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Buzz In: Who Are Your Favorite Fictional Nerds?


Between Chuck and Flight of the Conchords, The Big Bang Theory and Tina Fey's 30 Rock alter ego Liz Lemon, I'm not sure we needed any more proof that we're in something of a pop culture nerd renaissance right now. But just in case, here's something else: The guy who wrote Fanboys just had another script picked up, this time about "a video game junkie facing a midlife crisis who learns that a young punk had broken a record he set as a teen." The guy sets out to reclaim his position at the top of the gaming throne. Nerd power!

That got me thinking about some of my favorite on-screen nerds — from the aforementioned Liz Lemon and Conchords guys to more classic outsiders like My So-Called Life's Brian Krakow (and his volumeter) and Patrick Dempsey's Ronald from Can't Buy Me Love. So now I'm wondering: Who are yours? For the purposes of this conversation, let's assume that "nerd" and "geek" mean approximately the same thing, though of course we could debate the distinctions for days . . .

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Allytta Allytta 8 years
oh yeah Kyle from Kyle XY is the bigest nerd probably :) And the guy from Greek.
Allytta Allytta 8 years
Brian for MSCL was not only a nerd but a big asshole and stupid. he's the kind of person whois smart only in school, not in life. I like Liz. Who else is nerdish out there? Rory from Gilmore was a total nerd :) but i loved her. Ross from Friends as well. Lisa from Simpsons!
yiddidea yiddidea 8 years
Good call on Forney from Where the Heart Is!
jaclynloro jaclynloro 8 years
Farmer Ted from Sixteen Candles and the Geeks from Freaks and Geeks hands down.
johnsonkm20 johnsonkm20 8 years
Neville Longbottom Seth Cohen Lisa Simpson Though I love all nerds!
beingtazim beingtazim 8 years
yep, those are all great fictional nerds. my favorite is george michael bluth, though (like someone else said).
piesecki piesecki 8 years
Willow Rosenberg! In fact any and all of the geeks in Buffy were fantastic - good and evil!
smart-blonde smart-blonde 8 years
Charlie Eppes and Willow Rosenberg.
CaterpillarGirl CaterpillarGirl 8 years
jon cusack in 16 candles Tom Lenk , Seth Green, and Danny Strong from Buffy River Phoenix in Mosquito Coast James Frain in Where the heart is (i love forney) Jeff Goldblum in The Big Chill
honeyedhemlock honeyedhemlock 8 years
Mitch Taylor and Chris Knight from the movie Real Genius
buckley9383 buckley9383 8 years
Definitely Michael Cera in pretty much ANYTHING he's done!
millarci millarci 8 years
Noel Crane from Felicity! Hands down!
Leene Leene 8 years
Seth Cohen O.C Eric 70´s show Hmm.. Niles Frasier. But I would only date Seth... Niles is too neurotic and Eric is a bit too much mammas boy.. My first post...
MA-cw MA-cw 8 years
George Michael Bluth! He's so adorably awkward. I've gone through all the others I can think of, and he keeps coming out on top as my absolute favorite.
anabj anabj 8 years
Steve Urkel, Ronald of Can´t buy me Love, and Hiro
adambrodyrocks adambrodyrocks 8 years
seth cohen no one else.
GoneZaggyGirl GoneZaggyGirl 8 years
Chuck! And Seth Cohen... does the guy from Pushing Daisies count? Love them all. But considering they are TV stars, how nerdy are all of these guys really? Except for the old school nerds, like Patrick Dempsey in Can't Buy Me Love... and maybe Ducky from Pretty in Pink.
LOVErickii LOVErickii 8 years
hiro nakamura & the bigbangtheory boys!!
sharshar sharshar 8 years
Screech, George Michael Bluth, and would you say JD's a nerd? He's right on top! Oh, and Dilton from the Archie cartoons. Haha :P
luvhouse07 luvhouse07 8 years
Romy and Michelle <3
Pepper Pepper 8 years
I forgot to add Fez from That 70's Show.
Pepper Pepper 8 years
George Michael Bluth
DCBaxter DCBaxter 8 years
The two guys that hung out with Anthony Michael Hall in Sixteen Candles....John Cusack was one of them!
Francoisehardly Francoisehardly 8 years
Farmer Ted George Michael Bluth Dwight Schrute
supertramp supertramp 8 years
Farmer Ted or Geek in Sixteen Candles Lucas in Lucas Duckie in Pretty in Pink David Silver in BH 90210 Seth Cohen in the OC Urkel
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