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Tylt Recs: Best Netflix geek shows

Many of us are going stir-crazy in our homes while we social distance and quarantine to keep ourselves and others safe during the coronavirus pandemic. But there are plenty of ways we can entertain ourselves and free our minds from worry around the world.

The Tylt's answer has been to stream the best of Netflix's original content and have you vote on your fave. You’ve voted for the title for Best Netflix Geek Show. Thanks to you all, we have a winner and ranking based on how you voted, in order from the bottom spot to the top. Check out our user-voted ranking below on which geek shows viewers should watch on Netflix!

16. 'Dark'

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When “Dark” premiered, the show was compared to “Stranger Things.” “Dark” focuses on the mysterious disappearance of two children and the supernatural events around it, while dark secrets surface from the past of four families. Unfortunately, the German series only places at no. 16 on this list, with 9 percent of the vote against “Stranger Things” in round one. But with a fresh rating and an audience score of 95 percent on Rotten Tomatoes (at the time of publication), “Dark” might be still worth checking out.

15. 'Lost in Space’

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In “Lost in Space,” colonization is underway in space when the Robinson family find themselves thrown off course from their home destination and become stranded with other survivors on a dangerous alien planet. “Lost in Space” got lost in the mix, placing at no. 15 after losing to “The Umbrella Academy” in the first round with 16 percent of the final vote. But “Lost in Space” is generally family friendly. Just look at the fresh rating of 75 percent and the audience score of 80 percent on Rotten Tomatoes (at the time of publication). 

14. ‘Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance’

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The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance” is a prequel to the movie. The Netflix show follows three Gelfling who must band together all Gelfling to stop the evil overlords known as the Skeksis and save their planet from doom. While the series only received 22.5 percent of the vote against “The Witcher” in the first round, you’ll be living the full fantasy by watching “Dark Crystal.” The fantastical (and nostalgic) series holds a fresh rating of 88 percent and an audience score of 95 percent on Rotten Tomatoes (at the time of publication). 

13. ‘Altered Carbon’

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Altered Carbon” is a futuristic cyberpunk show where the human conscience can be stored, digitized and placed in a new body. This is what happens to a prisoner who must solve a murder for his freedom. “Altered Carbon” gained only 24 percent of the vote against heavyweight “Black Mirror” in the first round, but with a fresh rating of 75 percent on Rotten Tomatoes (at the time of publication), definitely check out the show on your own.

12. ‘The Order’

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The Order” focuses on a college student seeking to avenge his mother’s death. He joins an order and gets caught in a war between werewolves and the practitioners of magic he joined. “The Order” holds a fresh rating of 100 percent and an audience score of 75 percent on Rotten Tomatoes (at the time of publication). So even though “The Order” lost to “Chilling Adventures of Sabrina” in the first round, with only 27 percent of the vote, still check this one out.

11. ‘Raising Dion’

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Whew! Growing up with a superpowers isn’t easy. “Raising Dion” is about a Black mother trying to protect her Black son as his MULTIPLE superpowers begin to manifest. While this gem lost to “I Am Not Okay with This” in the round one, with 32 percent of the vote, the show holds a high fresh rating of 82 percent and an audience score of 73 percent on Rotten Tomatoes (again—at the time of publication). Still, we praise a show with Black folk magic. A BONUS: Michael B. Jordan is in it!

10. ‘Wu Assassins’

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Wu Assassins” follows a young warrior who becomes the last Wu Assassin. It’s quite the supernatural action-adventure storyline as he must find an ancient triad and restore peace to his homeland—San Francisco’s Chinatown. It’s another adventurous show with a high rating (83 percent) and audience score (82 percent) on Rotten Tomatoes (at the time of publication). Though “Wu Assassins” only received 33 percent of the vote against “Sense8” in the first round, Iko Uwais’ action sequences and fighting choreography is enough reason to check this one out.

9. ‘Locke & Key’

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Locke & Key” is about a family who moves into their ancestral mansion called Keyhouse, and the three children discover that the magical keys they find may be tied to the death of their father. This comic book adaptation scored the highest out of the first round’s eliminations. “Locke & Key” received 34 percent of the vote against “Lucifer.” While the newer show holds an average fresh rating of 66 percent and audience score of 68 percent on Rotten Tomatoes (at the time of publication), the show held its own against a more popular series. So definitely worth seeing what the buzz is all about.

8. ‘Chilling Adventures of Sabrina’

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Chilling Adventures of Sabrina,” based on the comic book, is among the most popular. The show centers around Sabrina the teenage witch as she constantly must choose between the human world alongside her friends, and the world of witchcraft and dark magic alongside her family. “CAOS” is a popular Netflix show. So while some might still be shocked that show is ending after the next season, some might also be shocked this show only ranks in at no. 8. “CAOS” barely lost with 47 percent of the vote against “Black Mirror” in second round. Still with 84 percent fresh rating and an audience score of 70 percent on Rotten Tomatoes (at the time of publication), this show is worth the watch and celebration. 

7. ‘Lucifer’

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Lucifer,” based on a character from Neil Gaiman’s comic “The Sandman,” started off as a CW show before moving to Netflix with season four and beyond. The show follows the Devil who leaves hell for Los Angeles and ends up helping the LAPD solve crimes, all the while running a fancy nightclub. “Lucifer” holds a fresh rating of 87 percent and an audience score of 85 percent on Rotten Tomatoes (at the time of publication). 

6. ‘Stranger Things’

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Back in 2016, “Stranger Things" became quite the geek phenomenon. The sci-fi/horror show pays homage to ’80s popular culture and nostalgia of the same genre. The series centers on a group of kids—one of whom possesses telekinetic abilities—saving their town from supernatural events and otherworldly creatures. While “Stranger Things” serves as the pioneering geekdom show via Netflix, it lost to “I Am Not Okay with This” with 44 percent of the vote in the second round. Still, “Stranger Things” garnered more votes overall than “Lucifer,” placing at no. 6. The nostalgic series holds a fresh rating of 93 percent and an audience score of 91 percent on Rotten Tomatoes (at the time of publication). There’s really no need to further explain why this one is worth watching unless you’ve been living under a rock.

5. ‘The Umbrella Academy’

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 “The Umbrella Academy” follows an adoptive, dysfunctional family of super-powered beings who must save the world from literally ending. While “The Umbrella Academy” only received 31 percent of the vote against the highly popular “Sense8” in the second round, it pulled in the most votes out of the second round’s eliminations. At the time of publication, “The Umbrella Academy” holds a fresh rating and audience score of 85 on Rotten Tomatoes. I mean, who isn’t excited for season two?!

4. ‘The Witcher’

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The Witcher” tells the story of a monster hunter, Geralt of Rivia, the Princess Ciri and their link to each other. The fantasy series starring Henry Cavill is clearly beloved by fans. “The Witcher” holds an audience score of 92 percent on Rotten Tomatoes (at the time of publication). So making it to the semi-final only to lose with 47 percent of the vote against “Black Mirror” still isn’t bad at all. 

3. ‘I Am Not Okay With This’

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I Am Not Okay with This” is a coming-of-age comedy-drama based on the comic book of the same name that follows a teenage girl as she not only navigates her way through family issues and hormones, but also the discovery of her superhuman abilities. This new series eliminated some quite the competition to place in at no. 3. “Sense8” was too much of a heavyweight to take down. In fact, “IANOWT” only received 16 percent of the vote in the massive face-off. Still, with thousands of votes, a fresh rating of 87 percent and an audience score of 85 percent on Rotten Tomatoes (at the time of publication)—this comic book adaptation and teen dramedy is worth your time. 

2. ‘Black Mirror’

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 “Black Mirror” is a dystopian anthology series following the relationship between humans and technology. But this series is no heartfelt drama. Instead, the show deals with the horrors and complexities of human innovation. Years after its premiere, the series remains popular. “Black Mirror” became even more popular after Netflix’s acquisition. So it totally makes sense this anthology series places in at no. 2 out of 16, which is pretty high up on the list. Even though it creeps me and many others out, still give it a watch.

1. ‘Sense8’

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Sense8” follows eight individuals from different walks of life who become psionically linked to each other, known as the “Sensates,” and must band together to survive the forces who see them as a threat. The show was abruptly canceled by Netflix, but fans rallied and got a proper season finale for the series. Fans are clearly still rallying for “Sense8.”

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