May 15, 2012 1:19 PM | By Kim Linekin
Hottest nerds on TV

Barrett Foa, NCIS: Los Angeles

Barrett Foa from NCIS: Los Angeles (© Picture Perfect / Rex Features)
  • Jane Levy, Joshua Jackson, Pauley Perrette (© CP)
  • Johnny Galecki, The Big Bang Theory (© Robert Voets / CBS / Courtesy Everett Collection; Emiley Schweich/Everett Collection)
  • Barrett Foa from NCIS: Los Angeles (© Picture Perfect / Rex Features)
  • Pauley Perrette, NCIS (© Rights Managed)
  • Emily Deschanel, Bones (© Eric Ogden / FOX / courtesy everett collection; Carin Baer/20th Century Fox Film Corp)
  • Gabriel Mann, Revenge (© Colleen Hayes / ABC / Courtesy: Everett Collection)
  • Benedict Cumberbatch, Sherlock (© Antony Jones/CP Photo)
  • Jane Levy, Suburgatory (© Karen Neal / ABC / Courtesy: Everett Collection)
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On NCIS: Los Angeles, Foa plays Eric Beale, the team's tech operator and intelligence analyst and - oh, who are we kidding, he's a hacker. Beale's glasses and inability to tell jokes make it clear he's a nerd, but he's also got a cool side 'cause he likes to surf. Foa started life as a nerdy toddler who gained entrance to prep school by putting together a puzzle in record time, but then he got into musical theatre and his parents' dreams of having solar systems named after them went out the window. In real life, he's a yogi and he's single, ladies.

May 17, 2012 10:32AM
You're missing the sexiest nerd of them all...Dr. Spencer Reid, from Criminal Minds!!!
May 17, 2012 4:16AM
What about Reid and Garcia from Criminal Minds?! They're super smart and super hot!
May 17, 2012 9:13AM
Glad I'm not the only one who thinks that Garcia and Reid from Criminal Minds should be tied for number 1
May 17, 2012 6:59AM
I totally agree, how could they not include Penelope and Reid.  Long hair Reid is the hottest nerd on tv and well Penelope is just the smartest, prettiest female nerd out there.
May 17, 2012 11:16AM
How is Garcia from Criminal minds not on this list????????????
May 17, 2012 7:55AM
How did you ever miss Matthew Gray Gubler...imho, the sexiest nerd on television. If brainy is the new sexy, he has this one locked up.
May 17, 2012 6:38AM
OMG~  I can't believe you didn't include Penelope Garcia from Criminal Minds!  She HAS to be #1!
May 17, 2012 8:43AM

My husband's thinks she great too. She sure plays her part well on the show NCIS and I think she will go far. She deserves number one.


Lindy and Joey Fellober

May 17, 2012 6:54AM

i love watching ncis i think that pauley perrette is number one


May 17, 2012 11:25AM
Pauley Perrette is the reason that my husband and I watch NCIS. She is fantastic. We love the outfits that she wears and her attitude. We love her black outfit with the black umbrella, that is fantastic.
May 17, 2012 8:17AM
How could you not have Amanda Tapping on this list, she's super gorgeous and has double nerd cred as both Samantha Carter on Stargate SG1 and as Helen Magnus on Sanctuary.
May 17, 2012 9:10PM
You left out two very sexy nerds from Criminal Minds,  Kirsten Vangsness (Penelope Garcia) and Matthew Gray Gubler.(Spencer Reid)...both of these nerds should be on your list....and I know I'm not alone in thinking this right??? Why is it that only the skinny chicks are considered "hot'" on these lists....boooooo
I'm with boyfriend watches NCIS for Pauley and I watch it for Mark Harmon...but secretly wish I could have been an Abbie in real life.
May 17, 2012 3:46PM
I'm with Grammie.1, Pauley Perrette is totally cool! She's the main reason I watch the show, always enjoy watching her!
May 17, 2012 10:21AM
or how about jewel staite from firefly/serenity/sga, she plays a mechanic and a doctor sure but its still geekish.
May 17, 2012 4:00PM

One of the main reasons my gf and  i watch ncis is Pauley Perrette!!!shes like the glue that holds that show together!!! keep it up!!


Pauly is absolutely gorgeous , and I love the part she plays . She has her own life style on the show and it is very befitting lol . She is soooooooooooo hot !!!!!!!!!!!! One of the reasons i love the show .
I think she is one of the sexiest people on t.v. She acts a great nerd , but she is a lot more than that . I just love her and can't wait to see her on NCIS
May 17, 2012 8:49PM
Kari Byron (in my opinion) Is THE Most Gorgeous Lady On T.V. (sorry pauley) Not JUST On The Outside, She Genuinely Enjoys What She Does, And Has Fun Doing It ... LOVE Mythbusters (and you of course kari) ;-)
May 17, 2012 10:33AM
Music fest.     doing it in my back yard.  I need a nerd to help me.
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