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Awkward TV Characters We Can't Help But Love 

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Updated September 6, 2019 657 votes 92 voters 1.8k views 66 items

List Rules Vote up your favorite awkward, offbeat, or unusual characters.

Let's take a few minutes to give a shoutout to all the awkward people out there. While some characters on TV are all about being outgoing, these characters tend to constantly find themselves in uncomfortable situations. Whether they’re introverts, quiet, or simply unaware of social norms, they’re known for always saying the wrong thing at the wrong time.

Ross Geller from Friends probably quickly comes to mind for an awkward character list (perhaps telling a story about how the scent is added to gas), or the hilarious Gary Walsh from Veep. But who are the best awkward TV characters? Larry David from Curb Your Enthusiasm and Maurice Moss from the IT Crowd are also great contenders. To make things really easy, you could just look no further than the characters on Awkward - it's literally built right into the title! 

From clumsiness to social ineptitude, this list includes all of the extremely awkward characters on TV. Whether you think super smart Sheldon Cooper from The Big Bang Theory is the most awkward or believe that distinction should go to little miss Tina Belcher from Bob’s Burgers, make your voice heard by voting up your favorite awkward characters.

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Michael Scott is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Awkward TV Characters We Can't Help But Love
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Spencer Reid is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Awkward TV Characters We Can't Help But Love
Criminal Minds

Actor: Matthew Gray Gubler

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Sheldon Cooper is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Awkward TV Characters We Can't Help But Love
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Tina Belcher is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Awkward TV Characters We Can't Help But Love
Tina Belcher Bob's Burgers

Actor: Dan Mintz

More Tina Belcher 

#590 of 1,245 The Greatest TV Characters of All Time #181 of 399 The Funniest TV Characters of All Time #466 of 935 The Greatest Female TV Characters of All Time

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Ross Geller is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Awkward TV Characters We Can't Help But Love
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Seth Cohen is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Awkward TV Characters We Can't Help But Love
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Dwight Schrute is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Awkward TV Characters We Can't Help But Love
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Phil Dunphy is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Awkward TV Characters We Can't Help But Love
Modern Family

Actor: Ty Burrell

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Milhouse Van Houten is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Awkward TV Characters We Can't Help But Love
The Simpsons

Actor: Pamela Hayden

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Jessica "Jess"... is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Awkward TV Characters We Can't Help But Love
New Girl

Actor: Zooey Deschanel

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Chidi Anagonye is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Awkward TV Characters We Can't Help But Love
Chidi Anagonye The Good Place
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George Michael Bluth is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Awkward TV Characters We Can't Help But Love
Arrested Development

Actor: Michael Cera

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Kevin Arnold is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Awkward TV Characters We Can't Help But Love
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Rupert Giles is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Awkward TV Characters We Can't Help But Love
Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Buffy the Animated Series

Actor: Anthony Stewart Head

More Rupert Giles 

#202 of 1,245 The Greatest TV Characters of All Time #5 of 74 The Top Joss Whedon Characters #18 of 62 The Best Fictional Teachers

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Larry David is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Awkward TV Characters We Can't Help But Love
Curb Your Enthusiasm, The Paul Reiser Show

Actor: Larry David

More Larry David 

#956 of 1,245 The Greatest TV Characters of All Time #315 of 399 The Funniest TV Characters of All Time #146 of 176 The Most Likeable TV Anti-Heroes

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Toby Flenderson is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Awkward TV Characters We Can't Help But Love
AugustineNsang added The Office

Actor: Paul Lieberstein

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Gabe Lewis is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Awkward TV Characters We Can't Help But Love
AugustineNsang added The Office

Actor: Zach Woods

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Maurice Moss is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Awkward TV Characters We Can't Help But Love
The IT Crowd

Actor: Richard Ayoade

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Tobias Fünke is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Awkward TV Characters We Can't Help But Love
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Xander Harris is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Awkward TV Characters We Can't Help But Love
Buffy the Vampire Slayer

Actor: Nicholas Brendon

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Daria Morgendorffer is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Awkward TV Characters We Can't Help But Love
Beavis and Butt-head

Actor: Tracy Grandstaff

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Kirk Gleason is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Awkward TV Characters We Can't Help But Love
Gilmore Girls

Actor: Sean Gunn

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Nick Miller is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Awkward TV Characters We Can't Help But Love
Nick Miller New Girl

Actor: Jake M. Johnson

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Detective Amy Santiago ... is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Awkward TV Characters We Can't Help But Love
Detective Amy Santiago Brooklyn Nine-Nine

Actor: Melissa Fumero

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Bill Haverchuck is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Awkward TV Characters We Can't Help But Love
Freaks and Geeks

Actor: Martin Starr