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The Best Geek TV Shows of this Generation
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Quote:The Best Geek TV Shows of this Generation
By Great White Snark | September 20, 2007
Sure, it’s quite a limb to venture out on. (And quite a sentence to end with a preposition. Boo-yah!) But, Christ on a cockroach, if anyone’s equipped to put together this list, it’s a geeky TV-phile like myself. Who spends way too much time thinking about these sorts of things.
In this case, a generation is intended to include 20 years, so any shows produced and broadcast before 1987 are out of luck. That means no Twilight Zone (you didn’t actually expect me to consider the 2002 version, did you?), no original Star Trek, and no early-1980s cartoons like Transformers, G.I. Joe, He-Man, or Thundercats.
No anime. There are enough good anime series out there to merit a list of their own. Otherwise, I’d be glad to include shows like Cowboy Bebop, Ghost in the Shell, and Fullmetal Alchemist.
Only one show per canon. So you’ll find Star Trek: The Next Generation, but no Deep Space Nine or Voyager. Buffy, but no Angel. Batman: Animated, but no Superman: Animated. Futurama, but–sadly–no The Simpsons. (If you watch, you know that they do, in fact, exist in the same fictional universe.) And Stargate: SG1 is all you get… you’re sure as hell not getting Stargate: Atlantis.
Finally, candidates were screened against the Formula for Great Geek TV. < http://www.greatwhitesnark.com/2007/09/19/attention-tv-executives-the-secret-formula-for-great-geek-tv-shows/>
The final contenders were ranked according to the passion of their respective fans, size of fanbase, series longevity, the endurance and impact of their legacies, the pervasiveness of their franchises (spin-offs, movies, comic books, t-shirts, midnight showings of classic episodes at local movie theaters, etc.), and–ultimately–their adherence to the Formula.
And, of course, the final ranking is a result of my subjective–yet painfully well-informed and objective–interpretation of these criteria. Enjoy.
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Quote:Originally posted by BWayne:
As CLJohnston indicates, the original post explains the lack of Angel (no more than one show from the same canon/universe). Eureka was just an oversight. With an ambitious list like this, I'm sure I made at least a couple more.
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Quote:Originally posted by psychotic:
Has anyone here watched Spaced (1999)?
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