The Middle : Season 1

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  • Series Premiere Date: Sep 30, 2009
Season #: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8
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7.6

Generally favorable reviews- based on 159 Ratings

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 18 out of 25
  2. Negative: 0 out of 25
  1. Reviewed by: Verne Gay
    100
    The writers have great ears for "real" dialogue, and, in fact, not a single line here feels like a dead ball. The characters, too, arrive fully formed and believable. First impressions are absolutely vital in TV, and The Middle makes an excellent one.
  2. A lively show with no canned laughter, where love has no chance to conquer all the family deficiencies but does make them not only bearable, but fun.
  3. This one has more heart and is a better fit with its primetime neighbors.
  4. It’s a solid meat-and-potatoes family comedy; next to "Hank," it’s the next "Malcolm in the Middle."
  5. 70
    I am not yet ready to say The Middle is a great sitcom, but it sure seems in synch with the mood of middle America today.
  6. 60
    It's hard to know where The Middle will go after tonight's decent pilot. And that's part of the sitcom's promise, that it has the potential to blossom into a sweet if small celebration of a family of oddballs living distinctly unhip lives.
  7. The Middle feels like a sitcom version of standup comedy. "Three guys and two girls walk into Indiana..."It's not offensive. Just superfluous.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 45 out of 63
  2. Negative: 13 out of 63
  1. Mar 11, 2011
    10
    This show is great. It is always funny. The cast has great chemistry. They are just a working family with three very different kids. They areThis show is great. It is always funny. The cast has great chemistry. They are just a working family with three very different kids. They are such a likable family that a lot of people can relate to. Expand
  2. Rfa
    Jul 28, 2012
    10
    This show is is very funny. It is always funny. The cast has great chemistry. One of the best comedy series, is much better than "ModernThis show is is very funny. It is always funny. The cast has great chemistry. One of the best comedy series, is much better than "Modern Family". Deserves to win the Emmy for best comedy series. Expand
  3. JudyL
    Dec 16, 2009
    10
    This is a great show, very funny. One thing I love about it is there is no "canned laughter". Very funny, well written episodes. I look This is a great show, very funny. One thing I love about it is there is no "canned laughter". Very funny, well written episodes. I look forward to it every Wed. night. Thank you for a good comedy, finally. Expand
  4. DianaH
    Nov 2, 2009
    9
    This show makes me laugh out loud. It's been a long time since a comedy has done that for me!
  5. Nov 10, 2016
    9
    Now this is how to make a brilliant sitcom. For me the best sitcom the USA has produced since The Simpsons I haven't seen season 1 for aboutNow this is how to make a brilliant sitcom. For me the best sitcom the USA has produced since The Simpsons I haven't seen season 1 for about four years but Comedy Central in the UK had started airing the show from the beginning to get people ready for season 8 and I realised watching season 1 back how enjoyable it truly was. Expand
  6. Aug 30, 2011
    6
    I like this show and I have watched the two seasons but I think this show can't last several seasons with that kind of jokes: The story linesI like this show and I have watched the two seasons but I think this show can't last several seasons with that kind of jokes: The story lines are really predictable and the characters haven't evolve a lot for two seasons. I hope the third season will be better. Expand
  7. LoganZ.
    Sep 30, 2009
    0
    It blew!

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