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The Middle 7 Seasons 2012

Season 3
4.8 out of 5 stars (235) IMDb 7.5/10

The Heck family returns for another season of offbeat fun - with one foot in reality and the other on a greasy fast-food wrapper. Patricia Heaton and Neil Flynn star as Frankie and Mike Heck, frazzled parents trying to stretch their patience...

Starring:
Patricia Heaton, Neil Flynn
Original air date:
May 23, 2012

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1. Forced Family Fun, Parts 1 and 2

On the season premiere, Frankie and Mike take the family on a camping trip and revisit memories of their campsite honeymoon, ruined by one of Mike's friends (guest star RAY ROMANO).

CC TV-NR September 21, 2011 42 minutes
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2. Hecking Order

Axl plays a trick on Sue that gets her into trouble in school, while Mike meets with Brick's new fourth grade teacher (CHORD OVERSTREET) to find out why he's allowed to skip gym.

CC TV-NR September 28, 2011 21 minutes
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3. Major Changes

Frankie demands major changes be made to every aspect of the Heck household - then flees to her mother's (MARSHA MASON) house - after she is humiliated by a family member's actions.

CC TV-NR October 5, 2011 22 minutes
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4. The Test

Frankie forces Axl to think about his future when she learns that he hasn't studied for the school PSATs; and a hopeful Sue tries out for cheerleading.

CC TV-NR October 12, 2011 21 minutes
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5. Bad Choices

Frankie and Mike consider leaving home ownership behind and moving the family to an apartment when the Heck home begins to literally fall apart.

CC TV-NR October 19, 2011 21 minutes
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6. Halloween II

After a costume party fiasco, Sue desperately wants to be noticed by the guys and asks Mike for his advice. While Frankie takes Brick's social skills group trick or treating.

CC TV-NR October 26, 2011 21 minutes
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7. Heck's Best Thing

Convinced that their slacker son, Axl, will blow his interview with a football scout that might gain him a college scholarship, Frankie and Mike become far too controlling.

CC TV-NR November 2, 2011 22 minutes
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9. Thanksgiving III

The Hecks spend a not-so-relaxing Thanksgiving at Frankie's parents' house...and sibling rivalry arises when Frankie and her sister don't see eye-to-eye on parenting techniques.

CC TV-NR November 23, 2011 22 minutes
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9. The Play

Frankie's conflicted when both she and Sue land roles in a community theatre production, but the director wants to keep Frankie and cut Sue; NORM MACDONALD stars as Uncle Rusty.

CC TV-NR November 16, 2011 21 minutes
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10. A Christmas Gift

Against Mike's wishes, Frankie decides to throw a Christmas Eve party at their house. And Sue calls on Reverend TimTom to explain the meaning of Christmas to a questioning Brick.

CC TV-NR December 7, 2011 21 minutes
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11. Year of The Hecks

Frankie decides that each Heck family member will be assigned a New Year's resolution anonymously, after realizing that no one follows through on their yearly promises.

CC TV-NR January 4, 2012 21 minutes
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12. The Map

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.

CC TV-NR January 11, 2012 22 minutes
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13. Hecking It Up

Frankie is anything but thrilled when she learns what her volunteer assignment will be at the Indiana-hosted Super Bowl; And the Hecks take advantage of the Donahues' new car.

CC TV-NR January 18, 2012 21 minutes
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14. Valentine's Day III

Frankie and Mike go out for dinner with friends on Valentine's Day, but a clueless Mike angers Frankie by refusing to present her with a simple romantic gesture.

CC TV-NR February 8, 2012 21 minutes
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15. The Concert

Frankie makes it her mission to get an overly excited Sue tickets to a Justin Bieber concert, while Mike coaches Brick to be competitive in the school's upcoming spelling bee.

CC TV-NR February 15, 2012 21 minutes
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16. The Sit Down

Axl, Sue and Brick call a sit down meeting with Frankie and Mike and ask to be given the chance to do what they're supposed to do - without being harassed by their parents.

CC TV-NR February 22, 2012 21 minutes
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17. Leap Year

Sue yearns to celebrate her leap year birthday in a big way, but given Frankie & Mike's track record with celebrations, she might need to lower her expectations.

CC TV-NR February 29, 2012 21 minutes
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18. The Paper Route

Brick takes a job as a newspaper delivery boy from a veteran newsman (EDWARD ASNER), while Sue convinces herself that a long-distance relationship with Matt will work.

CC TV-NR March 14, 2012 21 minutes
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19. Get Your Business Done

A church sermon inspires the Heck family to live life to its fullest without regrets - and while Mike and the kids put this into action, Frankie struggles to find her own mission.

CC TV-NR April 11, 2012 21 minutes
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20. The Guidance Counselor

Sue finds a kindred spirit in her awkward school guidance counselor, Jane Marsh (guest star WHOOPI GOLDBERG), who inspires her to reinvent herself...as Suki.

CC TV-NR May 2, 2012 21 minutes
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21. The Clover

Bad luck follows Brick after he finds a cursed four-leaf clover and Axl is horrified when his friend, Darrin (guest star JOHN GAMMON), asks Sue to the prom.

CC TV-NR May 9, 2012 21 minutes
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22. The Telling

It seems like Frankie truly has eyes in the back of her head when she busts both Sue and Axl for making some bad choices, but it turns out that she's using Brick as her snitch.

CC TV-NR May 16, 2012 22 minutes
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23. The Wedding

On the season finale, Frankie & Mike are stunned to discover that Mike's brother has chosen the Heck house as the site of his fast-approaching wedding...without asking permission.

CC TV-NR May 23, 2012 22 minutes
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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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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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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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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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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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