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SideReel's Favorite Nerds

With the premiere of the riotously funny Silicon Valley , SideReel's editorial team got to thinking about our favorite TV nerds. Being of that disposition ourselves, we had a lot of very well-informed opinions, backed up by rigorously researched and tested evidence. But in the end, we had to pick just eight—and so we did. Think we missed yours? Sound off in the comments.   Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey  S1E4: A Sky Full of Ghosts Like everyone else in the world, the editorial team members are big fans of Neil deGrasse Tyson. Following in his mentor Carl Sagan's footsteps, he's bringing complex scientific concepts to the masses through storytelling, analogies, and mind-blowing graphics. The show isn't without controversy, but it's fascinating, and when Tyson makes physics personal, we can't help but want to be swept along for the ride.     The Big Bang Theory  S2E13: The Friendship Algorithm The best part of  The Big Bang Theory has always been Jim Parsons' portrayal of Sheldon Cooper: the brilliant, jittery, physicist who's also one of the most off-kilter straight men ever to be seen on TV. Throughout its long run, we've gotten plenty of great Sheldon episodes, but this one from midway through season two is the first time it really all coalesces. As the episode title implies, he creates an scientific process for making friends—with predictably zany results.    @midnight  S2E38: Nikki Glaser/Steve Agee/Kyle Kinane We'd be remiss if we didn't include the Nerdist himself, Chris Hardwick on this list. He'd already done more for today's nerdkind than almost anyone else, and then Comedy Central went and gave him his own nightly game show. As host, he gets comedians to riff on everything from the day's internet headlines, to emojii, Star Wars fan art, and Craigslist cosplay personals. It's on late (it starts, as Hardwick always announces, at 11:59 and 59 seconds), but it's making waves among TODAY'S YOUTH (and those of us on the cusp of olds-hood), and it's a good way to get in your daily recommended dose of belly laughs.   Breaking Bad  S1E1: Pilot Over the course of  Breaking Bad 's run, Walter White came to stand for many, many things, but rewatching the pilot is a good reminder that before he was The One Who Knocks, Heisenberg, meth kingpin of the American Southwest, and the best anti-hero, um, EVER, he was just a high school chemistry teacher; a nerd, if you will. He made science cool for Jesse Pinkman (for a little while at least), and he definitely lived the motto safety first when it came to cooking. What a role model!   The X-Files  S2E22: F. Emasculata If ever the divide between geek and nerd was on display, it was in the personas of Mulder and Scully. Mulder was the geek, Scully was the nerd. She had a rigorous scientific background (don't forget, she was a medical doctor!) and always came equipped with a gun and a hefty dose of skepticism—or at least she did before the show went off the deep end. In "F. Emasculata", her training is in full display as she tackles an unstoppable plague sweeping through a prison's population.    The Late Show with David Letterman  S21E31: February 27, 2014 We didn't have to pick this particular episode of  Letterman , but the inclusion of  the "Stupid Human Tricks" segment didn't hurt. A pioneer in the world of late night comedy, Letterman will be sorely missed when he steps down at the end of his current contract (Spring 2015). He brought a curiousity not present prior to his reign that's now a staple of late night shows. From "Will it Float?" to "Know Your Current Events" to the aforementioned "Stupid Human Tricks", there was always a burning desire to know something behind those fashionable spectacles. Whoever takes over the  Late Show throne will have to match that.   Firefly  S1E9: Ariel Thousands of gallons of digital ink have been metaphorically spilled discussing the merits and cancelation of this modern classic series, so please don't begrudge us adding a few more words. Simon Tam, like his sister, River, was a prodigy, the Doogie Howser of his time, even. Thankfully, he only used his unmatched scientific skills for good (or at least what passed for good in the ambiguous world of  Firefly ), and in "Ariel" we get to see the demons with which he wrestles, and just how much he'd have been able to accomplish if he'd been willing to play the game rather than going rogue.    Futurama  S5E10: The Farnsworth Parabox Good news! The last fantastic nerd on our list is Professor Hubert J. Farnsworth, citizen of Earth circa the year 3000. He's tenured at Mars University, is a perennial contender for the Nobel Prize, and he's definitely unparalleled at using his abilities to create insane things, like, for instance, a box containing another universe—in which his doppelganger has created a box which contains our universe. It hurts our brains, but that's why Farnsworth is in a league of his own.      Leah E. Friedman  is the editor of Her nerd power is the complete recall of plots from 19-year-old episodes of Sliders . You can follow her musings on  Twitter .

'Breaking Bad's' Aaron Paul to host 'WWE Monday Night Raw' on March 3

If ever there was an acceptable place for someone to constantly yell "Yeah, b****," it's professional wrestling. Former "Breaking Bad" star Aaron Paul will be guest hosting "WWE Monday Night Raw" on March 3 to promote his new movie "Need for Speed."The guest hosting role on "Raw" really depends on who WWE books. Some have been great, others not so much. Then there are those like Betty White, who was practically absent from the show, only appearing backstage.Hopefully, Paul will fit in with some of the better guest hosts of the past, like Hugh Jackman. At least he can find comfort in the fact that he won't be as bad asDennis Miller. Check out Jackman on the show below....

All Of Breaking Bad Is On Netflix!

Do you realize  Breaking Bad  is SO good, it messes people up? It compels people like Anthony Hopkins to write letters to the cast telling them just how utterly amazing it is and without par. In this month’s Game Informer, Metal Gear creator Hideo Kojima admits that Breaking Bad affected how he looked at his newest Metal Gear games and the stories he was allowed to tell in those games. See, Breaking Bad is not so much a show, as a cultural phenomenon. A television show that forever redefined how stories are told and the heroes (or antiheroes) we follow. Well, good news to you avid Heisenberg fans out there like me. All of Breaking Bad is on Netflix, from beginning to end. Read More...

Jonathan Banks to Reprise Role as Mike Ehrmantraut in Breaking Bad Prequel Series Better Call Saul

Jonathan Banks to Reprise Role as Mike Ehrmantraut in Breaking Bad Prequel Series Better Call Saul Better Call Saul finds its next series regular! In addition to Bob Odenkirk, fellow Breaking Bad alum Jonathan Banks will reprise his role in the upcoming prequel series, due to debut this November.

Which Breaking Bad Actor is Confirmed for Better Call Saul?

Big news today on the Better Call Saul front.  Deadline  is reporting that none other than Jonathan Banks will indeed return for the spin-off show to reprise his role as Mike Ehrmantraut, Saul’s “fixer,” as it were. (Breaking Bad spoilers ahead). Mike is able to return to the show even after being killed by Walter White in the initial series because Better Call Saul will be a prequel (mostly), and he and Saul surely had many an adventure before Heisenberg ever came along. Mike was a pretty important cast member everyone assumed would have to return for the show, and now it’s been confirmed. Jonathan Banks is in the middle of a multi-multi-episodic arc on Community, but presumably that will be over and done with before his Saul duties start. Read More...

Breaking Bad, Modern Family, Downton Abbey's Maggie Smith & More 2014 SAG Awards TV Winners

Breaking Bad's ensemble cast finally gets the recognition it deserves! The actors won an Outstanding Drama Ensemble award at the 2014 SAG Awards. See which other TV shows came out on top! Breaking Bad and Modern Family win big at the 2014 Screen Actors Guild Awards! Awards season is in full swing, and for the first time in SAG Awards history, Breaking Bad's cast took home the trophy for Outstanding Drama Ensemble, while Modern Family's cast won the Comedy award for the fourth consecutive year. Individual acting wins included Veep star Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Maggie Smith for Downton Abbey, Ty Burrell for Modern Family, and Breaking Bad's Bryan Cranston. Do you agree with the Screen Actors Guild's picks? Sound off in the comments and stick with us for more awards show scoop from Celebified.

SAG Awards 2014: Bryan Cranston, 'Breaking Bad' cast win

Just like at the 2014 Golden Globes, both Bryan Cranston and the cast of "Breaking Bad" won at the 20th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards on Saturday (Jan. 18). Cranston won for Best Male Actor in a Drama Series while the cast won Best Ensemble in a Drama Series.When Cranston walked up to accept his award, he first checked himself out in a mirror from Anna Gunn's "Breaking Bad" clutch before singing, "I won a SAG AWAARRRRD!"Cranston then went on to tell a story about how he got starstruck around Emma Thompson. "You know how things are strange? A week ago, I was at a banquet, and I saw out of the corner of my eye Emma Thompson coming over, fighting her way through tables and looking over here, and I'm like, 'Oh my god, that's Emma Thompson,'" Cranston says. "And she was looking my way, and she came up to me, and I...

Golden Globes: 'Breaking Bad' Continues Hot Streak, 'Brooklyn Nine-Nine' Shocks

Breaking Bad continues to go out on a high note. The late AMC drama, which took top kudos at the 2013 Emmys just a week before it ended its five-season run, earned Golden Globes wins for best dramatic series and best actor for star Bryan Cranston early during Sunday's show. It marked the first time the Hollywood Foreign Press Association ever awarded the series. Previously nominated Cranston has always fared much better at the Emmys.  Read More...

2014 Golden Globes TV Roundup: Bryan Cranston, Brooklyn Nine-Nine, Breaking Bad, Robin Wright & More

It was a long three hours, so we don't blame you for skipping out -- we've got your TV winners' digest right here! See which of our favorite shows walked away with Globes. Tina Fey and Amy Poehler brought down the house with another successful duo hosting gig at the 71st Annual Golden Globes, and we've got your TV winners' roundup. There was lots of love for this season's freshman shows, including first-time winner Andy Samberg for Brooklyn Nine-Nine, Robin Wright for her role in Netflix's House of Cards, and Ray Donovan star Jon Voigt. Other notable TV honorees included Breaking Bad's Bryan Cranston, Amy Poehler for Parks and Rec, and first-time Globes winner Elisabeth Moss, who won for the mini-series Top of the Lake. Check out the full list of winners on our sister site,, and be sure to stick with us at Celebified for more awards show buzz.

2014 Golden Globes: 'Breaking Bad,' Bryan Cranston win for final season

As Jesse Pinkman would say, "Yeah, b****!" The final season of "Breaking Bad" won two statues at the 2014 Golden Globe Awards: Best TV Series -- Drama and Best Actor -- TV Drama for fearless leader Bryan Cranston. Cranston won his award first -- his first Golden Globe ever, in fact -- calling it "such a wonderful way to goodbye to the show that meant so much to me. I was always very grateful that the show resonated with American audiences, but now through this, and the Hollywood Foreign Press, everyone around the world will be able to share in 'Breaking Bad''s mirth and merriment." But he didn't have to go far, as the show won its first -- and last -- award for Best TV Drama. Creator Vince Gilligan accepted the award for the show, saying, "The best thing about this I think is that it gives all the people up here ... one...