December 16th, 2011
08:35 PM ET

Geeks want love, too - TLC's 'Geek Love' is the real deal

For the last two months, geeky blogs and skeptical nerds have been talking about this new show on TLC called “Geek Love.”  It's a reality show that follows participants of a speed dating event from New York Comic Con who are ready to find nonjudgmental, superfan partners. It debuts Sunday night.

Ryan Glitch is the self-confessed Geek who runs Sci-Fi Speed Dating Service and the creator of this show. “I’m a huge 'Star Wars' fan and I’m a huge 'Terminator' fan and I love comics and I love the Ninja Turtles,” Glitch said, which is actually the reason he started running the dating service.

“This isn’t just for people who are socially inept or whatever you want to call it,” said 25-year-old Glitch. “This is for hard-core fans, geeks and nerds that really want to meet somebody.”

Glitch, who also works for a nationwide discount chain in New York, began Sci-Fi Speed Dating in August 2010. He now runs the dating service at 10 Geek-centric events.

Giltch recognizes that some viewers will see this show as a way to mock a subculture they don’t like or understand. “The nerd world is becoming more mainstream because it’s more accessible," he said. "So I’m sure that there is a small percentage of people out there that just want to pick on nerds and those are the same bullies in high school that didn’t matter then and don’t matter now. I just want people to know that we are all geeks. Everybody is a geek and everybody is a fan in one way or another in something.” FULL POST

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