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There’s a reason many of us spend more than our fair share of waking hours watching television. In fact, there are several reasons. It’s easy, it’s entertaining, and it’s addictive, to name just three of many. And our devotion to the gogglebox only gets worse when we find a show we really love.

This is especially true for geeks, who seem to have a knack for latching onto a particular show and never letting go. Probably even after it has been canceled and off the air for several years. So, dear reader, what one geeky TV show has grabbed hold of your attention and refused to let go?

Your Favorite Geeky TV Shows…

We want to know, What’s Your Favorite Geeky TV Show Of All Time?

This question is as simple as it sounds, and doesn’t need complicating at all. The only rule is to name just one geeky TV show you love, as we really want to zero in on the absolute best. This is about sorting the wheat from the chaff, and creating a list of television shows all geeks should be watching.

To get you started, take a look at my personal list of TV shows all geeks should have watched 8 TV Shows All Geeks Should Have Watched 8 TV Shows All Geeks Should Have Watched Geeks are fairly well represented on television. Sure, some shows - even those listed below - are aimed at the mainstream and therefore represent geeks as being spotty, scruffy ne'er-do-wells that live in their parents'... Read More . Feel free to mention one of those again, but we’d prefer you to stay true to yourself by naming your personal favorite. If that is indeed Doctor Who then so be it. But we think you can do better than sticking to the mainstream.


As to what counts as a “geeky TV show”, we suspect you already know the answer. However, just in case, if it has elements of science fiction or fantasy, features technology or another geeky subject matter, or has a cult following Doctor Who, Game of Thrones & More Great Wikis For Cult TV Fans Doctor Who, Game of Thrones & More Great Wikis For Cult TV Fans Before Tumblr, the best way to express your love of a cult show was by browsing or adding to a wiki. They're still perfect to indulge in your obsession. Here are four. Read More , then it’ll be fine. This could make for one huge list of TV shows, and on this occasion bigger actually is better.

We have asked a very similar question before, but focused on movies rather than TV shows What Is Your Favorite Geek Movie? [We Ask You] What Is Your Favorite Geek Movie? [We Ask You] With hundreds of films released every year, the number of geek movies is rising. So, which is your favorite geek movie of all time? Read More . That discussion led to us being able to publish a list of 42 of the best movies for geeks 42 Of The Best Geek Movies Of All Time... How Many Have You Seen? 42 Of The Best Geek Movies Of All Time... How Many Have You Seen? Geeks are people too. I am one, you're probably one, and we're a growing army that can no longer be ignored. Not even by Hollywood. Geek movies FTW! Read More , and we’re hoping to repeat that success this time around. In order to do so, we need you to get involved, by commenting yourself, and then sharing the article with your geeky friends. You know, the ones currently glued to Game of Thrones.

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  1. Brendan J Cilia
    May 28, 2015 at 12:54 pm

    Definitely The IT Crowd!

  2. ChicaGeek
    May 24, 2015 at 9:43 am

    No doubt about it: The IT Crowd! Best geek show ever!

    With some episodes you can't help laughing yourself to tears, no matter how many times you've already watched them and even when you know all the jokes by heart xD

    On a more serious note, I'm surprised no one mentioned Person of Interest so far. Maybe they thought it's not a "geeky" show, but being about a supercomputer that spies on people and detects crime, I'd say it falls on the geek side. Great show with some superb acting.

  3. CMonster
    May 23, 2015 at 4:31 am


  4. Adrian
    May 22, 2015 at 7:16 pm

    Whiz Kids from back in the 80s. Fit right in with the burgeoning home computing culture at the time.

  5. bhendrajana
    May 22, 2015 at 10:59 am

    monty python!

  6. Emmanuel
    May 22, 2015 at 6:04 am

    The IT Crowd....'nuff said.

  7. Brian
    May 22, 2015 at 5:30 am

    Outside of some of the more mainstream shows like the amazingly great Quantum Leap, one seriously fantastic Revolution-like show was Jericho ( I binged watched both seasons over the course of a couple days via Netflix - I couldn't get enough!
    Finally, some might call Mystery Science Theater 3000 (two robots and a guy forced to watch cheesy movies and make sun of them) a geeky show, to me it's just a great source of major laughs.

  8. Judi Dupree
    May 22, 2015 at 4:19 am

    Silicon Valley is one of the sharpest, funniest shows I've ever seen. Brilliant writing, acting and direction. Brilliant period.

  9. kt
    May 21, 2015 at 7:15 pm

    If you like horror, heavy metal, and comedy, you'll love Holliston! Costarring: Dee Snyder from Twisted Sister, and Odorous Urungus from GWAR!

  10. David
    May 21, 2015 at 6:04 pm

    Farscape is one of the best.

  11. PezLee
    May 21, 2015 at 5:41 pm

    Besides the common ones for this list like Doctor Who, I would add these:
    Eureka (science, no new) and Warehouse 13 (spin off, not sure if still filming new)
    Lost Girl (fantasy, still making them)
    Orphan Black (genetic cloning, still making them)
    Enterprise (better geek out than other Star Treks, no new)
    Falling Skies (alien and post-apocalyptic, still making them)
    Firefly (sci-fi "western" with cult following, only one season and fan driven film)

  12. WinDork
    May 21, 2015 at 5:24 pm

    I'm partial to two -- NewsRadio (old NBC show with Dave Foley and the late great Phil Hartman) and, of course, Torchwood.

  13. Alain
    May 21, 2015 at 4:57 pm

    Penny Dreadful is awesome...and not geek at all lol. The new geeks aren't geek anymore ????.

  14. Ed
    May 21, 2015 at 2:38 pm

    "Doctor Who" and "Blake's 7" which is another old BBC sci-fi franchise that desperately needs to be rebooted.

  15. Vidit J
    May 21, 2015 at 2:34 pm

    Chuck - spies, comedy and Yvonne Strahovski need I say more?

  16. Gunjan
    May 21, 2015 at 2:11 pm

    The two geeky shows, I would love to watch again and to recommend others.
    The first one is Breaking Bad and the second one is The IT crowd.
    Where the first one runs on a serious topic of an illegal construction of a drug MYTH, the second one will give you giggles with its jokes and punch lines related to IT society.

  17. dragonmouth
    May 21, 2015 at 1:48 pm

    I used to enjoy Blake's 7.

  18. Jeb
    May 21, 2015 at 1:40 pm

    Not much in the way of space operas. Surprised Trek (any flavor) isn't already on the list, but I'm in for Babylon 5, Battlestar Galactica and Farscape. All had episodic elements, but kept true to their serial core.

  19. Xoandre
    May 21, 2015 at 1:05 pm

    THE Geekiest shows I loved (no long gone) were...

    Eureka - a scifi show with a town filled with THOUSANDS of scientists creating other-worldly inventions and changing the laws of physics like thy were play-dough.

    Warehouse 13 - Every artifact from the past, present, and a few from the future contains some psychokinetic property or energy. Many dangerous, some deadly, and a few just weird as hell. And a Mulder-Scully team heading out to save the world every week from a rediscovered or newly formed artifact.

    Lexx - Cast of 3 antiheroes in the ultimate death ship. It's slow-paced, with the first seasons being awesome, the 2nd season losing pace, and the 3rd spending most of its time on Earth, which was a nice change for the first episode of Season 3, but sucked the rest of the time. "Oh-ay-ohh..."

    Red Dwarf - NEW EPISODES CURRENTLY FILMING! Irreverent and a mashup of slapstick humor, silly characters, and overall apathetic personalities, this is a British comedy that takes its roots from Douglas Adams and Harry Harrisson, with cheap special effects, kooky stories, and characters that - despite their quirks - you still find fascinating.

    And the MOST GEEK TV SHOW of all time, that almost still holds its own is...

    Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy. The Original cast from the radio series (except for Ford) breaks out Douglas Adams' glorious and hilarious saga of Arthur Dent being a lab rat to ... well... little white mice. I cannot say enough about how epic and culturally influential this iteration of Adams' stories has become over the years. The most awesome part is that you can get a fully edited-together edition on DVD with a bonus disc where they brought Arthur back to Earth 30 years later and he stumbles into his Still Standing? house only to find the Hitchhiker's Guide lying on his bed. It is a mockumentary where he - in character - tries to figure out why this fella SIMON JONES looks just like him.

  20. Hildegerd
    May 21, 2015 at 11:36 am

    Person of Interest!

  21. Peter
    May 21, 2015 at 11:19 am

    There really is only one choice. A British TV show that ticks all the boxes of sci-fi, fantasy, comedy, gadgets, cult following......... Hitch Hikers Guide To The Galaxy.
    In all genres it excels, be it the radio play, books and TV. (Even the film isn't all that bad- not great but still worth watching).
    Even today millions of people around the world, of all ages, know about the number 42 and Marvin the paranoid Android!

    Lets be honest, We all feel like Arthur Dent at least once a week!

  22. Beloved
    May 21, 2015 at 5:53 am

    Easy, The IT Crowd! I would hardly call Game of Thrones a geek show though.

    • Dave Parrack
      May 21, 2015 at 8:11 am

      Good choice!

      You don't agree on GoT? Dragons, magic, fantastical diseases, medieval history re-imagined as fiction. I think it counts.

  23. Sierra
    May 21, 2015 at 5:30 am

    Misfits! Shocking, hilarious, and sometimes heart rending. It includes super powers and time travel but the best part is that the there are fully developed male AND female characters that share the burden of saving the day.

    • Dave Parrack
      May 21, 2015 at 8:12 am

      I enjoyed that show. I never did see how it ended though. And now the weird guy is even weirder in Game of Thrones!

    • dondondondondon
      May 22, 2015 at 11:13 pm

      Great up until they got rid of Nathan in the third season, and then everyone else afterwards.

  24. John
    May 21, 2015 at 3:07 am

    Not easy. It would be between: Chuck, BBT, The Office, or maybe even Revolution(which was sadly canceled), it had some great geeky elements to it. For some odd reason I never could get into any of the Doctor Who shows. All my Canadian and British friends seem to love it, my friends from the US, that's another story.

    • Dave Parrack
      May 21, 2015 at 8:12 am

      Doctor Who is peculiarly British, which is probably why as many people hate it as love it.

  25. Hildy J
    May 21, 2015 at 2:14 am

    The Prisoner, a psychological drama with SF elements (and very relevant now that Big Brother is here).

    Or, Red Dwarf - a hoot.

    • Dave Parrack
      May 21, 2015 at 8:13 am

      Both great choices. And Red Dwarf is coming back for more soon.

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