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 SideReel.com. Her nerd power is the complete recall of plots from 19-year-old episodes of Sliders . You can follow her musings on Twitter .
Firefly Online will launch in Summer 2014, according to developer QMx . In addition to the originally planned platforms (iOS and Android), the Firefly MMORPG will also release on PC and Mac, "and may expand to include additinoal platforms." Pre-order dates, prices, and distribution partners will be announced "shortly." When you're not running jobs, "You can focus on pimping your ride, getting a new ride, hiring a crew, keeping them happy, trading, crafting, collecting swag, or just flying around the multitude of terraformed worlds of the Verse in the freeform flight simulator," QMx's Andy Gore told io9 . Gore also confirmed that players, as captains of their own crews, would be dealing with Firefly's iconic menace, the Reavers. As well, "In the first release, players will take the part of a Browncoat captain. However, we are looking at adding factions in a later DLC release," Gore explained. Read More... http://www.ign.com/articles/2013/12/13/firefly-online-is-coming-to-pc-and-mac-in-2014
The guest-star list is growing for the second season of The CW’s Arrow with the recent announcement that ‘Firefly’ alum Sean Maher will be appearing in an upcoming episode of the comic-book-laced drama. Maher will play evil Mark Scheffer (otherwise known as DC Comics super-villain Shrapnel), a “serial bomber who places Starling City in a grip of terror and threatens the life of Sebastian Blood (recurring guest star Kevin Alejandro). Read More... http://www.tvequals.com/2013/10/23/firefly-hunk-sean-maher-to-guest-as-villain-on-arrow/
There have been plenty of Firefly/Serenity comics, but only now will you get to see the rest of the story. Dark Horse has announced the first-ever continuation of the Firefly series, with a new Serenity comic set after the events of the beloved (if somewhat devastating) movie. Read More.... http://feeds.gawker.com/~r/io9/full/~3/jCJs6Cgds0k/the-future-of-firefly-will-finally-be-revealed-in-a-new-1376970047
In nerd culture, few short-lived television shows have a more hardcore and passionate fanbase than that of Firefly. Created by Joss Whedon – the man behind the Buffy and Angel TV shows, as well as the upcoming show Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. – Firefly ran on television for literally four months. There are only 14 episodes of the show (plus a movie, Serenity). And now, there will be a Firefly video game. READ MORE...
Nathan Fillion, one of the stars of this summer's Pixar animated film 'Monsters University,' talked to us about how likely he sees another 'Firefly' reunion on either the big or the small screen. Read More... http://www.hitfix.com/motion-captured/nathan-fillion-dismisses-the-idea-of-more-serenity-as-an-impossibility
Fans of Veronica Mars are still celebrating that they've successfully paid to give Warner Bros. another film in their schedule, but because the pleasure of others means nothing, non-Veronica Mars fans have quickly moved on to asking what this Kickstarter revival thing might mean for canceled shows they like. Here are some answers. For Firefly vocal fan base, it won't mean a lot--at least not for a long time. Though Whedon's legions of loyal zealots would seem the perfect candidates to throw some money at something, the writer-director just sat down with Buzzfeed to remind everyone how he has some other kind of big things going right now. Said Whedon: READ MORE...
You would think that, after more than 10 years and billions of dollars in "Avengers" ticket sales, Joss Whedon might have moved past "Firefly." You would be wrong. In fact, this hottest of hot directors still thinks about reviving his short-lived but much-beloved show. Is there a chance of Joss Whedon bringing "Firefly" back?In an interview with the Toronto Sun published on Monday (Jan. 28), Whedon expressed how much he still thinks about a show that lasted less than a single season. "I'll never really accept it," he said. "And I always, in the back of my head, think, 'What if I could get the old gang back together?'"Of course, anything like this is a long-shot. At the moment, Whedon is rather busy with work on "Avengers 2" and with "S.H.I.E.L.D." (the potential TV spinoff of the films). No director/writer/producer has the time to fit in a revival on top of that, no matter... http://blog.zap2it.com/frominsidethebox/2013/01/joss-whedon-still-wants-firefly-to-return.html
The Browncoats united, and fans of "Firefly" got to celebrate the show's 10-year anniversary. As part of the Science Channel special, three new deleted scenes were released, and they have now been posted online. Two of the scenes shed more light on the Battle of Serenity Valley that inspired Mal Reynolds' (Nathan Fillion) ship's name. One of them is a clip from the actual battle that was cut from the series' pilot, while the other shows Zoe (Gina Torres) telling Simon (Sean Maher) about the battle that so influenced the Serenity's crew. The third clip is a bit more humorous, as it shows River Tam (Summer Glau), well, being River Tam. Also, shout out for the Christina Hendricks appearance. You can watch all three clips below:... http://blog.zap2it.com/frominsidethebox/2013/01/firefly-deleted-scenes-rivers-marriage-proposal-christina-hendricks-and-more-battle-of-serenity-vall.html
Few stories inspire the kind of passion and devotion shown by the fans of Joss Whedon’s "Firefly." The short-lived sci-fi western followed Capt. Malcolm Reynolds (Nathan Fillion) and his crew as they stole and scavenged their way across the universe, trying to keep their raggedy spaceship Serenity afloat. "Firefly" was canceled a decade ago, but support for the show has spawned a movie sequel, comic series, packed comic convention panels and now a one-hour reunion special on Science Channel. Read More... http://feeds.latimes.com/~r/latimes/entertainment/news/tv/~3/dM7UDeH4fmI/la-et-hc-firefly-sean-maher-serenity-sequel-sl,0,5875423.storylink