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 TV Poster Image
Clever 'toon is bursting with fun for kids and adults.
Network: WB
(2007)
(1993)
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Adventure Time: Distant Lands - BMO TV Poster Image
Worthy extension of classic cartoon is cute and familiar.
Network: HBO Max
(2020)
(2020)
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Avatar: The Last Airbender TV Poster Image
Asian mysticism meets epic fiction in top-notch 'toon.
Network: Nickelodeon
(2005)
(2005)
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The Legend of Korra TV Poster Image
Strong heroine, positive messages make great fantasy series.
Network: Nickelodeon
(2012)
(2012)
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Star Wars Rebels TV Poster Image
Exciting series is violent but has positive messages, too.
Network: Disney XD
(2014)
(2014)
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Adventure Time TV Poster Image
Original, if nonsensical, hilarity; expect minor weapons.
Network: Cartoon Network
(2010)
(2010)
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Amazing Stories TV Poster Image
Spellbinding Spielberg series has some lessons, too.
Network: NBC
(2012)
(1985)
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Cosmos: Possible Worlds TV Poster Image
Visually stunning existential explorations dig deep.
Network: National Geographic Channel, Fox
(2020)
(2020)
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Doctor Who TV Poster Image
Long-running British sci-fi series still thrills fans.
Network: BBC America, Syfy
(2006)
(1963)
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The Mandalorian TV Poster Image
Sci-fi violence, real magic in small-screen Star Wars show.
Network: Disney+
(2019)
(2019)
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Star Trek: The Next Generation TV Poster Image
Still going boldly, updated series is fun for all.
Network: Syndicated
(2006)
(1987)
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Steven Universe: Future TV Poster Image
Deceptively simple series about real, powerful emotions.
Network: Cartoon Network
(2019)
(2019)
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The Twilight Zone TV Poster Image
Classic morality tales still make you think.
Network: Syfy, Syndicated
(2005)
(1959)
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The Crossing TV Poster Image
Crackling mystery series a great choice for tweens and up.
Network: ABC
(2018)
(2018)
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Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Return TV Poster Image
Successor to cult fave is just as funny as the original.
Network: Netflix
(2017)
(2017)
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Quantum Leap TV Poster Image
Classic sci-fi series hops and skips through time.
Network: Syfy
(2005)
(1989)
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Stranger Things TV Poster Image
Dark "strange invader" drama will appeal to sci-fi fans.
Network: Netflix
(2016)
(2016)
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12 Monkeys TV Poster Image
Twisty, clever dystopian thriller has disturbing images.
Network: Syfy
(2015)
(2015)
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Lost TV Poster Image
Excellent, sometimes scary drama for fearless families.
Network: ABC
(2005)
(2004)
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Star Trek: Discovery TV Poster Image
Darker, more violent Trek still has positive messages.
Network: CBS
(2017)
(2017)
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Travelers TV Poster Image
Smart time travel show balances thrills with humanity.
Network: Netflix
(2018)
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Undone TV Poster Image
Edgy animated series has far-out plot, real emotion.
Network: Amazon Prime Video
(2019)
(2019)
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The 100 TV Poster Image
Violent dystopian drama with strong female role model.
Network: CW
(2014)
(2014)
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Battlestar Galactica TV Poster Image
Exciting space drama has complex adult themes.
Network: Syfy
(2005)
(2004)
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Continuum TV Poster Image
Time travel sci-fi with bloodless violence, tough heroine.
Network: Syfy
(2013)
(2013)
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Star Trek: Picard TV Poster Image
Return of beloved sci-fi captain has adventure, violence.
Network: Paramount+
(2020)
(2020)
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The Umbrella Academy TV Poster Image
Great actors in quirky, dark, violent comic adaptation.
Network: Netflix
(2019)
(2019)
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Dark TV Poster Image
Eerie German series is violent and disturbing -- it's dark.
Network: Netflix
(2017)
(2017)
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I Am Not Okay with This TV Poster Image
Bloody violence, drinking in exhilarating teen genre mashup.
Network: Netflix
(2020)
(2020)
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The Man in the High Castle TV Poster Image
Violence, tension in gripping dystopian thriller.
Network: Amazon Prime Video
(2015)
(2015)
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