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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

The Most Insufferable Teenage Daughters Currently on TV The Best Ecchi Anime of All Time

2
244 146
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
304 120
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
234 122
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
260 144
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
232 127
Darlene Conner is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Misunderstood Teens in TV History
Darlene Conner Roseanne

7
173 117
Alex Russo is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Misunderstood Teens in TV History
Alex Russo Wizards of Waverly Place

8
189 149
Fez is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Misunderstood Teens in TV History
Fez That '70s Show

9
166 131
Angela Chase is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Misunderstood Teens in TV History
Angela Chase My So-Called Life

10
155 119
Clark Kent is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Misunderstood Teens in TV History
Clark Kent Smallville

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169 169
Jan Brady is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Misunderstood Teens in TV History
Jan Brady The Brady Bunch, The Brady Bunch Hour

12
188 155
Meg Griffin is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Misunderstood Teens in TV History
Meg Griffin The Cleveland Show, Family Guy

13
192 125
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
151 133
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

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128 114
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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150 105
Pacey Witter is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Misunderstood Teens in TV History
Pacey Witter Dawson's Creek

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125 117
Doogie Howser is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Misunderstood Teens in TV History
Doogie Howser Doogie Howser, M.D.

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128 123
Sansa Stark is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Misunderstood Teens in TV History
Sansa Stark Game of Thrones

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115 70
Jess Mariano is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Misunderstood Teens in TV History
JVall14 added Jess Mariano Gilmore Girls

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175 138
Carlton Banks is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Misunderstood Teens in TV History
Carlton Banks The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air

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120 117
Zachary 'Zack' Morris is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Misunderstood Teens in TV History
Zachary 'Zack' Morris Saved by the Bell

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156 163
Bud Bundy is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Misunderstood Teens in TV History
Bud Bundy Married... with Children

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123 105
Tommy Solomon is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Misunderstood Teens in TV History
Tommy Solomon 3rd Rock from the Sun

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110 109
Blossom Russo is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Misunderstood Teens in TV History
Blossom Russo Blossom

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105 99
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

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113 119
Violet Harmon is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest Misunderstood Teens in TV History
Violet Harmon American Horror Story

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88 125
Miley Stewart is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest Misunderstood Teens in TV History
Miley Stewart Hannah Montana

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63 55
Jordan Catalano is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest Misunderstood Teens in TV History
zoe-krainik added Jordan Catalano My So-Called Life

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42 29
Steve Urkel is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest Misunderstood Teens in TV History
Tom Weiss added Steve Urkel Family Matters

The Greatest Perpetually Single Women in TV History Fun Jobs That Pay Well

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71 105
Joey Russo is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest Misunderstood Teens in TV History
Joey Russo Blossom

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80 125
Theo Huxtable is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest Misunderstood Teens in TV History
Theo Huxtable The Cosby Show

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90 103
Ryan Atwood is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest Misunderstood Teens in TV History
Ryan Atwood The O.C.

33
98 116
Kurt Hummel is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest Misunderstood Teens in TV History

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74 121
Mallory Keaton is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest Misunderstood Teens in TV History
Mallory Keaton Family Ties

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93 111
Brenda Walsh is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest Misunderstood Teens in TV History
Brenda Walsh 90210

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94 113
Tate Langdon is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest Misunderstood Teens in TV History
Tate Langdon American Horror Story

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86 112
Lindsay Weir is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest Misunderstood Teens in TV History
Lindsay Weir Freaks and Geeks

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49 96
Max Braverman is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest Misunderstood Teens in TV History
Max Braverman Parenthood

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42 49
Clarke Griffin is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest Misunderstood Teens in TV History
ceset added Clarke Griffin The 100

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64 126
Vanessa Huxtable is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest Misunderstood Teens in TV History
Vanessa Huxtable The Cosby Show

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70 96
Scott McCall is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest Misunderstood Teens in TV History
Scott McCall Teen Wolf

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83 120
Serena van der Woodsen is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest Misunderstood Teens in TV History

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62 89
Enrique Vasquez is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest Misunderstood Teens in TV History
Enrique Vasquez My So-Called Life

The Most Beloved Grumps in TV History The Best Pudding Brands

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57 82
Joanne Jo Polniaczek is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest Misunderstood Teens in TV History
Joanne Jo Polniaczek The Facts of Life

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67 98
Becky Conner-Healy is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest Misunderstood Teens in TV History

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56 85
Dana Foster is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest Misunderstood Teens in TV History
Dana Foster Step by Step

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16 20
Octavia Black is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest Misunderstood Teens in TV History
Rose Beattie added Octavia Black The 100

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62 99
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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1 0
Jughead Jones is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest Misunderstood Teens in TV History
Luke Albright added Jughead Jones Archie's Weird Mysteries - Riverdale

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22 34
Samuel
Tom Weiss added Samuel "Screech" Powers Saved by the Bell: The College Years, Good Morning, Miss Bliss