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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Sheldon Cooper is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Geeks in TV History
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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1,742 1,147
Spock is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Geeks in TV History
Star Trek: The Animated Series
Ambassador Spock is a fictional character from the 2008 film Star Trek: Chains of Betrayal.

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1,704 1,281
Lisa Simpson is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Geeks in TV History
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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2,205 876
Steve Urkel is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Geeks in TV History
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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2,269 795
Leonard Hofstadter is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Geeks in TV History
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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1,855 743
Abby Sciuto is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Geeks in TV History
wiabux added 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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1,724 946
Carlton Banks is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Geeks in TV History
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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1,552 1,206
Ross Geller is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Geeks in TV History
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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1,036 1,141
J.D. is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Geeks in TV History
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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1,845 554
Spencer Reid is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Geeks in TV History
jonesjcanton added 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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1,045 1,014
Adrian Monk is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Geeks in TV History
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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802 1,159
Liz Lemon is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Geeks in TV History
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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1,108 874
Fez is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Geeks in TV History
wiabux added 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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1,195 828
Willow Rosenberg is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Geeks in TV History
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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1,443 592
Penelope Garcia is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Geeks in TV History
wiabux added Criminal Minds
Penelope Garcia is a fictional character from the 2005 tv series Criminal Minds.

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1,546 445
Amy Farrah Fowler is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Geeks in TV History
JenniferHardesty added The Big Bang Theory
Amy Farrah Fowler is a fictional character from the TV series The Big Bang Theory.

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1,162 631
Dexter is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Geeks in TV History
JuanGabrielGomezAlvarado added Dexter's Laboratory
Dexter is a fictional character from the tv series Dexter's Laboratory.

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784 815
Barney Fife is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Geeks in TV History
Blowfish added 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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928 803
Dwight Schrute is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Geeks in TV History
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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618 894
Frasier Crane is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Geeks in TV History
Blowfish added 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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824 890
Dana Scully is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Geeks in TV History
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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677 953
Leslie Knope is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Geeks in TV History
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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690 913
Niles Crane is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Geeks in TV History
curly67 added 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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972 488
Topanga Lawrence is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Geeks in TV History
Maryellen Elizabeth added Girl Meets World, Boy Meets World
Topanga Lawrence is a fictional character from the TV series Boy Meets World.

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515 966
George Costanza is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Geeks in TV History
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