The Middle: Season 1
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The supporting cast is every bit as strong. These kids actually look and act like kids, in all their obnoxious, oblivious, naive glory, not like glossy supermodels in training. Flynn pulls his own deft balancing act, making husband Mike blunt and a little insensitive without seeming like a jerk or a caricature. The show is still working out some kinks--Chris Kattan (Saturday Night Live) plays a hapless coworker of Frankie's; the character has possibilities and Kattan seems game for anything, but the writers don't quite know what to do with him yet. A host of guest stars--including Brooke Shields as a white trash neighbor and Betty White as an imperious librarian--fit nicely into the show's world, rather than sticking out like stunt casting. The Middle treats middle America with compassion, intelligence, and genuine appreciation. --Bret Fetzer
Sue's Best Shots: Sue's school photos provide the springboard for cast and crew to recall their own school photo experiences
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Unlike the over hyped "Modern Family," this show doesn't play to stereotypes, but has its finger on how children actually behave and the realities of middle class life without being sarcastic, mean, or condescending. It's as though real people sneaked into Hollywood and produced this show. The cast is spot on and Patricia Heaton shows she can easily lead a series all on her own.
My family never misses "The Middle" and are happy to see it doing well in the ratings. Let's hope it stays on the air for years to come; can't wait to own this series on DVD.
I was introduced to this show through a lunch conversation with my sister. She was laughing hysterically as she explained the various characters (example, whispering to herself when describing "Brick"). The show sounded interesting and I had always loved Patricia Heaton in Everybody Loves Raymond: The Complete Series, so I had to find this little advertised show and give it a watch.
It was LOVE at first sight! Even though I hadn't had the background of the show, I saw one or two episodes from season 2 and fell in love with the wonderful cast of characters. Brick, Sue, Frankie, Mike and Axl. A perfect blend of characters, the show is gut-wrenchingly funny.
After seeing 1-2 episodes I quickly ordered the first season on DVD so that I could catch up. This is one of the few shows where "out of the box" the series is funny. The first episode sets the framework up beautifully and does not leave the viewer wanting anything except more episodes. We watch these over and over and are waiting with baited breath for season 2 to hit DVD.
If you want a refreshingly funny comedy that is family friendly, this is it. The characters are clever and funny. I am hoping this series lasts many, many seasons. It's a winner!
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Needed to watch this episode for a school project, but it's a great show. Good raw family humor.Published 2 days ago by Darcy kubat
What needs to be said? If you love the show you need this set!! Love re-watching this funny show. :-)Published 18 days ago by Laura
love this show , however the 1st season is the cheapest prepare to take out a mortgagee to watch the next 7 seasonsPublished 24 days ago by GhostDust1863
Great show for the entire family. I don't feel like they ever get inappropriate for our kids so we can enjoy a funny sitcom together.Published 29 days ago by CS
One of my top favorite shows! No shaky camera action, no annoying audience laughs, just pure family comedy!Published 2 months ago by ks
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Oh come on. You all should be happy you can even see full episodes of this show on DVD because ABC won't post them and I hated waiting every week this summer for a re-run. They re-ran the pilot last week and it was EDITED!
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