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The Middle

The MiddleNetwork: ABC
Episodes: Ongoing (half-hour)
Seasons: Ongoing

TV show dates: September 30, 2009 — present
Series status: Has not been cancelled

Performers include: Patricia Heaton, Neil Flynn, Charlie McDermott, Eden Sher, Atticus Shaffer, Chris Kattan, Peter Breitmayer, and Brian Doyle-Murray.

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TV show description:
Living in the small town of Orson, Indiana (the “middle” of the country), Frankie Heck (Patricia Heaton) is a supermom. She’s kept busy wrangling three quirky kids, trying to keep her husband on track and working to sell cars for a local dealership. Unfortunately, she doesn’t do any of the jobs in a way that makes her very proud.

At work, she’s the third best salesperson but there’s only three salespeople and she consistently fails to make a sale. Her grumpy boss, Mr. Ehlert (Brian Doyle-Murray), is constantly threatening to fire her. Her friend and number two salesman, Bob (Chris Kattan), isn’t much better off and helps Frankie out where he can.

Mike Heck (Neil Flynn) is Frankie’s husband and works as a quarry manager. He doesn’t have a very orthodox parenting style, isn’t a very sensitive husband, and is known for being brutally honest. He loves Frankie though and together, they do their best to get through life.

Axl Heck (Charlie McDermott) is the oldest of the two Heck boys and was conceived during his parents’ Guns ‘n Roses period. He’s a typical teenage boy who’s sullen, eats the family out of house and home, and also has a penchant for walking around in his underwear. When his parents want to punish Axl, they wish that he had something cool like a car, TV, or cell phone that they could take away from him.

Sue Heck (Eden Sher) is the Hecks’ teenage daughter. As the middle child, she seems to be suffering from Jan Brady syndrome and doesn’t seem to be able to find her niche. Sue fails at everything she tries with great gusto. She never gives up but her parents kind of wish she would.

Brick Heck (Atticus Shaffer) is the youngest son and is known for his odd behavior. His best friend is his backpack and he whispers to himself for comfort. He loves to read and is likely the most intelligent Heck in the family.


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Unknown March 27, 2015 at 3:18 am

Its a cheap lame knock off of Malcolm in the middle. The mom should be the ideal mom. She shouldn’t be a pansy. She should be the discipliner. It should be more like Malcolm in the middle.


RJ March 18, 2015 at 7:48 pm

I agree w/all the POSITIVE comments re this show. It’s quite possibly the ONLY remaining sitcom not saturated w/sexual content!
For those shows to be the ones that are more well-received, what does that say of human society? Embarrassing really!! Please don’t compromise on wholesome values,…long live The Middle (great, clean-conscience entertainment)!!!


v March 18, 2015 at 7:46 pm

I love “The Middle”!! It has just enough reality to make it funny to me. They seem like a real family that includes both sides…pretty cool for today. Keep up the good work.


RJ March 18, 2015 at 7:27 pm

I have to agree w/all the POSITIVE comments re this show. This may be the ONLY remaining show that doesn’t disgust those of us that don’t appreciate sitcoms saturated w/sexual content. Seriously, if those shows are well-received what does that say about human society? Embarrassing really!


Chris March 13, 2015 at 10:45 am

Like most other sitcom The Middle sucks. The family is unrealistic, and every member of the family is annoying. The fact that a single person can find this **** good makes me worried about humanity.


Poni February 5, 2015 at 3:37 pm

Our entire family are fans of this show. We laugh so hard because we can identify with the struggles and reality of it. It really touches home about a normal family caught up in all the real life issues. It is great to be able to laugh at this and know that is just like our family. After each show we call up each other to laugh. Oh how Sue and Axel are so like members of our family and yes, I can even be Frankie. I really get disappointed that they always seem to get passed up for awards because they really deserve them to be acknowledged.


Anonymous July 19, 2014 at 7:52 pm

The show sucks, its a rip off from malcom in the middle, but that show was better, the kids suck and bad actors . patricia acts the same from everybody loves Raymond. Too corny and lame. People that like the show must really have no friends


Jack May 28, 2014 at 11:33 pm

I think “The Middle” is THE best family sit-com in the history of TV. It’s funny, innovative, supports great values, and is encouraging. The acting is terrific and everyone in the cast and crew should be very proud of their product.


Scoutyyy May 5, 2014 at 11:02 pm

The Middle is seriously one of the best tv shows running. It is consistently
hysterical – the actors are fabulous. It has something for all ages, believable scenarios with a twist for teens and reality for parents who can relate to living paycheck to paycheck and laugh about it the insaneness . The humor has a bite that intelligent peeps would appreciate as well. Sue is one of the best TV characters ever written and we are so glad Eden Sher can do both this and VEEP without having to choose.We all love, love this show – don’t ever cancel!


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