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The 10 best shows about nerds ever

By Olivia Allin, The Frisky
The Frisky reminds us why shows like "Glee" (pictured above) that tap into our inner-nerd.
The Frisky reminds us why shows like "Glee" (pictured above) that tap into our inner-nerd.
  • After the MTV Movie Awards, they will unveil nerd-based "The Hard Times of RJ Berger"
  • This encouraged The Frisky to revisit some of the best shows about nerds
  • They touch on current shows like "Glee" while remembering the range of 90's shows

    (The Frisky) -- After the MTV Movie Awards on June 6th, MTV is unveiling their new show, "The Hard Times of RJ Berger." The show is about a 15-year-old nerd who, thanks to an accidental full-frontal assault, becomes slightly more popular. I guess the moral of the story is that people will pay attention to you if they know you're well-endowed. And so, a little more confident, RJ goes out to get his dream girl while trying to avoid torture from the jocks. Regardless of the questionable premise, I'm a total sucker for shows about nerds, having been tortured throughout most of my adolescence for dressing weird and being "foreign." So, we decided to round up the 10 best nerd shows for revenge. Hooray!

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    I'm not sure how many people actually watch "The Big Bang Theory," but I've been a dedicated viewer from the beginning. I've always felt that one's proximity to smart people has a direct relationship to one's intelligence and even though some of the physicist jokes go over my head, I find the characters to be super endearing. Plus, their conversations and lifestyle are so much more believable than most shows about 20-somethings who allegedly live in fancy apartments without high-paying jobs. I kinda hate to admit I like a show that came from the same guy who started "Two and a Half Men," but I can't help myself. I love the nerds!

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    I'm still dumbfounded that "Freaks and Geeks" got canceled, seeing as it is maybe the best show ever. When thinking about unpopular kids, it's easy to forget that nerds aren't alone in the struggle though the difference is that "freaks" don't care about popularity. The show was created by Paul Feig (who totally replied to me on Twitter once) and produced by Judd Apatow, which explains the overlap of all his favorite actors in their most vulnerable teenage state.

    It's also important to remember that drama geeks are geeks too, and "Glee" has helped all of us musical theater kids to feel a little bit cooler because once something becomes a popular TV show, it's just one step closer to popular in general. Not that we want to be popular anymore.

    When I was in middle school, I totally idolized "Daria" with her sharp wit and soothing monotone voice. I wanted her padded room. I had a crush on her best friend Jane's brother, Trent. Fun fact Glenn Eichler who created "Daria" now writes for "The Colbert Report." Makes sense, huh?

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    "The Wonder Years" was kind of like the "Freaks and Geeks" of the '80s ... set in the '60s. Kevin just misses what would have been a totally tortuous junior high experience by entering school with Winnie as his friend, but his best friend Paul is a total geek. And if you were a girl growing up in the '80s, you probably had a crush on Fred Savage ... which is pretty nerdy in itself.

    I'm not sure if I'm too old to like "My Life as Liz," which premiered this year on MTV, but if I really cared about being "too old" for things, I would have to give up basically everything I do. The show follows around red-headed hipster high schooler Liz Lee while the popular girls torture her and her super awesome nerd guy friends do stuff like LARPing.

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    ABC Family's "Greek" is one of my favorite shows because even though it's about the college Greek system, it's really just about friendship and relationships. One of the best parts of the show is Dale (Clark Duke), who's a Southern Christian science nerd who infiltrates the Greek system when his roommate Rusty pledges. It's like having a hilarious moral compass at all times.

    The '90s brought on a mess of grungy emotions and "My So-Called Life" did such an amazing job of encapsulating the time and the insecurities of entering high school. Angela Chase eschews her perfect student past in favor of hanging out with the school "weirdos," who are wild and a bit promiscuous. But as we all know, you've gotta do what you've gotta do for Jordan Catalano.

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    In the '90s, Nickelodeon produced the most amazing TV shows. I can't imagine how I would have turned out without all the lessons, music, and style that oozed from shows like "Pete & Pete." The important lesson in "Pete & Pete" was that uniqueness is what's cool. Everyone had such specific quirks and the most bizarre circumstances were made to seem totally pedestrian. Maybe the future wouldn't be so doomed if we brought back some of what made us so well-adjusted? Heh ... kinda.

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