Let us all take a minute to flash back to a decade or so ago. Do you recall that most geek TV was delegated to the Sci-Fi network and weird channels at odd hours? But the tide of geekdom has changed direction over the last ten to fifteen years and we have seen a change in how geek properties and ideas are being treated on the small screen (and big screen, too). The problem is, there are GREAT geek shows that have come and gone (by geek shows I mean sci fi or horror or nerd comedy or high concept) and not enough people have seen. Here are 5 amazing, under rated geek TV shows (some that still exist, most that don’t) that more people need to find, own, and adore. And remember the key rule here, just because you may not have heard of it does NOT mean it isn’t good. Just means it’s still a secret, until now anyway.
The IT Crowd
By now, most geeks who know TV know the IT Crowd is about as good as geek TV gets. It does not pander to the audience (like the Big Bang, ugh) but instead, knows its audience will understand its premise enough that it doesn’t need to gift wrap its jokes or references for the viewers.
It trusts they are smart enough to find them on their own, and they are right. Also, the nerd chemistry between the two leads on this show is some of the best ever put on TV. Seek this show out and marvel at how you missed it.
I will be the first to admit, I started watching this show solely because of T.J Miller. Big fan of his work and goofy, stoner style of humor. But once you sit and watch the show (about, guess what, some dudes creating a startup in Silicon Valley) you see its fine attention to geek detail.
Again, not a show pandering to the people who would like it, but rather, a show that speaks about them and directly to them. And is funny as hell in the process.
Much like the IT Crowd, Red Dwarf is a geek TV show people either love or have NEVER heard of. How do I put this? Imagine if older Star Trek was meta and funny, and you have Red Dwarf. An older BBC show that ruled the air over there for some time. All the best sci fi tropes are there, but used with fantastic results.
The show concept itself is almost like the set up for a joke:
What happens when the last man on Earth ends up in a spaceship with an android and some weird manimal thing, and none of them know what they are doing?
Old but regardless, very good stuff, look it up.
Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy
Yes, this was a TV show. And if you are a fan of the book (or movie, meh) you should totally know about it. Shame on you!
*Wags finger in your general direction.
Anyway, if you are a true geek I shouldn’t need to explain anything about the Hitchhiker’s Guide. Though the movie LOOKED nice and had a good cast, it did not do justice to the source material the way the show does. Yes, it is old, and yes, there are some changes (Douglas Adams made himself) to make his concept fit TV better. BUT, if you are a fan of geek TV and a fan of this book, missing this show is an unforgivable sin.
Above you will see, have the first episode on us!
Yes, I am bringing this overseas show up again for the tenth time. As a matter of fact, I wont stop bringing this show up until I know every single person on earth has or is watching it. Misfits is about a freak electrical/meteor storm that hits a small town in England and strange things start happening to the people who experienced it. Some get good powers, some get cursed, but the entire run of the entire show is the most watchable TV show ever, mixing everything from romance to gore to sex to side-splitting laughs. This show makes NBC’s heroes look like kid’s play.
Seriously, watch this show. Love this show. Respect this show. Misfits IS as good as geek TV gets (and even TV gets) period.