If you're sick of seeing talentless nobodies rake in cash for doing nothing but party, get drunk and pass out on TV, know that there are plenty of better shows depicting smart, talented people that fly unnoticed under the radar. Where on-screen scientists once developed a bad reputation for being careless and erratic (like in "Flubber") or insane and dangerous (like Dr. Evil in "Austin Powers" or Frankenstein, who created a monster), TV scientists of today use their brains for doing good and entertain along the way.
1. Temperance Brennan, "Bones"
It’s not often that TV shows have gorgeous female leads as whiz kids who grew up to be genius scientists who use their brains for good, but "Bones" is such a show. To explain how such a stunner ended up a forensic anthropologist who speaks seven languages fluently, has three degrees and knows martial arts, Bones is said to have had a difficult childhood. Both of her parents went missing when she was fifteen, leaving Bones to fend for herself and become socially awkward in the process. In spite of her life’s setbacks, she uses her forensic skills to solve gruesome murder cases with her partner Booth, and eventually ends up falling in love with him.
2. Walter Bishop, "Fringe"
On Fox’s "Fringe," Walter Bishop is a scientist and has a doctorate of Philosophy. Born to a Nazi scientist, Walter jumps sides and becomes a spy for the allies and use his brain for good. He later starts doing research for the U.S. government on “fringe science”, a term for science that is outside the realm of traditional confines of the subject. Walter ends up discovering an alternate universe in which the world has progressed much further technologically. He uses his discoveries to help the world he currently lives in, all while searching for a cure from the other side that could save his seven year old son.
3. Henry Deacon, "Eureka"
Henry Deacon is a multi-faceted character who is not only a spaceship engineer but a mechanic, an inventor, and a jack of all trades when it comes to science. He’s also the mayor of the fictional town of "Eureka", where the population is comprised solely of scientists and geniuses. The town depends on Henry as a leader and an innovator. Between juggling the many women in his life, Henry also uses his abilities to save the life of a friend.
4. Professor Ian Hood, "The Eleventh Hour"
"The Eleventh Hour" is not a science fiction show, but a show based on the reality of scientific progress today. The battle of good science vs. bad science is led by Professor Ian Hood, who always chooses to reject ethical ambiguity. Whether he’s uncovering dead fetuses which are the result of experiments with human cloning, doing research on global warming or trying to curb an epidemic, Ian Hood will always be the scientist in shining armor.
5. Abyy Sciuto, "NCIS"
Abby doesn’t have the typical appearance of a forensic scientist. She usually dresses like a grown-up goth girl with intense lip colors, sharp eye brows and black clothes and still manages to look beautiful as well as get the job done better than anyone else. Don’t let her appearance fool you; Abby is a go-getter and an upbeat scientist who loves her job. An expert in ballistics, DNA analysis and digital forensics, she uses her skills to help nab serial killers before they can do more damage to the world.
6. Spock, "Star Trek"
Even people who’ve never seen "Star Trek" know of the fictional and legendary science expert called Spock by his famous tag lines “Live long and prosper” and “Beam me up, Scotty.” Spock is initially introduced as the “science captain” on the spaceship Starfleet. Half-Vulcan and half-human, Spock knows everything about everything. His alien side keeps him from showing emotion the way humans normally do, leaving him detached enough to become a scientific genius and human enough to use his knowledge to save planets.