The Christian Slater tipping point: 2011 will be the year of Geek TVS

Need more proof that geek humor has gone mainstream? Check out the new trailer for Christian Slater's new show Breaking In, which name-checks Star Wars, Dragon*Con and Avatar. These days, TV shows prove they're hip by referencing geek culture.

Breaking In seems like a G-rated version of Sneakers. A group of hackers are hired to break into large corporations for security checks... but things go wrong etc. But what's interesting about the latest trailer is how little time the video spends on the group's mission. Instead we're shown clips of characters talking about science fiction icons — check it out:

We give them credit, it looks adorable and quite funny. That being said, it's pretty fascinating to watch shows that would normally slide into the mainstream slot for dramedy fodder are starting to lean heavily on the rapidly growing geek demographic. And they're not the only ones. Just this week images from the set of the teen drama 90210 revealed one of the characters in full Na'vi dress:

The Christian Slater tipping point: 2011 will be the year of Geek TVS

Image via Pacific Coast News Online.

And as we reported earlier this week Glee is taking on yet another genre staple by reenacting Michael Jackson's "Thriller" for their Superbowl episode.

The Christian Slater tipping point: 2011 will be the year of Geek TVS

Hell, even The Bachelor has a vampire bachelorette on the series, and she STILL hasn't been cut!

This could be the year that geek cred conquers television. Already, shows such as The Big Bang Theory, Community, Psych, 30 Rock, Castle and How I Met Your Mother. effortlessly throw in a Star Wars quip or a Buffy reference without derailing the entire plot. And it's certainly working out well for them, The Big Bang Theory was just picked up for another three years!

Here are a few of our favorite past moments:

How I Met Your Mother Asks the Eternal Scifi Love Question:

30 Rock Salutes Science Fiction: Every Great Clip

Nathan Fillion References Buffy, Firefly And Underworld In One Scene

Thanks for the Sneakers tip Image of BongoFury_is_overcaffeinated.