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The Middle: Season 1
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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.
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
- Aspect Ratio : 1.78:1
- Is Discontinued By Manufacturer : No
- MPAA rating : s_medNotRated NR (Not Rated)
- Product Dimensions : 7.75 x 5.5 x 0.75 inches; 5.6 Ounces
- Item model number : 7583990
- Media Format : Multiple Formats, AC-3, Box set, Color, Dolby, Subtitled, Widescreen, NTSC
- Run time : 8 hours and 48 minutes
- Release date : August 31, 2010
- Actors : Patricia Heaton, Neil Flynn, Charlie McDermott, Eden Sher, Atticus Shaffer
- Dubbed: : Portuguese
- Subtitles: : English, French, Spanish
- Language : English (Dolby Digital 5.1), Unqualified (DTS ES 6.1)
- Studio : Warner Home Video
- ASIN : B002JVWQUU
- Number of discs : 3
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"Modern Family" stole the potential spotlight from "The MIddle." It was the "big city" of TV shows, overshadowing the warmth and message of "The Middle." But that's fine. This "small town" show had a big heart and instead of focusing on hot-button issues or the dramatics of politics, it portrayed the truth of a lot of American homes. Many of us are living in small towns with small jobs, struggling to have kids and survive. Love, friendship, community ... and a lot of humor, are how we get through our days.
As Axl says, we fight dirty. But we get it done.
The writing, acting, and continuity were on point every season. It's a show I'd be cool with most kids watching, too, especially those children who may feel like they're "nerds" or "weird." The Heck kids tackle life with a broad range of obstacles in their paths, but they never, ever give up. "The Middle" didn't give up either. In spite of being overlooked for the barrage of awards it deserved (those kids were amazing actors - and of course Neil Flynn and Patricia Heaton knocked it out of the park) it never stopped delivering a heartfelt, hilarious punch for nine solid seasons.
I still watch this show. The farewell episode still makes me cry. To me, it's "The Office" wrapped up in a more family-friendly package. It's almost perfect. Watch it. Love it. Relate to it. I enjoy "Modern Family," but it's too fancy. It's a house I'd visit, not live in.
I'd live with the Hecks... right smack dab in "The MIddle."
This family is just so funny and so relatable to me. I am able to relate to their house disasters, their kids being a little weird or annoying. I can especially relate to their paycheck to paycheck life style. The show never leaves me disappointed. I laugh and laugh at all of Bricks quirks and Axel's laziness. Sue is just such a refreshing sweet natured girl, I love that her character really comes in to her own as the show progresses.
Season one is by far one of my favorite seasons. They overcome many obstacles, and the comedy along the way is just perfect. The first episode where Frankie gets stranded by the woman who claimed to be buying a car just cracks me up. One of my favorite episodes and yet I had NO IDEA that it was the first ever episode. So excited to progress through the first four season!
You absolutely can't go wrong buying this show either streaming or DVD because it is absolutely hilarious fun family show!
Perfectly written, perfectly cast, perfectly performed, The Middle's desperately, perfectly imperfect family's first season will warm your hearts and stay with you a long, long time.
So sad that the series is coming to an end this year. Good news is that we have several make-up seasons to help us get over it!
and Rec. I love both shows, but The Middle is still on TV, and hope for many more years to come. I find myself laughing out
loud so many times, and it's GREAT to be able to watch a show that's not centered around violence and sex. A show that
kids can watch and actually learn something about handling their own issues with being different. This show does a very good
job accepting disabilities and individuality as perfectly normal.
Yet there's nothing mid-level about their story, which is guaranteed to pull in viewers from the first episode.
Mike (Neil Flynn) and Frankie (Patricia Heaton) struggle to balance work and the raising of their three kids, sarcastic athlete 14-year-old Axl (Charlie McDermott); bubbly ne'er-do-well 12-year-old Sue (Eden Sher) and brilliant social misfit 7-year-old Brick (Atticus Shaffer). Every day brings new challenges; yet all are met with the typical tenacity and tongue-in-cheek humor that make the Hecks so hilariously relatable.
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This show keeps you laughing right through the hard times