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The Best Geek TV Shows of this Generation

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UPDATED: Sunday, September 23, 2007 11:57
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Saturday, September 22, 2007 4:43 AM

CLJOHNSTON108


We're #5! And guess who's #1!

Great White Snark: The Best Geek TV Shows of this Generation
http://www.greatwhitesnark.com/2007/09/20/the-best-geek-tv-shows-of-th
is-generation
/

30. Space: Above and Beyond
29. Dead Like Me
28. Clone Wars
27. Mystery Science Theater 3000
26. Farscape
25. Stargate SG1
24. Wonderfalls
23. Smallville
22. Carnivale
21. Alias
20. The 4400
19. Sliders
18. Veronica Mars
17. Batman: The Animated Series
16. Justice League Unlimited*
15. Freaks and Geeks
14. Futurama
13. Arrested Development
12. Family Guy
11. Jericho
10. Doctor Who
9. Babylon Five
8. Heroes
7. Quantum Leap
6. Battlestar Galactica
5. Firefly
4. The X-Files
3. Star Trek: The Next Generation
2. Lost
1. Buffy The Vampire Slayer


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Saturday, September 22, 2007 5:47 AM

GLADIATOR32


Can't help but notice the lack of Red Dwarf...

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Saturday, September 22, 2007 6:20 AM

THESOMNAMBULIST


Hmmm..... No ANGEL... Curious.

Alias, Farscape and Space above and beyond come before Angel is even considered....

Daft list.

I'll make my own up.

Best TV of this Generation.

Buffy
Firefly
Angel
Northern Exposure
Brimstone
Wonderfalls
Lost
Heroes
Quantumn Leap
Six Feet Under
Arrested Development
Futurama
The Simpsons
RED DWARF
Supernatural

That's mine.....

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Saturday, September 22, 2007 7:11 AM

CYBERSNARK


I also notice the distinct lack of Eureka.

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Saturday, September 22, 2007 7:15 AM

BROWNCOAT2007


Same here... ruttin silly list if ya ask me... *grumbles* Angel not on there while Buffy is...


Sorry, it's just that Buffy is a little to "camp" for me, I like Angel and Firefly and Eureka!

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Saturday, September 22, 2007 9:58 AM

CLJOHNSTON108


Did any of you bother to read the article?

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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Saturday, September 22, 2007 10:12 AM

BWAYNE


Howdy. Glad to have the feedback on the list. Obviously, defining anything as the "best" is an exercise at subjectivity, but I tried to apply at least a semblance of semi-strict criteria.

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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Saturday, September 22, 2007 10:14 AM

BWAYNE


P.S. Who else has been watching repeats of Firefly in HD on Universal HD? I love Saturdays.

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Saturday, September 22, 2007 1:10 PM

THESOMNAMBULIST


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.



Yup. My bad mate. I read top half of the article then skimmed the rest. Totally my oversight. My apologies....

... Did you ever see Brimstone? Just curious.




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Saturday, September 22, 2007 1:19 PM

BWAYNE


Hey, now worries. No, I didn't watch Brimstone, but I love that John Glover played the devil. Good catch... if Space: Above and Beyond could make the list, Brimstone could fairly be on there.

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Saturday, September 22, 2007 2:37 PM

PSYCHOTIC


Has anyone here watched Spaced (1999)?

http://imdb.com/title/tt0187664/

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Saturday, September 22, 2007 3:08 PM

CLJOHNSTON108


Quote:

Originally posted by psychotic:
Has anyone here watched Spaced (1999)?


Not to be confused with Space: 1999.

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Saturday, September 22, 2007 3:20 PM

CLJOHNSTON108


And in case anyone doubted BWayne's veracity as a Browncoat, just look at the Comments on this post of his...

What makes a TV show good for geeks » Great White Snark
http://www.greatwhitesnark.com/2007/09/19/attention-tv-executives-the-
secret-formula-for-great-geek-tv-shows
/

...as well as this post:

Top 10 Most Tragic Geek TV Show Cancellations » Great White Snark
http://www.greatwhitesnark.com/2007/05/17/top-10-most-tragic-geek-tv-s
how-cancellations
/

Or, hell, most of his other posts.

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Saturday, September 22, 2007 5:53 PM

BORIS


wonder what would happen if you did a similar geek Tv compendium, relating to UK or Australian viewers. there's alot of great Geek TV from the UK. Dr who, Red Dwarf, Life on Mars...

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Sunday, September 23, 2007 6:33 AM

WYATT


I see that Carnivale is on the list. Has anybody seen it?

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Sunday, September 23, 2007 11:57 AM

BORIS


yeah. Carnivale was great. unfortunately it died an early death...mind you it did make it to two seasons, unlike some other shows we know.

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