We all know (and have probably seen) the big geeky shows like The Mandalorian or Game of Thrones. As popular as they are, those shows are just the tip of the iceberg.
If you’ve already run through all the major nerdy shows, you might think you’re out of new shows to watch. There are probably a few you’ve missed out on though.
These geeky TV shows may not be as big-budget or well-known, but they’re still absolutely worth watching.
If you’re a fan of The X-Files, you already know the characters of Byers, Frohike, and Langly… but have you seen the trio’s spin-off TV series, The Lone Gunmen?
Taking the comedic elements and conspiracy theories the characters were known for on The X-Files and bringing them to their own series was fun. But, sadly, Fox cancelled the show after one season.
Based on the Viper Comics series of the same name, The Middleman stars Natalie Morales as Wendy Watson and Matt Keeslar as the titular character.
After recruiting her to be the next Middleman, Watson is dragged along on adventure after adventure, witnessing everything from mad scientists to super-intelligent apes.
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Syfy original series aren’t always well-regarded, considering the channel has mainly been known for cheaply made monster movies than quality programming.
That said, Eureka is a super-fun show about a secret facility in a small town and the characters who work there. Along with Battlestar Galactica and The Expanse, it’s one of the best shows the channel has produced.
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In some ways, Better Off Ted is a typical workplace comedy—albeit one that is set in a lab of an evil megacorporation.
Frequently breaking the fourth wall and subverting sitcom expectations, the show did well with critics but didn’t find a huge audience. Still, it got two seasons, which is better than many of the series we’re looking at here.
Wait, Tremors was a movie, wasn’t it? Yes, but it also spawned a Syfy original series of the same name, starring the same Michael Gross as Burt Gummer.
While this sounds like a recipe for disaster, the show was actually a fun watch, though sadly it was cancelled after one season.
Based on the Librarian movies, this series doesn’t center on Noah Wyle as Flynn Carson, who was the main character in the movies. Instead it follows four new recruits to The Library.
One of the strangest things about this series is that it wasn’t cancelled after one season! It ran from 2014 to 2018.
7. Warehouse 13
Another Syfy original, Warehouse 13 is set in the same universe as Eureka. There was even a comic book-style crossover between the two shows. This show follows a group of agents who track down “artifacts”—everyday objects with supernatural powers.
If you’re familiar with Bruce Campbell, it’s probably because of the Evil Dead franchise. Between those movies and the Ash vs. Evil Dead series that followed, he worked on a ton of different projects, including this series. Campbell stars as Jack Stiles, a 19th century secret agent in the East Indies.
Before John Rhys-Davies was known as Gimli the dwarf in the Lord of the Rings movies, he was featured in this sci-fi series (alongside co-stars Jerry O’Connell and Cleavant Derricks) that involved hopping between parallel universes.
Sometimes the different Earths that the characters “slide” to are similar to ours. More often than not, they’re radically different!
The Best TV Streaming Services for Geeks
While a few of the shows we’ve mentioned here are available on streaming services, if you want to watch the majority of them, you’re going to need to buy the DVD or Blu-ray box set.
This is fine if you’re looking to build your collection, but doesn’t do you much good if you’re looking for something to watch tonight. For that, you’re better off with a solid streaming platform.