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 .
Over the course of seven seasons, Futurama assembled an enormous animated cast, and artist Unrellius has managed to squeeze just about every alien, robot, and head in a jar into a single poster. Read More... http://feeds.gawker.com/~r/io9/full/~3/QtK1VJsvQa4/the-entire-cast-of-futurama-on-one-massive-poster-1493146166
I'm a big fan of science fiction (my poor family can attest to the truth of this statement) and was one of the few who watched Fringe all the way to its bitter, fairly nonsensical end. But I have faith in the genre and in the abilities of J.J. Abrams — a sci-fi fan's sci-fi fan, if there ever was — so I was pretty excited to check out Almost Human . Sure, it's a pastiche of every robotic police movie/show ever, but it's fun, and it's got great visuals (which, OK, are heavily borrowed from the brilliant film Blade Runner ). So in honor of Almost Human's (so far) great* robot cop, Dorian, here's a list of the worst robots ever to grace your living room. * As of this writing, two episodes have aired. It's very possible the show will suck. I'm not blessed with the power of foresight. I don't even know what I'm having for dinner tonight. Challenge of the GoBots: GoBots Any TV show that exists solely to sell merchandise is an irritant in my book, but GoBots , the sad bastard step-sibling of Transformers , is an especially egregious example. The GoBots aren't even half as cool as Transformers! And no one's made a GoBots movie, have they? Let alone the 108 movies that Transformers seems to have made. And if there were a GoBots movie, it would probably star Emile Hirsch, the poor man's Shia Laboeuf. Small Wonder: Vicki Robot engineer Ted Lawson creates a creepy-ass child robot whose name (Vicki) stems from her model ID ( V oice I nput C hild I denticant). Normal so far, I guess? Except that Ted tries to pass her off as human and sends her to school, where apparently no one ever seems to realize she TALKS LIKE A ROBOT and always looks exactly the same (at least until the actress herself started to age). Ugh, I bet she was a curve buster, too. Thanks for ruining the college hopes and dreams of your classmates, Vicki. Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Buffybot Buffybot was designed as a sexbot for Spike and was so convincing, she managed to convince real Buffy's friends that Buffy was depressed and acting out (something I hope a sexbot designed after me would do as well). Later she's used to better ends, but in a show that routinely pushed the boundaries of the suspension of disbelief, this was just a microchip too far. Star Trek: The Next Generation: Lore What was the point of Lore? He's basically just evil Data, and it's unclear why their creator Dr. Soong would have designed him in the first place. How is it possible that the final step before "perfect android" is "evil android"? And why didn't he dress better? Or wear a mustache? Why couldn't he be an evil genius as opposed to just a weird, petty android? Hate on Wesley all you want, but he was way more interesting than Lore. Friends: C.H.E.E.S.E. We get it: Joey is a bad actor and ends up in terrible projects! The backronymned C.H.E.E.S.E. ( C omputerized H umanoid E lectronically E nhanced S ecret E nforcer) is supposed to be the exemplar of a terrible network show that might cast Joey, but come on! At the time this episode aired (2000), no network would put this on TV. The time of Small Wonder was long past, and the concept of C.H.E.E.S.E. is just a meta-insult to the intelligence of Friends fans. Futurama: Flexo I appreciate that Futurama was willing to turn sci-fi convention on its head and say that a doppelgänger with a goatee whom everyone declares to be "evil" might actually be the good one of the two, but he's just so boring. I know, I know, that's the point, but he kept popping back up and being his same boring self, never getting frustrated, always there with a pat on the back or heartily chuckling at a joke — but there's a reason we love real Bender (aka the real evil Bender) and that's that he's insane, awful, and hilarious. "Evil" Bender never stood a chance. Battlestar Galactica: The Cylons The frustrating thing about the Cylons was that early in the series they really were terrifying. They were indistinguishable from us except for the fact that they were better in almost every way — AND nearly succeeded in destroying all of humanity. And then after a few seasons they were… vaguely mean kind of? Except for the ones who were good? Maybe we were supposed to root for them? Maybe they held the key to everything? Who knows! In trying to be all things to the series, they became nothing worth watching, and that was truly a shame. Family Matters: Urkelbot Let the GIF at the left do the explaining. Leah E. Friedman is the editor of SideReel.com. She's seen things you people wouldn't believe . You can follow her musings on Twitter .
Guys, I need you to give me a moment. I am a little beside myself right now. I know everyone is meant to feel loss from time to time, and it is a part of life, but I am not ready to lose Futurama again. That show has brought me so much joy and laughter. It took the look of The Simpson's, and just sci-fi'd it until it surpassed that show. Yes, i just said Futurama surpassed The Simpsons. The Simpsons is the mainstream cartoon. Futurama was its cool younger cousin who drive a nicer car and always had a cool one-liner. And now, after last night's final episode, we need to say goodbye. But darn it, I'M NOT READY! Read more at http://www.tvovermind.com/tv-news/sad-moment-say-goodbye-futurama-221030#qDiQxS5bOueodyLM.99
Futurama is blasting off for the final time tonight in the series finale, “Meanwhile,” and Comedy Central has released a sneak peek of what’s in store, namely Fry breaking the universe. While the rest of the world hangs in limbo Fry and Leela will have plenty of time to mull their future, while Leela considers whether or not to accept Fry’s marriage proposal. Check out the clip below. Read More.. http://www.tvequals.com/2013/09/04/futurama-series-finale-sneak-peek-fry-breaks-the-universe-video/
Our top moments of the week: 11. Best Arrival: Viewers say goodbye to 24/7 soccer coverage and hello to FX's new sister channel, FXX, in appropriate fashion. When FXX officially kicks off at 7 a.m. Monday morning, the reception begins to go out and the game footage interchanges with an image of a black leather couch. Suddenly, the black leather couch begins to move and out from the seams bursts a very hot and a very naked Danny DeVito in a classic It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia clip . Goal! Read More... http://www.tvguide.com/News/Moments-Richard-Simmons-Kimmel-1069967.aspx?rss=breakingnews
"Futurama" might have aired its final episode on Sept. 4, but the show isn't gone forever. There are plans for a crossover with "The Simpsons" that is currently being developed and will continue to keep the "Futurama" characters alive and well -- for one more episode, at least. During the "Futurama Live" finale event at the YouTube Space LA, Zap2it spoke with "Futurama" creators Matt Groening and David X. Cohen about the planned crossover. As the finale episode "Meanwhile" ended on a pretty uplifting but conclusive note, the pair admitted that the "Simpsons" crossover won't take place after the finale chronologically. It's just tricky to figure out when it actually does take place in the "Futurama" timeline. "This is what I would say: I mean, we were canceled for several years. I think the crossover episode probably happened then, because can you imagine how many exciting adventures happened in those years that we never heard... http://blog.zap2it.com/frominsidethebox/2013/09/futurama-isnt-completely-over-creators-talk-simpsons-crossover.html
Futurama uses its last episode, "Meanwhile," wisely. It fixes something that has bothered me from the beginning of the show, and shows us the beauty of true love. Read More... http://feeds.gawker.com/~r/io9/full/~3/WfY62ncpw2o/futuramas-final-episode-makes-me-a-fry-and-leela-shipp-1255883809
Well, "Futurama" fans, the end has come -- for a second time.Resurrection can only last so long and, so, it's time to say goodbye to Matt Groening's cult classic comedy once more. On Wednesday (Sept. 4), "Futurama" signed off for good (or did it?) with "Meanwhile," an episode centered on Fry (Billy West) finally growing the nerve to propose to Leela (Katey Sagal). This being "Futurama," of course, things involved some sort of futuristic high-jinks and did not go smoothly. But was it the ending the show deserved? For a show that got the boot from original home FOX in 2003 before rising from the ashes on cable in 2008, it seemed only fitting that the series finale focus so heavily on characters dying over and over, while trying to find a way to reverse said death.After breaking the universe (because of course Fry would), there was an bittersweet beauty in watching Fry and Leela... http://blog.zap2it.com/frominsidethebox/2013/09/futurama-series-finale-did-meanwhile-prove-to-be-a-worthwhile-second-conclusion.html
"Futurama" is coming to an end ... again. To celebrate this momentous occasion, Chris Hardwick is hosting a special pre- and post-show, streaming live from the YouTube Space LA. The specials will feature Q&A with the cast and crew of the long-running animated show, as they say goodbye to the show with their fans.Among those scheduled to attend are creator Matt Groening, executive producer David X. Cohen and voice talent Billy West, Phil LaMarr, Maurice LaMarche, Lauren Tom, Patric Verrone and Peter Avanzino.The festivities kick off at 9:30 p.m. ET for the pre-show, with the post-show following at 10:30 p.m. ET. You can follow along with the live stream above.... http://blog.zap2it.com/frominsidethebox/2013/09/futurama-live-chris-hardwick-hosts-finale-special-live-stream.html