The Middle: Season 3
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Work. Kids. Bills. Comedy. It's how the middle half lives. The Heck family returns for Season Three, bringing with them further episodes of offbeat fun – with one foot in reality and the other on a greasy wrapper from Burgerworld. Two-time Emmy® winner Patricia Heaton and Neil Flynn star as Frankie and Mike Heck, frazzled parents trying to stretch their patience and paychecks around three brilliantly true-to-life kids: slacker teen Axl (Charlie McDermott), the over-but-somehow-always-under-achieving Sue (Eden Sher), and the bookish Brick (Atticus Shaffer), perhaps the only kid to ever have his birthday party at the public library. This year, Sue's entering high school and will attempt to not only navigate the raging waters of school life, but also co-exist with Axl, who is not too thrilled with his little sister being at the same school. With high-profile guest stars like Ray Romano, Glee's Chord Oversteet and more, THE MIDDLE is exactly where you want to be.]]>
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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.
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!
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...Read more ›
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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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