The Fall 2011 Geek TV Schedule

It’s September and you know what that means: a new Fall television season, time to set your TIVOs and DVRs and decide what’s junk and what’s not. So continuing our yearly tradition, here’s a look at some of the television shows that, just based on descriptions, have some geeky elements. We’re a little late this year since some shows started airing this week, but hey, that’s what On Demand is for! Also keep in mind that if you don’t have cable, a lot of these can be seen on Hulu or other online sites the day after they’re aired; and if you’re not in the U.S., well, just have a look at the titles and keep them in mind for later.

  • Returning shows: Castle and Hawaii Five-O (one of the few survivors from last year’s “new” list) which both get geek cred just for the casts. Nathan Fillion and Grace Park deserve spots on our list!
  • Terra Nova has gotten a lot of buzz, the new scifi show from FOX that features a world where the human race is saving itself by going back in time. The protagonists are a family of settlers in a human colony on prehistoric earth. Oh, and there are dinosaurs. I’m just having trouble thinking of anything but Land of the Lost from when I was a kid. It already premiered at Comic Con – anyone already seen it and have thoughts? The first episode airs Monday, September 26.

  • Returning shows: A shout-out for the Gleeks!
  • Ringer stars Sarah Michelle Geller as an ex-stripper on the run from the mob… and her twin sister. Reviews have been mixed so far, many touting the mystery plot as too convoluted. But hey, it’s Buffy? Ringer‘s first episode aired earlier this week on September 13, but there’s a replay tomorrow night.
  • Unforgettable, yet another police procedural. The protagonist in this one suffers from hyperthymesia, a rare medical condition that allows her to remember everything. It premieres on September 20.

Once again, Wednesday is the gaping void of geek TV. Probably because there are all the sitcoms ever that day. Oh, and police procedurals. Just watch Modern Family and catch up on what’s on the DVR.

  • Returning shows: The Big Bang Theory (yay!), The Office, Bones, and Vampire Diaries.
  • Charlie’s Angels… putting that out there because I feel I have to, but let’s just move on. Premieres September 22.
  • The Secret Circle, aka Vampire Diaries but with witches (it’s actually also based on a book series by the same author). There’s a teenager moving to a new town, and romance, and magic, and etc. This could definitely be guilty pleasure fodder. The first episode airs tonight.

  • Returning shows: Supernatural and Sanctuary (though this one doesn’t start until October), and also three other shows that have been moved to the Friday night slot: Nikita, Chuck, and Fringe. Though at least the continued existence of Supernatural and the long run of the now-ended Smallville make me think that maybe Friday night isn’t actually the place that scifi shows go to die.
  • A Gifted Man, taking the slot given up by Medium, stars Patrick Wilson (remember him from Watchmen?) as a “talented but self-absorbed surgeon” who sees the ghost of his ex-wife. It premieres September 23.
  • Grimm doesn’t start until October 21 but it’s already getting some buzz – it’s a crime/drama/supernatural/etc./etc. genre-hopping show about a homicide detective in a world where fairy tale creatures exist.

Also don’t forget that if you’re lucky enough to get BBC America, Doctor Who still has a few shows left for the season on Saturday nights. And the new season of The Walking Dead will start on Sunday, October 16 on AMC.

I for one am underwhelmed, but more time for my quest to rewatch all of Star Trek: TNG on Netflix.

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33 Responses to The Fall 2011 Geek TV Schedule

  1. One show I thought might be interesting (depending on how they pull it off) is "Once Upon a Time" on ABC. I mean, if you are going to pull in witches (with Secret Circle), you might as well pull in fairy tale creatures/characters, too. It starts up sometime in October as well.

    I'm surprised, though, that you didn't mention any animated shows. Cartoon Network has Star Wars: The Clone Wars (which I think starts back up tomorrow) and Young Justice (which does start back up tomorrow). Not to mention Thundercats (which has been running for a few weeks now).

    • I actually didn't see references to that one in the lists of new shows I looked at! Good tip.

      For returning shows I didn't go too much into cable just because there's so many. But I like Young Justice a lot myself. :)

  2. Also, Community. This is a show I know for a fact me and my geek friends all love. Last season, all it needed to prove it's geek cred is the Dungeons and Dragons episode, but there was so much more.

  3. Geeky shows seemingly left off – definitely on par if not surpassing Castle and Hawaii-Five O:
    Monday: How I Met Your Mother (ABC)
    Tuesday: The New Girl (FOX) | Raising Hope (FOX) | Workaholics (COM)
    Wednesday: American Horror Story (FX) | Psych (USA)
    Thursday: Always Sunny in Philadelphia (FX) | Archer (FX) | Community (NBC) | Parks & Rec (NBC) | The League (FX)
    Sunday: Napoleon Dynamite (FOX) | The Walking Dead (AMC) | Bored to Death (HBO) | Dexter (SHO)
    Unknown: The River (ABC) | Being Human (SYFY)

  4. I still remember the first time I ever saw The Office. It was during the second season, and at that point I'd never even heard of it before. I was just flipping through channels looking for something good, and decided to land on that one. It was the Conflict Resolution episode (the one where it goes through several pranks Jim had played on Dwight), and was without a doubt one of the funniest episodes of any TV show I'd ever seen.

    Whenever I watch the new ones, I just get sad.

  5. what the hell kinda excuse is this for a "geek-tastic" TV lineup…… GLEE? really? honestly? *sigh* I'm disappointed… apart from the aforementioned (added by GAS users not by GAS) I have seen trailers for plenty of really kickass scifi shows this fall……. GAS this is the first time you have let me down….. please let it be the last *sigh*

  6. I agree with whoever said 'How I Met Your Mother' – If you use alumni as a reason to watch Hawaii 5-0, HIMYM has just as strong of a case (Segal in Freaks and Geeks, Hannigan from Buffy, NPH from Dr. Horrible.) Also, Kat Dennings going to prime time after Thor is very interesting to me, so 2 Broke Girls made my list.

    Community is a notable omission, it's beyond geek friendly. It's every bit as geek friendly as Big Bang Theory.

    Finally, I would like to add (especially after seeing their pilots) 'Up All Night' and 'Free Agents' as acceptable geeky tv on Wednesday night. Up All Night boasts Will Arnett as a stay at home dad who would rather play call of duty, and Free Agents has Hank Azaria, long time star of The Simpsons, and Anthony Stewart Head from Buffy as a pervy British dude. They were both really solid plot episodes, as well.

  7. only one show on syfy listed, oh my my
    Alphas
    Being Human
    But i only say those as they follow the same caliber as Unforgettable
    Then again I am looking forward to american horror stories and Vampire Diaries Sanctuary and the all mighty Castle
    @Jack Eureka is cancelled

  8. you didnt list the Syfy schedule for monday nights: eureka (8p), warehouse 13(9pm), alphas (10pm)
    also Cartoon Network… the old geek standby… Batman: Brave & the Bold, Clone Wars, Young Justice, Adventure Time, Ben 10, and that one with Rex…..

    tsk tsk sloppy work.

  9. Glee sucks! I don't watch any of these shows except the Big Bang Theory, and I only have basic tv! I miss watching Smallville on tv! Now there's nothing on basic tv that I want to watch! When does Smallville season 10 come on DVD by the way?

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