Lindsey leaves the geeks behind as she joins the grungey, cooler kids in the 90's cult classic Freaks and Geeks, Getty Images.
10 STYLISH GEEKS ON TV
This season, labels such as Gucci have helped make even the nerdiest geeks look cool once again. To celebrate their moment in the sun, we count down 10 of the most stylish TV geeks.
10. BETTY SUAREZ OF UGLY BETTY
Betty Suarez may have been the odd one out at the glamourous Mode Magazine, but that doesn’t mean she lacked a style of her own. Horn-rimmed glasses, sweater vests and fun, clashing prints become essentials in Betty’s working wardrobe.
9. DAN HUMPHREY ON GOSSIP GIRL
The outcast of the Upper East Side, Dan Humphrey is the sensitive heartthrob, and occasional imposter, of Gossip Girl. With his pretentious waistcoats and dreams of being a poet, Dan’s offbeat charm helps him get the girl, but is he too much of a geek to keep her?
8. FREAKS AND GEEKS
Freaks and Geeks follows Lindsey, played by Linda Cardellini, as she attempts to shed her geek reputation by hanging out with the grungey, cooler kids (or “Freaks”). Lindsey’s utilitarian jacket becomes her talisman through thick and thin, while Daniel Desario rocks some worn blue denim.
7. WILLOW ROSENBERG IN BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER
Willow mightn’t be the most likely supernatural superhero, but the bookish teenager’s magical powers, along with her friendship with one Buffy Summers, local vampire slayer, help her embrace her witchy side and become a confident, stylish young woman in her own right, too.
6. MOSS ON THE IT CROWD
Emotional, intelligent with limited knowledge of how people get along, The IT Crowd’s Moss, played by Richard Ayoade, is a stereotypical nerd. Working along with Roy and Jen in a big company’s basement IT department, Moss, in his check t-shirts and corduroy trousers, wears his geek credentials with pride.
5. LIZ LEMON ON 30 ROCK
Liz Lemon’s job as the brain behind TGS, the fictional sketch show at the heart of 30 Rock, means she doesn’t have much time for fashion, but nevertheless she creates a look that is all her own – plaid shirts, woolly hats and tailored jackets all key features.
4. STEVE URKEL ON FAMILY MATTERS
Considered by many to be the ultimate TV square, Steve Urkel created the definitive geek uniform: big glasses, braces and a cardigan. Audiences loved it, and his intelligence and mathematical prowess helped to up the overall nerd factor.
3. LISA SIMPSON ON THE SIMPSONS
Lisa’s smarts – and her signature orange dress – mark her out in a family crowded with big personalities – her own nerdiness is the inverse of Bart’s mischief. When she’s not getting lost in a book, playing the sax or practicing vegetarianism, her intelligence often helps the rest of the Simpson family escape trouble.
2. RORY GILMORE ON GILMORE GIRLS
High-achieving Rory Gilmore is stuck in a prep school uniform until she graduates top of her class and escapes to Yale. There she stays true to her New England roots, in casual separates or pretty, girly dresses, as she studies hard in the pursuit of her dreams.
1. PEGGY OLSON ON MAD MEN
Peggy’s story is one of a geek’s rise to the top, as she goes from frumpy, unsophisticated Brooklyn secretary to glossy, glamourous Manhattan ad queen. While some nerdish tendencies might remain, she sheds her awkward shirt-dresses, opting instead for more stylish and modern 1960's shapes.