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The Greatest Misunderstood Teens in TV History 

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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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Buffy Summers is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Misunderstood Teens in TV History
Buffy the Vampire Slayer
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Will Smith is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Misunderstood Teens in TV History
The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air
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Darlene Conner is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Misunderstood Teens in TV History
Darlene Conner Roseanne
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Cory Matthews is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Misunderstood Teens in TV History
Girl Meets World, Boy Meets World
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Daria Morgendorffer is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Misunderstood Teens in TV History
Daria, Beavis and Butt-head
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Sansa Stark is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Misunderstood Teens in TV History
Game of Thrones
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Meg Griffin is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Misunderstood Teens in TV History
The Cleveland Show, Family Guy
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Carlton Banks is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Misunderstood Teens in TV History
The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air
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Clark Kent is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Misunderstood Teens in TV History
Smallville
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Angela Chase is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Misunderstood Teens in TV History
My So-Called Life
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Sabrina Spellman is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Misunderstood Teens in TV History
Sabrina Goes to Rome, Sabrina, Down Under
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Jan Brady is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Misunderstood Teens in TV History
The Brady Bunch, The Brady Bunch Hour
13
Steven Hyde is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Misunderstood Teens in TV History
Alaina Hillman added That '70s Show
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Alex Russo is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Misunderstood Teens in TV History
Alex Russo Wizards of Waverly Place
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Zachary 'Zack' Morris is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Misunderstood Teens in TV History
Saved by the Bell
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Pacey Witter is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Misunderstood Teens in TV History
Dawson's Creek
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Tommy Solomon is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Misunderstood Teens in TV History
3rd Rock from the Sun
18
Dylan McKay is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Misunderstood Teens in TV History
Beverly Hills, 90210
19
Fez is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Misunderstood Teens in TV History
That '70s Show
20
Bud Bundy is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Misunderstood Teens in TV History
Married... with Children
21
Doogie Howser is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Misunderstood Teens in TV History
Doogie Howser, M.D.
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D.J. Tanner is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Misunderstood Teens in TV History
D.J. Tanner Full House, Guest Star Day
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Jess Mariano is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Misunderstood Teens in TV History
JVall14 added Jess Mariano Gilmore Girls
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Steve Urkel is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Misunderstood Teens in TV History
Tom Weiss added Family Matters
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Blossom Russo is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Misunderstood Teens in TV History
Blossom Russo Blossom