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THE MIDDLE - ABC's "The Middle" stars Neil Flynn as Mike, Patricia Heaton as Frankie, Eden Sher as Sue, Atticus Shaffer as Brick and Charlie McDermott as Axl. (ABC/Bob D'Amico)

Stuck In The Middle

Not many people have heard of the comedy TV show, The Middle.

The show is underappreciated. That’s clear to see since it’s not well-known. I feel like the reason The Middle is underappreciated is the fact that it doesn’t have the flashiness of Modern Family or a lot of awards going for it.

But that’s fine because it still does well as it flies under the radar. Sometimes things stuck in the middle get overlooked, like this show. The Hecks aren’t rich, but they aren’t poor so they’re in the middle class.

The great thing about this series is that each episode is funny in its own way. It always makes its viewers laugh at how the Hecks are struggling.

People should take time to watch The Middle because the Heck family is quite relatable. A lot of people live like the Hecks in some way or another.

The disorganized Heck family always have a tendency to “Heck” things up as they live their crazy lives in Orson, Ind. They are a struggling family of five living in a run-down house.

The Middle is in its sixth season and has been running since 2009, is about raising a family and lowering your expectations. It is narrated by the mother, Frankie, who uses her wry wit and sense of humor to get through the day.

The Middle is On Demand for those of you who like binge-watching TV shows.

Frankie’s husband Mike, played by Neil Flynn, works in a quarry and is your typical blue-collar father who takes a laid-back approach to parenting. But he backs up Frankie whenever he is needed. According to another reviewer on avclub.com, Mike enjoys life’s simple pleasures.

Frankie, played by Patricia Heaton, is a dedicated, yet frazzled mother. She works as a dental assistant and usually gets sucked into volunteering for school events. She tries to see the bright side of everything. Frankie also tries to turn every bad situation into a funny one.

Axl, played by Charlie McDermott, is the oldest child and he attends East Indiana University on a football scholarship. He is easily annoyed. He doesn’t like doing what he’s told and walks around the house in only his socks and underwear. Axl overachieves at underachieving and fails at everything that’s important.

Sue, played by Eden Sher, is the middle child and most often ignored. She is always enthusiastic while she fails at everything she tries with great gusto. Sue tries to act cool, but comes off as socially awkward. She is taunted by Axl constantly. She’s tried out for a number of school activities, like cheerleading and cross country.

Brick, played by Atticus Shaffer, is the youngest who has no friends and would much rather read all the time. He has a tendency to repeat words he just said to himself in a whisper and “whoop.” He marches to the beat of his own drummer unapologetically.

The seasons have progressed like a regular year. Axl, Sue, and Brick have been going through the ranks of the public school system since the very beginning. Each season there has been a Thanksgiving episode and at least a couple episodes about their summers.

In concept, The Middle ressembles Full House in the sense that they are a wholesome family getting by in the middle class. Unfortunately, there is no Uncle Jesse on The Middle. Otherwise, The Middle is kind of like the TV show, Roseanne, that ran from 1988 to 1997.

If you would like to watch The Middle, new episodes are on every Wednesday night on ABC at eight. Older episodes are on ABC Family during the week from one to three in the afternoon and Hallmark on weeknights from nine to 11.

THE MIDDLE - ABC's "The Middle" stars Neil Flynn as Mike, Patricia Heaton as Frankie, Eden Sher as Sue, Atticus Shaffer as Brick and Charlie McDermott as Axl. (ABC/Bob D'Amico)
THE MIDDLE – ABC’s “The Middle” stars Neil Flynn as Mike, Patricia Heaton as Frankie, Eden Sher as Sue, Atticus Shaffer as Brick and Charlie McDermott as Axl. (ABC/Bob D’Amico)

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