This is, without a doubt, one of my favorite shows of all time. I do not watch a ton of network television, but I bought all 9 seasons of "The Middle."
"Modern Family" stole the potential spotlight from "The MIddle." It was the "big city" of TV shows, overshadowing the warmth and message of "The Middle." But that's fine. This "small town" show had a big heart and instead of focusing on hot-button issues or the dramatics of politics, it portrayed the truth of a lot of American homes. Many of us are living in small towns with small jobs, struggling to have kids and survive. Love, friendship, community ... and a lot of humor, are how we get through our days.
As Axl says, we fight dirty. But we get it done.
The writing, acting, and continuity were on point every season. It's a show I'd be cool with most kids watching, too, especially those children who may feel like they're "nerds" or "weird." The Heck kids tackle life with a broad range of obstacles in their paths, but they never, ever give up. "The Middle" didn't give up either. In spite of being overlooked for the barrage of awards it deserved (those kids were amazing actors - and of course Neil Flynn and Patricia Heaton knocked it out of the park) it never stopped delivering a heartfelt, hilarious punch for nine solid seasons.
I still watch this show. The farewell episode still makes me cry. To me, it's "The Office" wrapped up in a more family-friendly package. It's almost perfect. Watch it. Love it. Relate to it. I enjoy "Modern Family," but it's too fancy. It's a house I'd visit, not live in.
I'd live with the Hecks... right smack dab in "The MIddle."