Giving interesting cameos in TV shows has always been their thing and isn’t new. To see celebrities give their mysterious appearances is what fans look out for. It is as intriguing as the storyline as these cameos often have some hidden meaning for the story’s future. Although there are times in the history of TV shows that the cameos weren’t only related to the story’s characters or its future, there have been some nerdiest cameos that add relevance to the plot. They were so brilliantly placed that we couldn’t help but bring them out to everyone’s notice. So, here’s a compilation of the 10 nerdiest TV cameos. Enjoy!
1. The most astounding cameo: Stephen Hawking in Star Trek: The Next Generation
Stephen Hawking’s was a pleasant surprise for all the nerds watching the show. In the episode called Descent, there’s a scene where Data plays poker with virtual Sir Isaac Newton, Albert Einstein, and (real) Stephen Hawking showed up for the game for his love for the show. And this wasn’t the only cameo we saw of Hawking’s. He has also appeared via the famous computerized voice in The Simpsons, Big Bang Theory, and Futurama.
2. Stan Lee’s appearance in Big Bang Theory
Which Marvel fan wouldn’t ever recognize Stan Lee, no matter when and where he makes an appearance? The same thing happened with Marvel fans watching Big Bang Theory’s episode- The Excelsior Acquisition in 2010. Since Lee was going to appear on the episode, it was named based on his famous catchphrase from a play. The scene where he appears is when Sheldon misses an opportunity to meet him at comic con and ends up going to his house (without his permission, of course).
3. Big Bang Theory gave us one more cameo- Bill Gates
The episode on the show called Gates Exhibition was entirely dedicated to him. The episode was absolutely hilarious, especially the moment where we saw Leonard tearing up after seeing Bill Gates and wanting to hug him. Later in the episode, Penny surprises Leonard by setting up a Skype call with Gates. The later one was when he punched Sheldon for complaining against him.
4. Bill Nye and Neil deGrasse in Scooby-Doo And Guess Who?
This one is among the nerdiest TV cameos that appeared on s. The series was made in 2019 and is the recent adaptation of The New Scooby-Doo Movies. The season one finale showed us the cameo appearances of Bill Nye and Neil de Grasse, which was also called Space Station Scooby. There they fight a microscopic creature when they are in a space station.
5. Snapchat’s Founder, Evan Spiegel in Silicon Valley
The series revolved around an entrepreneur, Richard Hendricks, who starts a company called Pied Piper. After we lost Christopher Evan Welch, the actor who played the role of the wealthy investor who invests in Pied Piper, the producers were in a fix. The actor played the role of (Peter) an important character on the show, and they had to figure out a way to show the character’s exit. So they showed the character’s death too and for his funeral appeared Evan Spiegel.
6. Elon Musk as Elon “Tusk” in Rick and Morty
This one is funny while being one of the nerdiest TV cameos. The famous CEO of Tesla and SpaceX, Elon Musk, made a weird little cameo in one of the episodes. Here, Rick and Morty call Elon “Tusk” (who literally has tusks) for a problem they need his help with. To which, he replies by saying they should’ve called the real Elon Musk from their reality instead of him. Funnily enough, the company Elon Tusk owns in the show is also called Tuskla. The character shown in the episode is much more humble and approachable than the real person.
7. Stephen Hawking (again) in The Simpsons
Stephen Hawking’s first even TV cameo was in the legendary show, The Simpsons, on an episode in Season 10 called They saved Lisa’s Brain. Lisa is tired of feeling embarrassed because of her dad and her town’s residents and decides to join Springfield’s secret Mensa society. Society takes over after the Mayor’s suspicious disappearance and ends up creating havoc and mess. During this time, Hawking visits Springfield and criticizes everyone but leaves Lisa with words of encouragement. He advised her that everyone’s version of the perfect world is different and leads to chaos.
8. Steve Wozniak in Big Bang Theory
Big Bang Theory has many such cameos, and some are the nerdiest TV cameos. One of which is Steve Wozniak’s cameo. He appeared on one of the show’s episodes in 2010, where we saw him having dinner at the Cheesecake Factory. When Sheldon finds out, he meets him via a virtual presence device. He manages to impress Wozniak with his device but is disappointed when Sheldon tells him he’s, on his list of favorite technological visionary, on the 15th spot. He is still six spots higher than Steve Jobs, and that seemed to bring back the smile on his face.
9. Wil Wheaton in Big Bang Theory
Wil Wheaton is one of the many Star Trek cameos in Big Bang Theory. He appeared more than once in the series as himself. His and Sheldon’s chemistry, although, is hilarious and quite exciting. Will Wheaton’s character in the show is more like Sheldon’s arch nemesis. Despite their slash, the character becomes more friendly with the rest of the group and even helps Penny with her acting career. They later resolve their issues, and Wheaton performs at Sheldon and Amy’s wedding.
10. Buzz Aldrin in 30 Rock
America’s former astronaut, Buzz Aldrin, gave us an appearance, surprising everyone in the show 30 Rock. He appeared in the episode called The Moms as Buzz Aldrin itself. After Liz finds out about her mother’s true love, that it was her ex Buzz and not her father Dick, she leaves to meet him and get answers. There is the cameo. She meets Buzz Aldrin, and then she realizes her mother’s decision not to be with an alcoholic was right. To comfort her, Aldrin offers her to yell at the moon together.
These were some of the nerdiest TV cameos placed around in an interesting and shocking way. Do you know more? Let us know in the comments section.