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Awkward TV Characters We Can't Help But Love

Updated September 6, 2019 972 votes 113 voters 2.8k 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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  • 1
    Michael Scott
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    11

    Michael Scott

    The Office

    ActorSteve Carell

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  • 2
    Spencer Reid
    40
    10

    Spencer Reid

    Criminal Minds

    ActorMatthew Gray Gubler

  • 3
    Sheldon Cooper
    37
    15

    Sheldon Cooper

    The Big Bang Theory

    ActorJim Parsons

  • 4
    Tina Belcher
    25
    7

    Tina Belcher

    Bob's Burgers

    ActorDan Mintz

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  • 5
    Ross Geller
    25
    14

    ActorDavid Schwimmer

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  • 6
    Jessica "Jess" Day

    ActorZooey Deschanel

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  • 7
    Rupert Giles
    12
    2

    Rupert Giles

    Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Buffy the Animated Series

    ActorAnthony Stewart Head

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  • 8
    Phil Dunphy
    17
    9

    Phil Dunphy

    Modern Family

    ActorTy Burrell

  • 9
    Kevin Arnold
    13
    4

    Kevin Arnold

    The Wonder Years

    ActorFred Savage

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  • 10
    Dwight Schrute
    14
    5

    Dwight Schrute

    The Office

    ActorRainn Wilson

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  • 11
    Seth Cohen
    18
    12

    Seth Cohen

    The O.C.

    ActorAdam Brody

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  • 12
    Milhouse Van Houten
    17
    10

    ActorPamela Hayden

  • 13
    Chidi Anagonye
    12
    5

    Chidi Anagonye

    The Good Place
  • 14
    Maurice Moss
    12
    6

    Maurice Moss

    The IT Crowd

    ActorRichard Ayoade

  • 15
    Toby Flenderson
    11
    5

    Toby Flenderson

    The Office

    ActorPaul Lieberstein

  • 16
    Gabe Lewis
    11
    5

    Gabe Lewis

    The Office

    ActorZach Woods

  • 17
    George Michael Bluth
    11
    5

    George Michael Bluth

    Arrested Development

    ActorMichael Cera

  • 18
    Detective Amy Santiago
    9
    4

    Detective Amy Santiago

    Brooklyn Nine-Nine

    ActorMelissa Fumero

  • 19
    Xander Harris
    9
    4

    Xander Harris

    Buffy the Vampire Slayer

    ActorNicholas Brendon

  • 20
    Kirk Gleason
    9
    4

    Kirk Gleason

    Gilmore Girls

    ActorSean Gunn

  • 21
    Larry David
    13
    9

    Larry David

    Curb Your Enthusiasm, The Paul Reiser Show

    ActorLarry David

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    #540 of 737 The Most Annoying TV and Film Characters Ever#249 of 405 The Funniest TV Characters of All Time

  • 22
    Hannah Horvath

    ActorLena Dunham

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  • 23
    Ralph Wiggum
    8
    4

    Ralph Wiggum

    The Simpsons

    ActorNancy Cartwright

  • 24
    Tobias Fünke
    14
    13

    Tobias Fünke

    Arrested Development

    ActorDavid Cross

  • 25
    Daria Morgendorffer
    9
    6

    Daria Morgendorffer

    Beavis and Butt-head

    ActorTracy Grandstaff