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The Nuttiest Fans Award nominees

by Annie Wu, posted May 29th 2008 1:01PM
TV Squad AwardsIf we have learned anything, it's that there's a big difference between being a casual viewer and a truly passionate fan. Whether that means spreading the word, doing charity work in the name of the show or just plain being crazy, fans of TV programs have found various ways to show their love. After some intense responses in the call for considerations post and deep deliberation within the TV Squad team, we have boiled down the list of shows with the most dedicated fanbases. Here, we have five of the finest contenders, each of them deserving recognition for their fans' contributions.

Yes, it's obvious that there will be fans angry at the results, regardless of who wins. American Idol fans, form an orderly queue and meet me in the parking lot. But before we have an epic throwdown, read after the jump and vote for the Readers' Choice.

Battlestar GalacticaBattlestar Galactica: Science fiction lovers are notorious for their tendency to be hardcore for their fandoms. To be perfectly honest, I was a bit worried when I was at this year's New York Comic-Con, sitting in that massive auditorium packed with brokenhearted BSG fans comforting each other over the last season. The sense of unity among this fanbase is well-known throughout the geek universe, and it was extra-obvious when the NYCC crowd started a spontaneous round of "So say we all!"

Stephen ColbertThe Colbert Report: The Colbert Nation would probably kill for their glorious leader, which is why the world should be thankful that Stephen Colbert is a level-headed guy. In fact, fans have done more good than murder in the name of Colbert. From supporting the ongoing Wriststrong campaign to raise money for Donors Choose to pushing their man's name on the "Time 100" poll, viewers have shown that it despite the fact that the program is just a half-hour piece on Comedy Central, Colbert's effect is global.

How I Met Your Mother How I Met Your Mother: There's an incredible sense of loyalty amongst this legendary fanbase. Passionate fans of HIMYM have steadily watched the show from the beginning, through thick and thin, through good episodes and awkward celebrity stunt casting. Fans have also made great efforts in beating the writers to the punch by trying to work out the identity of the mother before the final reveal. With theories constantly popping up all over the Internet, it's tough to believe they won't get it sooner rather than later.

JerichoJericho: Fans of this show gained major bragging rights after managing to save their favorite program from cancellation. And with peanuts, no less! After they made their voices heard, the peanuts and other donations benefited various charities, all in the name of Jericho. Even after the show's second cancellation, the fans are working on finding a network that will take better care of their baby.

MoonlightMoonlight: Even as we speak, Moonlight fans are working hard to bring their beloved show to a new home. This was another fanbase that I had the chance to observe first-hand at this year's NYCC, and I couldn't help but bleed a little from the ears every time the crowd screamed for Alex O'Loughlin and Jason Dohring. Not only is their love super-intense, but I wouldn't be surprised if it's a Moonlight fan prerequisite to have operatic training. Ow. This group has also done some admirable charity work, including multiple blood drives in the name of the show.

Be sure to check out the rest of the TV Squad Awards, and make your voice heard by voting for the Readers' Choice in each category! While you're at it, take a look at AOL's Best & Worst of TV poll.

EDIT: Looks like a lot of folks want to see Lost on this list. Remember that this is a combination of reader and TV Squad team input. Where were you Lost lovers in the call for considerations post?

Which show has the most devoted fans?
Battlestar Galactica149 (5.9%)
The Colbert Report621 (24.4%)
How I Met Your Mother109 (4.3%)
Jericho354 (13.9%)
Moonlight1314 (51.6%)

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ilikecatsyep

X-Philes are the most devoted. Some saw the movie more than 15 times!

August 24 2008 at 7:12 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Pam

UMMMMM, Easy "MOONLIGHT" !!!!!!!

June 25 2008 at 5:44 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
clara

Moonlight definitely has my vote! I'm a wild and devoted fan all the way...

June 02 2008 at 2:46 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Pamela

Not to take away anything from the Moonlight fans. Kudos to you. But let's see if you can keep that kind of passion going for a solid year like us nutty Jericho fans. And we're certainly happy that we gave you the model on which to base your campaign.

May 30 2008 at 9:18 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Scarlet F.

GO MOONLIGHT!!!

May 30 2008 at 7:34 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Klaudia M.

I love Moonlight, I love Mick, Beth and Jason and I want back in a second season, So Please Save Moonlight and We watch this amazing show called Moonlight no matter where it airs, and a lot of fans well be eternally grateful!!!

May 30 2008 at 4:26 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
JanetH

This is SO on! Vampire Solidarity! Rah! Rah! Rah!.
For a freshman show that supposedly had some behind the scenes "issues", Moonlight has had some of the BEST lines for quoting and the fans know JUST how to maximize on that. The hottest chemistry was between the writers and the actors; the result was Fans spontaneously combusting!
Oh yeah. We got your Rah rah rah - right HERE!

May 30 2008 at 3:40 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Borat

What about Wire-heads? They are not as rabid as others, but they would defend that show to the death (me being one of them). I really, really love that show.

May 30 2008 at 2:57 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Argus

There's nothing nutty about How I Met Your Mother fans. Passion =/= nutty.

May 29 2008 at 11:19 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Christy

Moonlight fans are AMAZING. We will never give up on our show. It has been seared upon our hearts and souls. Many of us gave blood for the first time ever to help save the show. Much money has been raised for charities as well as ads in Variety and Hollywood Reporter.

Vampire solidarity, rah rah rah!!!!

May 29 2008 at 8:36 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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