10 best TV shows to satisfy your inner geek
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What better way to unwind after a long workday than with a little geeky TV? Here are 10 of the best current shows that are sure to keep your inner nerd delighted.
Big Bang Theory, CBS – Now in its seventh season this Geektastic sitcom follows the ups and downs of Leonard, Sheldon, Howard, Raj and Penny, literally the girl next door. It's a simple formula: four awkward nerds meet an outgoing girl, hilarity ensues. Interspersed are references to tech, sci-fi, fantasy and gaming. It may not be the best sitcom on television, but it sure is one of the most popular, a testimony to the rise of all things geek.
Doctor Who, BBC – Rebooted in 2005, the epic series about the time-traveling Doctor is a must see for any self-respecting tech-head. "Doctor Who" isn't just TV, it's a cultural touchstone. It's the longest-running, most successful sci-fi series in television history, and more than that, it's wicked fun. Aliens, sentient technology, robots, a time trans-dimensional transport disguised as a British police box - oh, just go watch it already.
Mythbusters, Discovery Channel – Adam Savage and Jamie Hyneman are special effects experts and amateur scientists who put movie magic, rumors, myths and urban legends to the test. Are the stunts in Bond films realistic? Could any of da Vinci's inventions have actually worked? Will a falling frozen turkey kill the family pet? The Mythbusters put anything and everything to the test and have a blast doing it, often literally.
Almost Human, Fox – Set to premier on November 4, "Almost Human" is yet another in a long line of J. J. Abrams sci-fi joints. Set in the not too distant future, the series follows the exploits of a Los Angeles cop and his android partner. Yup, you heard right, a buddy cop show with a robot. A robot! If that's not enough to make you interested, the show stars Karl Urban, aka, Dr. Leonard “Bones” McCoy of Star Trek. Enough said.
Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., ABC – A couple of years ago a movie called "The Avengers" hit theaters. Maybe you've heard of it? Created by the legendary Joss Whedon (bring back "Firefly" now!), "Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." picks up where the film left off, only this time with a focus on the flesh and blood - or so we think - agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., those plucky men (and women) in black, tasked with saving the world from all the things that go bump in the night. It's fun, it's witty, it's pure Joss Whedon.
Intelligence, CBS – Coming in February and based on a novel by John Dixon and starring Josh Holloway, "Intelligence" is billed as a high-tech spy thriller about an operative with a future tech microchip implanted in his brain. What does the chip do? It gives Holloway access to the entire electromagnetic spectrum, obviously. Think Chuck meets Ian Fleming. Might be worth a watch.
Person of Interest, CBS – Speaking of CBS tv shows starring a former "Lost" alum that seems more like a public relations initiative for the NSA, "Person of Interest" is the story of a former CIA agent and a mysterious billionaire who use frighteningly intrusive surveillance techniques to stop crime and save lives. Okay, to be fair government conspiracy is a major theme of the show, and Jim Caviezel and Michael Emerson do a great job driving the story. Not to mention no matter how creepy it might be, a massive surveillance super computer simply called "The Machine" is kinda cool.
Revolution, NBC – In its second season and produced by (surprise!) J. J. Abrams, "Revolution" is about a world in which the lights have gone out. High tech government conspiracy leads to a world without power, post-apocalyptic hijinx follow. If you're a fan of a world in chaos, sword fights and horseback riding, look no further. "Revolution" is a fun, deep, surprising show. Also, Elizabeth Mitchell is in it, so you know, more Lost.
Falling Skies, TNT – Did you ever watch ER and think, “Boy, I bet Noah Wyle would be the man to lead a human resistance to an alien invasion?” Well, you're in luck because that just so happens to be the basic premise of "Falling Skies." Produced by none other than Steven Spielberg, the show takes place in a post-invasion world where humans are scarce and the enemy seems unstoppable. Part sci-fi action part family drama, the show gets better with every season. Give it 30 minutes and you'll be hooked. Give it 30 minutes more, and you might start stocking canned goods.
Under the Dome, CBS – Based on the novel by Stephen King, developed by nerd legend Brian K. Vaughan (also another Lost connection) and produced by a powerhouse team including, yet again, Steven Spielberg, "Under the Dome" started as a mini series but got so damn popular so quickly it was expanded into a series with seemingly no end. The premise is in the title: A town is trapped under a mysterious dome. As you can imagine, it takes all of five minutes for all hell to break loose. Oh, and a cow gets sliced in half.
Stacy Warden has been a freelance writer since 2006. She deals in tech and food - an odd combination, but it keeps her sated. You can find her on Twitter @sterrsi.