Couch potatoes have had to say goodbye to a lot of the geeky television shows. Sadly, shows like Firefly, Star Trek and X-Files have come and gone. However, there are a few standout geeky shows which are currently airing. In honor of “Embrace your Geekness Day” this July 13th, we take a look at some of the more current television shows for and about geeks.
The Big Bang Theory (2007 – present)
One of the funniest and geekiest sitcoms on TV, The Big Bang Theory is primarily centered on five characters living in California: physicists and roommates Leonard and Sheldon; Penny, formerly a waitress and aspiring actress who lives across the hall; and Leonard and Sheldon’s geeky and socially awkward friends, aerospace engineer Howard and astrophysicist Raj. The show covers a diverse range of geek interests from science fiction, fantasy and comic books. The show is currently in Season 8.
Community (2009 – present)
Community is an American television sitcom that follows an ensemble cast of characters, focusing on the members of a study group at a community college in the fictional town of Greendale, Colorado. A recurring recurring group of faculty of Greendale Community College, including the dean, also play a part in the show. Community makes heavy use of meta-humor and pop culture references, often parodying film and television clichés and themes. Following the show’s cancellation by NBC, Community was renewed for a sixth season that wrapped up in June 2015. A film is reportedly in the works.
Black Mirror is a critically-acclaimed British television anthology series that features speculative fiction with dark and sometimes satirical themes that examine modern society, technology, social media addiction and virtual worlds. It’s a modern take on Twilight Zone and techno-paranoia, which will leave viewers wanting to watch more. Each season has featured only 3 episodes so far, each with its own cast, setting and reality, but each episode has managed to deliver a strong story. A third season is in development, while one of the episodes (The Entire History of You) may potentially be made into a film.