The Middle

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Emmy® winner Patricia Heaton stars in this warm and witty comedy about raising a family and lowering your expectations. Middle-aged, middle class and living in the middle of the country, she uses her wit and humor to get by.
Starring
Patricia HeatonNeil FlynnCharlie McDermott
Genres
Comedy
Subtitles
English [CC]
Audio languages
English
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  1. 1. Pilot
    September 29, 2009
    23min
    TV-PG
    Subtitles
    English [CC]
    Audio languages
    English
    Meet the Hecks – an ordinary family struggling to survive each other and life in Middle America. PATRICIA HEATON stars as a working mother whose family life is one big happy mess.
  2. 2. The Cheerleader
    October 6, 2009
    22min
    TV-PG
    Subtitles
    English [CC]
    Audio languages
    English
    Facing financial disaster, Frankie tries to save her job; Sue fails swim team tryouts, then learns she needs glasses; and Brick starts reading his mother's steamy romance novels.
  3. 3. The Floating Anniversary
    October 13, 2009
    22min
    TV-PG
    Subtitles
    English [CC]
    Audio languages
    English
    Frankie and Mike's romantic plans for their anniversary are thwarted by a sick Brick, a lovesick Sue, a learner's permit-toting Axl, two crazy aunts and their diaper-wearing dog.
  4. 4. The Trip
    October 20, 2009
    22min
    TV-PG
    Subtitles
    English [CC]
    Audio languages
    English
    Frankie urges Sue to fight for her right to attend a class trip after making the grade by selling thousands of dollars worth of sausage and cheese; Brick gets his first girlfriend.
  5. 5. The Block Party
    October 27, 2009
    21min
    TV-PG
    Subtitles
    English [CC]
    Audio languages
    English
    After Brick’s teachers tell his parents that he’s “socially challenged,” Mike tries to help Brick make friends; while Frankie needs her son’s coveted football jersey.
  6. 6. The Front Door
    November 3, 2009
    22min
    TV-PG
    Subtitles
    English [CC]
    Audio languages
    English
    Mike insists that only Axl fix the front door after he knocks it down; Frankie must sell a car within a week; and its school picture time for a photographically challenged Sue.
  7. 7. The Scratch
    November 17, 2009
    22min
    TV-PG
    Subtitles
    English [CC]
    Audio languages
    English
    Frankie must create the illusion of a picture-perfect family when an accident causing a small scratch on Brick leads a social worker to visit the Heck household.
  8. 8. Thanksgiving
    November 24, 2008
    22min
    TV-PG
    Subtitles
    English [CC]
    Audio languages
    English
    Frankie’s dream of the perfect Thanksgiving turns into a nightmare when Mr. Ehlert forces the staff to work on the holiday – and Axl loses Brick in a corn maze.
  9. 9. Siblings
    December 1, 2009
    22min
    TV-PG
    Subtitles
    English [CC]
    Audio languages
    English
    Frankie vows to make her kids stop fighting with each other and interact as a loving family, while Mike contemplates firing Aunt Edie after she makes a costly mistake.
  10. 10. Christmas
    December 8, 2009
    22min
    TV-PG
    Subtitles
    English [CC]
    Audio languages
    English
    Rehearsing for the church’s midnight mass, Frankie becomes jealous when it seems that Mike is doing a better job at organizing the Heck family Christmas than she would have done.
  11. 11. The Jeans
    January 5, 2010
    22min
    TV-PG
    Subtitles
    English [CC]
    Audio languages
    English
    Frankie buys a hormonally challenged Sue an expensive pair of jeans so she can fit in with her peers, and Mike helps Axl get a car to impress a girl.
  12. 12. The Neighbor
    January 5, 2010
    22min
    TV-PG
    Subtitles
    English [CC]
    Audio languages
    English
    Frankie must decide whether to confront her trashy neighbor and nemesis, Rita Glossner (guest star BROOKE SHIELDS) after a fight between Sue and Rita’s sons erupts.
  13. 13. The Interview
    January 12, 2010
    22min
    TV-PG
    Subtitles
    English [CC]
    Audio languages
    English
    Mike finds himself out of work and lacking the technological skills needed in the 21st century to search for a job. With Frankie’s help, Brick runs for school historian.
  14. 14. The Yelling
    February 2, 2010
    22min
    TV-PG
    Subtitles
    English [CC]
    Audio languages
    English
    Frankie promises to stop yelling at the kids if they agree to follow through on their schoolwork and chores and a reluctant Mike takes a job with Bob.
  15. 15. Valentine's Day
    February 9, 2010
    22min
    TV-PG
    Subtitles
    English [CC]
    Audio languages
    English
    Valentine’s Day unexpectedly finds Frankie and Mike home alone and ready for a romantic evening. But their best-laid plans soon begin to unravel.
  16. 16. The Bee
    March 2, 2010
    22min
    TV-PG
    Subtitles
    English [CC]
    Audio languages
    English
    Frankie and Mike focus on taking the family on a road trip to Chicago for Brick’s regional spelling bee, but are horrified to realize that the forgot about Sue’s birthday.
  17. 17. The Break Up
    March 9, 2010
    22min
    TV-PG
    Subtitles
    English [CC]
    Audio languages
    English
    Frankie & Mike must console a broken-hearted Axl after his girlfriend (ALEXA VEGA) breaks up with him; And Sue and Brick are on the lookout for zombies after watching a scary movie.
  18. 18. The Fun House
    March 23, 2010
    22min
    TV-PG
    Subtitles
    English [CC]
    Audio languages
    English
    Frankie’s job may be on the line when a hardcore motivational consultant (AMY SEDARIS) is hired to whip the sales staff into shape – leaving Mike to deal with issues at home.
  19. 19. The Final Four
    March 30, 2010
    22min
    TV-PG
    Subtitles
    English [CC]
    Audio languages
    English
    Frankie forces Mike to choose which life event is most important to him – going to her uncle’s funeral or going to the big Final Four game.
  20. 20. TV or Not TV
    April 13, 2010
    21min
    TV-PG
    Subtitles
    English [CC]
    Audio languages
    English
    While the kids move on to other things, Frankie and Mike are the ones who can’t seem to adapt without TV after they cut out the expense of cable when their power is turned off.
  21. 21. Worry Duty
    April 27, 2010
    21min
    TV-PG
    Subtitles
    English [CC]
    Audio languages
    English
    Frankie is worried that Axl’s going to get his heart crushed again when his on-again/off-again girlfriend, Morgan (guest star ALEXA VEGA), re-enters his life.
  22. 22. Mother's Day
    May 4, 2010
    22min
    TV-PG
    Subtitles
    English [CC]
    Audio languages
    English
    Frankie escapes the chaos of Mother’s Day at home to visit her mom (guest star MARSHA MASON), and ends up causing some chaos of her own.
  23. 23. Signals
    May 11, 2010
    22min
    TV-PG
    Subtitles
    English [CC]
    Audio languages
    English
    At the spring Heck family BBQ, Mike decides that he and Brick need to try and become more social when Frankie points out that Mike’s social ineptness was passed on to Brick.
  24. 24. Average Rules
    May 18, 2010
    22min
    TV-PG
    Subtitles
    English [CC]
    Audio languages
    English
    Frankie and Mike discover that the school librarian (BETTY WHITE) is determined to prevent Brick from advancing into the third grade because of some overdue library books.

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Eden Sher
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Season year
2010
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smokymountaincritterReviewed in the United States on October 7, 2019
5.0 out of 5 stars
This is the Greatest Show You've Never Seen
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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."
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OrionReviewed in the United States on May 20, 2018
5.0 out of 5 stars
Terrific series, and wonderful to see where it all started
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Love this series, but we started watching it at Season 4. So, we thought it would be good to see how it all started. And, boy, was that a good choice. It has been wonderful to experience how the characters developed through season 1, and it answers so many questions for those of us who started watching the show mid-span. Brick is our family favorite among all of the memorable characters.

So sad that the series is coming to an end this year. Good news is that we have several make-up seasons to help us get over it!
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K. Friend (The Romantic Rush)Reviewed in the United States on March 6, 2021
5.0 out of 5 stars
Love this show!
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Years later and I’m still returning to watch the Middle. Equally funny and emotionally resonant, with a dash of kind irreverence and honesty, and sublimely well acted and written. Always will be a favorite.
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M. LangleyReviewed in the United States on April 24, 2014
5.0 out of 5 stars
Funny, original humor
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Some sitcoms recycle the same old humor, or throw audience clapping and laughter in place of jokes that barely make them mildly chuckle-worthy (Big Bang Theory does this).

BUT.. The Middle has an original thing going, I enjoy it. The style of humor often reminds me of how I felt watching The Office.. The supposed-to-be-calm-and-collected adults often get themselves in awkward situations that would be humiliating in reality; it's a kind of humiliation humor that lots of people tend to enjoy. The teenage boy (Axl) is very well written and performed, and the awkward teenage girl (Sue) plays her part excellently. Most popular tv series have a slow first season and pick up around the second (if not third) season, but The Middle starts off at quality comedy. It's a must watch.
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January GrayReviewed in the United States on June 20, 2014
5.0 out of 5 stars
Excellent, clean and fun show you can pick up easily at anytime
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I LOVE this show, and I am not much of a television viewer. It's clean and funny and I love ALL the characters. This is a show that is easy to pick up on even if you don't follow the episodes in order. I get sick of drama and filth on television and this is one of the best FAMILY FRIENDLY shows out there right now. There are no sexual suggestions or jokes that will go over your children's heads. Just a nice, actually healthy show to watch.
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AliciaReviewed in the United States on March 28, 2021
5.0 out of 5 stars
Awesome show
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This show is hilarious we enjoy it as a family and have seen every episode multiple times and we aren't tired of it. So relatable and entertaining.
TEXMANReviewed in the United States on October 7, 2015
4.0 out of 5 stars
Nice to have at my fingertips .
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I still have not watched many of the episodes but I love the fact that they are right there at any time to watch . I don't have to leave a BluRay in my player until I watch all on that disc . However , the HD picture quality is not up to bluray standards and the sound is not lossless .
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Susan B.Reviewed in the United States on April 5, 2017
5.0 out of 5 stars
Best show for American families.
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This show is family friendly, well-written, and genuine. WE LOVE IT in our house as well. It has restored my faith in the American comedy. So many other shows have gutter humor, tasteless jokes, and are mocking of traditional values. Not The Middle.
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