Upon a Time is an American fairy tale drama series that premiered on October 23, 2011, on ABC. The show takes place in the fictional seaside town of Storybrooke, Maine, whose residents are ...more

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iZombie is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Current Shows for Nerds
aimee-ac-lachance added iZombie Rose McIver, Malcolm Goodwin, Rahul Kohli iZombie is an American television series developed by Rob Thomas and Diane Ruggiero-Wright for The CW, and is a loose adaptation of the comic book series of the same name created by Chris ...more

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Attack on Titan is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Current Shows for Nerds
heather-mcconnell added Attack on Titan Marina Inoue, Yuki Kaji, Josh Grelle Several hundred years ago, humans were nearly exterminated by giants. Giants are typically several stories tall, seem to have no intelligence, devour human beings and, worst of all, seem to do ...more

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Adventure Time is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Current Shows for Nerds
anuli-ejiogu added Adventure Time Jeremy Shada, John DiMaggio, Tom Kenny Adventure Time is an American animated television series created by Pendleton Ward for Cartoon Network. The series follows the adventures of Finn, a human boy, and his best friend and adoptive ...more

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Grimm is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Current Shows for Nerds
Grimm David Giuntoli, Silas Weir Mitchell, Sasha Roiz Watch for Free with Amazon Prime Free Trial Grimm is an American police procedural fantasy television drama series. It debuted in the U.S. on NBC on October 28, 2011. The show has been described as "a cop drama—with a twist... a dark ...more

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The Magicians is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Current Shows for Nerds
RissePj added The Magicians Jason Ralph, Stella Maeve, Olivia Taylor Dudley The Magicians (Syfy, 2015) is an American fantasy television series created by Sera Gamble and John McNamara, based on the novel by Lev Grossman. Training to be a magician at Brakebills ...more

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Silicon Valley is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Current Shows for Nerds
Silicon Valley Thomas Middleditch, T.J. Miller, Josh Brener Silicon Valley is an American television sitcom created by Mike Judge, John Altschuler and Dave Krinsky. The series focuses on six young men who found a startup company in Silicon Valley. The ...more

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The Orville is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Current Shows for Nerds
Luke Albright added The Orville Seth MacFarlane, Adrianne Palicki, Scott Grimes 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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Fargo is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Current Shows for Nerds
heather-mcconnell added Fargo Billy Bob Thornton, Martin Freeman, Allison Tolman Fargo is an American black comedy–crime drama television series created and written by Noah Hawley. The show is inspired by the 1996 film of the same name written and directed by the Coen ...more

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Scorpion is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Current Shows for Nerds
TricMarland added Scorpion Elyes Gabel, Katharine McPhee, Eddie Kaye Thomas Scorpion is an American drama television series loosely based on the life of self-proclaimed genius and computer expert Walter O'Brien. In the series, O'Brien and his genius friends help each ...more

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Black Mirror is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Current Shows for Nerds
Luke Albright added Black Mirror Daniel Kaluuya, Toby Kebbell, Rory Kinnear Black Mirror is a British television anthology series created by Charlie Brooker that features speculative fiction with dark and sometimes satirical themes that examine modern society, ...more

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The Expanse is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Current Shows for Nerds
Amy Boal added The Expanse 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 Good Doctor is listed (or ranked) 31 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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Legion is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Current Shows for Nerds
Jayden Lebel added Legion Dan Stevens, Rachel Keller, Jean Smart Based on the Marvel Comics character of the same name, Legion is the story of David Haller. who was diagnosed with schizophrenia at a young age. After Haller has an encounter with a fellow ...more

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Star Trek: Discovery is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Current Shows for Nerds
Felipe Avila added Star Trek: Discovery 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 Librarians is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Current Shows for Nerds
Luke Albright added the librarians Josh Lawson, Bob Franklin, Vince Colosimo The Librarians is an Australian television comedy series which premiered on 31 October 2007 on ABC TV. In Ireland, the show airs on RTÉ Two. The series is produced and written by Robyn ...more

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Jessica Jones is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Current Shows for Nerds
Felipe Avila added Jessica Jones Krysten Ritter, Mike Colter, Rachael Taylor Jessica Jones (Netflix, 2015) is an American web television series created by Melissa Rosenberg, based on the Marvel Comics character. Following the tragic end of her brief superhero career, ...more

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The Gifted is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Current Shows for Nerds
Felipe Avila added The Gifted Stephen Moyer, Amy Acker, Sean Teale The Gifted (Fox, 2017) is an American superhero TV series based on Marvel Comics's X-Men properties. Two ordinary parents (Stephen Moyer and Amy Acker) take their family on the run from the ...more

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Battlestar Galactica is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Current Shows for Nerds
Maynard Brown added Battlestar Galactica Edward James Olmos, Mary McDonnell, Jamie Bamber Battlestar Galactica is an American military science fiction television series, and part of the Battlestar Galactica franchise. The show was developed by Ronald D. Moore and executive produced ...more

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Luke Cage is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Current Shows for Nerds
Felipe Avila added Luke Cage Mike Colter, Mahershala Ali, Simone Missick Luke Cage (Netflix, 2016) is an American web television series created by Cheo Hodari Coker, based on the Marvel Comics character. When a sabotaged experiment gives him super strength and ...more

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The Walking Dead is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Current Shows for Nerds
Felipe Avila added The Walking Dead Andrew Lincoln, Jon Bernthal, Sarah Wayne Callies The Walking Dead is an American horror drama television series developed by Frank Darabont. It is based on the comic book series of the same name by Robert Kirkman, Tony Moore, and Charlie ...more

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Lucifer is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Current Shows for Nerds
Felipe Avila added Lucifer Tom Ellis, Lauren German, Kevin Alejandro Lucifer (Fox, 2016) is an American fantasy police procedural comedy-drama television series. It features a character created by Neil Gaiman, Sam Kieth, and Mike Dringenberg taken from the comic ...more

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Riverdale is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Current Shows for Nerds
Felipe Avila added Riverdale 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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The Defenders is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Current Shows for Nerds
Felipe Avila added The Defenders Charlie Cox, Krysten Ritter, Mike Colter Marvel's The Defenders, or simply The Defenders, is an American web television miniseries developed for Netflix, based on the Marvel Comics superhero team of the same name. The team includes ...more

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American Gods is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Current Shows for Nerds
Felipe Avila added American Gods 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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The Punisher is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Current Shows for Nerds
Felipe Avila added The Punisher Jon Bernthal, Ben Barnes, Ebon Moss-Bachrach Marvel's The Punisher (Netflix, 2017) is an American web television series created for Netflix by Steve Lightfoot. Former Force Recon officer Frank Castle (Jon Bernthal), known throughout New ...more

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Runaways is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Current Shows for Nerds
go_sullivan added Runaways 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 — their ...more

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Wynonna Earp is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Current Shows for Nerds
go_sullivan added Wynonna Earp Melanie Scrofano, Shamier Anderson, Tim Rozon Wynonna Earp (Syfy, 2016) is a Canadian-American supernatural Western horror television series based on the comic book series by Beau Smith.

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Preacher is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Current Shows for Nerds
Felipe Avila added Preacher Dominic Cooper, Joseph Gilgun, Ruth Negga Based on the DC Comic Book series, Preacher follows Jesse Custer, a small-town preacher who is on a mission to find God.

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Accel World is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Current Shows for Nerds
jackcresswell03 added Accel World Yūki Kaji Haruyuki is an overweight kid and at the bottom of the food chain at his middle school. Within the sci-fi setting of the real world he often seeks refuge in a virtual one. One day however his ...more

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Killjoys is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Current Shows for Nerds
Felipe Avila added Killjoys Hannah John-Kamen, Aaron Ashmore, Luke Macfarlane Killjoys (Syfy, 2015) is a Canadian space adventure drama series created by Michelle Lovretta. In the Quad, a planetary system on the brink of a bloody interplanetary class war, a fun loving ...more

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The Venture Bros. is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Current Shows for Nerds
Felipe Avila added The Venture Bros. Christopher McCulloch, James Urbaniak The Venture Bros. is an American animated television series that premiered on Cartoon Network's Adult Swim on February 16, 2003. It is an action and adventure series that mixes comedy and drama ...more