The Greatest Geeks In TV History



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Famous geeky, nerdy, and dweebish characters from television

List of the greatest geeks in TV history. The best nerd characters ever to hit the tiny screens are ranked here in order of greatness. Played by our favorite cute and nerdy actors with glasses, TV's most popular geeks include characters from sitcoms, cartoon shows, and more.

Sure, some of the characters might have annoyed us, but we never changed that dial once they appeared onscreen. These dorky looking men women, girls, and boys are absolutely hilarious and absolutely awesome -- oh, and absolutely nerdy. It usually happens on TV when the door knocks and the dad is really disappointed to see who is on the other side. Like the way Carl Winslow looks when it's revealed to be Steve Urkel on Family Matters.

TV nerds of all genders are ranked, ranging from sexy geeks like Liz Lemon to neurotic nerds like Adrian Monk. Who studies dinosaurs better than Ross Geller? Who knows more Pawnee history than Leslie Knope? These geeks made us smarter and sillier, like Lisa Simpson and Willow Rosenberg. While Willow was always the best friend and Dwight Schrute is just one of the employees, people like Larry David and iCarly (yes, both geeks) got shows to their geeky selves.

Most divisive: Dana Scully
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  • Spencer Reid
    Matthew Gray Gubler
    3,026 votes
    • Series: Criminal Minds

    A genius-level intellect child prodigy with an eidetic memory, this character is a valuable team member for a group of profilers in the Behavioral Analysis Unit (BAU) solving complex crimes. While grappling with his mother's schizophrenia and overcoming a drug addiction, he remains a vital resource in profiling and catching criminals, all while showcasing his extensive knowledge of trivia. His inability to read social cues and awkwardness in social situations only serve to make him more endearing as his strong friendships with his team members develop.

  • Amy Farrah Fowler
    Mayim Bialik
    2,555 votes
    • Series: The Big Bang Theory

    This introverted and socially awkward neurobiologist initially enters a relationship as the result of a dating site algorithm, but soon discovers a genuine connection with her equally geeky partner. Her prim and proper demeanor belies her deep curiosity about the world, as well as her surprisingly risqué humor. Often butting heads with her overbearing and religious mother, she finds solace in her friendships and grows to become a more confident, assertive woman, while still maintaining her quirkiness.

  • Sheldon Cooper
    Jim Parsons
    4,809 votes
    • Series: The Big Bang Theory

    As an eccentric, highly intelligent theoretical physicist, this character lives his life by a strict set of routines and rules, often leading to comedic misunderstandings with others. Initially challenged by close personal connections, he eventually forms deep bonds with his friends and partner, even exploring his emotions and sexuality. He evolves from a socially inept genius into someone capable of empathy and understanding, all while remaining a hilariously quirky and obsessed with all things nerd culture.

  • Penelope Garcia
    Kirsten Vangsness
    2,412 votes
    • Series: Criminal Minds

    A quirky and brilliant technical analyst, this character uses her computer savvy to uncover vital information for her team of criminal profilers. Known for her colorful wardrobe and upbeat personality, she provides comic relief and emotional support in even the most difficult situations. Her deep bond with her fellow analysts and her fearless commitment to justice make her an indispensable part of the team and a true geek icon.

  • Leonard Hofstadter
    Johnny Galecki
    3,734 votes
    • Series: The Big Bang Theory

    An experimental physicist with a natural talent for navigating the intricacies of human connections, this character attempts to balance his geeky interests with his romantic pursuits. Constantly dealing with an overbearing mother and seeking approval, he is kind-hearted, supportive, and understanding towards those around him. Evolving from a socially awkward nerd to a well-rounded individual, he embodies how geeks can find happiness and love in both their passions and relationships.

  • Abby Sciuto
    Pauley Perrette
    3,030 votes
    • Series: NCIS

    A lovable goth forensic scientist with an unparalleled ability to uncover key evidence in criminal cases, her innate kindness, enthusiasm, and affectionate nature win everyone over. She's unapologetically unique, embracing her quirky style and obsession with science, often sharing her knowledge with her coworkers and friends. As the heart of her team, she's fiercely loyal and fiercely cared for, her colleagues going to great lengths to protect and support her as she does for them.