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Awkward TV Characters We Can't Help But Love

Updated September 6, 2019 1.2k votes 159 voters 4.7k views66 items

List RulesVote 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

    The Office

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    Spencer Reid

    Criminal Minds
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    Sheldon Cooper

    The Big Bang Theory

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    Tina Belcher

    Bob's Burgers

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    Dwight Schrute

    The Office

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    Phil Dunphy

    Modern Family
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    Chidi Anagonye

    The Good Place
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    Seth Cohen

    The O.C.

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    Toby Flenderson

    The Office
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    Maurice Moss

    The IT Crowd
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    Rupert Giles

    Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Buffy the Animated Series
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    Kevin Arnold

    The Wonder Years

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    Gabe Lewis

    The Office
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    George Michael Bluth

    Arrested Development
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    Kirk Gleason

    Gilmore Girls
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    Detective Amy Santiago

    Brooklyn Nine-Nine
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    Xander Harris

    Buffy the Vampire Slayer

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    Larry David

    Curb Your Enthusiasm, The Paul Reiser Show

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    Ralph Wiggum

    The Simpsons
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    Nick Miller

    New Girl

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  • 24

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    Bill Haverchuck

    Freaks and Geeks