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In 2009, the ABC network dedicated a two-hour block of its weekly prime time to sitcoms. Fortunately, for viewers, one of the network's new shows was The Middle. The sitcom features a working-class family. The mom's name is Frankie and she works for a car dealership while her husband Mike works at a quarry. The couple has three children named Axl, Sue and Brick.

Axl excels at sports, but struggles during school, while Sue is a loveable nerd who constantly attempts to fit in at school by trying out for every activity. She once made the cross-county team and later created a cheerleading squad for the wrestling team. Brick is the youngest son, and he prefers to read instead of socializing with children his age. He has a quirky habit of repeating his comments in a whisper.

The character of Frankie is portrayed by actress Patricia Heaton. She is the main character as the audience hears her personal narration. Frankie's devotion to her family is crucial to the show, and during most episodes, she is balancing her busy life. She worries about Brick fitting in at school and enrolls him into a social class, and she never misses an event in her children's lives such as Sue passing the finish line during a cross-country race or Axl winning a basketball game.

Actor Neil Flynn plays the character of Mike Heck. He is the calm parent of the family, although he has his moments of stress, such as when Frankie makes him sign up as a volunteer at Brick's school. Charlie McDermott portrays the character of Axl and Eden Sher depicts Sue. Actor Atticus Shaffer won the role of Brick.

The Heck family lives in a rundown single family home that retains numerous style elements from the 1960s and '70s. Frankie is often too busy to clean the home or cook for her family. In fact, Frankie typically brings dinner home from a fast food restaurant.

When Frankie decides that the family is going to enjoy a meal together, viewers discover that that Frankie and Mike never purchased a dining room chair for Brick to sit in at the kitchen table. Instead, he must use a lawn chair to participate in the family dinner.

Frankie and Mike face numerous financial problems, but somehow they manage to keep food on the table and a place for their family to live.

The Middle is a show that humorously depicts the struggles of today's middle-class families, and it allows viewers to laugh at the trials their own families face.

Wednesday 8:00 et/pt on ABC
9 Seasons, 203 Episodes
September 30, 2009
Cast: Patricia Heaton, Neil Flynn, Charlie McDermott, Eden Sher
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  • Frankie decides that she needs to find something new that she's passionate about

  • Now that Axl has a real job, he begins to bond more with Mike and spends a lot of time with him

  • 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 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

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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,.

  • 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

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Frankie frantically searches the house for Axl's graduation gift, which she bought months before and hid; Sue decides that she wants to make a sweet video for Mike's upcoming birthday - even though the family warns her that he probably won't like it; and after Cindy embarrasses Brick by strong-arming and chasing away a boy who was bullying him, Brick turns to Axl to help get him into shape so that he can stick up for himself.

  • When Frankie discovers Axl doesn't have appropriate attire for business interviews, she convinces him to let her take him shopping. Meanwhile, Mike threatens to get rid of the summer pool if Sue and Brick don't use it.

  • Upon their realization that Brick was never confirmed, Frankie and Mike send him to Reverend TimTom's Wilderness Jesus Jam weekend camp to brush up on his religious knowledge before the scheduled event.

  • Mike's friendship with Bill Norwood is threatened after Mike poaches his plumber at a reduced rate; Frankie is offended when Sue refuses to tell her who she has a crush on; Brick wants Axl to party with him at college.

  • Axl begins to question love when he encounters nearly all of his former flames at a St. Patrick's Day party; Brick buys an old microfiche machine at a library sale, leaving Frankie and Mike less than thrilled.

  • Lexie joins the Hecks for their spring break and divulges to Sue that she has a crush on Axl; Mike hires Coach Babbitt as a ringer to help the quarry softball team; Frankie tries to figure out the root of an underhanded comment.

  • Frankie tries to persuade Mike to go to the dentist; Mike tries to convince Frankie he's fine; Axl, Hutch and Kenny decide to sell the famous Winnebago.

  • When the Heck's basement floods, Frankie and Mike can't seem to stop bickering. Axl, Sue and Brick decide their parents need an intervention.

  • Frankie becomes sad when her doctor informs her that her ovaries are shriveled up, which means her days of having kids are over. In an attempt to cheer her up, Mike offers to have him and Frankie babysit the neighbor's baby overnight, which puts some perspective on being an older parent. Meanwhile, Sue and Axl are a bit shocked when romantic sparks fly between Sean Donahue and Sue's roommate Lexie; and Brick tries his best to hone up on his font knowledge when he meets Gibson, a worthy font opponent.

  • Axl has a moment of panic when he realizes he only has four months of college left before he graduates, and he hasn't sent out any resumes. Meanwhile, Brad decides to lead Sue's no-cut a cappella group as they enter a music competition.

  • Frankie is thrilled when she wins a free maid service for a month, but the Heck household could mess things up for her; Mike and Rusty's dad, Big Mike, begins to have trouble taking care of himself.

  • The Hecks are determined to escape the Orson Escape Room on New Year's Day and beat the Donahue's record of getting out with more than one minute, eight seconds to spare.

  • With Christmas just around the corner, Sue keeps a holiday secret from the family; after agreeing to watch the neighbor's three kids, Brick tries to avoid them when they keep asking him to come over to play.

  • Trashy neighbor Rita Glossner convinces Frankie to take a road trip to an unknown destination; Mike is humiliated when he falls at the quarry and has to deal with OSHA.

  • Frankie is upset that Axl refuses to answer her calls or texts after she unintentionally admits her true feelings about his girlfriend April; Brick forms a tick in the form of a phrase that causes him trouble; Brad surprises Sue.

  • Frankie decides that April isn't worthy of Axl and attempts to keep her out of the annual family Christmas photo. Meanwhile, Axl announces that he will be spending Thanksgiving with April.

  • Frankie and Mike's guilt over forgetting Brick's birthday transforms into fear when they realize it's time to teach him to drive; Sue finds out about one of Frankie's secrets.

  • Sue seeks help from Axl about how to break up with her boyfriend; Brick's attempts to make friends in high school are ruined by his best friend, Troy; Frankie incidentally buys underwear with a lewd graphic.

  • On Halloween Frankie finds out that if she and Mike were to get divorced, all the kids would choose to live with Mike. Meanwhile, Sue is on a mission to get her room back from Brick.

  • In the eight season premiere, Frankie and Mike are thrilled to finally meet Axl's true life, Apri. Meanwhile, the family is surprised when she reveals an unusual personality trait.

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