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The Greatest Geeks in TV History  

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List Rules 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. Sure some of the characters might have annoyed us, but we never changed that dial once they appeared onscreen. These men and women 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.

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Sheldon Cooper is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Geeks in TV History
The Big Bang Theory

Actor: Jim Parsons

Dr. Sheldon Lee Cooper is a fictional character on the CBS television series The Big Bang Theory, portrayed by actor Jim Parsons. Parsons won an Emmy Award in 2010 for this role. A Caltech ...more
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Spock is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Geeks in TV History
Star Trek: The Animated Series

Actor: Leonard Nimoy

Occupation: Scientist

Episode: Unification, Part II

Ambassador Spock is a fictional character from the 2008 film Star Trek: Chains of Betrayal.
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Leonard Hofstadter is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Geeks in TV History
The Big Bang Theory

Actor: Johnny Galecki

Leonard Leakey Hofstadter, Ph.D., is a fictional character on the CBS television series The Big Bang Theory, portrayed by actor Johnny Galecki. Leonard is an experimental physicist, who shares ...more
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Spencer Reid is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Geeks in TV History
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Criminal Minds

Actor: Matthew Gray Gubler

Dr. Spencer Reid is a fictional character from the CBS crime drama Criminal Minds, portrayed by Matthew Gray Gubler. Reid is a genius with an IQ of 187 and can read 20,000 words per minute with ...more
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Abby Sciuto is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Geeks in TV History
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NCIS

Actor: Pauley Perrette

Occupation: Scientist

Episode: Killshot, Random on Purpose

Abigail "Abby" Sciuto is a fictional character from the NCIS television series on CBS Television, and is portrayed by Pauley Perrette. In a Season 10 episode entitled "Hit and ...more
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Steve Urkel is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Geeks in TV History
Family Matters

Actor: Jaleel White

Occupation: Student, Inventor, Scientist

Episode: The T.G.I.F. Time Warp

Steven Quincy Urkel is a fictional character on the ABC/CBS sitcom Family Matters, who was portrayed by Jaleel White. Originally slated to have been a one-time only character on the show, he ...more
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Lisa Simpson is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Geeks in TV History
The Simpsons, The Tracey Ullman Show

Actor: Yeardley Smith

Occupation: Student

Lisa Marie Simpson is a fictional character in the animated television series The Simpsons. She is the middle child of the Simpson family. Voiced by Yeardley Smith, Lisa first appeared on ...more
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Amy Farrah Fowler is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Geeks in TV History
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The Big Bang Theory

Actor: Mayim Bialik

Amy Farrah Fowler is a fictional character from the TV series The Big Bang Theory.
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Dexter is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Geeks in TV History
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Dexter's Laboratory

Actor: Candi Milo, Christine Cavanaugh

Dexter is a fictional character from the tv series Dexter's Laboratory.
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Penelope Garcia is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Geeks in TV History
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Criminal Minds

Actor: Kirsten Vangsness

Penelope Garcia is a fictional character from the 2005 tv series Criminal Minds.
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Carlton Banks is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Geeks in TV History
The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air

Actor: Alfonso Ribeiro

Carlton Banks is the fictional character from the TV Series The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air.
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J.D. is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Geeks in TV History
Scrubs

Actor: Zach Braff

Occupation: Physician

Jonathan Michael "J.D." Dorian, M.D. is a fictional character in the American comedy-drama Scrubs, played by Zach Braff. He is the narrator and main character of the series. He ...more
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Ross Geller is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Geeks in TV History
Friends

Actor: David Schwimmer

Occupation: Professor, Scientist, Physician, Paleontology

Episode: The One Where Joey Speaks French

Ross Eustace Geller, Ph.D. is a fictional character from the NBC sitcom Friends, portrayed by David Schwimmer. Ross is the smartest member of the group and is noted for his goofy, lovable ...more
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Fez is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Geeks in TV History
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That '70s Show

Actor: Wilmer Valderrama

Occupation: Student

Fez is a fictional character and one of the four male leads on the Fox Network's That '70s Show, portrayed by Wilmer Valderrama. He was the foreign exchange student in a group of six local ...more
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Topanga Lawrence is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Geeks in TV History
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Girl Meets World, Boy Meets World

Actor: Danielle Fishel

Episode: Frightful Halloween Bash

Topanga Lawrence is a fictional character from the TV series Boy Meets World.
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Barney Fife is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Geeks in TV History
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The New Andy Griffith Show, The Andy Griffith Show, The Joey Bishop Show

Actor: Don Knotts

Occupation: Police officer

Bernard "Barney" Milton Fife is a fictional character in the American television program The Andy Griffith Show, portrayed by comic actor Don Knotts. Barney Fife is a deputy sheriff in ...more
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Dwight Schrute is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Geeks in TV History
The Office

Actor: Rainn Wilson

Dwight Kurt Schrute III is a character on NBC's The Office, portrayed by Rainn Wilson and based on Gareth Keenan from the original UK version of The Office. His character is one of the ...more
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Willow Rosenberg is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Geeks in TV History
Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Buffy the Animated Series

Actor: Alyson Hannigan

Episode: The Harvest (2), Welcome to the Hellmouth (1)

Willow Rosenberg is a fictional character created for the fantasy television series Buffy the Vampire Slayer. She was developed by Joss Whedon and portrayed throughout the TV series by Alyson ...more
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Liz Lemon is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Geeks in TV History
30 Rock

Actor: Tina Fey

Occupation: Writer, Presenter

Elizabeth Miervaldis "Liz" Lemon is the main character of the American television series 30 Rock. She created and writes for the fictional comedy-sketch show The Girlie Show or TGS ...more
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Frasier Crane is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Geeks in TV History
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Frasier, Cheers

Actor: Kelsey Grammer

Occupation: Psychiatrist, Psychotherapist, Radio personality

Frasier Winslow Crane, M.D., Ph.D., Ed.D., A.P.A. is a fictional character on the American television sitcoms Cheers and Frasier, portrayed by Kelsey Grammer. Grammer received award recognitions ...more
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Timothy McGee is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Geeks in TV History
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NCIS

Actor: Sean Murray

Occupation: Writer, Special Agent

Timothy "Tim" McGee is a fictional character from the CBS television series NCIS. He is portrayed by Sean Murray. Timothy McGee is a special agent investigating crime in this police ...more
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Niles Crane is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Geeks in TV History
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Frasier

Actor: David Hyde Pierce

Occupation: Psychiatrist

Niles Crane, M.D., Ph.D., A.P.A., Ed.D is a fictional character on the American sitcom Frasier, a spin-off of the popular show Cheers. He was portrayed by David Hyde Pierce. Niles is the younger ...more
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Adrian Monk is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Geeks in TV History
Monk

Actor: Tony Shalhoub

Occupation: Detective

Episode: Mr. Monk and the Captain's Wife

Adrian Monk is a title character and the protagonist of the USA Network television series Monk, portrayed by Tony Shalhoub. He is a renowned former homicide detective for the San Francisco ...more
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Stewie Griffin is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Geeks in TV History
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Family Guy

Actor: Seth MacFarlane

Stewart Gilligan "Stewie" Griffin is a main character from the animated television series Family Guy. Once obsessed with violence and matricide, Stewie is the youngest child of Peter ...more
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Dana Scully is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Geeks in TV History
The X-Files

Actor: Gillian Anderson

Occupation: Special Agent, Scientist, Physician

Episode: Shadows, Providence, Shapes, Deep Throat, The Erlenmeyer Flask, + more

Dana Scully is a fictional character in the Fox science fiction-supernatural television series The X-Files, played by Gillian Anderson. Scully is an FBI agent, partnered with fellow Special ...more