11 Nerdy and Geeky TV Shows to Watch on Amazon Prime Video

There’s a surprisingly large number of TV shows on Amazon Prime Video that are perfectly suited for nerds and geeks, especially if you’re a fan of science fiction.
The Expanse

In my previous article on reasons to get Amazon Prime that aren’t “free 2-day shipping,” I mentioned that Amazon Prime includes a massive library of TV shows and movies that you can stream on-demand.

There are so many awesome titles available, enough to pay for the price of Amazon Prime many times over. As a nerd and/or geek, here are some of the best TV shows on Amazon Prime Video that you’ll probably enjoy.

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1. The Expanse

Why you should watch it: The Expanse is a contender for best sci-fi TV show of all time. This epic space opera is rife with political intrigue, twisty plotlines, a sprawling cast of characters, beautiful cinematography, and most of all, it treats the “science” in science fiction seriously.

Watch The Expanse on Amazon Prime Video

2. Battlestar Galactica

Why you should watch it: After The Expanse, Battlestar Galactica is probably the second-best sci-fi drama TV series of all time. Where The Expanse has a much wider scope with lots of mystery, Battlestar Galactica is a military-political action-oriented story about the survival of the human race, with tons of plot twists along the way.

Watch Battlestar Galactica on Amazon Prime Video

3. Chuck

Why you should watch it: An everyday guy who works for a fictional version of Best Buy’s Geek Squad accidentally ends up downloading a top-secret government program into his brain, turning him into a world-class spy for the CIA. Chuck is a highly underrated comedy-drama series that’s both hilarious and engrossing.

Watch Chuck on Amazon Prime Video

4. Mr. Robot

Why you should watch it: Mr. Robot is one of the most unconventional hacker drama thriller TV series ever made. It’s dark, grimy, and disorderly as it follows a mentally unstable hacker who joins a group that aims to destroy all of the debt records held by the world’s largest conglomerate. It’s not an easy watch, but definitely a trip.

Watch Mr. Robot on Amazon Prime Video

5. The Tick

Why you should watch it: Remember the comic books from the 1980s? Or the animated TV series from the 1990s? The Tick is a live-action remake about the blue-suited superhero who fights crime and needs to uncover the mystery of The Terror, a supervillain who was thought to be dead. It’s funny, silly, and a joy to watch.

Watch The Tick on Amazon Prime Video

6. Electric Dreams

Why you should watch it: Often seen as a generic version of Black Mirror, Electric Dreams is a sci-fi anthology series inspired by the works of prominent author Philip K. Dick. While it falls short of Black Mirror’s narrative power, it isn’t terrible by any stretch. Definitely worth a watch if you’re craving for a dark sci-fi fix.

Watch Electric Dreams on Amazon Prime Video

7. The Man in the High Castle

Why you should watch it: Imagine an alternate history where Germany and Japan won World War II and subjugated the United States, with the west of the Rockies belonging to Japan and the east belonging to the Nazi Reich. And in this alternate history, what if the truth of the world was hidden from everyone, and a rebel group was aiming to uncover that truth? Compelling stuff.

Watch The Man in the High Castle on Amazon Prime Video

8. Humans

Why you should watch it: In the near future, artificially intelligent robots called “synths”—who are physically indistinguishable from humans—are created and integrated into everyday life. What kind of impact would this have on society, culture, and the psychology of man?

Watch Humans on Amazon Prime Video

9. The X-Files

Why you should watch it: This sci-fi horror/mystery TV series hasn’t exactly aged well, but it’s essential watching for any TV geek. It incorporates monster-of-the-week episodes with an overarching alien conspiracy, and was a huge inspiration for Fringe, one of the best sci-fi procedurals to ever grace broadcast television (also available to watch via Amazon Prime Video).

Watch The X-Files on Amazon Prime Video

10. Doctor Who

Why you should watch it: Doctor Who is a sprawling series about “The Doctor,” a Time Lord who goes around exploring the universe and helping civilizations in need. The Time Lord also reincarnates every so often. It’s quirky, it’s British, and has developed a cult following among sci-fi geeks.

Watch Doctor Who on Amazon Prime Video

11. Red Oaks

Why you should watch it: Red Oaks may not be sci-fi or fantasy, but it’s about a dorky suburban 20-year-old who isn’t exactly living his best life yet. There’s a lot to resonate with in this underrated comedy TV series, not to mention it’s just plain funny and highly watchable.

Watch Red Oaks on Amazon Prime Video

What are your favorite TV shows to watch on Amazon Prime? If you don’t have Amazon Prime, do any of these shows make you think twice? Let me know what you think in the comments!

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  1. I went an watched all of The Greatest American Hero. I hadn’t seen it since it aired on TV and I thought it was still really good. Makes me twice as sad that a reboot isn’t happening.

    I’m almost done with Black Scorpion. That’s a show, I think, that could have actually been good. A bigger budget would have helped, for sure. Seeing Nick from Family Ties as a cop was a bit jarring, but I got over that pretty quick.

    I watched the entirety of The Lost World. I thought it was stupid when I started, but ended liking it. Rachel Blakely would’ve made a kick ass female Indiana Jones.

    Eureka is awesome. So awesome, that I have a Cafe Diem coffee mug.

    Oh, you should totally give Brain Dead a try. It only ran for one season, but I thought it was good.

    As far as Electric Dreams and shows like it… I’ve said it before, but I’ll say it again. Somebody should make a similar show, but based on the short stories of Robert Sheckley.

    1. Thanks for the suggestions! Brain Dead looks interesting, and I remember seeing commercials for Eureka back in the day but was never able to watch it. Adding them to my list. 🙂

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