The amazing thing isn't that so many amazing TV panels have made their way to Comic-Con — it's that there is so much nerd-friendly programming now on television. With nearly 200 presentations devoted just to TV, it can be overwhelming; we're here to help.
1. TV Guide Magazine Celebrates the 20th Anniversary of "The X-Files" (Thursday 3:30, Ballroom 20)
David. Gillian. Do you need anything else? Together again for (nearly) the first time since the last movie in 2008, Mulder and Scully will be on hand along with series creator Chris Carter and a number of writer/producers including Vince Gilligan, who has a panel of his own later in the con for a little show called "Breaking Bad". You can get a picture with Duchovny and Anderson together for $200 - the perfect gift for the wannabe Lone Gunman in your life.
2. "Dexter" (Thursday 6:30, Hall H)
The first of a few shows taking a victory lap around the con as they prepare for their final season. The stars will be there as well as special unannounced guest stars. Ordinarily "unannounced" means "not names you would recognize", but when you're in Hall H (which seats around 6,500 people), it usually means "mind-blowing".
3. "Veronica Mars" Special Video Presentation and Q&A (Friday 11:15, Hall H)
Talk of a movie started almost as soon as the CW unceremoniously cancelled it in 2004. Studios ignored clamoring fans until Kickstarter allowed them to put their money where their mouth is. Nearly $6 million later and cameras are rolling. Creator Rob Thomas will be posting video of this panel for Kickstarter backers who can't make it to San Diego - the rest of you will just have to wait for the film.
4. "Game of Thrones" Panel and Q&A Session (Friday 2:50, Hall H)
This panel, hands down, has the highest ratio of dead to living characters at the Con this year. If you're including the ones who are already dead in the books, then they have the highest ratio of any panel ever.
5. TV Guide Magazine: Fan Favorites (Friday 5:15, Ballroom 20)
An all-star panel of actors from various show including Kristen Bauer ("True Blood"), Clark Gregg ("Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.), Giancarlo Esposito ("Revolution") and more. Again, if it happens in Hall H or Ballroom 20, "and more" goes from "probably skip" to "do not miss".
6. "Futurama" (Saturday 12:00pm, Ballroom 20) / "How I Met Your Mother" (Saturday 12:00 pm, Indigo Ballroom, Hilton San Diego Bayfront)
Two more nerd-friendly series are ending this year and their panels are going head-to-head. What will you choose? The light 'n' frothy HIMYM or the dark 'n' delightful "Futurama"? "Futurama" gets points for arcane math jokes, but HIMYM has a cast that includes an agent of S.H.I.E.L.D., a member of the Scooby Gang and Dr. Horrible himself, NPH. Decisions, decisions!
7. "Cosmos: A SpaceTime Odyssey" (Saturday 6:00pm, Indigo Ballroom, Hilton San Diego Bayfront)
Neil deGrasse Tyson cements his status as the modern day Carl Sagan with his reboot of Sagan's classic "Cosmos", a series that has done more to popularize science in mainstream culture than any other single thing. This presentation will prove that it isn't only fantasy that has the power to inspire awe and wonder in us.
8. "Breaking Bad" (Sunday 11:15, Hall H)
If you need to be told why you should be at this panel, you probably shouldn't be at this panel. Or at Comic-Con. Also, you should have your TV taken away from you and given a good home. You're a terrible person.
9. BBC America's "Doctor Who" 50th Anniversary (Sunday 12:30, Hall H)
Will they announce the new Doctor? Maybe. Will Matt Smith and Jenna Coleman charm the pants off of all 6,500 attendees in the hall? Absolutely. Do you want to see 6,500 pantsless and sweaty fans whistling the Doctor Who theme in terrifying unison? That's between you and your therapist.
10. "Buffy the Musical, Once More with Feeling" (Sunday 3:30, Room 6BCF)
The musical episode of "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" holds a special place in the hearts of Buffy fans. Cross that with the in-theater antics of a midnight screening of "The Rocky Horror Picture Show" and you have the perfect way to close out your San Diego Comic-Con experience. See you on the floor!