The Middle

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  • TV-PG
  • 2009
  • 9 Seasons
  • 7.7  (53,500)

The Middle is a popular sitcom from ABC that aired from 2009 to 2018, chronicling the lives of the Heck family from the small town of Orson, Indiana. Patricia Heaton stars as Frankie Heck, the matriarch of the family and a harried, overworked mother of three difficult children. Neil Flynn plays her husband Mike, a stoic man's man who works at a local quarry.

Their children include Axl, played by Charlie McDermott, a lazy and self-absorbed teenager; Sue, played by Eden Sher, an awkward and enthusiastic middle child with a never-say-die attitude; and Brick, played by Atticus Shaffer, an intelligent but eccentric young boy with a love for books and a tendency to whisper to himself.

The show features a large and diverse cast of recurring characters, including Frankie's co-workers at the local car dealership, played by Chris Kattan and Brian Doyle-Murray. Bonnie Hellman and Jerry Van Dyke play Frankie's parents, while Frances Bay and Doris Roberts play her elderly neighbors. Marsha Mason, Alexa PenaVega, and Brooke Shields make appearances as well.

Over the course of nine seasons, The Middle tackles a wide array of topics, from work and school to relationships and family dynamics. The show is renowned for its relatable humor and heartwarming moments, as the Heck family navigates the ups and downs of everyday life with humor and resilience.

Throughout the series, viewers watch as Axl tries to find his place in the world, Sue perseveres through countless setbacks and rejections, and Brick struggles to overcome his social awkwardness despite his love for reading. Meanwhile, Frankie and Mike deal with their own personal and professional challenges, from workplace politics to marriage troubles.

Despite the ups and downs, the Heck family manages to find joy and love in the little moments. From Frankie's quirky idiosyncrasies to Mike's deadpan humor, each character brings their own unique perspective to the table. This delightful blend of personalities has made The Middle a beloved TV favorite that has earned a devoted following.

In summary, The Middle is a heartwarming family sitcom that follows the triumphs and hardships of the Heck family as they navigate the ups and downs of modern life in small-town America. Full of lovable and relatable characters, the show has become a beloved part of television history.

The Middle is a series that is currently running and has 9 seasons (215 episodes). The series first aired on August 25, 2009.

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A Heck of a Ride: Part Two
24. A Heck of a Ride: Part Two
May 22, 2018
Conclusion. A Heck leaves the nest as the family takes a road trip to Denver, where Axl will start his new job
A Heck of a Ride: Part One
23. A Heck of a Ride: Part One
May 22, 2018
After nine hilarious and heartfelt seasons, a Heck leaves the nest as the family takes a road trip to Denver, where Axl will start his new job
Split Decision
22. Split Decision
May 15, 2018
Now that Frankie knows Axl was offered a job in Denver, she makes it her mission to sway him from taking it and moving away. Meanwhile, the usually overly optimistic Sue is depressed over Sean leaving for Ghana, without ever expressing her feelings for him; and Brick drives everyone crazy when he buys a huge amount of lawn chairs to replace the one he's been using for nine years.
The Royal Flush
21. The Royal Flush
May 8, 2018
In an attempt to get Frankie the best Mother's Day gift ever, Sue and Brick enter a trivia contest where they could win a trip for two to London for the upcoming royal wedding; and Axl is offered a job interview that could change his life.
Great Heckspectations
20. Great Heckspectations
May 1, 2018
Frankie has to force Brick into asking Cindy to the high school prom but worries that his quirkiness could spoil the happy event; Lexie talks a clueless Axl into giving Sue a belated 21st birthday present; and Mike becomes frustrated over how to get used to a new TV remote.
Bat Out of Heck
19. Bat Out of Heck
April 10, 2018
Frankie is surprised but relieved when Dr. Goodwin agrees to buy all of the peanut brittle that Brick needs to sell for school. But the good doctor displays a bit of Mr. Hyde behavior when Frankie doesn't deliver the product in an expeditious manner. Meanwhile, Axl is getting sick and tired of having Mike tell him how to run his life; and things go off the rails when Axl attempts to trade in the Winnebago and buy a car. Sue is more determined than ever to win a very prestigious and competitive hotel scholarship; and Frankie swears that she's seeing something mysterious flying through the house.
Thank You for Not Kissing
18. Thank You for Not Kissing
April 3, 2018
After Dr. Fulton calls Frankie and Mike into his office to inform them that Brick and Cindy have been making out all over school, Frankie tasks Mike into having a talk with his son to discuss dating etiquette. Meanwhile, Sue attempts to work up the gumption to give Sean the snow globe and confess how much she likes him; and after discovering a box full of unfinished thank you notes for gifts received over the years, Frankie orders Axl to finish and mail them all out.
Hecks vs. Glossners: The Final Battle
17. Hecks vs. Glossners: The Final Battle
March 20, 2018
It's the Orson showdown of the century when the Hecks
The Crying Game
16. The Crying Game
March 13, 2018
While Frankie feels the need to have a good cry after having a bad week, Mike shares the good news that, after 25 years as manager at the local quarry, he is being offered the job of regional manager but feels uncomfortable saying goodbye to his co-workers. Meanwhile, Brick suspects that he's being treated unfairly by his health teacher because of how horribly Axl treated her back when he was a student.
15. Toasted
February 27, 2018
Things don't go as smoothly as planned for the Hecks when Frankie helps Sue celebrate her 21st birthday by taking her to a bar close to the college, Mike begrudgingly accompanies Brick to a "Planet Nowhere" convention, and Axl and Hutch head to Ohio in the Winnebago to attend and make a toast at ex-college roomie Kenny's wedding.
Guess Who's Coming to Frozen Dinner
14. Guess Who's Coming to Frozen Dinner
February 6, 2018
Mike's wayward brother, Rusty, comes to town and presents Sue with an extravagant gift, which Mike thinks is stolen goods. Meanwhile, with Sue now older and living the college life, Mike feels like he's not as close to her as he used to be and tries to figure out a way to reconnect; Axl blows the money from his first paycheck on a big screen TV and blames his spending spree on years of learning from Frankie's lack of financial wisdom; and Brick is stumped, but delighted to discover mysterious, unmarked gifts being left at the front door of the house.
13. Mommapalooza
January 16, 2018
Frankie decides that she needs to find something new that she's passionate about
The Other Man
12. The Other Man
January 9, 2018
Now that Axl has a real job, he begins to bond more with Mike and spends a lot of time with him
New Year's Revelations
11. New Year's Revelations
January 2, 2018
As New Year's Eve approaches, Sue admits to Frankie that she likes Sean Donahue and that she kissed him at the Christmas party. But she's still trying to figure out if her kiss with Sean was a fluke or if it actually meant that he likes her. Meanwhile, Mike forces Axl and Brick to take a drive with him and Mike's dad, Big Mike, and they are shocked to discover what is planned when they reach their final destination.
The Christmas Miracle
10. The Christmas Miracle
December 12, 2017
It's Christmastime, and Frankie and Sue are devastated after Axl informs them that he's not going to church this year because he's beginning to question his faith. Meanwhile, Mike goes to war with the Glossner kids after they keep defacing his new, giant inflatable snowman; and Brick goes all out in an attempt to wrap his first present for a planned Christmas Yankee Swap.
The 200th
9. The 200th
December 5, 2017
The Middle celebrates its milestone 200th episode! When Orson is named as one of the top 200 most livable cities in Indiana, Frankie is reminded that she has to come up with something to place in the time capsule that will be buried in the base of the newly rededicated Orson Cow. Meanwhile, when Bill Norwood informs Mike that he and Paula are separating, Mike is gobsmacked and starts to appreciate Frankie more; in order to win back Cindy, Brick must complete three acts of bravery for her; and Axl volunteers Sue to be his personal assistant to impress prospective employers
Eyes Wide Open
8. Eyes Wide Open
November 21, 2017
Axl heads to Chicago to visit Hutch for the weekend but discovers that his friend, who has his own apartment and a job, is now acting more like a responsible adult than the free-spirited college student he once knew. Meanwhile, Sue's excitement over having the apartment to herself over the weekend turns to horror when she is unable to sleep after watching "Silence of the Lambs"; and Brick enlists Frankie and Mike's aid to help convince Lilah, a new student who doesn't know anyone at school yet, that she and Brick would make a cute coupe.
Thanksgiving IX
7. Thanksgiving IX
November 14, 2017
The Hecks take a hectic road trip for Thanksgiving to Frankie's sister's house but soon find themselves running into barriers that could make them late to the feast; and with Axl now working with Sue and Brick at Spudsy's, they have been informed by their manager that, due to budget issues, one of them needs to quit, and they must decide amongst themselves which one will take the hit.
The Setup
6. The Setup
November 7, 2017
Frankie is tasked with being at her mom Pat's beck and call when she has to stay for a few days at the Heck house after coming down with an ailment. Meanwhile, just when it looks like Sean is about to ask Sue out on a date, Sue nervously blurts out that maybe they should both try to set each other up on a date with one of their friends; and Axl and Brick ponder what it is exactly that Mike does at the quarry,.
Role of a Lifetime
5. Role of a Lifetime
October 31, 2017
While Axl tries to invent a new beverage that mixes wine with beer and Brick decides to join the school orchestra in an attempt to play the field and find himself a new girlfriend, Mike asks Sue to take the reins in putting together a romantic evening for him and Frankie to celebrate their 25th wedding anniversary
Halloween VIII: Orson Murder Mystery
4. Halloween VIII: Orson Murder Mystery
October 24, 2017
As Halloween approaches, Frankie discovers that a woman had died in the bathtub of the Heck house close to 50 years ago, and Frankie and Brick become convinced that she was murdered and, much to Mike's chagrin, attempt to track down and find the murderer. Meanwhile, Axl and Lexie become frustrated over losing their alone time when Sue insists on hanging out with them wherever they go.
Meet the Parents
3. Meet the Parents
October 17, 2017
Lexi's wealthy parents have dinner with Mike and Frankie, who worry about their humble lifestyle. Meanwhile, Brick is excited about taking part in the Sophomore Slammer fund-raiser, but the event doesn't go as he planned.
Please Don't Feed the Hecks
2. Please Don't Feed the Hecks
October 10, 2017
After Frankie gives neighbor Nancy Donahue an old scarf that is just sitting around gathering dust, Nancy returns the favor by baking her a delicious apple pie. Believing she's stumbled upon a way to get free and tasty meals, Frankie makes it her mission to find miscellaneous items around the house to give to her in exchange for some culinary delights. Meanwhile, Sue and Lexie prepare to move back into their college apartment but find that it's been sublet to a man who refuses to leave; and Axl's new job as the school bus driver gives him a chance to see how Brick's high school sophomore year is treating him, and he discovers that Mike has refused to speak to Brick's class on Career Exploration Day.
Vive La Hecks
1. Vive La Hecks
October 3, 2017
Axl returns home from Europe with a new outlook on life; Sue decides to cram a whole summer of fun into two days; Brick doesn't know if he should break up with Cindy; Frankie tries to come up with an item for a time capsule.
Where to Watch The Middle
The Middle is available for streaming on the ABC website, both individual episodes and full seasons. You can also watch The Middle on demand at , Peacock Premium, Amazon Prime, Amazon, Vudu, Microsoft Movies & TV, Google Play and Apple TV.
  • Premiere Date
    August 25, 2009
  • IMDB Rating
    7.7  (53,500)