A Reality Show that debuted on TBS in 2013. The show is centered around a group of contestants, each an archetypal example of a Nerd or Geek, competing in a weekly series of challenges related to nerd/geek culture, with the ultimate goal of winning $100,000 and becoming the titular King of the Nerds. Hosted by Robert Carradine and Curtis Armstrong.The contestants all live together in a small mansion called Nerdvana. At the beginning of the season, they are divided into two teams, Orange and Blue. Each episode, the teams compete in a challenge called a Nerd War. The losers must then send two of their own into another challenge, known as a Nerd-Off — one participant is selected by the losing team, and the other by the winners. The loser of the Nerd-Off is then sent home. Once the competition is whittled down to five finalists, the teams are dissolved, and it's every man for himself. In the end, only one of them may sit upon the Throne of Games, and be crowned King of the Nerds.The show has completed its first season, and season 2 began January 23, 2014.The show's webpage can be found here.
Elimination Statement: As they are sent off, Curtis will give them a small speech praising their talents, and bidding them to use their skills "back in the real world".
Every Episode Ending: Each episode concludes with the eliminated contestant marching out of the mansion, as they narrate their last goodbyes and wistful music plays . . . until one of the hosts taps an iPad, obliterates them the moment before they set foot off the property, and makes a cheesy pun about it.
Kingmaker Scenario: In the season finale of season 1, the eliminated nerds got to come back and vote on which of the two finalists will ascend to the Throne. This was... controversial among the fandom, as many felt it was a "popularity" contest. The producers agreed and decided to change it for season 2.
Large Ham: both teams indulge in this for the volcano presentation in Season 2, although the Titans of Rigel are especially hammy
Manipulative Editing: A staple on reality shows, but the contestants have spoken about some circumstances in this show: for example, Danielle from the first season said that they showed the worst parts of her and made her come across as far worse than she actually is, and Nicole in the second season pointed out that, for the nerd-off votes in the episode where she was eliminated, it was edited to imply that she betrayed Zack and voted for him, even though she did not.
Invoked in the very first episode, when the teams are chosen — there are only eleven contestants at the start, meaning that the last one is singled out, suffering every nerd's worst nightmare. However, it's subverted when it turns out that "there is nothing nerdier than being picked last", and the "loser" is given protection from elimination and the power to choose the team that wins the Nerd War.
A twist occurred in season 2: They had the singled-out person vote on whose place they wanted to take, and that person would be sent home.... but wait! The only thing nerdier than not being picked, is to be rejected by the person who wasn't on a team to begin with! So that person got to choose which team won the Nerd War.
Product Placement: You know, while we're deciding who we should vote into the Nerd-Off, why don't we eat some delicious Little Caesar™ pizza? And then work on stuff in the RadioShack room!
Averted: Apparently they weren't allowed to call their soda "Mountain Dew" in season 2, so, according to two of the girls, they personally called it "green caffeine" and "green coffee".
Shout-Out: Happens often, naturally, since this is a show that revolves around nerd culture.
The Throne of Games, a reversal of Game of Thrones, is itself visually reminiscent of the show's Iron Throne.
The "gladiator" from the first episode (played by the son of Lou Ferrigno, AKA The Incredible Hulk) is dressed in a fashion nearly identical to the Spartans of 300.
Special mention goes to the Nerd Anthem competition, where they were supposed to write a song that celebrated nerddom including plenty of shout-outs. The end result: "Talk Nerdy To Me" and "Nerds are King".
The RadioShack room in season 2 is inside the TARDIS.
Special Guest: Judges have included Biochemist/actress Mayim Bialik, Jon Heder, Bill Nye "The Science Guy", Kevin Smith, and "Oh My" its George Takei
Steampunk: Was supposedly Team Blextrophy's theme for the cosplay competition. Opinions vary on how successful they were.
Too Much Information: During preparation for the fourth episode of the second season, Katie excuses herself to go to the bathroom, saying "I just gotta jill real quick". Zack's face clearly shows he's thinking this.
You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Or pink, in the cases of Danielle and Jon in season 1, as well as Mindy (the female cosplayer who helps with the Nerd-Offs). Purple, for Katie in season 2.