With Halloween being the nerd-friendly holiday that it is, you will see lots of geek interest in Halloween episodes year after year (and there are plenty of them). But which were the five most geek-friendly of all?
A few came close to making this list such as the classic Real Ghostbusters episode, "When Halloween was Forever" (introducing Samhain, a character which would have fit right in in the first movie), "Chuck vs. the Sandworm" (Sarah in the slave Leia bikini before those were everywhere at Cons), Community's zombie-fest "Epidemiology" from last season, Angel's Lorne-centric "Life of the Party" and Futurama's "The Honking" (Bender becomes a were-car).
But only a precious few can make the list of the five nerdiest Halloween TV episodes of all time! (Note: we didn't include Halloween specials, just regular episodes.)
Starting the countdown with...
5. The Big Bang Theory: "The Middle Earth Paradigm"
Before "Big Bang Theory" was the phenomenon it is now, it seemed to struggle for a while to figure out whether it would laugh at or with our geeky heroes (though it may not necessarily have been the producers themselves struggling with this).
One scene that showed how much fun it could have with nerd humor, in a way that respected nerds, was when all four guys dressed up as the Flash for Halloween. The first of many memorable sight gags in the show's history.
4. Castle: "Vampire Weekend"
The episode begins with Richard Castle trying on his Halloween costume, that of a "space cowboy." A space cowboy who looks an awful lot like his character Mal Reynolds from "Firefly!" Thus, countless "squee" tweets and Facebook status updates were launched.
Castle's daughter Alexis once again brings him down to earth, reminding him that "there are no cows in space," and he wore that costume "like five years ago."
The rest of the episode, dealing with a dead body in a cemetery, vampires and werewolves, was filled with Halloween spirit.
3. Freaks and Geeks: "Tricks and Treats"
The shortlived cult classic always nailed what it was like growing up nerdy, especially in 1980. A classic example was seeing Sam dressed as "The Day the Earth Stood Still's" Gort, Neal as Groucho Marx ("Looking for Chaplin, only seeing Hitler") and Bill as... well, the Bionic Woman.
If it wasn't enough that few recognized their geeky costumes, it was Lindsay accidentally egging her own brother, Sam, that piled on the Halloween humiliation.
Every nerd has that story of the Halloween that went horribly awry, and thanks to show creator Paul Feig's nerdy teen years, we finally have a great example of that onscreen.
2. Buffy the Vampire Slayer: "Halloween"
The classic series did three Halloween episodes. The second of which, "Fear Itself," was quite good, and we try not to think about the one from season six that was Dawn-centric.
Season two introduced the genius concept that vampires and demons actually don't come out in force on Halloween. In fact, it's actually a very slow night for vampire slaying.
Then, we're treated to another interesting concept: Halloween revelers actually becoming their costumes. So, Buffy becomes a woman from the 18th century, who wouldn't dream of fighting off the creatures of the night around her, Willow becomes a ghost and Xander is in the military.
The episode pushed forward quite a few story arcs, including Spike's, and Oz and Willow's, not to mention being an early example of many that showed what this show could do when it changed the dynamics among characters. A true classic.
1. The Simpsons: "Treehouse of Horror: Hungry are the Damned"
There have been many "Treehouse of Horror" episodes (22 to be exact), but it's hard to top the first (though "III's" "Dial Z for Zombies" and "V's" "The Shinning" come close), especially the parody of the classic "Twilight Zone" episode, "To Serve Man."
When Lisa happens upon aliens Kang and Kodos' book with the title "How to Cook Humans," she finds that she is mistaken about their intentions when the book is dusted off to read "How to Cook For Humans"... or is it "How to Cook Forty Humans?"
Thanks to the Simpsons, earth loses its chance at intergalactic peace when it's finally revealed that the book is called "How to Cook For Forty Humans." This, of course, would not be the first time the Simpsons screwed up in such a monumental fashion.
... So, those are our five, but I'm sure you have more (or perhaps think we're totally wrong). Get thee to the comments! And Happy Halloween!