Total Nerd 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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Spock is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Geeks in TV History
Spock Star Trek: The Animated Series Ambassador Spock is a fictional character from the 2008 film Star Trek: Chains of Betrayal.

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Sheldon Cooper is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Geeks in TV History
Sheldon Cooper The Big Bang Theory 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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Lisa Simpson is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Geeks in TV History
Lisa Simpson The Simpsons, The Tracey Ullman Show 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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Steve Urkel is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Geeks in TV History
Steve Urkel Family Matters 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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Leonard Hofstadter is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Geeks in TV History
Leonard Hofstadter The Big Bang Theory 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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Abby Sciuto is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Geeks in TV History
wiabux added Abby Sciuto NCIS 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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Carlton Banks is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Geeks in TV History
Carlton Banks The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air 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) 8 on the list The Greatest Geeks in TV History
J.D. Scrubs 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) 9 on the list The Greatest Geeks in TV History
Ross Geller Friends 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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Liz Lemon is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Geeks in TV History
Liz Lemon 30 Rock 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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Adrian Monk is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Geeks in TV History
Adrian Monk Monk 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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Spencer Reid is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Geeks in TV History
jonesjcanton added Spencer Reid Criminal Minds 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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Willow Rosenberg is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Geeks in TV History
Willow Rosenberg Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Buffy the Animated Series 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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Penelope Garcia is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Geeks in TV History
wiabux added Penelope Garcia Criminal Minds Penelope Garcia is a fictional character from the 2005 tv series Criminal Minds.

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Fez is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Geeks in TV History
wiabux added Fez That '70s Show 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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Amy Farrah Fowler is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Geeks in TV History
JenniferHardesty added Amy Farrah Fowler The Big Bang Theory Amy Farrah Fowler is a fictional character from the TV series The Big Bang Theory.

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Dexter is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Geeks in TV History
JuanGabrielGomezAlvarado added Dexter Dexter's Laboratory Dexter is a fictional character from the tv series Dexter's Laboratory.

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Barney Fife is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Geeks in TV History
Blowfish added Barney Fife The New Andy Griffith Show, The Andy Griffith Show, The Joey Bishop Show 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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Frasier Crane is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Geeks in TV History
Blowfish added Frasier Crane Frasier, Cheers 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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Dana Scully is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Geeks in TV History
Dana Scully The X-Files 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

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Dwight Schrute is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Geeks in TV History
Dwight Schrute The Office 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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Leslie Knope is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Geeks in TV History
Leslie Knope Parks and Recreation Leslie Barbara Knope is a fictional character and the protagonist of the NBC comedy Parks and Recreation. She is portrayed by Amy Poehler.

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Niles Crane is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Geeks in TV History
curly67 added Niles Crane Frasier 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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George Costanza is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Geeks in TV History
George Costanza Seinfeld George Louis Costanza is a character in the American television sitcom Seinfeld, played by Jason Alexander. He has variously been described as a "short, stocky, slow-witted, bald man", ...more

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Topanga Lawrence is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Geeks in TV History
Maryellen Elizabeth added Topanga Lawrence Girl Meets World, Boy Meets World Topanga Lawrence is a fictional character from the TV series Boy Meets World.

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Lilith Sternin is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest Geeks in TV History
curly67 added Lilith Sternin-Crane Lilith Sternin, M.D., Ph.D., Ed.D., A.P.A. is a fictional character on the American television sitcoms Cheers and Frasier, portrayed by Bebe Neuwirth. The character first appears as a date for ...more

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Diane Chambers is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest Geeks in TV History
curly67 added Diane Chambers Cheers Diane Chambers is a fictional character in the American television situation comedy show Cheers. Portrayed by Shelley Long, Diane appeared as a main character on Cheers until the Season Five ...more

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Timothy McGee is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest Geeks in TV History
Maryellen Elizabeth added Timothy McGee NCIS 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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Samuel "Screech" Powers Saved by the Bell: The College Years, Good Morning, Miss Bliss

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Cliff Clavin is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest Geeks in TV History
Blowfish added Cliff Clavin Cheers Clifford C. Clavin, Jr, also known as Cliff Clavin, is a fictional character on the American television show Cheers co-created by John Ratzenberger. A postal worker, he is the bar's know-it-all ...more

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Cosmo Kramer is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest Geeks in TV History
ziggy123 added Cosmo Kramer Seinfeld Cosmo Kramer, usually referred to as simply "Kramer", is a fictional character on the American television sitcom Seinfeld, played by Michael Richards. The character is loosely based on ...more

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Vince Masuka is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest Geeks in TV History
wiabux added Vince Masuka Dexter Vincent "Vince" Masuka is a fictional character in the Showtime television series Dexter and the novels by Jeff Lindsay upon which it is based. In the television series he is portrayed ...more

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Stewie Griffin is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest Geeks in TV History
CheckinaCoulibaly added Stewie Griffin Family Guy 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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Alex Dunphy is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest Geeks in TV History
LanaYoshii added Alex Dunphy Modern Family Alex Dunphy is a fictional character from the 2009 comedy TV series Modern Family

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Hiro Nakamura is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest Geeks in TV History
Hiro Nakamura Heroes Hiro Nakamura is a fictional character on the NBC science fiction drama Heroes who possesses the ability of space-time manipulation. This means that Hiro is able to alter the flow of time. In ...more

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Felix Unger is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest Geeks in TV History
Felix Unger The New Odd Couple, The Odd Couple Felix Unger is one of the leading heart specialists in the world, he is also president of the European Academy of Sciences and Arts and president of the Alma Mater Europaea. In 1986 he performed ...more

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Chuck Bartowski is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest Geeks in TV History
Chuck Bartowski Chuck Charles Irving "Chuck" Bartowski is the main and title role character of the American fiction television show Chuck on NBC. He is portrayed by Zachary Levi. UGO.com named him one of

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Tobias Fünke is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest Geeks in TV History
Tobias Fünke Arrested Development Tobias Fünke is a fictional character from the television series Arrested Development.

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Felicity Smoak is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest Geeks in TV History
JenniferHardesty added Felicity Smoak Arrow Felicity Smoak is a fictional character from 2012 television series Arrow.

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Comic Book Guy is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest Geeks in TV History
Comic Book Guy Comic Book Guy is the common, popular name for Jeff Albertson, a recurring fictional character in the animated television series The Simpsons. He is voiced by Hank Azaria and first appeared in ...more

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The Brain is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest Geeks in TV History
JuanGabrielGomezAlvarado added The Brain Pinky and The Brain

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Cosima Niehaus is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest Geeks in TV History
curly67 added Cosima Niehaus Orphan Black

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Leslie Winkle is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest Geeks in TV History
Leslie Winkle The Big Bang Theory Leslie Winkle is a fictional character from the TV series The Big Bang Theory.

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Charlie Eppes is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest Geeks in TV History
Charlie Eppes Prof. Charles Edward "Charlie" Eppes, Ph.D., is a fictional character and one of the protagonists of the CBS crime drama Numb3rs. He is portrayed by David Krumholtz. Dr. Charles Eppes ...more

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Jimmy Neutron is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest Geeks in TV History
JuanGabrielGomezAlvarado added Jimmy Neutron The Egg-pire Strikes Back, The Adventures of Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius Jimmy Neutron is a Nickelodeon franchise that involves a feature film, two television series, and several video games and television films.

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Wilson Wilson Jr. is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest Geeks in TV History
Maryellen Elizabeth added Wilson Wilson Jr. Home Improvement

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Rory Gilmore is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest Geeks in TV History
JVall14 added Rory Gilmore Gilmore Girls Rory Gilmore is a fictional character from the TV series Gilmore Girls.

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Jack Hodgins is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest Geeks in TV History
Gabby Gellerman added Jack Hodgins bones Jack Stanley Hodgins IV, Ph.D. is a character in the American television series, Bones. He is portrayed by T. J. Thyne. Jack is introduced to the series primarily as an entomologist/forensic ...more

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Seth Cohen is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest Geeks in TV History
Seth Cohen The O.C. Seth Ezekiel Cohen is a fictional character on the FOX television series The O.C., portrayed by Adam Brody. Seth is one of the "core four" characters on The O.C. alongside Ryan Atwood, ...more

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Charlie Bradbury is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest Geeks in TV History
ariannamuzzu added Charlie Bradbury Supernatural