It's not even up for debate at this point -- we are currently living in an era where the geek is king. Let's take the 2014-2015 television season for example. This year alone, we're being treated to more superhero and comic book shows than we know what to do with. We've got a Green Arrow adaptation, a new version of the Flash, a program about the SHIELD organization from the Marvel universe, and a gritty prequel to Batman. And there are countless more in the works, to be trotted out within the next few years. All this would have been unthinkable just a few short years ago. Back in the 90s, for example, studios were unsure whether or not superhero films, typically being pretty expensive, would be able to make a return on their investment. Now they can't churn them out fast enough -- the Marvel and DC film release schedules are announced years in advance. While these types of shows have always had their own niche audiences, we've never seen so many of them in mainstream culture before, either on television or in the movie theaters. So as we experience this incredibly nerdy golden age, it would seem a bit ungrateful and churlish of us not to celebrate the shows that have paved the way for this success and cemented their place in popular culture. Without them, we surely wouldn't be here today.