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15 Nerdy Shows to Binge-Watch This Summer

With Summer here and the slate of new TV shows slowing down until the Fall, it might be time for you to finally give in and binge-watch a nerdy series you’ve always been meaning to start. Here is a list of 15 hand-picked series that have stood the test of time, guaranteed to satisfy any nerd’s cravings. Most of these will last you all Summer long (and some might last you well into next Summer).

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Community

2009-2015 | 6 Seasons

The shortest on the list, “Community” is certainly a niche comedy that gets progressively nerdier as the series goes on. 

Synopsis:

“Community” follows the lives of a diverse group of students at Greendale Community College. The story begins with disbarred lawyer Jeff Winger, who enrolls in the college after his bachelor’s degree is revoked. He forms a study group with a collection of eccentric characters, including former high school quarterback Troy, overachiever Annie, activist Britta, devout Christian Shirley, pop culture enthusiast Abed, and older student Pierce. The series is known for its meta-humor, parodies of film and TV tropes, and creative storytelling.

Connected Media:

A long-anticipated movie (and self-fulfilling prophecy) is in the works to wrap up the series, set to release in late 2024 or 2025.

Where can I stream “Community”?

Currently, this is only available on Peacock.

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One Piece

1999- | 20+ Seasons (and Counting!)

Synopsis:

“One Piece” follows the adventures of Monkey D. Luffy, a young pirate with the ability to stretch his body like rubber after eating a Devil Fruit. Luffy, inspired by his childhood hero Shanks, sets out on a journey to find the legendary One Piece, the greatest treasure in the world, and become the Pirate King. Along the way, he assembles a diverse crew, known as the Straw Hat Pirates, each with unique abilities and dreams. Together, they navigate dangerous seas, battle formidable foes, and uncover secrets about the world and themselves.

Connected Media:

The series has multiple animated movies, TV specials, and video games. A live-action adaptation has also recently premiered on Netflix.

Where can I stream “One Piece”?

While not all of the series is available for streaming, you can find several seasons on PlutoTV, Crunchyroll, Netflix, and Hulu.

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Star Trek: The Next Generation

1987-1994 | 7 Seasons

A revival of sorts for the “Star Trek” universe following the cancellation of “Star Trek: The Original Series” in 1969, “The Next Generation” is what made the… next generation fall in love with the stories of Gene Roddenberry.

Synopsis:

“Star Trek: The Next Generation” is set in the 24th century, nearly a century after the original “Star Trek” series. It follows the adventures of the starship USS Enterprise (NCC-1701-D) and its crew, led by Captain Jean-Luc Picard. The series explores themes of exploration, diplomacy, and the human condition, as the crew encounters new alien species, navigates political intrigue, and faces moral dilemmas. Iconic characters like Commander Riker, Lieutenant Commander Data, and Lieutenant Worf contribute to the rich narrative and dynamic relationships within the series.

Connected Media:

The story of Jean-Luc Picard and the TNG Crew don’t end here. Four movies followed, “Star Trek Generations”, “Star Trek: First Contact,” “Star Trek: Insurrection,” and “Star Trek: Nemesis.” In 2020, “Star Trek: Picard” premiered on Paramount Plus, following Jean-Luc Picard’s next adventures. Season 3 of this series is a love letter to “The Next Generation,” featuring one last story for the main cast that brings the story full circle.

Where can I stream “Star Trek: The Next Generation”?

You can stream this show, as well as every Star Trek series and show, on Paramount Plus.

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Stargate SG-1

1997-2007 | 10 Seasons

Everyone’s 3rd favorite “Star” series after Wars & Trek (or Trek & Wars, whichever you prefer), “SG-1” doesn’t get enough credit for its incredibly imaginative take on traveling the universe and deep lore.

Synopsis:

“Stargate SG-1” follows a team of military personnel and scientists who travel through the Stargate, an ancient device that allows instantaneous travel to other planets. Led by Colonel Jack O’Neill, the team, known as “SG-1,” includes Captain Samantha Carter, Dr. Daniel Jackson, and the Jaffa warrior Teal’c. They explore new worlds, forge alliances, and combat threats, particularly the parasitic Goa’uld and other alien enemies. The series delves into mythology, science fiction, and adventure, expanding the lore of the Stargate universe established in the 1994 film.

Connected Media:

Of course, this is a continuation of the original film starring Kurt Russell and James Spader, meaning “Stargate” should be your first stop before diving into the series. Following the series, the SG-1 story continues with two movies, “Stargate: The Ark of Truth” and “Stargate: Continuum.” There were also two spin-offs, including a direct spin-off in “Stargate: Atlantis.” Another spin-off exists, “Stargate: Universe”, though it was canceled after 2 seasons, left on a cliffhanger. 

Where can I stream “Stargate SG-1”?

Both the original movie and the entire 10 seasons can be streamed on PlutoTV.

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Frasier

1993-2004, 2023- | 12 Seasons (and Counting!)

One of the smartest comedy series built around a brilliant nerd (in the classical sense), and a series that is consistently great from start to finish.

Synopsis:

“Frasier” follows Dr. Frasier Crane, a successful psychiatrist who moves back to his hometown of Seattle after his marriage ends. He hosts a call-in radio therapy show, offering advice to listeners while navigating his own personal and professional challenges. Frasier lives with his father, Martin, a retired police officer, and Martin’s quirky physical therapist, Daphne Moon. His younger brother, Niles, a fellow psychiatrist, often joins in the show’s witty and sophisticated humor. The series is celebrated for its sharp writing, complex characters, and its exploration of family dynamics and personal growth.

Connected Media:

“Frasier” was revived in 2023 with a new season on Paramount Plus, with at least one more season on the way. However, for the full Frasier Crane story, you can always start with Season 3 of “Cheers,” where the character first appeared.

Where can I stream “Frasier”?

The original series can be streamed on Prime Video, Hulu, and Paramount Plus. The revival is exclusive to Paramount Plus.

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Unwrapped

2001-2011 | 22 Seasons

A show for those that nerd-out over food, candy, and brands that make our stomach’s growl. Plus, the voice of Marc Summers is just as soothing and addictive as lo-fi music.

Synopsis:

“Unwrapped” is a television series that takes viewers behind the scenes of their favorite snacks, candies, and other foods. Hosted by Marc Summers, the show explores how various food products are made, from the factory floor to the finished product on store shelves. Each episode focuses on a specific theme, such as breakfast foods, holiday treats, or nostalgic candies, providing interesting facts, history, and quirky tidbits about the featured items. The show combines entertainment with education, making it a delightful watch for food enthusiasts and curious minds alike.

Connected Media:

A few years after the show ended, it was revived as “Unwrapped 2.0”, hosted by Alfonso Ribeiro. It lasted for 3 seasons, but currently is not available to stream.

Where can I stream “Unwrapped”?

Originally a part of the Discovery+ line-up, you can now stream this series exclusively on Max.

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Futurama

1999-2003, 2007-2009, 2010-2013, 2023- | 8 Seasons (and Counting!)

The animated sci-fi comedy that refuses to stay dead.

Synopsis:

“Futurama” is an animated science fiction sitcom created by Matt Groening, set in the 31st century. It follows Philip J. Fry, a slacker pizza delivery boy who is accidentally cryogenically frozen and wakes up a thousand years in the future. He joins the Planet Express delivery company, working alongside the one-eyed, tough-as-nails captain Leela, and Bender, a sarcastic, misanthropic robot. The show combines humor, social satire, and heartwarming moments as the crew embarks on various intergalactic adventures, encountering bizarre alien species and futuristic technology.

Connected Media:

The show took a strange detour that is confusing for some after it was canceled the first time. After finding a cult following in syndication on Cartoon Network’s Adult Swim, it was brought back in a set of 4 films. In the middle of these films being released, Comedy Central acquired the rights to bring the series back, eventually breaking these 4 movies up into 16 episodes that was then presented as the 5th season.

Where can I stream “Futurama”?

You can stream the whole thing on Hulu.

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Star Wars: The Clone Wars

2008-2020 | 7 Seasons

Lore building that actually made Star Wars fans happy!

Synopsis:

“Star Wars: The Clone Wars” is an animated series set in the Star Wars universe, chronicling the events between “Episode II: Attack of the Clones” and “Episode III: Revenge of the Sith.” The series explores the conflict between the Galactic Republic, led by Jedi Knights, and the Separatist Alliance, led by Sith Lords. Key characters include Anakin Skywalker, Obi-Wan Kenobi, Ahsoka Tano, and Yoda. The show delves into the personal struggles and growth of its characters, the complexities of war, and the moral dilemmas faced by those involved, all while delivering thrilling action and rich storytelling.

Connected Media:

The series kicked off with a theatrical film released in 2008, so catch that first. Spin-offs of “The Clone Wars” include “Star Wars Rebels” and “Star Wars: The Bad Batch”, and you can find live action connections to “The Clone Wars” in “The Mandalorian” and “Ahsoka.”

Where can I stream “Star Wars: The Clone Wars”?

Everything Star Wars is exclusive to Disney+.

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Homestar Runner

2000- | Web Series

The most unorthodox addition to the list is a set of web cartoons that changed the idea of what a web cartoon could be, and whose influence is felt in several other properties.

Synopsis:

“Homestar Runner” is a Flash-animated internet cartoon created by Mike and Matt Chapman, also known as The Brothers Chaps. The series is set in the fictional Free Country, USA, and revolves around the titular character, Homestar Runner, an earnest but somewhat dimwitted athlete. The series features a diverse cast, including the bumbling villain Strong Bad, his loyal sidekick The Cheat, and other quirky characters like Strong Sad, Bubs, and Coach Z. Known for its unique humor, creative storytelling, and memorable catchphrases, Homestar Runner gained a cult following and became a significant part of early internet culture. This web series encompasses several web series, including “Strong Bad Email”, perhaps the most popular of the lot.

Connected Media:

While there are no spin-offs outside of its own set of webtoons, there is plenty of Homestar Runner influence in nerd culture, including a large collection of surprisingly good web games, a music album “Strong Bad Sings,” and Trogdor!! – a tabletop board game.

Where can I stream “Homestar Runner”?

You can still find Homestar, Strong Bad, The Cheat, and the rest of the gang at HomestarRunner.com, and most of their toons are also on YouTube now.

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WWE Raw

1993- | 30+ Seasons (and Counting!)

If you’re thinking to yourself, “Wrestling isn’t nerdy,” allow me to counter. Highly choreographed fight scenes, supernatural characters fighting normal human warriors, established lore that goes back decades, classic good vs evil rivalries, colorful superhero-esque costumes… I mean, there’s plenty to bridge the gap!

Synopsis:

“WWE Raw,” also known as “Monday Night Raw,” is a professional wrestling television program produced by World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE). The show features a mix of wrestling matches, dramatic storylines, and larger-than-life characters. Superstars like The Rock, Stone Cold Steve Austin, John Cena, and Becky Lynch have graced its ring, contributing to its status as one of the longest-running episodic television programs in history. “WWE Raw” showcases championship bouts, intense rivalries, and high-flying action, captivating wrestling fans with its blend of athleticism and entertainment.

Connected Media:

In addition to “Raw”, WWE launched “WWE SmackDown” as a second weekly show in 1999. Together, “Raw” and “SmackDown” both constitute the main storylines. Throughout the years, both shows have featured the same wrestlers some of the time, and other times (including currently), the roster has been split between the two shows with only slight crossover. Every few weeks, WWE holds a PLE (premium live event) exclusively on Peacock, a modern version of the Pay-Per-View, which was the model they used up until a few years ago. Also, NXT airs on Tuesday nights, which is like the minor leagues of WWE, where new wrestlers build their skills. Add to that the numerous documentaries, films, and reality shows created by WWE and, well, you’ve got a lot to catch up on.

Where can I stream “WWE Raw”?

You can stream ALL of WWE’s content exclusively on Peacock, where they have their own hub. However, as “Raw”, “NXT”, and “SmackDown” are all live shows that air on television first, new episodes are added to Peacock a few weeks later.

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Smallville

2001-2011 | 10 Seasons

The CW teen drama and freak-of-the-week sci-fi show turned proper comic book come to life.

Synopsis:

“Smallville” is a television series that reimagines the early years of Clark Kent before he becomes Superman. Set in the fictional town of Smallville, Kansas, the show follows Clark as he discovers his powers and learns about his Kryptonian heritage. Alongside his friends Chloe Sullivan and Pete Ross, and future iconic characters like Lana Lang and Lex Luthor, Clark navigates high school, relationships, and various threats. The series blends teen drama with superhero elements, portraying Clark’s journey toward accepting his destiny while battling various “meteor freaks” and other villains.

Connected Media:

“Smallville” continued on in comic book form, where we see this version of Superman’s first interactions with the likes of Batman and Green Lantern. Outside of the comic series, Clark Kent and Lois Lane from Smallville do make a brief appearance in the massive Arrowverse event, “Crisis on Infinite Earths.”

Where can I stream “Smallville”?

All 10 seasons can be streamed on Hulu.

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The X-Files

1993-2002, 2016-2018 | 11 Seasons

Aliens, monsters, government conspiracies, a crossover episode with “Cops”… what’s not to love?

Synopsis:

“The X-Files” is a science fiction drama series that follows FBI agents Fox Mulder and Dana Scully as they investigate unsolved and often paranormal cases, known as X-Files. Mulder, a believer in the supernatural, is driven by a quest to uncover the truth about extraterrestrial life and government conspiracies. Scully, a medical doctor and skeptic, is assigned to scientifically analyze Mulder’s findings. The series delves into themes of trust, the unknown, and the pursuit of truth, blending episodic monster-of-the-week stories with a larger, intricate mythology involving alien colonization and human experimentation.

Connected Media:

“The X-Files” has two feature films, one that came out during the original run – “The X-Files: Fight the Future” – and one that came out between the original series and the revival in 2016 – “The X-Files: I Want to Believe.” There was also a spin-off series, “The Lone Gunmen.”

Where can I stream “The X-Files”?

You can stream all 11 seasons on Hulu. The movies are available to rent on AppleTV, YouTube, and more.

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Supernatural

2005-2020 | 15 Seasons

Just a couple of good ol’ boys, hunting demons, ghosts, and monsters.

Synopsis:

“Supernatural” follows brothers Sam and Dean Winchester as they hunt demons, ghosts, monsters, and other supernatural beings. Raised as hunters by their father after their mother’s mysterious death, the brothers travel across America in their 1967 Chevrolet Impala, investigating paranormal events and saving people from various supernatural threats. The series explores themes of family, destiny, and sacrifice, blending horror, drama, and humor. As the story progresses, the Winchesters face increasingly powerful adversaries, including angels and even Lucifer, while uncovering the mysteries of their own family.

Connected Media:

Supernatural inspired the spin-off “The Winchesters,” though it was canceled after one season. There also exists one season of “Supernatural: The Anime Series”, which can be purchased on AppleTV.

Where can I stream “Supernatural”?

Netflix is the home of all 15 seasons.

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The Simpsons

1989- | 35 Seasons (and Counting!)

This animated sitcom has been around long enough to be one of the most significant influences on pop culture and nerd culture for decades, mainly being the inspiration for countless adult animation shows that have come to exist since. It has existed long enough to find a massive fanbase, slip into the cultural background, and find a new audience with its current popularity resurgence.

Synopsis:

“The Simpsons” is an animated sitcom that chronicles the everyday lives of the Simpson family in the fictional town of Springfield. The family consists of Homer, a bumbling and often incompetent safety inspector at the nuclear power plant; Marge, the patient and loving matriarch; Bart, the mischievous 10-year-old; Lisa, the intelligent and socially conscious 8-year-old; and Maggie, the often silent baby. The series is known for its satirical take on a wide range of topics, including culture, politics, and society, blending humor with heartfelt moments. It has become a cultural phenomenon and is the longest-running American sitcom.

Connected Media:

In 2007, long-time fans finally got something they’ve begged for since the early seasons: “The Simpsons Movie.” There have also been several video games, comics books, and more. “The Simpsons” is an American cultural icon.

Where can I stream “The Simpsons”?

“The Simpsons” became a big addition to the launch of the Disney+ service, and still calls it home. However, the latest season is only available on Hulu (until the next season begins).

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Doctor Who

1963-1989, 1996, 2005-2022, 2023- | 26 Seasons/13 Series/1 Season (and Counting!)

The oldest, longest running show on this list, “Doctor Who” is so big, it has three eras defined by its own season numbers, yet the story is one continuous one from the very beginning in 1963. With the basis of the show revolving around traveling through time and space, we see every form of sci-fi and fantasy represented on the show throughout the decades.

Synopsis:

“Doctor Who” is a British science fiction series that follows the adventures of the Doctor, a Time Lord from the planet Gallifrey who travels through time and space in the TARDIS, a ship disguised as a British police box. The Doctor, who can regenerate into a new form when mortally wounded, explores the universe, often accompanied by human companions. The series is known for its imaginative storytelling, memorable monsters like the Daleks and Cybermen, and the Doctor’s moral dilemmas. It blends adventure, drama, and humor, continuously reinventing itself with each new Doctor and companion.

Connected Media:

With a show run this long and a fandom this expansive, it is no surprise that there are countless spin-offs and connected media, including books and audio dramas. Spin-offs series include “Torchwood,” a more adult-oriented show lead by Captain Jack Harkness, “The Sarah Jane Adventures,” a child-friendly series starring a former companion of the Doctor, and “Class,” a short-lived series set at a frequent stop for the Doctor.

Where can I stream “Doctor Who”?

There are currently three starting points for the series. For a real binge, you can start at the absolute beginning with the original “Doctor Who” series, where all 26 seasons (minus a handful of episodes that were accidentally erased long ago) are found on Tubi.

To start with the more modern “Doctor Who (2005)”, which begins with the Ninth Doctor, you can catch all 13 Series on Max.

Finally, the third era of “Doctor Who (2023)” has just begun with 4 Specials and the first Season wrapping up this month, available exclusively on Disney+.

We’re certain one of these jumped out at you as something you’ve always meant to watch but have never had the time to commit to it. Now is the time. Pick one and find your new favorite classic show!





Born and raised in West Philadelphia. No relation. I'm a lifelong gamer and an avid movie-monger. My favorite thing in life is sharing Christ through my geeky fandoms.

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