11 Television Shows for Intelligent People

11 Television Shows for Intelligent People

Sometimes the Smart Ones Aren't Easily Entertained

There is a rather unfortunate phenomenon that renders intelligent individuals easily bored. When pattern recognition is innate, television shows become increasingly predictable. However, there are some shows that cater to the intelligent populous. Whether a humanities person or science nerd, there is a show for every smart person.

(In no particular order)

1. Doctor Who

With episodes in the past and future, Doctor Who caters to both humanities folks and science enthusiasts. The show is both whimsical and innovative. Plus, the regeneration capabilities of The Doctor allows the show to re-invent itself on a semi-regular basis.

2. The Big Bang Theory

A true celebration of extraordinary people. The mere vocabulary of The Big Bang Theory distinguishes it as suitable for those with above average cerebral capabilities. Home to popular phenomena such as Rock-Paper-Scissors-Lizard-Spock and Bazinga!, this comedy is worth giving a try.

3. Sherlock

Written by Steven Moffat, the current writer of Doctor Who, Sherlock is not a show you can multi-task while watching. This modern take on the tales by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle is the penultimate example of intellectual stimulation. Interested in wit, psychology, deduction, high-functioning sociopaths, or Martin Freeman? Sherlock.

4. Star Trek

Maybe a given for many, Star Trek is definitely a classic. You might be surprised by who considers themselves a Trekkie. You might happen to be one too!

5. Scorpion

Based on the life of Walter O'Brien, who boasted a 197 IQ, the show is a thriller. The colorful characters of Scorpion include a statistician, medical doctor and behaviorist, and mechanical prodigy among others. It is guaranteed they will have you on the edge of your seat.

6. Criminal Minds

Just another crime drama... Just kidding! Criminal Minds distinguishes itself from the pack by producing a sense of urgency. The BAU works to catch serial killers and other criminals in real time, usually with a life or two on the line. The sapiosexual-satisfying Dr. Spencer Reid pushes it over the edge. Warning: it can be rather gory and dark.

7. Reign

Very loosely based on the life of Mary Queen of Scotts, Reign is a historical drama with innovative costume design. Though criticized for not being historically accurate, the inaccurate portions are often fan favorites.

8. Mythbusters

A show that champions science, engineering, and building, Mythbusters is just plain cool. It may be old news, having already announced it's final season, but the show is as explosive as ever.

9. Downton Abbey

The critically acclaimed period drama was recommended to me by my calculus teacher and is followed by my grandmother. There are love stories; there are crime stories. The show has it's own line of preserves and other party supplies, and features dry quips delivered by Violet Crawley the Dowager Countess of Grantham as portrayed by Maggie Smith.

10. The Tudors

Follow the life–and wives–of King Henry VIII via The Tudors. Whether interested in history, politics, or power, The Tudors will surely entertain. Warning: does not shy away from nudity.

11. The 100

A sci-fi action thriller and drama set after a nuclear apocalypse, this show follows a group of one hundred teenage criminals sent from space to determine whether the Earth is suitable for re-colonization. It is rather Hunger Games-esque and deals with heavy concepts, such as death.

Whether you're into historical fiction or sci-fi fantasy, there is a show for every smart person.

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I often hear a lot of people complaining about their step-parents and wondering why they think that they have any authority over them. Although I know that everyone has different situations, I will be the first to admit that I am beyond blessed to have a step dad. Yep, I said it. My life wouldn't be the same that it is not without him in it. Let me tell you why I think step dads are the greatest things since sliced bread.

1. They will do anything for you, literally.

My stepdad has done any and every thing for me. From when I was little until now. He was and still is my go-to. If I was hungry, he would get me food. If something was broken, he would fix it. If I wanted something, he would normally always find a way to get it. He didn't spoil me (just sometimes), but he would make sure that I was always taken care of.

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2. Life lessons.

Yup, the tough one. My stepdad has taught me things that I would have never figured out on my own. He has stood beside me through every mistake. He has been there to pick me up when I am down. My stepdad is like the book of knowledge: crazy hormonal teenage edition. Boy problems? He would probably make me feel better. He just always seemed to know what to say. I think that the most important lesson that I have learned from my stepdad is: to never give up. My stepdad has been through three cycles of leukemia. He is now in remission, yay!! But, I never heard him complain. I never heard him worry and I never saw him feeling sorry for himself. Through you, I found strength.

3. He loved me as his own.

The big one, the one that may seem impossible to some step parents. My stepdad is not actually my stepdad, but rather my dad. I will never have enough words to explain how grateful I am for this man, which is why I am attempting to write this right now. It takes a special kind of human to love another as if they are their own. There had never been times where I didn't think that my dad wouldn't be there for me. It was like I always knew he would be. He introduces me as his daughter, and he is my dad. I wouldn't have it any other way. You were able to show me what family is.

So, dad... thanks. Thanks for being you. Thanks for being awesome. Thanks for being strong. Thanks for loving me. Thanks for loving my mom. Thanks for giving me a wonderful little sister. Thanks for being someone that I can count on. Thanks for being my dad.

I love you!

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