What to watch when 'Big Bang Theory' ends? 10 more shows that celebrate nerd life

Neal Justin, Star Tribune (Minneapolis) on

Published in Entertainment News

"The Big Bang Theory" concludes its 12-season run Thursday. Here are some other shows featuring brainy protagonists.

"The Adventures of Rocky and Bullwinkle and Friends" (1959-64): Featuring Mr. Peabody, the brainy beagle who would rather time-travel through history than drink from the toilet.

"Happy Days" (1974-84): Fonzie may have been the epitome of cool-a-mundo, but at the end of the day, he spent more time with Potsie than Pinky Tuscadero.

"Square Pegs" (1982-83): Before taking Manhattan in "Sex and the City," Sarah Jessica Parker was trying desperately to navigate the high-school hallways.

"Frasier" (1993-2004): We thought Frasier Crane was the most peculiar fusspot we'd ever fallen for. Then we met his brother, Niles.

"Freaks and Geeks" (1999-2000): The title says it all. The kids never really came out on top, but it was a kick watching them try.

"The IT Crowd" (2006-10): Imagine if Dilbert got transferred to London and you'll have a pretty good sense of the typical workday in this cult classic.

"Chuck" (2007-12): Before donning Shazam's cape, Zachary Levi was using superpowers to help the CIA, at least when he wasn't manning the IT desk at a Best Buy rip-off.


"Parks and Recreation" (2009-15): Amy Poehler's Leslie Knope just barely squeaks by Tina Fey's Liz Lemon on "30 Rock" for the title of Nerd Queen.

"Community" (2009-15): This classic offered a wide range of geeks, from Abed, a walking encyclopedia of pop-culture trivia, to Annie, who's desperate to hang with the cool crowd.

"Silicon Valley" (2014- ): Creator Mike Judge appears to be as knowledgeable about the tech world as Bill Gates, but with smarter jokes.

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