Television shows perfect for the ‘nerd’ at heart

Grant Nelson, Staff Writer

“Clone High”
A show that I fell in love within my early years of college was the cult classic “Clone High.”
This show is a martyr classic, killed by MTV before it even got a second season. This show is about high school clones of historic figures, from leaders like JFK to a goth Joan of Arc.
The show has some sci-fi elements but is mostly a parody of high school dramas like “One Tree Hill” or “Degrassi.” It really gives off a 90s kid vibe, with music numbers by many pop bands from the time, and references to the movie “American Pie.”
The show is funny without going political or standing on a soap box. “Clone High” really has great characters, like the clone of Ghandi who has many funny adventures such as getting high on raisons—things get really trippy.
The show has many subplots and handles the teen drama very well. It makes fun of teenage angst. The show was cancelled before it’s time but in recent years, it’s gotten two new seasons from HBO which could be out in the next year.
As someone who grew up watching Degrassi and making fun of it, this show really goes out there and is both drama and comedy at the expense of puberty. Look this show up on YouTube, it’s totally worth the watch.

“The Expense”
A show that is worth the watch is “The Expanse” on Amazon TV. The show is the sci-fi version of the game or thrown, set in a bleak and realistic future that shows human civilization in the space age of the near future. This show has many factions and groups out the solar system and still tackles many of the issues we deal with in the present.
The show mostly focuses on the United Nations and shows a very bleak version of an overpopulated and class-based earth. It goes from the perspectives of the rich and powerful in the Earth’s government to those living in poor sections of human society.
The show portrays how things such as poverty and war will still be part of our lives even in space a sharp contrast to “Star Trek.” “Star Trek” sucks in the eyes of many nerds due to its campiness. The portal of grey morality keeps one grounded in reality.
The show has some great deceptions of war in space in much more realistic ways than “Star Wars” but it is still really good. This show, like “Game of Thrones” draws these classic genres of fiction and brings more relatability to the audience. If you like complex plots and realistic displays of the future, give it a shot.

“Pokémon Generations”
Here I present to you a fresh take on the Pokémon anime. I would highly recommend for those that grew up with the old games and got tired of the endless adventures of Ash and Pikachu is the more mature Pokémon generations.
This anime covers the stories of many generations and is much closer the lore and story of the games than the main series. It has the many legendary Pokémon and realistic portrayals of the world in that team rocket are more like the Taliban than cartooned bad guys.
The show has very good artwork. It captures the feel of the stories and adventures we grew up with way more than the endless show that stays from the feel and interweaving threads in the game’s stories. For anyone who is now an angsty college student, give it a shot.

“Hazbin Hotel and Hella Boss”
A show on YouTube that I think every nerd and goth would love is the “Hazbin Hotel and Hella Boss” series. This adult cartoon is heavily inspired by classics like “Invader Zim Billy and Mandy,” with dark fantasy and humor that is often a call back to older early 2000s goth kid’s shows.
The story takes place in hell and follows the misadventures of demons going about their immortal lives filled with sex, drugs, and guns. The humor is something that makes “South Park” blush and goes just as far in satires if not more.
The shows create a very sin-city like world filled with all sorts of creatures and demons and cartoon characters filled with flaws. It also features characters reading quotes, wanting to make things right in their relationships and undead lives.
The show really hits home with everything from abuse of sex workers to broken families—in hell, of all places. The show depicts a very bleak, dark, cruel, funny and even sweet world filled with demons that are still trying find the answers for their faults.

“Nothing is Sacred”
A show from the 1990s that rings true to me as a spiritual person and has appeal to me as someone who likes shows with a message, I would recommend the cult classic “Nothing is Sacred.” The show is far from hitting you in the face with fire and brimstone or the belief of burning in hell as some interpretations of the bible make it seem like. The show is instead about relationships, community, and the benefits of personal faith and grace in the midst of fundamentalism.
This show was made by a liberal Catholic priest and is based on the experiences he and other liberal Catholics of the 90s went through.