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The Middle 7 Seasons 2014

Season 5
4.5 out of 5 stars (239) IMDb 7.5/10

The quirky misadventures of one of the Heartland's most hilarious families continue as the middle returns for a fifth fitful season... and family dynamics have never been funnier. As a middle-aged, middle-class, middle USA mom, Frankie Heck (Patricia Heaton) tackles the mundane chaos of everyday life, while kids continually manufacture drama, while her husband offers support from the sidelines.

Starring:
Patricia Heaton, Neil Flynn

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1. The Drop Off

Against Axl's wishes, Frankie insists on having the entire Heck family along for the ride, as they drive to his college to move him into his dorm on the fifth season finale.

TV-NR CC Runtime: 21 minutes Release date: September 24, 2013
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2. Change is in the Air

Sue feels a new sense of freedom with Axl is out of the house; Brick avoids the school bathroom; and Frankie is jealous that Axl returns Mike's calls and texts - but not hers.

TV-NR CC Runtime: 21 minutes Release date: October 1, 2013
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3. The Potato

Sue gets a job at the mall to buy herself a car; Axl begins to spend his nights at home to avoid his college roommate; and Frankie & Mike are called into Brick's principal's office.

TV-NR CC Runtime: 21 minutes Release date: October 8, 2013
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4. The 100th

In the series' 100th episode, the town of Orson celebrates its 100th Anniversary: Frankie & Mike drive a giant cow float in the parade and Axl & his friends restart Boss Co.

TV-NR CC Runtime: 21 minutes Release date: October 22, 2013
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5. Halloween IV: The Ghost Story

As Halloween approaches, Sue holds a sťance with her Wrestlerettes; Axl is hazed by the football team and not allowed to his own party; and Brick tries to ask a girl to the dance.

TV-NR CC Runtime: 21 minutes Release date: October 29, 2013
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6. The Jump

Frankie finds solace in rescuing and taking in a lost dog; Sue actually makes the volleyball team; and Axl calls on Brick for help with his college academics classes.

TV-NR CC Runtime: 21 minutes Release date: November 12, 2013
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7. Thanksgiving V

Frankie's parents - along with some uninvited guests - show up for Thanksgiving dinner; while Axl tries to find the perfect time to tell his parents some bad news.

TV-NR CC Runtime: 21 minutes Release date: November 19, 2013
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8. The Kiss

Frankie and Mike's romantic house-sitting weekend is jeopardized by the home's technical difficulties, and the bratty neighborhood Glossner kids invade the Heck household.

TV-NR CC Runtime: 21 minutes Release date: December 3, 2013
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9. The Christmas Tree

Home from college, Axl would rather spend his Christmas vacation with his friends vs. his family; while Sue's allergic reaction to the Christmas tree threatens to ruin her holiday.

TV-NR CC Runtime: 21 minutes Release date: December 10, 2013
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10. Sleepless in Orson

Frankie and Mike become concerned when Brick suddenly develops a host of irrational fears. Meanwhile, Sue is both disgusted and intrigued with affection of the neighborhood bully.

TV-NR CC Runtime: 21 minutes Release date: January 7, 2014
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11. War of the Hecks

An angry Sue tries to out-prank Axl, when she discovers he stole the school's mascot head; Meanwhile Frankie's boss, Dr. Goodwin, tries to befriend her after-work.

TV-NR CC Runtime: 21 minutes Release date: January 14, 2014
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12. The Carpool

When Frankie drives the school carpool, Brick and his friends fear she is ruining their chances of attending the "no tardy party." Axl hits the books to tutor a hot student.

TV-NR CC Runtime: 21 minutes Release date: January 21, 2014
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13. Hungry Games

The Hecks may lose out on an All-You-Can-Eat buffet when they find themselves being counseled by a new minister (KEEGAN-MICHAEL KEY) after their family squabble disrupts his sermon.

TV-NR CC Runtime: 21 minutes Release date: February 4, 2014
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14. The Award

Mike's being presented with an award for 20 years of service, but doesn't want to go. Sue puts together a plan to get noticed at school. Axl tracks down a mystery girl.

TV-NR CC Runtime: 21 minutes Release date: February 25, 2014
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15. Vacation Days

Mike is forced to take a paid vacation, but can't relax with Brick around. Frankie discovers that Axl has been secretly staying with the Donahues over Spring Break.

TV-NR CC Runtime: 21 minutes Release date: March 4, 2014
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16. Stormy Moon

Frankie is arrested over one of Brick's unreturned library books, and Sue is not impressed by Reverend TimTom's (PAUL HIPP) new girlfriend, Reverend Tammy (CASEY WILSON).

TV-NR CC Runtime: 21 minutes Release date: March 11, 2014
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17. The Walk

Frankie & Mike discover that they are more fun and charming with others than they are at home; Sue ends up with multiple prom dates; Brick asks for Axl's help with a book report.

TV-NR CC Runtime: 21 minutes Release date: March 25, 2014
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18. The Smell

Mike reluctantly becomes the new head coach of Sue's soccer team, and Frankie discovers that a hideous smell emanating from inside the house is actually coming from Brick.

TV-NR CC Runtime: 21 minutes Release date: April 1, 2014
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19. The Wind Chimes

Frankie pleads with neighborhood nemesis Rita Glossner (BROOKE SHIELDS) to take down her annoying wind chimes, while Sue informs the family that she and Darrin are dating again.

TV-NR CC Runtime: 21 minutes Release date: April 22, 2014
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20. The Optimist

Sue frantically tries to earn a scholarship to help pay for college, and Frankie must find a way to secretly send out the dental appointment reminder cards she forgot to mail for Dr. Goodwin.

TV-NR CC Runtime: 21 minutes Release date: April 29, 2014
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21. Office Hours

Frankie sets up office hours in which the kids can only voice their needs between five and six p.m., and Mike keeps a stern eye on Darrin to ensure that he doesn't take advantate of Sue.

TV-NR CC Runtime: 21 minutes Release date: May 6, 2014
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22. Hecks on a Hard Body

Sue enters a "Hands on a Hard Body" contest to try to win a car, while Mike and his wayward brother Rusty (NORM MACDONALD) take a road trip with Brick to a Chicago spelling bee.

TV-NR CC Runtime: 21 minutes Release date: May 13, 2014
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23. Orlando

In the first part of a two-part season finale, Sue counts down the days until the family departs on their road trip to Disney World, while Axl anxiously awaits his grades.

TV-NR CC Runtime: 21 minutes Release date: May 20, 2014
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24. The Wonderful World of Hecks

In the second part of the two-part season finale, the Hecks arrive at Walt Disney World and attempt to stay positive, despite a barrage of mishaps that threaten to ruin their trip.

TV-NR CC Runtime: 21 minutes Release date: May 20, 2014
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Product Details

Genres Comedy
Director Lee Shallat Chemel
Starring Patricia Heaton, Neil Flynn
Supporting actors Charlie McDermott, Eden Sher, Atticus Shaffer, Jerry Van Dyke, Rebecca Metz, Michael Busch, Tommy Bechtold, George Pond, John Mark Loudermilk
Season year 2014
Network ABC
Producers Roy Brown, Melissa Parent Connolly, Eileen Heisler, DeAnn Heline, Tim Hobert, Jana Hunter, Mitch Hunter, Ashley Korman, David S. Rosenthal, Robin Shorr, Korby Siamis, Leslie Waldman, Werner Walian
Purchase rights Stream instantly and download to 2 locations Details
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By Robin on October 19, 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.
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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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The Middle: Season 5
I love "the Middle". The only true family values comedy without the blatant in your face subversion so typical of ABC "Family" programming. Five star series, characters and dialogue now brought down to one half star by format change.
I am EXTREMELY DISAPPOINTED that Warner Brothers has decided to violate the spirit of the FCC requirement for closed captioned TV programming by failing to provide those captions when such programming is reproduced on DVD. It also violates the spirit of the 2012 Massachusetts Fed Court NAD (National Association of the Deaf) vs. Netflix ruling whereby online streaming content MUST BE ACCESSIBLE to people with disabilities.
Certainly a company which provides copies of such programming to the public must comply – or does this fall into the province of Undue Burden”
No, not really.
Home viewing of a DVD is PRIVATE, not public. Adding subtitles or captions is VOLUNTARY. Besides, its CHEAPER to not bother with subtitles or captions. So companies like Warner Brothers can circumvent the spirit of the law and trounce rights of access by the disabled.
I find that despicable.
As Cindy M. pointed out in another review, background noise, poorly miked dialogue make captions a necessity. Unless one is a technological dinosaur and uses VHS to “time shift” programming for the captions, the wit and subtlety of what is expressed will be missed.
DVD9 (including DVD-R) formatting eliminates captions. It also eliminates scene & chapter selections.
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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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