Teens 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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592 136
Buffy Summers is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Misunderstood Teens in TV History
Buffy the Vampire Slayer

2
314 188
Daria Morgendorffer is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Misunderstood Teens in TV History
Daria, Beavis and Butt-head

3
305 159
Steven Hyde is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Misunderstood Teens in TV History
Alaina Hillman added That '70s Show

4
381 160
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
333 185
Will Smith is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Misunderstood Teens in TV History
The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air

6
296 162
Darlene Conner is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Misunderstood Teens in TV History
Roseanne

7
249 157
Alex Russo is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Misunderstood Teens in TV History
Wizards of Waverly Place

8
239 185
Fez is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Misunderstood Teens in TV History
That '70s Show

9
253 153
Cory Matthews is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Misunderstood Teens in TV History
Girl Meets World, Boy Meets World

10
207 161
D.J. Tanner is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Misunderstood Teens in TV History
Full House, Guest Star Day

11
187 94
Jess Mariano is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Misunderstood Teens in TV History
JVall14 added Gilmore Girls

12
197 155
Clark Kent is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Misunderstood Teens in TV History
Smallville

13
197 158
Angela Chase is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Misunderstood Teens in TV History
My So-Called Life

14
233 194
Meg Griffin is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Misunderstood Teens in TV History
The Cleveland Show, Family Guy

15
203 209
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
166 135
Dylan McKay is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Misunderstood Teens in TV History
Beverly Hills, 90210

17
199 124
Pacey Witter is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Misunderstood Teens in TV History
Dawson's Creek

18
177 152
Sansa Stark is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Misunderstood Teens in TV History
Game of Thrones

19
153 138
Zachary 'Zack' Morris is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Misunderstood Teens in TV History
Saved by the Bell

20
155 142
Doogie Howser is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Misunderstood Teens in TV History
Doogie Howser, M.D.

21
210 160
Carlton Banks is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Misunderstood Teens in TV History
The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air

22
183 189
Bud Bundy is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Misunderstood Teens in TV History
Married... with Children

23
160 124
Tommy Solomon is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Misunderstood Teens in TV History
3rd Rock from the Sun

24
84 53
Steve Urkel is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Misunderstood Teens in TV History
Tom Weiss added Family Matters

25
128 163
Miley Stewart is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Misunderstood Teens in TV History
Hannah Montana

26
145 133
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
137 134
Blossom Russo is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest Misunderstood Teens in TV History
Blossom

28
125 126
Ryan Atwood is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest Misunderstood Teens in TV History
The O.C.

29
134 138
Tate Langdon is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest Misunderstood Teens in TV History
American Horror Story

30
92 133
Joey Russo is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest Misunderstood Teens in TV History
Blossom

31
127 142
Kurt Hummel is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest Misunderstood Teens in TV History

32
100 157
Theo Huxtable is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest Misunderstood Teens in TV History
The Cosby Show

33
82 80
Jordan Catalano is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest Misunderstood Teens in TV History
zoe-krainik added My So-Called Life

34
93 148
Mallory Keaton is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest Misunderstood Teens in TV History
Family Ties

35
112 130
Lindsay Weir is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest Misunderstood Teens in TV History
Freaks and Geeks

36
34 21
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
118 140
Serena van der Woodsen is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest Misunderstood Teens in TV History

38
114 137
Brenda Walsh is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest Misunderstood Teens in TV History
90210

39
68 116
Max Braverman is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest Misunderstood Teens in TV History
Parenthood

40
61 68
Clarke Griffin is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest Misunderstood Teens in TV History
ceset added Clarke Griffin The 100

41
95 123
Scott McCall is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest Misunderstood Teens in TV History
Teen Wolf

42
37 38
Octavia Black is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest Misunderstood Teens in TV History
Rose Beattie added The 100

43
79 155
Vanessa Huxtable is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest Misunderstood Teens in TV History
The Cosby Show

44
13 10
Violet Harmon is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest Misunderstood Teens in TV History
Violet Harmon American Horror Story

45
73 111
Enrique Vasquez is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest Misunderstood Teens in TV History
My So-Called Life

46
80 122
Becky Conner-Healy is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest Misunderstood Teens in TV History

47
39 56
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Tom Weiss added Saved by the Bell: The College Years, Good Morning, Miss Bliss

48
67 104
Joanne Jo Polniaczek is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest Misunderstood Teens in TV History
The Facts of Life

49
76 122
Laura Palmer is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest Misunderstood Teens in TV History
Twin Peaks

50
1 0
Shawn Hunter is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest Misunderstood Teens in TV History
lampshade added Girl Meets World, Boy Meets World