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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: 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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The Owl House

age 8+

Engaging, quirky fantasy series has diversity, LGBTQ+ leads.

Network: Disney Channel (2020)
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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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Obi-Wan Kenobi

age 10+

Solid Star Wars action series has sci-fi violence.

Network: Disney+ (2022)
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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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WandaVision

age 10+

Scary, surreal visuals in quirky superhero mystery show.

Network: Disney+ (2021)
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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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The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power

age 12+

Fantasy prequel details Middle-earth history, has violence.

Network: Amazon Prime Video (2022)
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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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Superman & Lois

age 12+

Superman's fatherly heroics include empathy and compassion.

Network: CW (2021)