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12 Token Nerds of the '90s

They're responsible for our most lovable '90s TV memories. Check out these 12 token nerds and the shows that wouldn't have been the same without them.

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Samuel "Screech" Powers from Saved By the Bell

Screech wasn't a brainiac but he was definitely a geek - his goofiness, ever so slightly lurking nature, and awkward jokes were enough for the gang to never really take him too seriously. Screech takes the cake for one of the most lovable nerds of the '90s.

Steve Urkel from Family Matters

Steve Urkel from Family Matters

As if the glasses and suspenders weren't enough, Urkel fit the nerd bill to a T with his uncomfortably awkward comments and and especially dweeby advances toward Laura.

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Stuart Minkus from Boy Meets World

Stuart Minkus from Boy Meets World

Topanga was a big enough nerd as it is - but Minkus beat her out by a landslide, despite their fierce competitiveness for being at the top of their class. His name alone was almost enough to crown Minkus as the honorary nerd of this classic show. For some reason every time Corey or Shawn said his name, it always seemed to be drenched in dweebiness.

Eliza Thornberry from The Wild Thornberrys

Eliza Thornberry from The Wild Thornberrys

Eliza was a dork to the core with her glasses, braces, wiry ginger braids, and to top it all off - a quirky ability of being able to talk to animals. Her brain was filled with zoology facts and her bestie was a chimp, which probably had to do with her being socially awkward. Nevertheless, an awesome nerd of the '90s.

Carlton Banks from Fresh Prince of Bel-Air

Carlton Banks from Fresh Prince of Bel-Air

Carlton Banks, prepster geek and cousin of the dope Fresh Prince, was highly intelligent and rather arrogant. Often at odds with Will, Carlton was usually find to be annoying and naive, as well as the object of Will's jokes.

Mark Foster from Step By Step

Mark Foster from Step By Step

The only son of Carol Foster, Mark geeked out on computers and academics, depicted with super-nerdy red framed glasses that would now probably be classified as hipster. Even though he eventually grew up and started dating, he never quite grew out of his geek status.

Kimmy Gibbler from Full House

Kimmy Gibbler from Full House

Kimmy doesn't exactly fit the bill for a classic definition of nerd, as she lacked school smarts and the like. Yet, her never-ending quirkiness and annoying demeanor more than allows her to be classified as a geek.

TJ Henderson from Smart Guy

TJ Henderson from Smart Guy

TJ Henderson, played by Tia and Tamara's younger brother Tahj Mowry, was a 10-year-old genius - so smart that he skipped six grades, and ended up all the way in high school. His nerd status was undoubtedly off the charts.

Paul Pfeiffer from The Wonder Years

Paul Pfeiffer from The Wonder Years

Kevin Arnold's dweeby best bud, Paul Pfeiffer, was a Jewy nerd to the core with never-ending allergies plaguing him. He was incredibly bright, with an unmatched academic intellect, and a super geeky look about him with his thick glasses, lanky build, and big front teeth.

Millie Kentner from Freaks and Geeks

Millie Kentner from Freaks and Geeks

Millie Kentner, Lindsay Weir's old best friend, oozed with nerdiness with her stringy hair and nasal voice as she tried her hardest to keep Lindsay from hanging out with the dregs of the school. Both naive about and not interested in sex, drugs, or partying, Millie was notorious for making awkward comments like, "I prefer to get high on life."

Chuckie Finster from Rugrats

Chuckie Finster from Rugrats

Out of the whole Rugrats gang, Chuckie was always the one who had all the answers. Although only two years old, his thick rimmed glasses, buck teeth, unruly ginger mop of hair, and aversion to any sort of adventure is already indicative of his inherent geeky-ness that would probably carry on through his youth.

Andrea Zuckerman from 90210

Andrea Zuckerman from 90210

She was head of the school newspaper, wore glasses, and didn't care about socializing or being popular - Andrea just wanted to get good grades and get a scholarship to Yale. Her geeky nature made her stand out like a sore thumb among the gang. Totally nerdy for Beverly Hills.

There's something to be said about all the best nerds of the '90s - and not just that most of them wore glasses, or were the class brainiac. Their brains and hearts, and quirk among all else, made them lovable forever.

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