Being a nerd is no longer the social stigma that it used to be. People who can understand technology, solve complex formulas, and recite the secret identities of every villain Batman has fought are becoming more appreciated in our society, despite their social ineptitude. There is less of a negative connotation when we hear the word nerd now, we just expect to see some lovably awkward goofs. These are some of the most lovably awkward goofs to make it on prime time television.
Marshall Eriksen from How I Met Your Mother is about as lovable as they get. He is big and goofy, a master of every game he has come across, and an amateur cryptozoologist. He is also a believer in supernatural forces. When you add up all these factors, Marshall comes off as a pretty nerdy guy. It’s hard not to love a guy who tells people they’ve been “lawyer’d” after he wins an argument though. Plus he’s married to Lily Aldrin, played by Alyson Hannigan, so we all wish we were a little more like Marshall.
Dwight Schrute is a menace at Dunder Mifflin, inc. He is what I like to call a Know-It-All Nerd. He has an impressive amount of information on some extremely random topics. His areas of expertise include martial arts, Battlestar Galactica, and beets. Dwight Schrute is truly one of a kind. He likes to let it be known to everyone that he possesses this knowledge, which usually ends up with Jim showing him some humility. Dwight himself may not be the most lovable person on this list, but we sure do love his antics.
Lisa Simpson was one of the first nerds to make an appearance on TV. It is unknown how she ended up so intelligent, especially considering who her father is, but Lisa has the brainpower of at least 10 Homers. She is a model student, takes stands on issues she deems to be important, and is somewhat of a social outcast. The other residents of Springfield just can’t come to terms with Lisa’s intelligence, convictions, and desire to induce change. While she may get walked on over there, she is idolized here.
Chuck is a pretty average nerd. He works in the Nerd Herd section of Buy More fixing computers, he loves comic books, and can speak Klingon. If that isn’t an impressive nerd resume, I don’t know what is. Oh yeah, Chuck also has top secret government information stuck in his head that allows him to identify weapons and terrorists, and subsequently teaches him the kung fu he needs to put them down. Plus, anybody who gets to work with someone as hot as Sarah Walker, played by Yvonne Strahovski, is automatically awesome.
Leonard Hofstadter is an experimental physicist with an IQ of 173 and Sheldon Cooper is a theoretical physicist with an IQ of 187. Need I say more about these Big Bang Theory stars? They are both awkward in social situations, with Sheldon being the more inept of the two. It is mostly because he doesn’t really understand things like sarcasm that Sheldon comes off as a bigger nerd. Still, it is impossible to hate on two guys who hang out with their hot neighbor Penny, played by Kaley Cuoco, as often as they do. I’m a little bit jealous.