Being a nerd can be pretty hard work. Not only are they expected to be smart as heck, but their intelligence usually doesn’t pay off the way they want it to: romantically. Besides the taunts and jeers from almost everyone surrounding him, the poor guy doesn’t even get the comfort of having a nice girl to snuggle up with at the end of the day. Being bumbling, clumsy, and socially awkward makes the nerd’s plight a lot more difficult than any average Joe’s. However, nerds need not despair; there is a light at the end of the tunnel (in the form of a really hot girl) for many. Nerdy girls do exist, and, more shockingly, non-nerdy ones with intelligence and a caring personality. Sometimes, all the things that qualified a guy for extra swirlies in high school is all he needs to score a hot babe. Here are twelve television nerds who, after much trial and error, finally got the girl.
The Office – Dwight and Angela
The Office is mostly about two things: Dunder Mifflin‘s egotistical, arrogant boss, and the quirky romance between Jim and Pam. Coming in at a close third is dwight, the office nerd who’s lingering over everyone’s shoulder when he isn’t busy sucking up to Michael Scott, the boss. Dwight has a lot of unbecoming qualities, but even buzzing insects need to find a mate. For Dwight, it was with Angela, the super hot accountant at Dunder Mifflin. Although she’s certainly got a few screws loose, Dwight is the one who screws it up by accidentally killing her cat. He’s promptly dumped by the sexy mathematician, but not for long — even Angela’s choice to marry Dwight’s hated coworker Andy doesn’t stop the two from having a steamy affair. Dwight eventually asks Angela to bear his child and she agrees.
Family Matters – Urkel and Laura
Urkel from Family Matters was the quintessential nerd of the 90s, known for the many geeky quirks that made up the most lovable geek on the screen. Ironically, he became the center of a sort of Urkel love triangle in which two total hotties pretty much fought over his love. There was Myra, Laura’s sexy cousin. Laura was his long time crush for whom he relentlessly humiliated himself by throwing himself at her feet every chance he got. Urkel’s lucky day actually came when he had begun to move on just a little bit; Laura only showed a real interest in Urkel after seeing him kiss Myra. But their relationship wasn’t all shallow; years of pestering Laura had worn her down. The couple eventually get married after Urkel returns from a dangerous mission in outer space.
Saved by the Bell – Screech and Violet
Saved by the Bell’s high school comedy was chock full of humor that was largely due to the bumbling nature of Screech, the typical class nerd. Evidence of how important his contribution to the show was is the fact that he was one of the only two characters to remain in the cast for the show’s entire lifespan. He had everything a nerd needs to be a nerd: poor social skills, a clumsy lack of common sense, and incredible book smarts. Screech’s dating life was subtle and short-lived, but that’s more than most nerds can say for themselves. He began dating a girl named Violet Anne Bickerstaff, a fellow nerd who was actually smoking hot underneath all the braces and huge glasses. Bickerstaff was played by Tori Spelling, who was still an unknown actress at the time, and randomly disappeared off the show less than ten episodes later without any explanation. It’s unfortunate that Screech didn’t get the blatantly hot Lisa Turtle, his object of obsession throughout much of the show, but the fact that his girlfriend was an undercover hottie is awesome in itself.
Arrested Development – George and Maeby
Maeby Funke (Alia Shawkat) and George Michael Bluth (Michael Cera) are television ‘couple’ who win the award for most dancing done around an undeniable romance. Bluth and Funke live under the same roof as cousins, a fact which is disputed throughout and eventually disproved in a final episode of the show. However, they are treated as relatives and expected to behave as such, even being forced to share a room for lack of space in the house. This only adds fuel to the fire; the pair kiss once after the first suggestion by Bluth that they may not be blood-relatives after all. Following the encounter, the two purposely avoid one another in following episodes until Bluth prepares an elaborate birthday celebration for Funke. The only problem is, he’s the only one that remembered the occasion — no one else shows up. It works out in both of their favors: the couple make out as the episode ends and appear in a relationship at the start of the next one, the finale in which Funke realizes she still prefers making out with Bluth in the privacy of their room. It can’t be all romance.
Chuck – Chuck and Sarah
Chuck, the main character of a television series by the same name, has a romance that comes both a little easier and harder than the other television nerds. It all depends on how you look at it; on one hand, Chuck is an unassuming nerd working in television’s parodied version of Best Buy’s Geek Squad — Buy More’s Nerd Herd — when he opens an email from the CIA which downloads massive amounts of top secret data directly into his brain. He’s then forced to partner with the US government, using the information to help foil terrorists and assassination plots. It sounds like a lot for the average Joe to handle, but running for his life and fending off foreign murderers definitely has it’s upside. The other hand is all agent Sarah Walker, the incredibly hot CIA agent with whom Chuck needs to maintain a facade of romance to hide the fact that they are actually undercover partners. The couple are frequently required to kiss, cuddle, and act like any other young lovers in order to fool the rest of the world. However, that doesn’t stop them from having some tense moments in private, kissing even when no one is around. The ‘facade’ soon turns to reality when neither half can deny or avoid their feelings for the other and shack up in Paris against the CIA’s wishes, but even the straight faced government officials are understanding of the pair’s irresistible attraction to one another.
The Simpsons – Milhouse and Lisa
The clumsy little cartoon nerd known as Milhouse from The Simpsons had a few romantic encounters over the course of the series. Although Milhouse is incessantly pining for Lisa, their romance is mostly implied and rarely ever seen. In “Future-Drama,” a 1995 episode, professor Fink shows Bart and Lisa a preview of what the year 2013 holds for Springfield. In the future, Lisa is preparing for graduation after skipping two years of high school. She’s also dating Milhouse, who looks muscular and remarkably less nerdy than he did as a child. However, in an episode in which the pair are still children, Milhouse thwarts his own opportunity for romance with Lisa after they travel abroad to Italy. It’s there that Milhouse is hired by Lisa to tutor her in Italian, and, after only a short time, Lisa is speaking fluently and has developed a close friendship with the little nerd. Typically awkward and clumsy, Milhouse finds himself in an unexpected situation when he develops a relationship with another girl named Angela instead, prompting a jealous Lisa to begin hating him all over again.
Milhouse’s interactions with Lisa were his most notable female encounters, but his first experiences were with a girl named Samantha Stankey. His relationship with the girl is going swimmingly until bart, jealous that his friend no longer spends much time with him, rats the girl out to her strict father. Stankey is sent to a boarding school and never heard from again.
The X-Files – Mulder and Scully
Mulder from 90s supernatural series the X-Files was not your typical conspiracy theory lunatic. He’s a well-educated, attractive FBI agent working in a top-secret section reserved only for the most bizarre criminal cases which usually involve some type of phenomenon — hence the name of the show. Mulder certainly knows his stuff when it comes to facts about alien abduction, spontaneous combustion, telekinesis, and conspiracy theories. Regardless, anyone claiming expertise in the taboo field of phenomenon and the supernatural is considered a weirdo or nerd in our books. Mulder’s partner was a little more straight laced when it came to issues of ghosts and aliens — the sexy agent Scully was a woman who tried to seek out a reasonable and ‘normal’ explanation for almost every case the pair took on. Although she was constantly struggling with her religious faith, it was otherwise hard to convince her of alien entities or supernatural occurrences. Her opposition to these ideas may have fueled the relationship between her and Mulder, which remained platonic until the very end of the series. Despite an obvious attraction between the two, their contact was limited to hugs and hand-holds which seemed way more than friendly but never progressed onto anything further. When the series ended, audiences got to see what they had been hoping would happen for over ten seasons — Mulder and Scully in bed together, discussing their future. They were also seen in the second X-Files movie, an incredibly disappointing bomb which saw the couple living together in a romantic arrangement.
Friends – Ross and Rachel
Television sitcom friends saw a long and bumpy relationship between the token nerd, Ross Geller, and hottie Rachel Green. Ross plays the smarty pants, and although he is more blatantly cute than most other nerds, has the genetic makeup of one all the same. He’s the only member of the group with a doctorate, and often uses his intelligence in an arrogant way. However, this often backfires as his awkward clumsiness and petty convictions get him into trouble. Ross harbors a crush on Rachel Green since high school. Green is originally Monica’s friend, who is Ross’ younger brother. In the second season of Friends, Ross and Rachel get together for the first time after the group watches an old prom video depicting the rejection Ross Ross feels after trying to sit in for Rachel’s absent date, only to have him show up and whisk her away at the last second. Rachel is impressed by his kindness and the two begin a year-long relationship that ends after Ross’ jealously over her handsome coworker gets the best of him. Although they embark on an epic on-again, off-again relationship full of heated love scenes and equally passionate arguments, the couple ultimately ends up together in the final season. Rachel is set to move to Paris for a job at Louis Vuitton, but decides to stay and raise her child with Ross after he follows her to the airport and professes his love.
The OC – Seth and Summer
The OC saw the blossoming of a nerd-on-hot-popular-girl relationship after Seth (Adam Brody) finally ends up with Summer (Rachel Bilson) after a long and drawn out pursuit. In the beginning, he’s just another nerd pining for the popular girl. He sees her as a deep and caring person, able to look past her shallow and materialistic image. The struggled through tension during the early period, when Summer refused to date Seth not because she didn’t like him, but because she didn’t want to be seen in public with him. Once he found a different girl to be with, however, her tune changed dramatically. After trying to sabotage their relationship, Seth and Summer finally stopped living in denial and shacked up. It didn’t last for long. Seth took off for the entire Summer in a boat he had creepily named Summer Breeze after finding out his best friend was moving away. Once he got back, Summer had moved on to someone else. Although they continue to experience problems for years to come, such as Summer’s emotional turmoil after the death of a mutual friend, the couple eventually get engaged after a pregnancy scare. Summer isn’t actually pregnant, and the couple don’t go through with the marriage for another four years, but eventually end up together and happy.
Frasier – Niles and Daphne
It took this nerd six whole seasons to even admit his feeling for the girl he loved. Frasier’s Niles is a pretentious, snobby upper class man with a super high IQ and a long list of phobias. He is physically weak, as most geeks are, and is a hypochondriac to make matters worse. Frasier’s crush is on Daphne, his father’s physical therapist. He stubbornly admits his love for her only when she’s about to marry someone else. Although Daphne’s husband-to-be retaliates by attempting to sue the new couple, Daphne and Nile end up happily together. It’s another case of ‘opposites attract’; Daphne’s eccentric personality and Niles’ nerdiness mesh perfectly.
Lois and Clark – The New Adventures of Superman
Superman is an unlikely addition to this list, but his alter ego and regular personality as Clark is pretty nerdy. Working at the Daily Planet newspaper, Clark is assigned a partner: the beautiful and intelligent reporter Lois. She disregards him, seeing him as most beautiful women see nerds — hardly at all. She’s soon saved from death by Superman and becomes obsessed with the hero, unaware that it’s actually Clark in disguise. After accepting a marriage proposal by Clark’s arch nemesis Lex Luther, Clark professes his love to Lois and it becomes clear that she’s aware of his existence as both himself and Superman. Although she resents the fact that he’s kept his alter ego secret from her, she accepts his proposal and the couple are happily married.
Ugly Betty – Henry and Betty
Henry is the main nerdy love interest in a show full of nerds. Ugly Betty, a show about a poorly dressed and naive young woman who lands a job at a high fashion magazine, is chock full of awkward moments geeky romance. Betty is attracted to the accountant, Henry, at Mode magazine. Their attraction is put on hold numerous times for a variety of reasons — Betty catches Henry being accosted by a kiss from a model, but later forgives him after learning it wasn’t his fault. Henry begins dating another woman after learning that Betty is going out with a man named Walter, whom she likes significantly less than Henry. Although the love between Henry and Betty is clear at that point in the show, Henry’s girlfriend announces that she’s pregnant with his child. This creates a rift between Betty and her lover, but it doesn’t last for long; Charlie had been cheating on Henry and may not bear his child after all. Unexpectedly, it is his kid after all and tensions between Henry and Betty increase as he moves around to care for the child, but he returns to propose to Betty anyway. She denies him, and he’s later seen with a new girlfriend named Samantha. Betty stalks him around New York and the two share a kiss and reconcile before he departs once again. In the end, the pair don’t officially end up together, but it’s clear that their feelings for one another are still strong and a bright future between the two of them is implied.