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The Middle: Season 1 (2009)

Patricia Heaton , Neil Flynn  |  Unrated |  DVD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (172 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Patricia Heaton, Neil Flynn, Charlie McDermott, Eden Sher, Atticus Shaffer
  • Format: AC-3, Box set, Color, Dolby, Subtitled, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: English, French, Spanish
  • Dubbed: Portuguese
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 3
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: August 31, 2010
  • Run Time: 528 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (172 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,661 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Middle: Season 1" on IMDb

Special Features

Raising a Sitcom Family: Series creators recount the history and development of this unique comedy about small-town life in the Midwest
Sue's Best Shots: Sue's school photos provide the springboard for cast and crew to recall their own school photo experiences
Unaired scenes
Gag reel

Editorial Reviews

The Middle is the most honest--and, for that reason, the funniest--sitcom about middle class family life since Roseanne. Frankie Heck (Patricia Heaton, Everybody Loves Raymond) wearily runs a cluttered, chaotic household with her husband Mike (Neil Flynn, Scrubs) and three unruly kids: sullen teen jock Axl (Charlie McDermott), hopeless klutz Sue (Eden Sher), and smart but socially awkward Brick (Atticus Shaffer). The plots revolve around the kind of mild crises that make domestic life so difficult: Frankie and Mike can't find time to be alone together; debts force difficult choices; the kids spend more time watching television than talking to each other. Again and again, Frankie longs to teach her kids good values but realizes she isn't living up to those values herself--and her reluctant efforts to muster virtue within herself can be achingly funny. Frankie is superbly well realized, a perfect match of writing and performer. Heaton portrays her contradictory impulses (virtue vs. convenience, open-heartedness vs. a hunger for just a little time alone) with wonderful subtlety; the wary look in her eyes flickers between sincerity and cynicism.

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

Product Description

Patricia Heaton stars as Frankie Heck in this warm and witty single-camera comedy about raising a family and lowering your expectations. Frankie Heck is a superhero. Well, no, not an actual superhero - but sometimes it seems to Frankie as though getting her kids out the door for school every morning is a superheroic act. Middle aged, middle class and living in the middle of the country, this harried wife and working mother of three uses her wry wit and sense of humor to try to get her family through each day intact.

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82 of 89 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The best show on television April 16, 2010
I thought it would be impossible for another show to nail the family life experience the way "Everybody Loves Raymond" did previously. But after watching ABC's "The Middle" I realize how "sitcom" that earlier show was. My family shares the exact same dynamic of the Hecks; the same distribution of kids in the same ages and genders. More than that, "The Middle" portrays an honesty that a regular studio audience sitcom could never convey.

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.
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59 of 64 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars My favorite TV series since Friends December 29, 2009
I've waited a long time to really love a television show since the greats; Friends and Frasier. ;o) Finally here comes The Middle. My husband and I have not missed an episode nor will we. The moment it's out on DVD we are buying it. It's uniquely funny and I think a lot of full time working Moms will really "get it". The youngest child, Brick is lovable and hilarious and Sue the daughter is so akward you could cry and laugh at the same time. Kudos to the writers of this great comedy.
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22 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars love the show! February 20, 2010
i think this is one of the best new comedies. i love it and cannot wait for the DVD release! a must buy for sure.
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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Sit Com-I LOVE Brick March 29, 2010
The little kid on this show is just wonderful, Brick. I am not a parent myself but he has utterly captivated me. He is an odd kid, doesn't fit into anyone's niche but that is what makes him irresistible. So even if the rest of this show was a disaster, I doubt I could give up seeing Brick each week. But the rest is not a disaster, just the opposite in fact. Patricia Heaton plays a middle class mother in Indiana holding it all together despite being the Mom in a family of true eccentrics. Between juggling her full duties as mother of three and wife, she also works at a car dealership where she is the absolute worst salesperson. Even if the economy were booming, I could not see her zooming ahead in this field. The other two kids are teenagers. The daughter, Sue, is awkard in the extreme but the soul of an optimistic good nature. Her older brother is every teen parent's model of apathy and cynicism. He could be the poster boy of the teenage years. The actor playing Mike the father also does a good job. He and Heaton mesh believably as a couple.
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the Best New Shows out there. March 31, 2010
I am a Patricia Heaton fan. I have enjoyed her work since Everybody Loves Raymond. I loved the short lived show she did with Kelsey Grammar a couple years ago called "Back to You." I was so mad when it was cancelled. Then came "The Middle." This show is a gem. I love Brick, the little guy with an inquisitive mind and that oddball way he repeats his comments to himself in a whisper. I love Axel and Sue. Each kid has their own unique personality. And Heaton and Neil Flynn are great as the parents. The stories are quick, smart and endearing. The focus is family togetherness in a small Indiana town. I even get a giggle out of the Heck's horribly gawdy decorated home. But they all love each other and their affection for one another is precious. I do hope this show stays on for a long time as it is high quality, original and a joy to watch. It is followed on Wednesday nights by "Modern Family", another great new comedy. ABC has finally hit two right out the ball park. I can't wait for their DVD releases.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars It's Not the Middle, It's the Tops June 27, 2010
I am not a big fan of TV sitcoms. The characters are unreal and don't speak the truth when it comes to family life. When a friend suggested this show I was skeptical to say the least. After one viewing I was hooked. The writing is true to life and the characters are real people who have flaws, but like most families, they make it work. Thank you to the producers for renewing my faith in the American sitcom.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great for kids and grown-ups August 17, 2010
I have 3 boys ages 10, 7 and 6. They love The Middle as much as I do. Finally! A prime time show the whole family can watch without having to provide explanations about the sexually explicit content (2 1/2 Men, for example) or occasional swear words. Axel reminds my boys of their older cousin, Sue reminds me of me, and all the kids have started the Brick-whisper after watching the DVRed shows over and over. My pre-order is in and we can't wait until season 2 begins.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Funny to the core. A refreshingly, funny show. February 15, 2011
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This is one of those great sleeper shows that seems to live in the shadow of other shows on the air - mainly Modern Family: The Complete First Season which has been one of ABC's crown jewels. I am glad that ABC moved it to the front of their line-up and it is finally getting the recognition it deserves.

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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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars I love the show.
I think the first season was very good and it had more of an uplifting feel to it. I was surprised. Good family shoe.
Published 19 hours ago by Loretta
5.0 out of 5 stars Great show
We look forward to this show each week and we go back and watch the older ones with our Roku. In this day and age when most everything on TV is pure trash, selling teen sex, etc. Read more
Published 3 days ago by sanclan
5.0 out of 5 stars Funny
This is one of the greatest TV shows of all time. My family can completely relate with their family because of the humor and the kids. Read more
Published 3 days ago by Tayler Cameron
5.0 out of 5 stars Great american show.
Enjoyed every episode. A great cast. Very believable situations. And Brook Shields was a hoot.A great purchase all the way around.
Published 5 days ago by Michael D Cunningham
5.0 out of 5 stars Pure joy
Very well written sitcom revolves around the Heck family from Orson Indiana, in the "middle" of the country. Read more
Published 5 days ago by Abbie
5.0 out of 5 stars This show is hysterical
I absolutely love this show. Its hysterical. Its not like watching one of those shows where the whole family is perfect and the house is perfect. Read more
Published 5 days ago by Jennifer
5.0 out of 5 stars good family fun
this is a great humorous show the whole family can enjoy,axle is hilarious to watch as he represents so many boys in this country,this family is like alot of our family,but all of... Read more
Published 25 days ago by Dakota J. Doerr
5.0 out of 5 stars Nice
We got what we expected. It was nice no scotches was a new case with all the right disks. fast shipping and all the disks work!
Published 29 days ago by Joshua
1.0 out of 5 stars Too much swearing
Lots of swearing. Too much for my taste. Definitely portrayed the life in Indiana Correctly! I would rate it as PG13 for language content.
Published 1 month ago by johnny
5.0 out of 5 stars LOVE IT
This show is just amazing and so funny. If you want a good laugh this show is it. I have all three seasons now and can't wait to get the 4th. Read more
Published 1 month ago by S. Nelson
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