Any 90’s kid will tell you everything was better when we were growing up especially the television shows. So for today’s Flashback Friday post I’m listing 10 of my favorite TV geeks in no particular order of the 90’s and if you’re anything like me by the end you will be wishing you were back on your living room floor drinking a can of surge watching all of these great shows.
10. Dexter of Dexter’s Laboratory 1996
I absolutely loved this show and of course the character Dexter. He made you want to have your own secret laboratory and do all sorts of crazy experiments. He had very tight security over the laboratory but somehow Dee Dee always managed to find her way inside and wreak havoc.
“Omelette du fromage”
9. Phoebe of Hey Arnold 1996
Phoebe is the best friend of Helga Pataki in the show she is just like any other geeky/nerdy girl always having to be right and first hand to shoot up in the air.
8. Ginger Foutley, Dodie Bishop, and Macie Lightfoot of As Told by Ginger 2000
This is a three for one and technically it aired in 2000 but I’m still going to count it. These girls were basically just like my friends and I when we were younger and I’m sure a lot of other girls can relate. It’s the classic story of geeks trying to make it.
“And if time teaches us anything in this crazy world it’s that nothing worth having ever comes easy.”
7. T.J. Henderson of Smart guy 1997
T.J. is a kid genius he goes to high school along with his older brother Marcus and sister Yvette. My favorite thing about this show were the exchanges with T.J. and Mo. It was filled with many morality type stories from what I remember and it was over all very good and even though T.J. was so incredibly smart he was still very much a kid in many aspects.
“I’ll try to be more sensitive to the fact that you’re dumber than me.”
6. Filburt of Rocko’s Modern Life 1993
Filburt is the epitome of stereotypical nerds. He’s always nervous introverted and has many fears. He manages to let go of it all in one episode though where he reaches puberty. He also gets into many hijinks with Rocko and Hefer.
5. Gretchen of Recess 1997
Gretchen is very intelligent and unlike some nerds that are depicted she has many friends. They’re always supporting each other in all that they do. Every time some plot comes along for the troupe she is of course the brains of the operation.
“A-?! My life is flashing before my eyes!”
4. Velma of Scooby Doo 1969
Although Scooby Doo aired well before the 90’s I grew up watching it and I’m sure you all did as well. Velma always seemed a bit downplayed by the always shining Daphne but her character, smarts and charm make me like her most 🙂
3. Sam aka The Squid of Rocket Power 1999
In every group of kids there’s the brain like some that I’ve already listed and Sam is definitely one of them. His character grows with him and as the show goes on he becomes more and more brave and athletic like the rest.
“They got sand in the potato salad!”
2. Lisa of The Simpsons 1989
I couldn’t do this list without the most known nerd girl of them all Lisa Simpson. She loves to read and play her sax. Always the overachiever in everything she does. She’s simply brilliant and this world could do with more girls like her.
“Mom, romance is dead. It was acquired in a hostile takeover by Hallmark and Disney, homogenized, and sold off piece by piece.”
1. Stuart Minkus of Boy Meets World 1993
And last but not least Minkus. Though he was only on the show for a little while he was one of my favorite characters with his witty quips and he was overall just very funny.
“Why should I help you? You made fun of Mr. Feeny and said he gets paid too much.”
In the times we’re living in where it’s cool to be stupid I like to think there are still kids just like these characters. Even though they are scripted and fictional they speak to me. We need shows like this again for the generations to come. They taught me about being a friend and not being afraid to be who I am. Even though I’ve failed at that many times I like to look back at these shows and remember these characters and all that they taught me. If I’ve left out any of your favorites just let me know in the comments below thank you so much for reading 🙂