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Which TV Geek Stereotype Are You?

Updated on August 19, 2014

Now, we don't believe in putting people in boxes. At Computer Recruiter, our IT recruitment role puts us in touch with all sorts of people involved in stereotypically 'nerdy' industries, so we know that 'geek' typecasts are stuff and nonsense.

That said, if you're in a stereotypically 'geeky' profession (or know someone who is), you'll no doubt have noticed a few dominant dorky character traits. From the borderline OCD biochemist with a meticulously organised 'work zone', to the quiet technical genius with next-to-no conventional social skills...

If you love a little nerdiness both on- and off-screen, we've put together a few profiles of our favourite telly nerds, geeks and dorks along with a few questions that will reveal which one of this brilliant bunch you most closely resemble. You'll score a point for every 'yes' answer. The more yes answers, the more like our famous dorks you are! (And the more proud you should be!).

Moss - "Some chump has run the data lines right through the power supply. Amateur hour! I've got tears in my eyes!"

Moss (IT Crowd)
Moss (IT Crowd)

IT jobs are full of fantastic freaks and geeks. The IT Crowd's Moss has to be everyone’s favourite. He's his own man, but absolutely out of touch with the rest of the (so-called) 'normal' world. Highly technical, Moss sees things in his own special way which is often so logical that it makes no sense at all. Most of the time it seems like Moss has grown up in his own peculiar bubble, full of faulty hard drives and data frames, but what more can you expect from a man whose mother still dresses him (bow tie included)?

- Does your mum still make your sandwiches?

- Do you count the number of staples in your stapler?

- Is the strongest swearword in your arsenal: "Flipping"?

Roy - "Hello. IT. Have you tried turning it on and off again?"

Roy (IT Crowd)
Roy (IT Crowd)

Roy is a very different kettle of fish to his colleague, Moss. Roy is a grudging IT technician who understands people just fine – but that doesn't mean he has to like them. Roy vastly prefers machine to people and treats everyone except Moss with his very special brand of grumpiness. Despite being ruddy good at his job, he is profoundly lazy and would rather spend his time reading comics and playing video games.

- Do you prefer video games to social situations?

- Do you show unbridled contempt for those less technically able than yourself?

- Do you believe being horrible is an effective way to attract women?

Sheldon - "I'm the William Shatner of theoretical physics." - "Bazinga!"

Sheldon (Big Bang Theory)
Sheldon (Big Bang Theory)

Sheldon is the ultimate super-nerd. Borderline obsessive compulsive, totally unable to relate to humanity via conventional means, incredibly smart and obsessed by his research, video games and RPGs, Sheldon manages to somehow be sassy and loveable despite his alienating personality – all thanks to his trusty gang of equally nerdy friends. D'aw!

- Were you a child prodigy?

- Do you find it difficult to recognise sarcasm, irony or tell lies?

- Does physical contact make you feel unclean and uncomfortable?

Howard Wolowitz - "If it's "creepy" to use the Internet, military satellites, and robot aircraft to find a house full of gorgeous young models so I can drop in

Howard (Big Bang Theory)
Howard (Big Bang Theory)

If there's one thing Wolowitz loves more than his job as an aerospace engineer, it's the ladies. He speaks Mandarin, French, Russian, Farsi, Arabic, American Sign Language and even the fictional language Klingon, but sadly not the language of love. Like most stereotypical nerds on telly, Howard is afflicted with some problematic health complaint including asthma, nut allergies and a susceptibility to pink eye.

- Have you ever dabbled in learning a fictional language?

- Do you have any allergies?

- Do your attempts to woo a partner rely on persistence instead of charm?

Liz Lemon - "There ain't no party like a Liz Lemon party 'cause a Liz Lemon party is mandatory!"

Liz Lemon (30 Rock)
Liz Lemon (30 Rock)

Time to represent the ladies. The chaps may be overrepresented in the televisual nerd stakes, but there are plenty of lovely lady geeks out there too (just look at Leslie, Amy and Bernadette from The Big Bang Theory!). She may not have a typically nerdy job, but 30 Rock's Liz Lemon is pure, brilliant dork through and through. She even got married in a Princess Leia costume. The Liz Lemons of this world are neurotic and prone to sweat patches, stressed and over-analytical but above all, bloody good at their job.

- Do you buy your underwear for comfort not style?

- Do you consume an ungodly quantity of junk food on a regular basis?

- Do you have a psychosomatic allergy to dogs?

Big Bang Theory & 30 Rock on DVD

So which nerd are you? Or are you your very own special brand of geek? Do you recognize any of these dork types from your IT support agency? Or is your lab full of very cool customers? Have we missed any of your favourite on screen geeks? We'd love to hear your thoughts.

This lens was put together by Computer Recruiter, an IT recruitment agency in Cardiff.


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