Top TV Shows for Geeky Families

Let your geek flag fly! These days, it's cool to love sci-fi, fantasy, time travel, and just about anything with a cult following. Whether you're eager for your kids to learn the ways of the Force or to live long and prosper, there's a great pick waiting for you on our list of the best TV shows -- and best movies! -- for families who embrace geeky media. Check out our Science Fiction TV list for even more picks to keep you on the edge of your seat.

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Animaniacs

age 7+

Clever 'toon is bursting with fun for kids and adults.

Network: WB (1993)
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Adventure Time: Distant Lands - BMO

age 8+

Worthy extension of classic cartoon is cute and familiar.

Network: HBO Max (2020)
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Avatar: The Last Airbender

age 8+

Asian mysticism meets epic fiction in top-notch 'toon.

Network: Nickelodeon (2005)
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The Legend of Korra

age 8+

Strong heroine, positive messages make great fantasy series.

Network: Nickelodeon (2012)
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Star Wars Rebels

age 8+

Exciting series is violent but has positive messages, too.

Network: Disney XD (2014)
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Adventure Time

age 10+

Original, if nonsensical, hilarity; expect minor weapons.

Network: Cartoon Network (2010)
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Amazing Stories

age 10+

Spellbinding Spielberg series has some lessons, too.

Network: NBC (1985)
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Cosmos: Possible Worlds

age 10+

Visually stunning existential explorations dig deep.

Network: National Geographic Channel, Fox (2020)
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Doctor Who

age 10+

Long-running British sci-fi series still thrills fans.

Network: BBC America, Syfy (1963)
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The Mandalorian

age 10+

Sci-fi violence, real magic in small-screen Star Wars show.

Network: Disney+ (2019)
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Star Trek: The Next Generation

age 10+

Still going boldly, updated series is fun for all.

Network: Syndicated (1987)
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Steven Universe: Future

age 10+

Deceptively simple series about real, powerful emotions.

Network: Cartoon Network (2019)
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The Twilight Zone

age 10+

Classic morality tales still make you think.

Network: Syfy, Syndicated (1959)
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The Crossing

age 12+

Crackling mystery series a great choice for tweens and up.

Network: ABC (2018)
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Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Return

age 12+

Successor to cult fave is just as funny as the original.

Network: Netflix (2017)
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Quantum Leap

age 12+

Classic sci-fi series hops and skips through time.

Network: Syfy (1989)
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Stranger Things

age 14+

Dark 1980s-set sci-fi/horror drama is gory but great.

Network: Netflix (2016)
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12 Monkeys

age 14+

Twisty, clever dystopian thriller has disturbing images.

Network: Syfy (2015)
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Lost

age 14+

Excellent, sometimes scary drama for fearless families.

Network: ABC (2004)
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Star Trek: Discovery

age 14+

Darker, more violent Trek still has positive messages.

Network: CBS (2017)
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