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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 Summers Buffy the Vampire Slayer

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2
281 161
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
342 134
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
291 162
Will Smith is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Misunderstood Teens in TV History
Will Smith The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air

5
265 142
Steven Hyde is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Misunderstood Teens in TV History
Alaina Hillman added Steven Hyde That '70s Show

6
264 144
Darlene Conner is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Misunderstood Teens in TV History
Darlene Conner Roseanne

7
204 134
Alex Russo is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Misunderstood Teens in TV History
Alex Russo Wizards of Waverly Place

8
215 166
Fez is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Misunderstood Teens in TV History
Fez That '70s Show

9
190 184
Jan Brady is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Misunderstood Teens in TV History
Jan Brady The Brady Bunch, The Brady Bunch Hour

10
214 172
Meg Griffin is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Misunderstood Teens in TV History
Meg Griffin The Cleveland Show, Family Guy

11
178 135
Clark Kent is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Misunderstood Teens in TV History
Clark Kent Smallville

12
180 145
Angela Chase is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Misunderstood Teens in TV History
Angela Chase My So-Called Life

13
220 138
Cory Matthews is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Misunderstood Teens in TV History
Cory Matthews Girl Meets World, Boy Meets World

14
177 146
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

15
146 126
Dylan McKay is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Misunderstood Teens in TV History
Dylan McKay Beverly Hills, 90210

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176 115
Pacey Witter is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Misunderstood Teens in TV History
Pacey Witter Dawson's Creek

17
144 84
Jess Mariano is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Misunderstood Teens in TV History
JVall14 added Jess Mariano Gilmore Girls

18
138 129
Zack Morris is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Misunderstood Teens in TV History
Zack Morris Saved by the Bell

19
147 142
Sansa Stark is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Misunderstood Teens in TV History
Sansa Stark Game of Thrones

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173 175
Bud Bundy is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Misunderstood Teens in TV History
Bud Bundy Married... with Children

21
137 133
Doogie Howser is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Misunderstood Teens in TV History
Doogie Howser Doogie Howser, M.D.

22
192 152
Carlton Banks is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Misunderstood Teens in TV History
Carlton Banks The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air

23
138 118
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
64 40
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
123 115
Raven Baxter is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Misunderstood Teens in TV History
Alaina Hillman added Raven Baxter That's So Raven

26
105 143
Miley Stewart is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest Misunderstood Teens in TV History
Miley Stewart Hannah Montana

27
122 126
Blossom Russo is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest Misunderstood Teens in TV History
Blossom Russo Blossom

28
90 142
Theo Huxtable is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest Misunderstood Teens in TV History
Theo Huxtable The Cosby Show

29
114 129
Kurt Hummel is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest Misunderstood Teens in TV History

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30
105 117
Ryan Atwood is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest Misunderstood Teens in TV History
Ryan Atwood The O.C.

31
79 125
Joey Russo is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest Misunderstood Teens in TV History
Joey Russo Blossom

32
73 73
Jordan Catalano is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest Misunderstood Teens in TV History
zoe-krainik added Jordan Catalano My So-Called Life

33
81 139
Mallory Keaton is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest Misunderstood Teens in TV History
Mallory Keaton Family Ties

34
109 131
Tate Langdon is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest Misunderstood Teens in TV History
Tate Langdon American Horror Story

35
104 126
Brenda Walsh is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest Misunderstood Teens in TV History
Brenda Walsh 90210

36
100 122
Lindsay Weir is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest Misunderstood Teens in TV History
Lindsay Weir Freaks and Geeks

37
102 132
Serena van der Woodsen is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest Misunderstood Teens in TV History

38
57 110
Max Braverman is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest Misunderstood Teens in TV History
Max Braverman Parenthood

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72 143
Vanessa Huxtable is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest Misunderstood Teens in TV History
Vanessa Huxtable The Cosby Show

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80 109
Scott McCall is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest Misunderstood Teens in TV History
Scott McCall Teen Wolf

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48 61
Clarke Griffin is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest Misunderstood Teens in TV History
ceset added Clarke Griffin The 100

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15 13
Jughead Jones is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest Misunderstood Teens in TV History
Luke Albright added Jughead Jones Archie's Weird Mysteries - Riverdale

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69 104
Enrique Vasquez is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest Misunderstood Teens in TV History
Enrique Vasquez My So-Called Life

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74 112
Becky Conner-Healy is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest Misunderstood Teens in TV History

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34 46
Samuel
Tom Weiss added Samuel "Screech" Powers Saved by the Bell: The College Years, Good Morning, Miss Bliss

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62 97
Joanne Jo Polniaczek is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest Misunderstood Teens in TV History
Joanne Jo Polniaczek The Facts of Life

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70 112
Laura Palmer is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest Misunderstood Teens in TV History
Laura Palmer Twin Peaks

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8 14
cheryl blossom is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest Misunderstood Teens in TV History
Luke Albright added cheryl blossom riverdale

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20 34
Octavia Black is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest Misunderstood Teens in TV History
Rose Beattie added Octavia Black The 100