Thursday, December 31, 2015

How TV Shows Can Still Be A Hit On A Small Budget

Television is big business in our country. Millions of Americans sit down every night expecting a break from the daily grind. They want to be entertained. They want to laugh, cry, shout and become engrossed in the story. Viewers are always looking for interesting new shows. A large budget doesn't necessarily mean that the show will be super successful. Many big budget shows have failed miserably. In fact, a growing number of lower budget television shows are gaining increasing numbers of viewers and for some are creating a huge fan base.

A great example of a very low budget show gaining great success is the classic television series Dr. Who. In the beginning, Dr. Who episodes were created on a shoestring budget. Some of the villains were even made of everyday household items to try to save money. Today, more than ever, the show's success is at an iconic status and continues to gain new fans at time goes on. The show has been running since the 1960's. Other notable low-budget sci-fi success stories include The Outer Limits, Mystery Science Theatre 3000, Red Dwarf, and Babylon 5. Not just sci-fi shows gain popularity on a budget, shows like cable television channel MTV had huge hits with ultra-low budget shows such as Beavis andButthead, and Wayne's World. They rocketed to huge success and became a household name. People everywhere were glued to their television to see what these comical and quirky characters were up to next.

The thing that most of these shows had in common was creativity. They offered fresh ideas when viewers were getting bored with the traditional offerings from large budget shows. The episodes had a new approach and fun, unique writing. Whether the characters were animated or real, they offered something different and original. That is precisely what audiences want. They want something new and exciting. Something that has not been overdone by other shows. They want a cast whose faces haven't been seen in tons of productions. Fresh faces attract viewers especially if their characters have substance and offer unique characteristics. Low budget characters seem to have more of a variety of personality that large budget shows tend to shy away from for fear that mainstream culture will frown upon them. Shows on a low budget seem to take more chances and use more creative freedom.

More and more low budget films have the potential to rake in huge earnings and attract large audiences. Not all low budget shows will have success, but for a select few with the right qualities, they will go from rags to riches. All a show really needs to make it big is a great story line, interesting characters, and fresh ideas.

Wednesday, December 30, 2015

Do You Hate New Year's Eve Like Jennifer Lawrence? Here's Our Top 5 New Year's Eve Movies

Top 5 New Year's Eve movies

In a recent interview with actress Jennifer Lawrence with Vanity Fair, the actress has proclaimed that she isn't a fan of New Year's Eve, "I really hate it, " she has said, "I've never had a good one--everyone's chasing a good time and it's always a disappointment."

Perhaps there's  something to Lawrence's declaration that the holiday is a real bummer.   Have you ever felt the same way about New Year's Eve yourself?     Have you gone out for a night on the town and encountered the wrong drunk people, or ended up at a lame-ass party with people who are too drunk to even stand up?    It seems as if we're all sort of looking for that big New Year's Eve party that we've seen over the years portrayed in our favorite Hollywood movies.   We want to be a part of that one big, unforgettable party that features a cool DJ, a bunch of hot girls and guys dancing around us, unlimited drinks flowing, and something crazy or wacky that happens that really puts it all over the edge.   Think about the party that was recently portrayed in The Night Before--the party that Seth Rogen and Joseph Gordon-Levitt arrive at via that tunnel of holiday lights!   Now, that's a party.   For many, New Year's Eve is a reminder of where one hasn't gone in their life yet, and it can be depressing as hell.      For whatever reason, whether its our understanding (via the unconscious mind) of the definition of time itself and how it is relative to all things--we're all very aware of our status in life's game and where we want to be and where we don't want to be, and how we aren't there or not quite there.   There's something very depressing about it, when you stop to think about it--perhaps that's why we drown ourselves in drink on the one night of the year?  

Or maybe it's Hollywood's fault.   Maybe we've all fallen in love with the idea of the New Year's Eve party because of the ones we've seen in our favorite movies, or perhaps, we've fallen in love with the situations or experiences that the characters in our favorite movies have experienced--as we relate to them!   Maybe, it's the nature of the beast, that the movies afford us a means and way in which we can relate or experience/prepare/learn life's experiences--as if to ready us for our own in reality?  

If you're one who doesn't enjoy New Year's Eve, or if you're one, who like Jennifer Lawrence doesn't love "chasing the good time," or going out for New Year's Eve, then perhaps you'd rather say inside for the night with our list of New Year's Eve movie favorites?  These are our favorite New Year's Eve movies that offer us all that big party, allow us to revel in depression, who remind us that that gathering of friends who are all steeped in the big life experience or big moment in time which always seems best suited for New Year's Eve, or at least, feels like it should be is never available to us for some reason.

Thursday, December 24, 2015

Top 5 TV Duos of All-Time

Do you appreciate high quality TV production? If you do, then you‘ll realize that some of the best shows in history not only had the best directors and producers, but also had the best stars. Most of these shows have had acting duos that’ve been favorites among a TV show’s audience. With that said, we countdown the Top 5 TV Duos of All-Time.

TV Duo #5: Laverne De Fazio & Shirley Feeney - Laverne and Shirley
The female odd couple started their acting career in the 1950s with a little help from their neighbors, Squiggy and Lenny. Their impact on comedy created some of the most remarkable TV moments in history. What really made the duo stick out was the Laverne and Shirley show that ran on ABC from January 27, 1976, to May 10, 1983. It was a spin-off from the show `Happy days`. Due to its popularity, it became the second most watched show in America after its 2nd season. The show had a very exhilarating theme song at the beginning of the show. Nobody can forget Laverne and Shirley sing the theme song while hopping in the middle of the street. It always captivated its audiences. The theme song was released as a single and rose to become a top 30 American hit in 1976. This made the two actors, even more, popular.

TV Duo #4: Fred & Barney - The Flintstones
The hit show `The Flintstones` became a really great hit in 1960. Who can overlook the quote `Yabba Dabba doo!` by Fred Flintstone? The quote was nonetheless originally stated as `Yabba Dabba cough`. Anyway, the show was used to advertise Winston cigarettes, dove, and Kentucky fried chicken. Fred and Barney were the main stars of the show with Wilma and Betty as their respective wives. The Flintstones had a daughter, Pebbles, and a dinosaur that acted like a dog, Dino while the Rubbles had an adopted son Bamm-Bamm. What made the show shine in the 60s is its setting in the Stone Age. The show depicted Stone Age technology and names of places were changed to sounds like rocks and minerals, for instance, Mexico was called Mexirock. Fred and Barney steered the show to great heights by their gag quotes. These 2 guys were best of friends and their chemistry to together can be described as simply uncanny, even for a cartoon series.

TV Duo #3: Corey & Shawn - Boy Meets World
Corey and Shawn brought out some of the best bromance moments in their hit TV series ~Boy Meets World`. Whatever came their way, they always had each other’s backs. Shawn was the only one that could cheer Corey up. There are so many instances with the two, like Corey is seen to try to bring Shawn and his girlfriend Angela together when Angela tries to break up with Shawn, that we cannot even begin to count. The 90s show became popular due to the endearing friendship depicted by Corey and Shawn in middle school, high school and even into college. The lessons they’ve learned along the way made their friendship seem more like they were brothers in a way. And that’s why they’re on this list.

TV Duo #2: Beavis & Butt-Head - Beavis and Butt-Head
The 90s animation was designed by Mike Judge. The show was centered on two rock loving teenagers Beavis and Butt-Head who are in 9th grade at Highland High school. They’re socially incompetent and lack respect for each other. The two apparently seem to lack any adult supervision and are quite undereducated. They have no experience with women but are very obsessed with sex. What’s surprising is that Judge did all the voices in the show except for Daria and Stewart. The show had a lot of idiotic laughter and crude jokes, making it a must watch to its audiences. All the stuff they get into together, along with some of their catch-phrases and just overall chemistry, makes these two, #2 (get it) on this list.

TV Duo #1: Walter White & Jesse Pinkman - Breaking Bad
Jesse Bruce Pinkman and Walter white are the only two actors to appear in every episode of the show. Jesse is seen to have so much loyalty to Walter and as such are stuck to each other to the end. The show hit the roof with ratings since the two always brought out good suspense in every episode. Walter is seen to do some of the most incredible things for those he cares about even though what he does isn’t legal. Although he keeps getting himself in danger, he survives it. Jesse sees him as a father he never had and that explains his loyalty. The two kept their viewers on their toes by twisting every event and creating suspense while cooking up meth.

As you can see, these Top 5 TV duos of all-time changed television history for the better. This is why they became the favorites among their audiences and steered the shows they were in to greater heights.

Monday, December 21, 2015

Top 5 Star Wars Movie Rip-Offs

Top 5 Star Wars movie rip-offs
Did you see Star Wars: The Force Awakens yet?  What did you think?   We thought it was amazing here at TVSO which is why we wanted to point out all of the movies that have come out since the original Star Wars hit big screens back in 1977 that were inspired by it--no doubt a slew of low-budget films will be coming out soon in the wake of the success of Star Wars: The Force Awakens.   What follows is a list of 5 films that have obvious Star Wars influence residing in them.   These movies weren't just inspired by Star Wars, they rip-off to one extent or another, whether its using characters from the Star Wars movies and putting them in a different context with a different actor being them to completely taking the entire plot of the original Star Wars and re-using it or re-fashioning it around another set of characters--they movies all owe a huge debt, if not money itself to the original 1977 George Lucas mega box-office success.

Here are the Top 5 Star Wars movie rip-offs (in no particular order):

Friday, December 18, 2015

HBO or Showtime: Which Side Are You On?

There are no better competitors, or rivals than these two major networks. Since the early 70's, HBO and Showtime, just like siblings, have been in competition. With such a variety of television shows, movies and documentaries, it's hard to choose. But what makes one better than the other? Is there a side to choose? Which side are you on? HBO or Showtime?

In one corner we've HBO, a major network that has been long standing, and ever growing. With television shows such as Ballers starring the infamous Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson, a show catering to all the sports fans and drama lovers. Filled with delectable treats such as sex, drugs, money, and fame. Then in another kingdom there is Game of Thrones, a fantasy series that'll have you at the edge of your seat. When parents need a babysitter, HBO does the trick with movies like Diary of a Wimpy Kid, or the classic Home Alone.

In the opposing corner is the 39 year old network giant, Showtime. This opponent may have less time in the industry but it's just as strong. With award winning shows like Dexter; a bloody good time, sure to have you wondering, why one would root for a serial killer type program. Other awesome shows such as Ray Donovan really dive deep into criminal activity in a rich suburban lifestyle. If you're in to more of the weirdness and drama, then Shameless is another show that you'll enjoy. When families are looking for a night in, you can tap into First Kid, and Disney's Mighty Joe Young.

With the advancements in technology, these networks are doing what they’ve to do to reach their audiences. From instant access on your mobile device, to social media engagements. Now you don't have to be at home, in front of your television to enjoy your favorite movie or show. Television just got interactive, and it’s a guilty pleasure that many of us just can't let go. 

As competitive networks they hold their own. Both being strong contenders. HBO, a diverse television network that has varied programming that captivates different backgrounds and statuses. Showtime has a strong sports line up that they broadcast, and also has successful shows and movies on their network. While both networks differ they're also very much alike, they cover the same sports events from boxing to football.

So when it comes to making a decision on which network to watch, the choice couldn't be clearer, watch both. With both of these network giants having such a variety to choose from such as; movies, shows, and sporting events these networks are pleasures we can't let go. Like two opponents in the boxing ring, we never really know who wins. It depends on the season, and show. It also depends on the cast and the plot line. 

Thursday, December 17, 2015

The Top 5 WTF Crazy Movie Musicals (You Probably Haven't Seen)

Best WTF weird movie musicals

Do you have a secret yearning to burst out in song or dance?   You're sitting in your office cubicle and you're humming to yourself a melody of one of your favorite movie musicals?  Or maybe, you're sitting at the airport right now, bored out of your skull, and are looking for a list of movies that you've never heard of before.    We here at TVSO love movie musicals as much as we love superhero movies, action flicks, and classic television shows.    Most people are fairly familiar with movie musicals, not just those that have come out in the last ten years, but certainly, those made in the golden age of movies during the 50's and the 60's.    It doesn't matter if we've seen any of those made all that time ago, but we certainly know the names of them because they've become so ingrained in our culture that it's hard not to know, at least, their names.    Movies like Singin' In the Rain or Paint Your Wagon come to mind, for example....

And throughout the 1970s we were treated to musicals like Tomorrow, Xanadu, Liztomania, Tommy, The Monkee's Head, Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band, The Rocky Horror Picture Show.

And as there are cult movies with big followings we thought that we might offer up a fun list list of some of our favorite lesser-known movie musicals.   These are musicals that have a cult following and aren't necessarily afforded big notices in the mainstream culture.  Even though, with the invent of DVD and now Blu-ray, perhaps that might all be coming around...

Here are our Top 5 WTF Crazy Movie Musicals that you probably haven't seen, but really should....

In no particular order:

Wednesday, December 16, 2015

The Top 5 Greatest Steve Martin Movies

Top 5 Steve Martin Movies
 Top 5 Steve Martin Movies

Steve Martin is a comedy genius.  Not only is Martin a talented comedian, but he's also an equally talented writer, director and musician.   Certainly, Martin has been criticized in the recent years for his move away from the wild and crazy guy he had once played in movies in the early 1980s,  but every artist must grow and transcend.  With that being said, damn, we miss the classic Steve Martin of the early 1980s, which is why we've assembled this list of our favorite Steve Martin movies.
In no particular order:

Monday, December 14, 2015

30+ Years of Mario and Counting

Who would’ve thought that a character from the 1981 video game ‘Donkey Kong’ would evolved from ‘Jumpman’ to the beloved character, Mario, an Italian-American plumber, and the main character of over 200 video games? The Mario game franchise holds the title of the bestselling video game franchise of all times. The Mario series of games has sold over 210 million units, not counting non-platform games including sport series games such as Mario Kart racing, golf, and tennis games as well as educational games including Mario's Time Machine and Mario Is Missing. Included in the franchise are comics, television shows and films as well as licensed merchandise.

In 1983, Mario Brothers became a platform game featuring Mario and his brother, Luigi battling creatures in the sewers below New York City in arcade, the Family Computer and Nintendo Entertainment System Versions. Developers Shigeru Miyamdo and Gunpei Yokoi made Mario a little more invincible for his transition from Donkey Kong to the Mario Brothers game as well as modified his wardrobe. In Donkey Kong and Donkey Kong Jr. Mario would suffer his death by falling from great heights and wore a blue shirt and red overalls. In the Mario Brothers game his wardrobe changed to a red shirt and blue overalls. He reverted to red overalls but wore a brownish shirt for Super Mario Brothers. For Super Mario Brothers 2, he wore the red shirt and blue overalls and the overalls has remained the same ever since. Miyamota gave his reason for Mario wearing overalls being to make his arm movements more noticeable.

He also changed professions from a carpenter in Donkey Kong to a plumber in Mario Brothers. Luigi's inclusion allowed for two player competition. Home versions of Mario Brothers were also available on Apple II, 4 different Atari platforms, ZX Spectrum and Amstrad CPC despite the video game crash in 1983. Super Mario Brothers is thought to be the game that help the video game industry bounce back as part of the Nintendo Entertainment System (NES) and accounted for the huge sales volume of the system. Super Mario Brothers was first released in Japan in 1985 and later in America, Europe and Australia in 1987 and was the first of the Super Mario Brothers series. In this version, players controlled Mario and Luigi on a quest through the Mushroom Kingdom to rescue Princess Toadstool from Bowser, her kidnapper.

Between 1988 and 2007, Super Mario Brothers game series had eight different titles including Super Mario Land (1989), Super Mario World (1991), Super Mario Sunshine (2002), Super Mario Galaxy (2007) and Mario and Sonic at the Olympics (2007). Mario themed games were bundled in 2010 for its 25th anniversary and those who registered their Nintendo 3DS game systems at the end of 2013 to the end of 2014, with different time frames for different countries, received free download codes through their emails.

Gamers that have watched Mario evolve have also witnessed the evolution of technology. New generations are still finding Mario interesting and challenging. As technology continue to evolve, future generations will enjoy the many quest and adventures that Mario takes them on just as those of the 80s.

Friday, December 11, 2015

The Top 5 Greatest Boxing Movies Of The Last 40 Years

Top 5 Boxing Movies of the last 40 years
The release of Creed (2015) recently, we thought it might be wise to make a list of what we deem as the best boxing movies ever made.   And as we've been culling over a largest and broader list of boxing movies that have been made since the start of the movies, we've been thinking that its all the while possible that Creed could, likely, be on such a list of the greatest boxing movies in the history of the movies themselves. Why?  Because, not does it bring the spirit of Rocky Balboa full-circle, but it also represents the quintessence of the drive of the fighter himself.   Is Creed as good of a boxing movie as the original Rocky?  Most would likely say that a movie like Creed couldn't and shouldn't even be considered in a conversation up against the first Rocky film.   There have been dozens and dozens of boxing movies to come out over the years; movies that saw boxing as its central story line, or those that saw boxing as a secondary subplot, or a means in which a comedy could be set up.  An example of the latter would be The Main Event (1979).   Some boxing movies have even examines the fighter himself and delved into into character/personality to try to get at the nature of the beast.  Some have been successful while others haven't.     Will Creed become one of the best boxing films ever made?  Only time will tell.

There have been so many boxing movies made over the years that it's almost impossible to narrow a list down which best represents what we think are the best boxing movies ever made, as certainly, one must take into account the wonderful boxing movies of the '40s like Champion with Kurt Douglas or Body and Soul with John Garfield; certainly one would also be wise to consider the slew of documentaries that have been made about boxing as well such as:  When We Were Kings (1996) or Boxing Gym (2010) for example.     As there have been so many excellent boxing movies over the last 70 years, we thought it might be best to narrow down our list to five boxing movies that were made within the last 40 years as a means of satisfying contemporary film attention spans, understanding that some, don't appreciate black and white movies today strangely enough...

What follows are our favorite boxing movies (in no particular order):

Wednesday, December 9, 2015

Top 5 Movies With Video Game Stories

Top 5 Movies with Video Game Stories

It's a video game world.   More than any previous decade, we are rooted in video game culture and playing has become more of an obsession today than going to the movies, reading a good book, or listening to music.    What is it about the video game that has captivated us to the point where it's the predominate form of entertainment of the current generation?    With video games being more popular than they've ever been before, we find it odd that the bulk of the movies made around and/or centered in the video game world were all made, mostly, in the 1980s.   Certainly, the imagination of kids who grew up in the 1980s was captured by the incoming video game culture with the release of Nintendo, the continued-success of Atari, the video arcade boom of the late '70s and early '80s etc...    

This all begs the question:  Why hasn't there been a movie like any of the below made recently?  Certainly, we've seen our share of movies made out of the video games themselves, but never again have we seen something that featured people living/working, taking the journey through the video game culture that has become such a major part of culture today.

What follows are our favorite video game-rooted movies.  These are movies were the story of the movie is centered around the video game culture or finds characters immersed in the video game world etc..

In no particular order:

Monday, December 7, 2015

America's Obsession with Re-Runs on Television

With the currently saturated atmosphere of reality shows, it's a breath of fresh air to see some of the classic re-runs from back in the day on television. In many ways, shows were more wholesome and family oriented. However, there wasn't such a level of sensitivity as there's today. Things were delivered in a more comical sense than they are now, and it's a relief from some of the more dramatic and reality based shows that we see today.

When speaking of shows from the 80's that we still watch, one that's still significantly resourceful for many children is, Reading Rainbow. There aren't many educational programs these days. With access to technological resources such as, on demand availability, the internet, and Youtube, shows like SesameStreet & Mr. Roger's Neighborhood remain timeless and help to benefit our children.

While many shows today are trendy and similar in subject matter, TV shows from the 80's and 90's seemed to be more diverse. For example, The Facts of Life still serves the basic purpose of many of the issues young girls experience today. The message is pretty much the same with shows such as Growing Pains.

Another reason the American audience still has a taste for old school re-runs are because many of those classics were groundbreaking. Shows such as Different Stokes, The Jeffersons, and The Golden Girls all touched on new territories that didn't necessarily fit the status quo. While Different Stokes tackled issues of race relations, who would've ever thought those little, gorgeous old "Golden" ladies would've been so vibrant and full of life.

Some of the more out-of-the-box popular TV re-runs from the 80's and 90's such as the Fresh Prince of Bel-Air and Full House really showed how you can mix in so many different life lessons while having a sense of humor, while also having an interesting story per episode.

Although we learned a lot about life issues and most of us were somewhat educated from shows over those two decades, who can forget the drama- laden shows that kept our attention from week to week. Shows such as Dallas and Miami Vice provided that sense of edginess that still entertain us until this very day.

As mentioned earlier, a large percentage of today's shows are reality based. Although many of the stars from the re-runs of the past have gotten older and moved on, society as a whole can still benefit by producing patterns of entertainment that echoed many of the shows from the past. Who wouldn't love to see a spin-off of Who's The Boss, or Cheers? These shows are timeless with a relevant message for years to come.

For now though, you always have cable networks such as TV Land and Nick at Nite to watch some of your favorite shows from back in the day.

Friday, December 4, 2015

The 5 Most Bizarre, Surreal Childrens Animated Movies of the 1980s

Top 5 Weird animated movies of the 80s

Today we live in such a PC-friendly culture.  Parents, programmers, and the likes of such are terrified of offending whomever or scaring whomever.    Certainly, the 1980s was a different landscape when it came to children's entertainment, particularly animated movies.  Today, we are seeing more animated films released then ever before, and while all of these movies are certainly fun, a great afternoon of family enjoyment at the movie theater, there are little if any scares at all associated with anything in the realms of Disney or Pixar.    But, back in the 1980s animators, studios, or film-makers expressed any sort of worry when it came to the audiences of their animated feature length films. In fact, a large portion, not just of animated feature films but weekly cartoon series, segments in animated-anthology series were scary as hell if you were a kid that grew up in the 1980s.
What follows are some of our favorite bizarrely fantastic, over-the-top, frankly scary as hell 1980's children's animated films (in no particular order):

Wednesday, December 2, 2015

Top 5 Most Under-Rated Christmas Movies

Top 5 Most Under-rated Christmas movies
With Christmas looming right around the corner there are two questions often asked: 1. ) Do you have all of your Christmas shopping done?  2.)  What movies have you got picked out for the holidays?    With today's cable or online streaming services offering a extreme selection of holiday movies for all to enjoy this holiday season, for whatever reason, they just don't work when you have them at your fingertips for some reason.    It's great to watch Home Alone, or It's A Wonderful Life, or A Christmas Story even one or twice, maybe even three times, during the month of December but what do you watch when you've had enough of those or something, say, like, National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation or Bill Murray in Scrooged?
Here is a list of our favorite under-rated Christmas movies for this month, when, nothing else is cutting the cheese, and you're looking for something that is fun or a  little more edgy than the others (in no particular order):

Tuesday, December 1, 2015

The 3 Nerdiest Sitcoms of Today's Generation

We're living in a golden age of ‘nerdiness’. Comic books, video games, and extreme fandom are all hugely popular, with comic conventions being some of the biggest events in American pop culture. What this means is that nerd chic is all the rage, especially in television. Chances are good you know at least one person who can quote The Big Bang Theory line for line, or who goes on and on about "The Doctor". Even if you don't consider yourself a die-hard "nerd", you've probably watched one of these sitcoms.

Nerdy Sitcom #3: The Office
For 9 seasons, we watched the ridiculous antics of Michael and Dwight, pined for the love between Pam and Jim, and primarily simply laughed at the office of Dunder Mifflin. A curiously successful adaptation of a British comedy of the same name, The Office was a hugely successful sitcom, one of NBC's biggest. It's the nerd crowd, however, that bolstered the ratings and kept it going for 9 years. A show about awkward people in an office setting, trying to interact and find their place, is a concept that's pretty easy to relate to, especially for well, nerds. Spanning a multitude of story-lines, personality types, and varieties of humor, The Office's appeal is still apparent, even now, two years after it ended.

Nerdy Sitcom #2: Doctor Who
This is a very unique program, in that it's been on the air for so long. Beginning in 1963, and only increasing in viewership and popularity as time has gone on, the show exemplifies what high-quality writing can do for a series. And a popular one at that with nerds for many reasons. Doctor Who is at its heart, a sci-fi series about an immortal "Time Lord" and his travels throughout the universe, helping people and saving lives. The heroics resonate with viewers for sure, but the ability to manipulate time and space makes for an endlessly refreshing potential for plots, locations, and companions for the Doctor. As previously mentioned, the show is incredibly well-written, which serves to fill the gaps that the small-budgeted and often silly special effects create.

Nerdy Sitcom #1: The Big Bang Theory
With 4 extremely nerdy personalities and a beautiful neighbor, The Big Bang Theory seems like an odd mix. It's only after you see the effective humor, cogent cultural references, and appealing humanity of the characters that you really understand why nerds (and everyone else) loves this show. While nerds can identify with the characters' personalities and struggles, it has done a lot to help 'nerdiness' become mainstream in general and allow people to feel good about letting their inner nerd out.

While there are plenty of other nerdy shows out there currently, these are undoubtedly the biggest and most influential. What shows can boast the broad viewership of The Office, the longevity of Doctor Who, or the cultural impact of The Big Bang Theory? Do your nerd-side a favor and check them out if you haven't already, and see what the nerds already know!