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Awkward TV Characters We Can't Help But Love

Updated September 6, 2019 1.2k votes 146 voters 4.0k 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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  • Spencer Reid1
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    Spencer Reid

    Criminal Minds

    ActorMatthew Gray Gubler

  • Michael Scott2
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    14

    Michael Scott

    The Office

    ActorSteve Carell

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  • Sheldon Cooper3
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    Sheldon Cooper

    The Big Bang Theory

    ActorJim Parsons

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  • Tina Belcher4
    29
    9

    Tina Belcher

    Bob's Burgers

    ActorDan Mintz

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  • Jessica "Jess" Day5

    ActorZooey Deschanel

  • Dwight Schrute6
    20
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    Dwight Schrute

    The Office

    ActorRainn Wilson

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  • Phil Dunphy7
    21
    9

    Phil Dunphy

    Modern Family

    ActorTy Burrell

  • Chidi Anagonye8
    17
    6

    Chidi Anagonye

    The Good Place
  • Milhouse Van Houten9
    19
    10

    ActorPamela Hayden

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  • Seth Cohen10
    21
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    Seth Cohen

    The O.C.

    ActorAdam Brody

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  • Toby Flenderson11
    15
    6

    Toby Flenderson

    The Office

    ActorPaul Lieberstein

  • Maurice Moss12
    16
    7

    Maurice Moss

    The IT Crowd

    ActorRichard Ayoade

  • Ross Geller13
    28
    23

    ActorDavid Schwimmer

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  • Rupert Giles14
    13
    5

    Rupert Giles

    Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Buffy the Animated Series

    ActorAnthony Stewart Head

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  • Kevin Arnold15
    13
    5

    Kevin Arnold

    The Wonder Years

    ActorFred Savage

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  • Gabe Lewis16
    15
    8

    Gabe Lewis

    The Office

    ActorZach Woods

  • George Michael Bluth17
    13
    6

    George Michael Bluth

    Arrested Development

    ActorMichael Cera

  • Kirk Gleason18
    12
    5

    Kirk Gleason

    Gilmore Girls

    ActorSean Gunn

  • Detective Amy Santiago19
    13
    8

    Detective Amy Santiago

    Brooklyn Nine-Nine

    ActorMelissa Fumero

  • Xander Harris20
    10
    4

    Xander Harris

    Buffy the Vampire Slayer

    ActorNicholas Brendon

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  • Larry David21
    14
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    Larry David

    Curb Your Enthusiasm, The Paul Reiser Show

    ActorLarry David

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  • Ralph Wiggum22
    9
    4

    Ralph Wiggum

    The Simpsons

    ActorNancy Cartwright

  • Hannah Horvath23

    ActorLena Dunham

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  • Bill Haverchuck24
    8
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    Bill Haverchuck

    Freaks and Geeks

    ActorMartin Starr

  • Nick Miller25
    11
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    Nick Miller

    New Girl

    ActorJake M. Johnson

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