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We all know (and have probably seen) the big geeky shows like The Mandalorian or Game of Thrones. As good 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 shows may not be as big-budget or well-known, but they’re still absolutely worth watching.
If you’re an X-Files fan, you already know the characters of Byers, Frohike, and Langly, but have you seen the trio’s spin-off, The Lone Gunmen? Taking the comedic elements and conspiracy theories the characters were known for on the X-Files to its own series was fun, but 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.
Syfy original series aren’t always very well regarded, considering the channel is known better 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.
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 Sci-Fi Channel (later Syfy) series of the same name, starring the movies’ Michael Gross. 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 star Noah Wyle as Flynn Carson, who was the main character in the movies. Instead it follows four new recruits to The Library. Featuring several fun cameos, one of the strangest things about this series is that it wasn’t cancelled after one season, running 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, he was featured in this series alongside co-stars Jerry O’Connell and Cleavant Derricks in this parallel universe-hopping sci-fi series. Sometimes the different earths the characters “slide” to are generally similar to ours, but more often than not they’re radically different.
Looking for Something to Stream?
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.
If you prefer to stick to streaming, you’ve still got plenty of options. For an example, take a look at our list of geeky TV shows you can stream for free!