10 Geeky TV Shows to Watch on Hulu

Hulu has a bunch of TV shows in its library that are perfect for nerds and geeks!

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I’ve previously written about how I really do pay for Hulu and don’t regret it, and one of the main reasons for that is that Hulu actually has a lot of nerdy and geeky material in its library…

…including some of the better anime series like Naruto, My Hero Academia, Attack on Titan, and One-Punch Man!

If you’ve run out of content on Netflix and/or Amazon Prime Video and you’re dying for something new to watch, I highly recommend grabbing Hulu and binge-watching the following TV shows.

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1. Futurama

FUTURAMA | Season 1, Episode 1: Future Fry | SYFY

Futurama is a nerd’s dream. This “futuristic Simpsons” is more than it seems on the surface—the episodes are surprisingly layered with jokes that are so good you’ll only catch them on rewatches, and we’re talking about jokes that are extremely nerdy in nature.

I don’t want to spoil any of them, so I’ll just say this: there isn’t a single sitcom with more scientific rigor than Futurama.

2. Community

Community Season 1 Trailer

Community is an oddball sitcom, and you’ll probably need to give it a few episodes before you acquire the taste (also because the show itself takes a while to find its footing and understand where to mine its humor).

The study group premise is super nerdy, and the character of Abed is always an interesting source of geeky humor.

3. Lost

Lost Trailer (First Season)

What’s so geeky about a bunch of plane crash survivors stuck on a desert island? Well, I don’t want to give away too much of the surprise, but suffice it to say that Lost has one of the deepest and most mysterious sci-fi mythologies of any serial drama TV series.

4. The X-Files

X-files Season 1 Trailer

Government conspiracies, alien sightings, strange scientific anomalies, and so much more.

The X-Files has everything a geek could want in a mystery thriller, save for the fact that there are too many monster-of-the-week episodes that end up dragging out the overarching mythology and storyline.

For a more streamlined show that’s similar, try Fringe (which isn’t available to stream anywhere as of this writing, unfortunately).

5. Firefly

Firefly - Season 1 Trailer

Despite only airing 14 episodes before it was cancelled, Firefly is one of the greatest sci-fi drama series ever made.

Packed with humor, wit, and trope subversions, it was very much ahead of its time. Make sure to watch the film Serenity when you’re done, which is a follow-up film that wraps up the story in light of the series-ending cliffhanger.

6. 12 Monkeys

12 Monkeys Trailer

This sci-fi time travel series is a reimagining of Twelve Monkeys, the 1995 film about a prisoner who travels back in time to track down the origin of a virus that ends up wiping out humanity in the future.

The TV series runs on the same premies, but is a lot more in-depth in its mythology and more ambitious in its exploration of time travel mechanics and consequences. One of the better shows produced by SyFy, for sure.

7. Fear the Walking Dead

FEAR THE WALKING DEAD Official Trailer (2016)

This prequel spin-off of The Walking Dead never gained as much traction or notoriety as the original show.

It’s not a groundbreaking series, and it fails to elevate or expand the genre in any meaningful way, but has proven itself to be competent enough to tell an engrossing zombie-filled story.

8. Dollhouse

Dollhouse Trailer FOX8

Dollhouse is a sci-fi series about organizations called “Dollhouses” that train mind-wiped humans called “Dolls” and program their brains to take on temporary personalities.

These Dolls are hired out to clients for whatever reasons, including heists, assassinations, or even companionship.

It has all the trappings of a Joss Whedon show, so if you liked Buffy, Angel, or Firefly, you’ll probably like this one.

9. Hard Sun

Hard Sun: Launch Trailer - BBC One

Hard Sun is a pre-apocalyptic (yes, that’s right!) series about two London police officers who stumble across a cover-up involving a cosmic extinction event that’s right around the corner.

This Hulu exclusive series—co-produced with the BBC—is one of the better shows that Hulu has put out, and even though it was cancelled after one season, it’s worth a watch.

10. Star Trek: The Next Generation

Original Star Trek The Next Generation Trailer

An oldie but a goodie. Star Trek: The Next Generation is the sequel series starring Patrick Stewart and LeVar Burton, not to be confused with Star Trek: The Original Series which stars William Shatner and Leonard Nimoy.

It’s dated, yes, and it’s cheesy, yes, but it’s fun to look back and see how far we’ve come in terms of space sci-fi.

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