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King of the Nerds - S01 E01

Reality . Reality-TV

Hosted by Robert Carradine and Curtis Armstrong, King of the Nerds is the ultimate nerd-off. The series will follow eleven fierce competitors from across the nerd spectrum as they set out to win $100,000 and be crowned the greatest nerd of them all.

Episode Title: Welcome to the Nerdvana
Airs: 2013-01-17 at 09:00 pm
  • Allison Keene

    As questionable as the setup sounds, it actually strikes the right tone by neither making fun of nor blindly praising the competitors for their quirks (of which they have many).

    The Hollywood Reporter Full Review
  • Chris Conaton

    The mix of appealing nerds and lack of truly grating nerds is calculated for viewers' comfort, but the first episode is decidedly bland, too. Viewers looking for a new take on the reality competition genre won't find it here.

    PopMatters Full Review
  • Neil Genzlinger

    The competitors may not be all that amusing, but some of the show's gimmicks are.

    The New York Times Full Review
  • Ed Bark

    This energetically produced, brightly colored concoction hits the guilty pleasure spot more often than not.

    Uncle Barky Full Review
  • Rob Owen

    It's a cute concept but producers don't seem to have a knack for proper execution, filling time with terribly padded segments--picking teams takes an eternity--and challenges (watching people play chess in the premiere) that, try as they might, don't make for compelling TV.

    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Full Review
  • Brian Lowry

    Former "Revenge of the Nerds" stars Carradine and Armstrong (who helped develop the concept) do appear to have fun, but after the opening kick of seeing them reunited in this fashion, even that begins to yield diminishing returns.

    Variety Full Review
  • Matt Roush

    There is one clever gimmick--the winner gets to sit upon a "Throne of Games"--but the very-long-hour opener is a tedious affair.

    TV Guide Magazine Full Review