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List Rules Vote up the most memorable television characters who suffer from chronic teen angst.

Being a teenager is hard. No one knows that better than the greatest misunderstood teenagers in TV history. These teens have suffered unnatural – or sometimes supernatural – trials and tribulations, all in the name of prime-time entertainment. From the angsty Angela Chase (My So-Called Life) to the zany Zack Morris (Saved By the Bell), those on the list of the best misunderstood TV teens are left to wonder why grown-ups just don’t get it.
 

Sibling rivalry plays a large part in the lives of the greatest misunderstood teens on TV. While Jan Brady (The Brady Bunch) and Vanessa Huxtable (The Cosby Show) often lament the parental favor their older siblings receive, Anthony Soprano, Jr. (The Sopranos) and Silas Botwin (Weeds) turn to substance abuse to ease their feelings of inferiority. 
 

Being one of the best misunderstood TV teens is a fraught enough experience as a human character, but extraterrestrial teens face a whole different set of problems. Space-travelers like Tommy Solomon (3rd Rock From the Sun) and Clark Kent (Smallville) must navigate the treacherous waters of high school while minding the complex missions for which they were sent to Earth.
 

Finally, some of the greatest misunderstood teens in TV history have to contend with an altogether different dimension. The undead plague our heroine Buffy Summers (Buffy the Vampire Slayer); White Walkers lurk in the North kingdom, where Sansa Stark just wants some peace to train her direwolf (Game of Thrones); even the Big Guy upstairs bugs a savvy teen once in awhile (Joan Girardi, Joan of Arcadia).

Who else bravely bears the indignities of being the most misunderstood TV teens?

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567 125
Buffy Summers is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Misunderstood Teens in TV History
Buffy Summers Buffy the Vampire Slayer

2
300 174
Daria Morgendorffer is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Misunderstood Teens in TV History
Daria Morgendorffer Daria, Beavis and Butt-head

3
363 148
Sabrina Spellman is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Misunderstood Teens in TV History
Sabrina Spellman Sabrina Goes to Rome, Sabrina, Down Under

4
287 150
Steven Hyde is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Misunderstood Teens in TV History
Alaina Hillman added Steven Hyde That '70s Show

5
309 175
Will Smith is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Misunderstood Teens in TV History
Will Smith The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air

6
280 154
Darlene Conner is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Misunderstood Teens in TV History
Darlene Conner Roseanne

7
224 147
Alex Russo is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Misunderstood Teens in TV History
Alex Russo Wizards of Waverly Place

8
228 177
Fez is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Misunderstood Teens in TV History
Fez That '70s Show

9
239 143
Cory Matthews is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Misunderstood Teens in TV History
Cory Matthews Girl Meets World, Boy Meets World

10
198 197
Jan Brady is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Misunderstood Teens in TV History
Jan Brady The Brady Bunch, The Brady Bunch Hour

11
223 183
Meg Griffin is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Misunderstood Teens in TV History
Meg Griffin The Cleveland Show, Family Guy

12
189 150
Angela Chase is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Misunderstood Teens in TV History
Angela Chase My So-Called Life

13
186 145
Clark Kent is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Misunderstood Teens in TV History
Clark Kent Smallville

14
190 154
D.J. Tanner is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Misunderstood Teens in TV History
D.J. Tanner Full House, Guest Star Day

The Most Insufferable Teenage Daughters Currently on TV

15
165 86
Jess Mariano is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Misunderstood Teens in TV History
JVall14 added Jess Mariano Gilmore Girls

16
157 130
Dylan McKay is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Misunderstood Teens in TV History
Dylan McKay Beverly Hills, 90210

17
169 144
Sansa Stark is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Misunderstood Teens in TV History
Sansa Stark Game of Thrones

18
190 119
Pacey Witter is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Misunderstood Teens in TV History
Pacey Witter Dawson's Creek

19
147 131
Zack Morris is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Misunderstood Teens in TV History
Zack Morris Saved by the Bell

20
148 135
Doogie Howser is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Misunderstood Teens in TV History
Doogie Howser Doogie Howser, M.D.

21
204 154
Carlton Banks is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Misunderstood Teens in TV History
Carlton Banks The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air

The Best Princess Movies

22
177 184
Bud Bundy is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Misunderstood Teens in TV History
Bud Bundy Married... with Children

23
151 120
Tommy Solomon is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Misunderstood Teens in TV History
Tommy Solomon 3rd Rock from the Sun

24
75 47
Steve Urkel is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Misunderstood Teens in TV History
Tom Weiss added Steve Urkel Family Matters

25
117 152
Miley Stewart is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Misunderstood Teens in TV History
Miley Stewart Hannah Montana

26
133 129
Blossom Russo is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest Misunderstood Teens in TV History
Blossom Russo Blossom

27
133 124
Raven Baxter is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest Misunderstood Teens in TV History
Alaina Hillman added Raven Baxter That's So Raven

28
118 121
Ryan Atwood is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest Misunderstood Teens in TV History
Ryan Atwood The O.C.

The Creepiest Characters in TV History

29
89 127
Joey Russo is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest Misunderstood Teens in TV History
Joey Russo Blossom

30
80 76
Jordan Catalano is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest Misunderstood Teens in TV History
zoe-krainik added Jordan Catalano My So-Called Life

31
119 135
Tate Langdon is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest Misunderstood Teens in TV History
Tate Langdon American Horror Story

32
118 136
Kurt Hummel is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest Misunderstood Teens in TV History

33
94 151
Theo Huxtable is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest Misunderstood Teens in TV History
Theo Huxtable The Cosby Show

34
88 145
Mallory Keaton is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest Misunderstood Teens in TV History
Mallory Keaton Family Ties

35
107 126
Lindsay Weir is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest Misunderstood Teens in TV History
Lindsay Weir Freaks and Geeks

The Funniest Business Names in The Simpsons

36
109 131
Brenda Walsh is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest Misunderstood Teens in TV History
Brenda Walsh 90210

37
111 135
Serena van der Woodsen is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest Misunderstood Teens in TV History

38
62 113
Max Braverman is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest Misunderstood Teens in TV History
Max Braverman Parenthood

39
91 114
Scott McCall is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest Misunderstood Teens in TV History
Scott McCall Teen Wolf

40
23 17
Jughead Jones is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest Misunderstood Teens in TV History
Luke Albright added Jughead Jones Archie's Weird Mysteries - Riverdale

41
54 64
Clarke Griffin is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest Misunderstood Teens in TV History
ceset added Clarke Griffin The 100

42
75 149
Vanessa Huxtable is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest Misunderstood Teens in TV History
Vanessa Huxtable The Cosby Show

The Greatest Perpetually Single Women in TV History

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30 36
Octavia Black is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest Misunderstood Teens in TV History
Rose Beattie added Octavia Black The 100

44
73 106
Enrique Vasquez is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest Misunderstood Teens in TV History
Enrique Vasquez My So-Called Life

45
79 116
Becky Conner-Healy is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest Misunderstood Teens in TV History

46
8 7
Violet Harmon is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest Misunderstood Teens in TV History
Violet Harmon American Horror Story

47
66 99
Joanne Jo Polniaczek is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest Misunderstood Teens in TV History
Joanne Jo Polniaczek The Facts of Life

48
37 51
Samuel
Tom Weiss added Samuel "Screech" Powers Saved by the Bell: The College Years, Good Morning, Miss Bliss

49
72 117
Laura Palmer is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest Misunderstood Teens in TV History
Laura Palmer Twin Peaks

50
9 14
River Tam is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest Misunderstood Teens in TV History
Luke Albright added River Tam Firefly