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The Very Best Geeky Shows & Movies, Ranked

Updated August 21, 2020 4.7k votes 312 voters 6.3k views59 items

List RulesVote up the most entertaining films & TV series about geeky characters and geek-type topics.

Whether you are one or you know some, geeks are all around us. For years, the geek has been relegated to the dark and dank rooms of basements where they could play Dungeons & Dragons in peace, but times are changing! The geeks have come out of the shadows and have taken over our televisions and movie theaters with some of the funniest and most interesting characters and stories ever told! In short, there's a great deal of new geeky shows and movies to nerd out on. 

Years ago, it would have been unheard of to feature a TV show about a group of physicists working tirelessly at Caltech, but that's the baseline premise to The Big Bang Theory, which is one of the most popular television series around. In film, nerds and geek culture is also well represented these days with recent additions including movies like the newly revamped Star Trek series, the new Star Wars films, and many more. Whatever your interest in geek culture, there are plenty of recent nerdy TV shows and movies to watch with a few classics spread throughout this list to keep it interesting!

Which of the nerdiest, geekiest movies and shows deserve the top spots on this list? Help decide which are best by giving your favorites a thumbs up and adding any good movies or shows missing from the list.

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  • This films franchise is an American epic space opera franchise centered on a film series created by George Lucas. The film series, consisting of two trilogies, has spawned an extensive media franchise called the Expanded Universe including books, television series, computer and video games, and comic books. These supplements to the franchise resulted in significant development of the series' fictional universe, keeping the franchise active in the 16-year interim between the two film trilogies. The franchise depicts a galaxy described as "far, far away" in the distant past, and commonly portrays Jedi as a representation of good, in conflict with the Sith, their evil counterpart.... more on Wikipedia
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  • Marvel's The Avengers is a 2012 American superhero film directed by Joss Whedon, based on the Marvel Comics superhero team. Earth's mightiest heroes must come together and learn to fight as a team if they are going to stop the mischievous Loki and his alien army from enslaving humanity.... more on Wikipedia
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  • Back to the Future Franchise is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Very Best Geeky Shows & Movies, Ranked
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    The Back to the Future franchise is an American science fiction–comedy film series written and directed by Robert Zemeckis, produced by Bob Gale and Neil Canton for Steven Spielberg's Amblin Entertainment, and distributed by Universal Pictures. The franchise follows the adventures of a high school student, Marty McFly (Michael J. Fox), and an eccentric scientist, Dr. Emmett L. Brown (Christopher Lloyd), as they use a DeLorean time machine to time travel to different periods in the history of Hill Valley, California.... more on Wikipedia
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  • Doctor Who is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Very Best Geeky Shows & Movies, Ranked
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    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 known as the Doctor, a Time Lord/Lady who can change appearance and gender, and his/her companions.... more on Wikipedia
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