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The Greatest Misunderstood Teens in TV History

List RulesVote 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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  • 1
    502
    118
    Buffy the Vampire Slayer
  • 2
    289
    156

    Will Smith

    The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air
  • 3
    240
    138

    Darlene Conner

    Roseanne
  • 4
    211
    139
    Girl Meets World, Boy Meets World
  • 5
    179
    125

    Sansa Stark

    Game of Thrones
  • 6
    179
    133

    Clark Kent

    Smallville
  • 7
    260
    159
    Daria, Beavis and Butt-head
  • 8
    166
    129
    The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air
  • 9
    319
    134

    Sabrina Spellman

    Sabrina Goes to Rome, Sabrina
  • 10
    160
    137
    My So-Called Life
  • 11
    194
    168

    Meg Griffin

    The Cleveland Show, Family Guy
  • 12
    262
    147
    Alaina Hillman added

    Steven Hyde

    That '70s Show
  • 13
    178
    115

    Pacey Witter

    Dawson's Creek
  • 14
    127
    117

    Zachary 'Zack' Morris

    Saved by the Bell
  • 15
    229
    141

    Alex Russo

    Wizards of Waverly Place
  • 16
    206
    102
    JVall14 added

    Jess Mariano

    Gilmore Girls
  • 17
    131
    105

    Tommy Solomon

    3rd Rock from the Sun
  • 18
    80
    59
    Tom Weiss added

    Steve Urkel

    Family Matters
  • 19
    159
    169

    Jan Brady

    The Brady Bunch, The Brady Bunch Hour
  • 20
    143
    123
    Beverly Hills, 90210
  • 21
    197
    162

    Fez

    That '70s Show
  • 22
    177
    138

    D.J. Tanner

    Full House, Guest Star Day
  • 23
    28
    15
    lampshade added

    Shawn Hunter

    Girl Meets World, Boy Meets World
  • 24
    137
    152

    Bud Bundy

    Married... with Children
  • 25
    72
    72
    ceset added

    Clarke Griffin

    The 100