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The Middle
The Middle.JPG
The Middle title screen
Genre Sitcom
Created by Eileen Heisler
DeAnn Heline
Starring Patricia Heaton
Neil Flynn
Charlie McDermott
Eden Sher
Atticus Shaffer
Chris Kattan
Narrated by Frankie Heck (played by Patricia Heaton)
Composer(s) Joey Newman
Country of origin United States
Language(s) English
No. of seasons 1
No. of episodes 17 (List of episodes)
Executive producer(s) DeAnn Heline
Eileen Heisler
Camera setup Film; Single-camera
Running time 30 minutes (20–22 min. without commercials)
Production company(s) Blackie and Blondie Productions
Warner Bros. Television
Original channel ABC
Picture format 480i (SDTV), 720p (HDTV)
Original run September 30, 2009 (2009-09-30) – present
Status New series
(renewed for second season)
External links
Official website

The Middle is an American comedy television series which premiered on ABC on September 30, 2009.[1] The show features Frankie Heck (Patricia Heaton), a middle-class, Midwestern woman, married to Mike Heck (Neil Flynn). They are the parents of three children.[2] Chris Kattan plays Frankie's friend at the car dealership where they work. The show was picked up for a full season of 22 episodes after airing just two episodes.[3] The show takes place in a small town in Indiana.

On January 12, 2010, The Middle was renewed for a second season by ABC.[4]



Frankie and her husband Mike have lived their whole lives in Orson, a fictitious small town[nb 1] in Indiana. Mike is a manager at a quarry and has a sarcastic streak and a tendency toward brutal honesty. Frankie is so far the least successful salesman at the local car dealership. She may not be a high-powered career woman, but when it comes to her family, she goes to just about any length to hold things together. With kids like hers, she often needs to do so. Axl, her rebellious teenage son, was conceived with Guns N' Roses playing a significant role; Sue, her awkward teenage daughter, struggles to get into something—anything—she tries out for, yet remains encouraged; and Brick is her incredibly smart but lonely seven-year-old son.


The series was originally developed in the 2006–07 development cycle and was to star Ricki Lake.[2]

The pilot was directed by Julie Anne Robinson[1] under a blind directing agreement with ABC studios. On October 8, 2009, the show was picked up for a full season.[3] On January 12, 2010, ABC entertainment President Steve McPherson announced that he was renewing The Middle for a second season.[4][5]


The show has received mainly positive reviews from critics. It holds a score of 70 on the review aggregator website Metacritic as of October 23, 2009.[6]

The show has been described as "...a dead ringer for 'Malcolm in the Middle' with its realistic, wry take on regular family life." [7]

Cast and characters

  • Patricia Heaton as Frankie Heck, a struggling housewife and car saleswoman
  • Neil Flynn as Mike Heck, Frankie's husband, known for his blunt honesty and works at the quarry
  • Charlie McDermott as Axl Heck, semi-nudist, teenage son of Frankie and Mike
  • Eden Sher as Sue Heck, socially awkward teenage middle daughter of Frankie and Mike
  • Atticus Shaffer as Brick Heck, youngest child, an unusual boy who loves to read and whose only friends seem to be his backpack and his books
  • Chris Kattan as Bob, Frankie's best friend at work
  • Brian Doyle-Murray as Mr. Ehlert, owner of the car dealership where Frankie and Bob work

Guest stars

  • Alexa Vega as Morgan, Axl's girlfriend, in the episodes “The Break Up” and "Worry Duty."[8]
  • Brooke Shields as Rita Glossner, a neighbor-nemesis of Frankie Heck.[9]
  • Marsha Mason has been confirmed to guest star in the Mother’s Day episode [10]
  • Betty White has been confirmed to guest star in the the season finale [11]


International broadcast

Country / Region Network(s) Aired Series Premiere
 Australia Nine Network Mondays 8:00pm
 Italy Joi Sundays, 9.00pm[12] January 17, 2010 (2010-01-17)


  1. ^ The town Orson may be named after director Orson Welles, whose papers are archived at Indiana University Bloomington's Lilly Library.


  1. ^ a b ""The Middle" Pilot (2009)". IMDb. Archived from the original on 2010-01-17. Retrieved 2010-01-17. 
  2. ^ a b "ABC Puts Patricia Heaton in 'The Middle'". Zap2it. 2008-11-19. Archived from the original on 2010-01-17. Retrieved 2010-01-17. 
  3. ^ a b Abrams, Natalie (2009-10-08). "ABC Picks Up Cougar Town, Modern Family and The Middle". Archived from the original on 2010-01-17. Retrieved 2010-01-17. 
  4. ^ a b Porter, Rick (2010-01-12). ""Modern Family", "Cougar Town", "The Middle" Picked Up". Archived from the original on 2010-01-15. Retrieved 2010-01-17. 
  5. ^ "ABC bringing back 'Modern Family,' 'Cougar Town'". The Hollywood Reporter. 2010-01-12. Retrieved 2010-02-06. 
  6. ^ "The Middle". Metacritic. Retrieved 2010-02-06. 
  7. ^ Woo, Kelly (2009-07-13). "'The Middle' on ABC – New TV Pilot Preview". AOL Television. Archived from the original on 2010-01-17. Retrieved 2010-01-17. 
  8. ^ "Alexa Vega Finds The Middle". The Middle Fansite. 
  9. ^ Ausiello, Michael. "Brooke Shields Guest Star on ‘The Middle’". Entertainment Weekly. Archived from the original on 2010-01-17. Retrieved 2010-01-17. 
  10. ^ "Marsha Mason on The Middle". The Middle Fansite. 
  11. ^ "Betty White on The Middle". The Middle Fansite. 
  12. ^ "Anticipazioni Febbraio canali Joi e Mya Mediaset Premium" (in italian). Archived from the original on 2010-01-17. Retrieved 2010-01-17. 

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