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The Middle: The Complete Fifth Season [HD]
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful
on October 20, 2013
If your family lives in a spotless house, never eats junk food or worries about money and always has enough matching chairs for the kitchen table, you might not think this show is hilarious. If you are one of the rest of us,and are (right now) putting off the hunt for that permission slip for your kid's field trip, this is the show for you. If you once bounced a check for a field trip and now need to send cash, that goes double, triple if the principal wrote you a nasty note.

Season five of The Middle has the whole Heck family dealing with son Axl's move to college, starting with the traumatic school drop off and then dealing with the change. While Sue and Brick happily contemplate an Axl free life, Mom (Frankie) swings between tears and guilt, and Dad (Mike) quietly misses his boy. Of course, Axl is hardly out of the house before he's back home lecturing his family about the challenges of college. Brick starts junior high, proving that there is no place in junior high for a bright original bookworm. The Heck's meeting with the vice principal will have parents of ADD kids in stitches. Sue Heck a high school junior now, finds that there are whole corridors where she can now walk, now that Axl is gone. She is still the least likely kid to be popular, but easiest to underestimate.

The Middle is a hilarious show, but it has a serious message. The Heck's don't have a big income but this show is not about class. Lack of time, demands from public schools, kids' problems, getting fired, not having time to cook--these are things that most families struggle with. What is impressive, the show seems to say, is what they do get accomplished. The Heck's do their best. Frankie and Mike take their kids to church, even as they wear out their welcome borrowing the church van. They endure teachers who imply that Brick is broken and they should fix him and other teachers who can't remember that Sue exists. Brick treats even the most clueless bullies with respect. Sue bakes cookies for the kids on the bus who have taunted her and asks the Reverend Tim Tom for advice. Even Axl, at college with a disagreeable roommate is starting to show signs of having been brought up right, as he suggests that he and his roomie clean things up. ("I did something I never do. I tried taking Mom's advice.")

Frankie is sure that her house should be cleaner, her cooking better, her parenting more organized--but I'm not so sure. These kids are going to be fine.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
on August 5, 2014
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We can't get enough of this show. Our kids have even started watching and recording the reruns. So many sitcoms are filled with sexual innuendos that it makes it hard to even have the tv on in the evening. While this show isn't perfect, it's better than others on broadcast tv. I'm not a fan of how the kids sometimes talk to the parents. I do love that Frankie and Mike are REAL parents with real struggles. They make me feel better about my own finances and organizational skills. So often, my husband and I are laughing and the kids don't get it. We understand their struggles!! And even though they get fast food every night, they eat it together, usually at the table. Now that is rare in today's households. Did I mention it's just plain FUNNY? That Sue fails and fails but keeps trying. When my kids keep practicing their gymnastics, they cheer each other on and remind themselves that Sue keeps trying. So sweet.
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20 of 23 people found the following review helpful
on October 29, 2014
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I'm disappointed - I paid $30 for this season and was eagerly waiting for it to come out, because we've got the other 4 seasons and they all DO have closed captioning. The dialogue is sprinkled with lots of sound effects and background noises, and the characters don't always speak clearly, so I appreciate being able to "catch what they said" with the captions. Without the captions, it's hard to watch at night when others are asleep.
Otherwise, the show is great and I love it.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on November 23, 2013
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It is fresh and funny. A great wholesome show for the whole family to relate and laugh to! The good times and happy feelings are never ending in this comedy of the modern life!
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
on April 4, 2014
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I'd never been much of a Patricia Heaton fan, so had never watched "The Middle" in its first-run network airings, as she was the most prominent person in the cast and seemingly the star in the advertising I'd seen for the show. Then a few months ago it went to syndicated showings locally and was everywhere, at multiple hours of the day--so I happened to watch a few episodes when nothing else was on and found myself truly surprised by the show and the great ensemble cast, not to mention the stunt casting of what seems like dozens of comedic actors I have loved over the years in small guest roles (teachers, neighbors, extended family members, some in even the tiniest of roles). It constantly surprises me with its take on family life and life in general, and is often very observant and even insightful--in endlessly funny ways. I also was surprised to learn how funny Patricia is--and how great a physical comedian she is. She really lets loose in this show, and her commitment to the show's zanier physical moments are very amusing. I'm hooked, and have already bought two seasons of the show, finding it even better with repeated viewings. While I now love all the characters, I've decided my favorite is daughter Sue, played by Eden Sher--she's a genuine live-wire, and the character is not only comedic gold, but can be very touching and sweet, too.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on November 2, 2014
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This series is about a middle class family who experience problems that seem to have connections to one another. Like magic, as it seems that everything is completely out of control, a clue to solving each one's problem appears. There seems to be an unwritten theme to each episode, but if one watches long enough, a light will come on and the theme will be staring the viewer squarely in the face. The characters are quite unique and are easily differentiated. The viewer will come to enjoy the differences of each regular cast member. There are many laughs and tender moments along the way and the viewer begins to accept each one's uniqueness. There is a large cast of minor actors that appear from time to time and these players add pizzazz to each episode!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on February 10, 2014
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Best family show on television, hands down! This show speaks to any parent raising kids; and any kid raising parents!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on May 30, 2014
Hope the 5th Season will be on sale. I like DVD's best. Wonder if it will be and if it is when?
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on November 30, 2013
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My daughter and I love this show. Characters are likeable and make us laugh every time. Frankie is especially relatable.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on January 6, 2015
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LOVE this show! I own every episode of this show and was thrilled when I was finally able to purchase the 5th season! It's great family viewing and makes you see how quirks and bumps in family life can be viewed through humor and clever problem-solving. Must see TV.
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