TV teen queens who broke the mold

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Lindsay Weir: Big sister to Sam, erstwhile mathlete and aspiring freak, nary 1 successful the past of teendom has ever rocked an service overgarment amended than Lindsay Weir. There are plentifulness of reasons to revisit each 18 episodes of Judd Apatow's touchingly comic "Freaks and Geeks," but Linda Cardellini's show arsenic Lindsay is the lone 1 we need.

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Updated 1422 GMT (2222 HKT) August 7, 2021

Lindsay Weir: Big sister to Sam, erstwhile mathlete and aspiring freak, nary 1 successful the past of teendom has ever rocked an service overgarment amended than Lindsay Weir. There are plentifulness of reasons to revisit each 18 episodes of Judd Apatow's touchingly comic "Freaks and Geeks," but Linda Cardellini's show arsenic Lindsay is the lone 1 we need.

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From gossip girls to mean girls, teenage girls aren't ever portrayed successful a affirmative (or accurate) light. But present are 10 teen TV characters who got it right.

Elena Alvarez: On "One Day astatine a Time," Elena (Isabella Gomez) is each parent's imagination -- she's smart, informed, unapologetically herself and lovably nerdy. Yes, she whitethorn extremity up lecturing you astir your recycling oregon the patriarchy astatine dinner, but it comes from a bully place. She believes successful lifting up the marginalized, giving dependable to the voiceless and, supra all, doing what she feels is the close happening successful her heart. If this isn't idiosyncratic worthy looking up to, who is?

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Daria Morgendorffer:
In "Daria," this monotone teen (Tracy Grandstaff) delivered information bombs similar she was a scuba diver and they were her lone root of air. In galore ways, though, Daria's singular mode of seeing the satellite was a root of beingness for those surrounded by much Quinns and Brittanys than Janes and Darias. The quality kept abstraction for a full procreation of girls who didn't privation to beryllium similar idiosyncratic else; they conscionable wanted to be. In her words: "I'm not miserable. I'm conscionable not similar them."

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Denise Huxtable:
Free spirited, fashionable, fiercely autarkic and a small eccentric, Lisa Bonet arsenic Denise Huxtable successful "The Cosby Show" and Season 1 of "A Different World" showed a procreation of teen girls however to march to the bushed of their ain drums with confidence.

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Andi Mack: In a saccharine coming-of-age bid from the creator of "Lizzie McGuire," Andi (played by Peyton Elizabeth Lee) learns arsenic a 13-year-old that her ace chill older sister is really her mom. We emotion Andi due to the fact that she's smart, a small awkward (as actual teens should be) and highly relatable. "Andi Mack," which wrapped successful 2019, tackled pugnacious topics with respect for its young assemblage and broke caller crushed by introducing Disney Channel's archetypal openingly cheery quality successful Andi's friend, Cyrus.

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Buffy Summers: In "Buffy the Vampire Slayer," Buffy (Sarah Michelle Gellar) saved the world...a lot. Watching her juggle precise not-normal teen problems with schoolhouse and survey dates created a satellite that, though heightened, allowed a young woman's vulnerabilities to co-exist with her strength. She was a relation exemplary whose struggles made her stronger, not weaker. In different words, Buffy was slaying and "slaying" agelong earlier it was cool.

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Moesha Mitchell: Like astir teens, Moesha (played by Brandy Norwood) is trying to find her spot successful the world. But with a boldness to talk her information and basal up for what she believes in, Moesha has courageousness and spot beyond her years. "Moesha," which ran from 1996 -2001, explores immoderate of life's toughest challenges with a batch of bosom and conscionable capable humor.

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Joey Potter: It could beryllium argued that teens don't truly talk successful the densely-packed monologues "Dawson's Creek" became known for, but erstwhile you are Joey Potter (Katie Holmes) and you mislaid your parent to crab astatine property 13, and your begetter is successful and retired of situation for cause trafficking, and you're successful changeless struggle sorting retired the emotion you person for your fellow and your puerility champion friend/soulmate, good you person lived successful your young beingness and there's a batch of angsty interior dialog bursting to beryllium shared. (Insert dense sigh.) Joey and Dawson (or Pacey) forever.

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Angela Chase: Played beautifully by Claire Danes, Angela is doing the work of being a precocious schoolhouse sophomore, navigating fraught friendships, household relationships, archetypal crushes and hairsbreadth color. Another large amusement that lone ran for 1 season, "My So Called Life" -- Angela successful peculiar -- is an close and delicate depiction of this often uncomfortable signifier of life.

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Veronica Mars: This teen detective (Kristen Bell) is witty, clever and a full batch of amusive to bent retired with. Aided by the sometimes acheronian code of the show, Veronica is simply a teen with layers and an antidote to the one-note Queen Bees that truthful often popular up connected teen shows.

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