The Middle 5 Seasons 2012

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Season 3
(119) IMDb 7.8/10
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12. The Map TV-NR CC

Frankie vows to celebrate all of the family's important life milestones after attending Aunt Ginny's funeral; Axl accidentally eats Brick's Indiana dough school map project.

Starring:
Patricia Heaton, Neil Flynn
Runtime:
22 minutes
Original air date:
January 11, 2012

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The Map

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Season 3

Product Details

Genres Comedy
Director Lee Shallat Chemel
Starring Patricia Heaton, Neil Flynn
Supporting actors Charlie McDermott, Eden Sher, Atticus Shaffer, Moises Arias, Jeanette Miller, Brock Ciarlelli, Katlin Mastandrea, Grace Bannon, Jessica Marie Garcia, Keith Blaney
Season year 2012
Network ABC
Producers Eileen Heisler, DeAnn Heline, Tim Hobert, Jana Hunter, Mitch Hunter, Ashley Korman, Vijal Patel, David S. Rosenthal, Korby Siamis, Leslie Waldman, Werner Walian
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Format Amazon Instant Video (streaming online video and digital download)

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I laugh myself sick when watching every episode.
Reading Fiend
This is a great show, I have been waiting to buy the third season of The Middle- please release this set!!
Movie-Buff
The best thing about the Middle is that there is so much that real families can identify with - and laugh!
Suzanne Dobbins

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43 of 45 people found the following review helpful By Sylviastel VINE VOICE on July 6, 2012
Format: DVD
I love the series, "The Middle," which has Patricia Heaton (Everybody Loves Raymond) and Neil Flynn (Scrubs) as parents of three precocious children in fictional Orson, Indiana. The show is far better than Modern Family which gets awards.

Maybe the show is a little too blue collar or set in the middle of the country but it's still one of the best comedies on television and in recent decades. Patricia Heaton should get more Emmys for her performance as Frances "Frankie" Heck and the same accolades for her onscreen partner, Neil Flynn as her husband, Mike Heck.

The actors who play the children are perfect. Charlie McDermott is a hoot as the oldest son, Axel, who takes off his shirt and clips his toenails in the chip bag. Eden Sher is wonderful as the always optimistic Sue Heck even in the worst of times. And I can't forget Atticus Shaffer as Brick, the boy who prefers books to anything else.

This season was great and I look forward to the fourth. Marsha Mason and Jerry Van Dyke play Frankie's parents. John Cullum returns as Big Mike and Norm McDonald plays Mike's younger brother, Rusty. All in all it's a great show that shouldn't be overlooked and should be released entirely on DVD like the first two seasons.
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37 of 41 people found the following review helpful By Crazy-for-TV on June 12, 2012
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Anyone who watches "The Middle" knows what a brilliant series it is! This, however, is not a traditional review, which I will update at a later date. Instead, I am wondering why there is not a pre-order listing for this title. Warner Bros., the past two years, has at least let the fans know to expect a release, but this year, not so much. With release dates for other series in their library, like "The Big Bang Theory," "Mike & Molly," and "Suburgatory," it baffles me why this series has heard no good news yet. I am dying to own this next season, which was fantastic, to say the least. I really hope something surfaces soon in terms of a DVD (even Blu-ray would be GREAT) for this series. It is truly underrated and deserves to be on DVD. Fingers crossed that an announcement is forthcoming!

UPDATE (6/12/13): The WB has announced that production of the season on DVD has begun, with a release date of October 8, 2013!!! I encourage everyone to immediately pre-order/purchase this new set upon its release date to encourage the release of future seasons! This is such a funny, poignant series that deserves every season released, and I would hate to see low sales for season three affect season four's availability. That being said, hopefully the fourth season will be released not too distant in the future!
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By CHB74 on April 1, 2013
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You know all those over-hyped, supposedly 'edgy' and daring comedies the critics insist all discerning TV fans SHOULD love and appreciate? Well, The Middle isn't among them ;) But while critics have given the show a lukewarm reception, all of the actual TV viewers I know have been immediately charmed and delighted by this underrated gem of a show.

The Middle doesn't go out of its way to flaunt just how edgy and risque it can be. It doesn't, like so many other critically lauded shows, feature wholly unlikable people doing wholly unlikable things while half-winking at the camera over just how zany they are. It doesn't go for cartoonishly over-the-top wackiness or the kind of constant lowbrow sexual innuendo and fart jokes that you might unpleasantly associate with high school locker rooms.

Instead, The Middle simply tells the story of a family that's likable and even admirable despite also being realistically, hilariously flawed. The humor stems from the strong characterizations, sharp dialogue and the clever insight peppered throughout. (You'll be thinking "that is so true...it's scary how well I can relate to that!" at least a few times per episode). We get flashes of heartwarming poignancy here too, but rest assured that it's never too sappy or forced. It's quietly uplifting, but in a way that feels earned rather than manipulatively sentimental.

This is one of those rare shows that successfully blends humor with heart, and I was pleasantly surprised to realize just how much I've come to love spending time with this family. I used to have a weird visceral dislike for Patricia Heaton and, for reasons alluded to above, rarely like sitcoms...
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20 of 24 people found the following review helpful By GEN on September 6, 2012
Format: DVD
I agree this series is one of the best series you can watch on TV. I have been anxiously awaiting the release of Season Three. When will it be available???
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Tia Lola on September 13, 2012
Format: DVD
My daughter and I love "The Middle". I am impatiently waiting for the dvd set because she wasn't able to watch this last season and I thought it was the best one yet. It just keeps getting better. I have bought the past 2 seasons for her and she is anxious to own the 3rd season. No dvd release date yet?!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Northern KY Fan on October 16, 2012
Format: DVD
Please hurry and get the DVD for the complete 3rd season in stock!!! This show never disappoints; all the actors and their characters are superb. And ditto for the writing staff. I feel like I know Axel, Sue and Brick. Each week, one or all 3 of them makes me want to either smack 'em or hug 'em. Mike and Frankie are so real -- at least to me. Thank Heaven for shows like The Middle and Modern Family. I've never enjoyed any other sitcoms like I enjoy these! I notice neither show has one particular "star"; all the actors work together seamlessly week after week. Funny and classy -- no in-the-face gimmicks to lure viewers. Just great writing brought to life by great actors. I LOVE WEDNESDAY!!!!!
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