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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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596 138
Buffy Summers is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Misunderstood Teens in TV History
Buffy the Vampire Slayer

2
319 190
Daria Morgendorffer is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Misunderstood Teens in TV History
Daria, Beavis and Butt-head

3
309 162
Steven Hyde is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Misunderstood Teens in TV History
Alaina Hillman added That '70s Show

4
385 162
Sabrina Spellman is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Misunderstood Teens in TV History
Sabrina Goes to Rome, Sabrina, Down Under

5
337 188
Will Smith is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Misunderstood Teens in TV History
The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air

6
298 165
Darlene Conner is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Misunderstood Teens in TV History
Roseanne

7
255 160
Alex Russo is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Misunderstood Teens in TV History
Wizards of Waverly Place

8
243 186
Fez is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Misunderstood Teens in TV History
That '70s Show

9
258 154
Cory Matthews is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Misunderstood Teens in TV History
Girl Meets World, Boy Meets World

10
238 197
Meg Griffin is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Misunderstood Teens in TV History
The Cleveland Show, Family Guy

11
191 98
Jess Mariano is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Misunderstood Teens in TV History
JVall14 added Gilmore Girls

12
210 165
D.J. Tanner is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Misunderstood Teens in TV History
Full House, Guest Star Day

13
200 162
Angela Chase is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Misunderstood Teens in TV History
My So-Called Life

14
198 159
Clark Kent is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Misunderstood Teens in TV History
Smallville

15
204 213
Jan Brady is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Misunderstood Teens in TV History
The Brady Bunch, The Brady Bunch Hour

16
169 139
Dylan McKay is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Misunderstood Teens in TV History
Beverly Hills, 90210

17
203 127
Pacey Witter is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Misunderstood Teens in TV History
Dawson's Creek

18
180 155
Sansa Stark is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Misunderstood Teens in TV History
Game of Thrones

19
156 139
Zachary 'Zack' Morris is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Misunderstood Teens in TV History
Saved by the Bell

20
156 145
Doogie Howser is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Misunderstood Teens in TV History
Doogie Howser, M.D.

21
211 164
Carlton Banks is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Misunderstood Teens in TV History
The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air

22
186 190
Bud Bundy is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Misunderstood Teens in TV History
Married... with Children

23
161 126
Tommy Solomon is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Misunderstood Teens in TV History
3rd Rock from the Sun

24
86 55
Steve Urkel is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Misunderstood Teens in TV History
Tom Weiss added Family Matters

25
131 165
Miley Stewart is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Misunderstood Teens in TV History
Hannah Montana

26
146 137
Raven Baxter is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest Misunderstood Teens in TV History
Alaina Hillman added That's So Raven

27
137 138
Blossom Russo is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest Misunderstood Teens in TV History
Blossom

28
138 140
Tate Langdon is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest Misunderstood Teens in TV History
American Horror Story

29
129 129
Ryan Atwood is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest Misunderstood Teens in TV History
The O.C.

30
92 137
Joey Russo is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest Misunderstood Teens in TV History
Blossom

31
83 82
Jordan Catalano is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest Misunderstood Teens in TV History
zoe-krainik added My So-Called Life

32
127 147
Kurt Hummel is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest Misunderstood Teens in TV History

33
100 161
Theo Huxtable is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest Misunderstood Teens in TV History
The Cosby Show

34
113 132
Lindsay Weir is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest Misunderstood Teens in TV History
Freaks and Geeks

35
93 151
Mallory Keaton is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest Misunderstood Teens in TV History
Family Ties

36
37 25
Jughead Jones is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest Misunderstood Teens in TV History
Luke Albright added Archie's Weird Mysteries -

Riverdale

37
120 144
Serena van der Woodsen is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest Misunderstood Teens in TV History

38
69 118
Max Braverman is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest Misunderstood Teens in TV History
Parenthood

39
114 141
Brenda Walsh is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest Misunderstood Teens in TV History
90210

40
61 71
Clarke Griffin is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest Misunderstood Teens in TV History
ceset added Clarke Griffin The 100

41
96 127
Scott McCall is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest Misunderstood Teens in TV History
Teen Wolf

42
38 41
Octavia Black is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest Misunderstood Teens in TV History
Rose Beattie added The 100

43
79 159
Vanessa Huxtable is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest Misunderstood Teens in TV History
The Cosby Show

44
14 13
Violet Harmon is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest Misunderstood Teens in TV History
Violet Harmon American Horror Story

45
73 114
Enrique Vasquez is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest Misunderstood Teens in TV History
My So-Called Life

46
80 125
Becky Conner-Healy is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest Misunderstood Teens in TV History

47
40 58
Samuel
Tom Weiss added Saved by the Bell: The College Years, Good Morning, Miss Bliss

48
4 1
Shawn Hunter is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest Misunderstood Teens in TV History
lampshade added Girl Meets World, Boy Meets World

49
17 22
Axl Heck is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest Misunderstood Teens in TV History
Luke Albright added The Middle

50
67 107
Joanne Jo Polniaczek is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest Misunderstood Teens in TV History
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