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The Greatest Geeks in TV History

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List RulesFamous 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 Cooper1
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    Sheldon Cooper

    The Big Bang Theory

    ActorJim Parsons

    Dr. Sheldon Lee Cooper is a fictional character on the CBS television series The Big Bang... more on Wikipedia
  • Leonard Hofstadter2
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    Leonard Hofstadter

    The Big Bang Theory

    ActorJohnny Galecki

    Leonard Leakey Hofstadter, Ph.D., is a fictional character on the CBS television series The... more on Wikipedia
  • Steve Urkel3
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    Steve Urkel

    Family Matters

    ActorJaleel White

    OccupationStudent, Inventor, Scientist

    EpisodeThe T.G.I.F. Time Warp

    Steven Quincy Urkel is a fictional character on the ABC/CBS sitcom Family Matters, who was... more on Wikipedia
  • Spencer Reid4
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    Spencer Reid

    Criminal Minds

    ActorMatthew Gray Gubler

    Dr. Spencer Reid is a fictional character from the CBS crime drama Criminal Minds, portrayed... more on Wikipedia
  • Abby Sciuto5
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    752

    ActorPauley Perrette

    OccupationScientist

    EpisodeKillshot, Random on Purpose

    Abigail "Abby" Sciuto is a fictional character from the NCIS television series on CBS... more on Wikipedia
  • Amy Farrah Fowler6
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    486

    Amy Farrah Fowler

    The Big Bang Theory

    ActorMayim Bialik

    Amy Farrah Fowler is a fictional character from the TV series The Big Bang Theory.
  • Spock7
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    Spock

    Star Trek: The Animated Series

    ActorLeonard Nimoy

    OccupationScientist

    EpisodeUnification, Part II

    Ambassador Spock is a fictional character from the 2008 film Star Trek: Chains of Betrayal.
  • Carlton Banks8
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    Carlton Banks

    The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air

    ActorAlfonso Ribeiro

    Carlton Banks is the fictional character from the TV Series The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air.
  • Penelope Garcia9
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    600

    Penelope Garcia

    Criminal Minds

    ActorKirsten Vangsness

    Penelope Garcia is a fictional character from the 2005 tv series Criminal Minds.
  • Dexter10
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    Dexter

    Dexter's Laboratory

    ActorCandi Milo, Christine Cavanaugh

    Dexter is a fictional character from the tv series Dexter's Laboratory.
  • Lisa Simpson11
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    Lisa Simpson

    The Simpsons, The Tracey Ullman Show

    ActorYeardley Smith

    OccupationStudent

    Lisa Marie Simpson is a fictional character in the animated television series The Simpsons.... more on Wikipedia
  • Willow Rosenberg12
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    Willow Rosenberg

    Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Buffy the Animated Series

    ActorAlyson Hannigan

    EpisodeThe Harvest (2), Welcome to the Hellmouth (1)

    Willow Rosenberg is a fictional character created for the fantasy television series Buffy the... more on Wikipedia
  • Topanga Lawrence13
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    Topanga Lawrence

    Girl Meets World, Boy Meets World

    ActorDanielle Fishel

    EpisodeFrightful Halloween Bash

    Topanga Lawrence is a fictional character from the TV series Boy Meets World.
  • Timothy McGee14
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    ActorSean Murray

    OccupationSpecial Agent, Writer

    Timothy "Tim" McGee is a fictional character from the CBS television series NCIS. He is... more on Wikipedia
  • Ross Geller15
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    ActorDavid Schwimmer

    OccupationProfessor, Scientist, Physician, Paleontology

    EpisodeThe One Where Joey Speaks French

    Ross Eustace Geller, Ph.D. is a fictional character from the NBC sitcom Friends, portrayed by... more on Wikipedia
  • Dwight Schrute16
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    Dwight Schrute

    The Office

    ActorRainn Wilson

    Dwight Kurt Schrute III is a character on NBC's The Office, portrayed by Rainn Wilson and... more on Wikipedia
  • Fez17
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    Fez

    That '70s Show

    ActorWilmer Valderrama

    OccupationStudent

    Fez is a fictional character and one of the four male leads on the Fox Network's That '70s... more on Wikipedia
  • The Brain18
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    The Brain

    Pinky and The Brain
  • Stewie Griffin19
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    Stewie Griffin

    Family Guy

    ActorSeth MacFarlane

    Stewart Gilligan "Stewie" Griffin is a main character from the animated television series... more on Wikipedia
  • Jimmy Neutron20
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    Jimmy Neutron

    The Egg-pire Strikes Back, The Adventures of Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius

    ActorDebi Derryberry

    OccupationScientist, Inventor

    Jimmy Neutron is a Nickelodeon franchise that involves a feature film, two television series,... more on Wikipedia
  • Adrian Monk21
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    ActorTony Shalhoub

    OccupationDetective

    EpisodeMr. Monk and the Captain's Wife

    Adrian Monk is a title character and the protagonist of the USA Network television series... more on Wikipedia
  • Samuel "Screech" Powers22
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    Samuel "Screech" Powers

    Saved by the Bell: The College Years, Good Morning

    ActorDustin Diamond

  • Barney Fife23
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    Barney Fife

    The New Andy Griffith Show, The Andy Griffith Show

    ActorDon Knotts

    OccupationPolice officer

    Bernard "Barney" Milton Fife is a fictional character in the American television program The... more on Wikipedia
  • J.D.24
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    J.D.

    Scrubs

    ActorZach Braff

    OccupationPhysician

    Jonathan Michael "J.D." Dorian, M.D. is a fictional character in the American comedy-drama... more on Wikipedia
  • Felicity Smoak25
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    ActorEmily Bett Rickards

    Felicity Smoak is a fictional character from 2012 television series Arrow.