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  • Series Premiere Date: Sep 30, 2009
  • Season #: 1 , 2 , 3 , 4 , 5
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  • Summary: This new comedy series uses a mother's point of view to shed light on the lives of a middle-class family in the Midwest.
    The show focuses on the Heck family's life in an Indiana suburb and is narrated by Frankie, a dedicated—though frazzled—mother who works at a local car dealership and
    volunteers for school functions. Father Mike works at a quarry and takes a more laid back approach to most things, but backs up Frankie with force when the need arises. Oldest child Axl, a snarky, surly, high schooler, spends much of his time napping and roams around the home shirtless. Geeky, gangly, braces-wearing Sue is trying to navigate her way through junior high, join the cool crowd, and avoid Axl's endless onslaught of taunts, none of which she does with much success. Youngest child Brick is in elementary school and is the academic in the family, but suffers from near-crippling social anxieties and possesses an odd habit of repeating words he just said back to himself in a loud whisper.
    Starring Patricia Heaton and Neil Flynn, the Warner Bros. Television pilot was written by Eileen Heisler and DeAnn Heline, who also serve as executive producers.
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  • Genre(s): Comedy
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 3
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 3
  3. Negative: 0 out of 3
  1. Reviewed by: Robert Bianco
    Oct 21, 2010
    88
    With each passing week, this series seems to more assuredly offer a first-class version of what so many viewers say they want: a humorous, heartfelt, realistic look at middle-class, middle-America family life.
  2. Reviewed by: Ken Tucker
    Jan 25, 2011
    83
    All the performances are skillful, with Heaton and Flynn especially adept at conveying an affection--for each other, for their kids (who also include Atticus Shaffer and Charlie McDermott)--undimmed by their weariness.
  3. Reviewed by: Tom Gliatto
    Dec 21, 2010
    75
    The show has a very sure grip on how these minor events, accompanied by small satisfactions, play out in a household of two middle-aged parents, two teenage kids and one inscrutable 9-year-old. [13 Dec 2010, p.46]
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 5
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 5
  3. Negative: 1 out of 5
  1. Rfa
    Jul 28, 2012
    10
    Deserves to win the Emmy for best comedy series and Patricia Heaton for best actress in comedy series. The series evolves much from one season to another, the cast is fantastic. Expand
  2. 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 are such a likable family that a lot of people can relate to. Hope this show sticks around! Expand
  3. Aug 23, 2013
    8
    Just like the first season, this is another solid series of the show with every episode a highlight providing non-stop laughs. Its the characters and the actors portraying them that make the show rather than the actual content itself, but overall a highly enjoyable show that I love to kick back and watch Expand
  4. Nov 7, 2010
    2
    The Middle used to be REALLY funny and well-written last year. However, there has been a significant change with the show. It's become extremely cliched and predictable and boring more than anything. What used to resemble Malcolm In The Middle with fast pacing and witty jokes has become an extremely bland sitcom. In fact, the worst episodes of Malcolm put this whole season of The Middle to shame.

    If you want a sitcom that is boring and slow-paced and will only appeal to moms because of its so-called relatability, this show is for you. But if you want a sitcom about a dysfunctional family's wacky adventures that never fails to be funny but relatable at the same time, check out the first season of The Middle on DVD or simply catch the reruns of Malcolm. (Although Modern Family is WAY BETTER than The Middle, it's not usually a wacky show.)
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