The daily mishaps of a married woman and her semi-dysfunctional family and their attempts to survive life in general in the town of Orson, Indiana.
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Series cast summary:
 Frankie Heck (170 episodes, 2009-2016)
 Mike Heck (170 episodes, 2009-2016)
 Axl Heck (170 episodes, 2009-2016)
 Sue Heck (170 episodes, 2009-2016)
 Brick Heck (170 episodes, 2009-2016)


Following a woman named Frankie, and her boisterous family, the Hecks. Her husband, Mike, her daughter, Sue, and her two sons, Axl, and Brick go on what you might call family adventures as they explore life and its meaning. Mike and Frankie Heck watch their three crazy children grow up into young adults. Written by melissa mctague

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Just like your family...kind of. Not really. Well, maybe.




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30 September 2009 (USA)  »

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The Middle.  »

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A house is constantly shown to the left, across the street, from the Heck's home. This is the set house used in Bewitched. To the right of the Heck's home is the house used for "The Partridge Family". See more »


At one point in the series Sue forms the "Wrestlerettes" - a group of cheerleaders who cheer solely for the wrestling team. However, in the beginning of the series Sue states that she tries out for the Wrestlerettes. She also hangs out with a mean girl who is on the Wrestlerettes and doesn't invite Sue to her sleepover because "there will be a lot of Wrestlerettes there" and she didn't want her "to be made fun of." See more »


Mike Heck: I can help you, but you know what I'm gonna say.
Frankie Heck: Oh, God...
Mike Heck: Sports!
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The Middle
Written by Jim Adkins, Tom Linton, Rick Burch and Zach Lind
Performed by Jimmy Eat World
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Finally, a show I can watch with my family.
15 October 2009 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I'm guessing the family portrayed in 'The Middle' is not the norm but they certainly are closer to 'real' people than most sitcom characters or, for that matter, most 'reality' show contestants. The children are not perfect nor are they drug addicted or sex-crazed or alcoholic or parent-hating brats. The oldest son hanging out in boxer shorts? My son did that. The middle child, the daughter, trying to find her place in the school social order but often coming up short? Who hasn't failed at something in life? And the youngest child, the little boy who often repeats things in a whisper, is sweet and loves his parents. These kids make you laugh both from their unintentional humor and from recognition. And I especially like the fact that each episode ends on an upbeat note. The family members, no matter what crazy circumstances they may find themselves in, love each other and accept their lot in life without bitterness and anger. Far removed from the pop culture norms we've been fed lately, people living in 'The Middle' may actually exist after all.

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