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Geeky characters have been popular on television throughout the years. These nerds may not be the most socially gifted or attractive people on the program, but they add a certain quality to the comedy or drama that makes them an essential member of the cast. They may be brainiacs, keeners, losers or eccentrics, but these “adorkable” characters have a way of grabbing an audience and making a show. Here are 8 coolest TV nerds who lit up the screen in his or her own unique way.

1. Steve Urkel

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Steve Urkel
Steve Urkel

Who could forget Urkel, played by Jaleel White, on Family Matters. He is the epitome of an extreme nerd – definitely over-the-top, but he made it work. The flood pants and cardigan wearing Urkel was supposed to make a one-time appearance on the show. Instead, he ended up becoming a main character, providing an endless stream of entertaining scenarios involving his failed experiments and sheer clumsiness.


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