I often talk about the differences between my husband and me, but rest assured, we do like some of the same things. Even if those things are considered nerdy, there are times when I can get on board. Now I don’t consider myself a true nerd. I do have nerd tendencies, yes, but still, I never go full nerd. My husband likes to watch a lot of TV shows. I also enjoy TV, but sometimes I just want something fun on in the background (anything on the Food Network) and not something that I needed to have gotten an A+ in advanced physics to understand. Most of the times we can find a handful of shows that don’t have science/superheroes/Star Wars/a dancing Bill Nye to enjoy. You know shit like Parks and Rec, Justified, Friday Night Lights, and The New Girl, to name a few. Once in a while some shows come along with all of the above elements and more. More, you say? Yes, more I say! More importantly, I end up liking these shows, as does my husband.
Here is a list of them and why I like them. I will also tell you why my husband likes them (well I’m going to at least try and guess why he does, it shouldn’t be that hard).
What’s it about: It’s literally about the headless horseman and Ichabod Crane, set in the modern town of Sleepy Hollow. Ichabod was fighting in the Revolutionary War and cut off the head of an enemy aka the infamous headless horseman. While both were lying there dying — because Ichabod was cut in the chest — their blood streamed together and connected them FOREVER. 250 years later and shit, Ichabod awakes in a cave in Sleepy Hollow at the exact same time as the horseman, who is on the hunt for his head. Ichabod teams up with a local police officer and together they are on the adventure to stop the horseman and make believers out of these town folks that yes, he’s from this time in history and that the horsemen and his posse are the four horsemen of the apocalypse and that if they are not stopped, well, then the world ends. Also, Harold from Harold & Kumar is in this show, so you know I’m all in.
Why I like it: Must I repeat? HAROLD! Also, I like it because it is absolutely ridiculous but fun at the same time. I like both the lead characters. For once the police officer is someone I believe could be tough and actually, you know, be a police officer, not just a model in a police uniform. Don’t get me wrong, girl is straight up beautiful. Also, the British dude that plays Ichabod Crane I like as well. There’s just something about quirky British dudes that will rope me in every time. Plus it kind of reminds me of Once Upon A Time…sooooooooooo…..
Why my husband likes it: I’m actually surprised he likes this show. It has so much dumb shit for him to hate, namely the premise of the show that I’m still waiting for him to fall out of love with it. It’s bound to happen. The show though, is crazy violent and disgusting at times. I mean the witch that came back to life that walks around with burnt skin, COME ON! Gross factor in that episode alone was off the chart.
What’s it about: The show follows demon hunters and brothers, Sam and Dean Winchester, as they, well, hunt demons. Simple enough, non?
Why I like it: I’m not really sure why I do like it. I think I like it because it is actually a pretty funny show that doesn’t take itself too seriously. The brothers have pretty dope chemistry; I’m sure there must be gay rumors out there on the Internets. I also like that there are continuity plots, but for someone like me who seems to just jump into this show each October at different seasons, I don’t really have too hard of a time following along, which I guess is either a good or bad thing.
Why my husband likes it: I’m pretty sure he is in love with Dean & Sam and that is why he likes this show. I mean he does enjoy demons, but I think he enjoys those boys even more. Proof: He and his Two-Headed Nerd cohost have Dungeons & Dragons characters named Sam and Dean, who are brothers. Point proven…ten points for Gryffindor!
What’s it about: It’s about a “doctor” (alien) who travels through time in the TARDIS (a blue police box that when you enter it, is this amazing time travel machine with a ton of space and gadgets. Oh science!), with a companion, usually a beautiful young female from England, and they both end up saving the world over and over again. See a theme here? Some people they encounter along their journeys are cat people, assassin Santas & the deadly Christmas trees (my personal faves), and one time they even had to fight a giant spider, which, I’m pretty sure you could see the wire moving its legs – the budget for this shit is not a high priority, apparently.
Why I like it: I like both David Tennant and Matt Smith, and it shows London a bunch, and I’m obsessed with London, so that’s really all it takes for me. I’m a sucker for most things British. I wish I had a more substantial reason, but this is pretty superficial and I will not apologize for that.
Why my husband likes it: First and foremost…TIME TRAVEL. It’s now being ranked up there with his most favorite things. Fun fact, also added to that list is “gangs.” Don’t ask. Second, this show does have some science in it, whether or not it is real is up for debate. That is it. I think he likes it mainly for those two reasons alone. Also, he may have had a thing for Rose, the Doctor’s companion, or at least he liked to tell me every ten seconds how cute she is. I get it, she’s %$#@ing adorable.
What’s it about: A small group of survivors living during the zombie apocalypse — which it’s sad to say the pugs probably wouldn’t survive — dealing with how to pretty much handle this situation and how this new world is changing them. Deep, right?
Why I like it: Two words: Daryl Dixon.
Why my husband likes it: He was already a fan of The Walking Dead comic books, so he declared this to be a winner before even seeing the show. Also, ZOMBIES! Who doesn’t like zombies? I mean, zombies are the new vampires, duh. He also appears to be a fan of the long-ass talkie showdowns between the characters, à la Rick and the Governor in the cabin (yawn-fest) and the sweet-ass zombie kills, which, to this show’s credit, gets more creative each season. Well played there. My husband also believes this show is one of the best written shows on TV and doesn’t hate Carl. I know, everyone hates Carl, nope, not my husband. He thinks he is badass. (As in bad-ass at following directions? Then yes, I concur.)
What’s it about: It’s about the Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., whom you may be familiar with from these little movies, Iron Man, The Avengers, Capitan America, need I go on? Each week this rag-tag group of special agents from the worldwide law-enforcement organization, led by fan favorite Agent Phil Coulson (um, didn’t he %$#@ing DIE?!), team up for adventure, and each time they get into some trouble and have to work together to get out of the hot mess they are in. SPOILER ALERT, they do. Ugh, dumb.
Why I like it: HAHAHAHA, just kidding, we both hate it. Hate is a strong word, we both seriously dislike it. I know there are a lot of you out there thinking Joss Whedon, king of all the nerds, can do no wrong. May I remind you of Dollhouse? Back to S.H.I.E.L.D., the characters are not very likeable, the acting is crap and the stories so far have been dumb. I’m sorry if you are a computer hacker that LIVES IN A VAN (down by the river…see what I did there??) how are you super clean and wearing these amazing clothes? I repeat, YOU LIVE IN A %$#@ING VAN. Anyhow, I digress.
Why my husband likes it: See above, I think he is in hate with it more than I am. Fact.
Kacie Baum is a professional partier, mother of two pugs, and the wife of Matt Baum. She tolerates the constant presence of the Two-Headed Nerd in her home each week. She did not write this bio. Pre-THN entries of Girl Meets Nerd can be found here.