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Nerd culture, which includes anything from gaming to cosplay, sci fi to tech, is no longer a niche society relegated to the adult version of the bleachers at a high school dance. Working in tech, professing one’s love for Star Wars, and bucking the latest fashion trends to dress in a way that makes you feel comfortable has thankfully, in many ways, become the norm. Without nerds, we would still be sharing landlines with the rest of our family and making bad restaurant decisions without the help of 427 strangers reviewing the new sushi place on Yelp.

The outpouring of love on social media over the recent death of Stephen Hawking is just one indication that mainstream culture is finally starting to celebrate the brilliant, the forward thinking, and yes, the nerdy.

While TV shows have been featuring ‘nerd’ characters for years, they often came in the Steve Urkel package, ie. the annoying, know-it-all, nosy neighbor who is merely around for the laughs. Thankfully, TV is finally catching on to the reality that ‘nerd’ is no longer a derogatory term, with the culture featuring aspects that most people, not just the brilliantly gifted, can relate to. Of course, there are still a lot of super-smart nerds on TV, but there are also just regular folk to love video games. We see you. We hear you. We are you.

Here are eight shows that celebrate how great it is to be a nerd.