The Middle (TV series)

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the middle.
The Middle logo.png
GenreSitcom
FormatComedy
Narrative
Created byEileen Heisler
DeAnn Heline
StarringPatricia Heaton
Neil Flynn
Charlie McDermott
Eden Sher
Atticus Shaffer
Chris Kattan
Narrated byPatricia Heaton
Composer(s)Joey Newman
Country of originUnited States
Language(s)English
No. of seasons4
No. of episodes88 (List of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s)DeAnn Heline
Eileen Heisler
Camera setupSingle-camera
Running time22 minutes
Production company(s)Blackie and Blondie Productions
Warner Bros. Television
Broadcast
Original channelABC
Picture format1080i 16:9 (HDTV)
Original runSeptember 30, 2009 (2009-09-30) – present
External links
Website
 
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the middle.
The Middle logo.png
GenreSitcom
FormatComedy
Narrative
Created byEileen Heisler
DeAnn Heline
StarringPatricia Heaton
Neil Flynn
Charlie McDermott
Eden Sher
Atticus Shaffer
Chris Kattan
Narrated byPatricia Heaton
Composer(s)Joey Newman
Country of originUnited States
Language(s)English
No. of seasons4
No. of episodes88 (List of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s)DeAnn Heline
Eileen Heisler
Camera setupSingle-camera
Running time22 minutes
Production company(s)Blackie and Blondie Productions
Warner Bros. Television
Broadcast
Original channelABC
Picture format1080i 16:9 (HDTV)
Original runSeptember 30, 2009 (2009-09-30) – present
External links
Website

The Middle (aka the middle.) is an American sitcom television series, airing on ABC since September 30, 2009.[1] }</ref> The series features Frances "Frankie" Heck (Patricia Heaton), a working-class, Midwestern woman and her husband Mike Heck (Neil Flynn), who reside in the small fictional town of Orson, Indiana. They are the parents of three children, Axl (Charlie McDermott), Sue (Eden Sher), and Brick (Atticus Shaffer).[2] The series was picked up for a full season of 24 episodes after airing just two episodes.[3]

The third season premiered with a one-hour episode on September 21, 2011. On May 10, 2012, ABC renewed the show for a fourth season,[4] which premiered with a one-hour special on September 26, 2012. It was nominated for one 2012 Emmy Award, for Outstanding Makeup for a Single-Camera Series (Non-Prosthetic).[5]

Contents

Premise

The series features a middle-class family of five (the Hecks) living in flyover country in middle America in a mid-sized city in the American midwest state of Indiana. It is narrated by Frankie Heck, the wife and mother, an expressive under-performing salesperson at a used-car dealership and later a dental student. Her stoic husband Mike manages a local quarry and serves as a stabilizing influence in the family. They have three children: oldest son Axl, an under-motivated and cynical teenager, who does well in sports but not in academics; daughter Sue (the middle child), an enthusiastic young teen, but chronically unsuccessful and socially awkward; and son Brick (the youngest), an intelligent but introverted compulsive reader with behavioral problems and ongoing quirks.

See page List of The Middle episodes.

Cast

Main cast

Recurring characters

In May 2010, Whoopi Goldberg guest-starred as Jane Marsh (Sue's guidance counselor) in "The Guidance Counselor" episode.

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Development and production

The series was originally developed in the 2006–07 development cycle and was to star Ricki Lake as Frankie.[2] Atticus Shaffer was the only actor to retain his role when the show was re-developed.[7] The series was created by Eileen Heisler and DeAnn Heline and the pilot was directed by Julie Anne Robinson. 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.[8][9] After airing its third season, The Middle was renewed for a fourth season, along with other Wednesday comedies like Modern Family and Suburgatory.

Reception

Critical reception

The show has received positive reviews from critics. It holds a score of 71 on the review aggregator website Metacritic as of April 1, 2011.[10] Critics praise the show's realistic look at the middle class, its good timing, writing, and acting, with Robert Bianco of USA Today saying, "...This series seems to more assuredly offer a first-class version of what so many viewers say they want: a humorous, heartfelt, realistic look at middle-class, middle-America family life."[11] The praise has been, so far, consistent, with Entertainment Weekly's Ken Tucker saying that, in season two, The Middle continues to be "...a rock-solid show, the saga of a family struggling to keep their heads above the choppy economic waters..."[12] In the 2009–2010 season, The Middle ranked number six on Metacritic's "Best Reviewed New Network Show" list.[13] Airing behind the quickly cancelled Hank during its first season, ratings were not impressive at first. At the beginning of the 2010/2011 season, ABC moved the show to 8:00pm and ratings increased substantially, with the show usually ranking second in its time slot to CBS's Survivor.

Awards and nominations

In 2011, the series received a Gracie Award for Outstanding Comedy.[14] The 1st Critics' Choice Television Awards nominated the series for Best Comedy Series, Patricia Heaton for Best Actress in a Comedy Series and Eden Sher for Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series.

YearAwardCategoryRecipients and nomineesOutcome
2010Young Artist AwardRecurring Young Actor 14 and OverBrock CiarlelliNominated
Recurring Young ActressEden SherNominated
Humanitas Prize30 Minute CategoryAlex Reid (writer)For The Block PartyNominated
2011Gracie AwardOutstanding ComedyThe MiddleWon
1st Critics' Choice Television AwardsBest Comedy SeriesThe MiddleNominated
Best Actress in a Comedy SeriesPatricia HeatonNominated
Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy SeriesEden SherNominated
Young Artist AwardGuest Starring Young Actor Ten and UnderParker ContrerasWon
Mason CookNominated
Recurring Young ActorBrock CiarlelliWon
Guest Starring Young Actress 11–15Kelly HeyerNominated
Recurring Young Actress 17–21Blaine SaundersNominated
Outstanding Young Ensemble in a TV SeriesEden Sher, Atticus Shaffer and Charlie McDermottNominated
2012Critics' Choice Television AwardBest Comedy Supporting ActressEden SherNominated
PAAFTJ Television AwardsBest Comedy SeriesThe MiddleNominated
Best Lead Actress In A Comedy SeriesPatricia Heaton(Episode: “Thanksgiving III”)Won
Best Supporting Actress In A Comedy SeriesEden Sher(Episode: “The Test”)Nominated
Best Production Design In A Comedy SeriesRandy Ser for “The Map”Nominated
Young Artist AwardRecurring Young Actor 17–21Brock CiarlelliWon
Guest Starring Young Actress 17–21Katlin MastandreaNominated
Guest Starring Young Actress Ten and UnderMarlowe PeytonNominated
Emmy AwardsOutstanding Makeup For A Single-Camera Series (Non-Prosthetic)Episode: The PlayNominated
Humanitas Prize30 Minute CategoryEileen Heisler and DeAnn Heline (writers)For The MapNominated

Ratings

SeasonTimeslot (ET)# Ep.PremieredEndedTV SeasonRankViewers
(in millions)
DatePremiere Viewers
(in millions)
DateFinale Viewers
(in millions)
1
Wednesday 8:30pm
24
September 30, 2009
8.71[15]
May 19, 2010
7.55[16]2009–2010#65[17]6.90[17]
2
Wednesday 8:00pm
24
September 22, 2010
8.81[18]
May 25, 2011
7.33[19]2010–2011#56[20]8.11[20]
324
September 21, 2011
9.74[21]
May 23, 2012
6.52[22]2011–2012#64[23]8.08[24]
424
September 26, 2012
9.16[25]
2013
2012–2013

The season 3 episode "Halloween II" was the most watched episode so far, viewed by 10.16 million viewers.[26]

Syndication

On March 6, 2012, it was announced that ABC Family obtained the rights to The Middle, and will begin airing the series in the fall of 2013.[27] Hallmark Channel also acquired The Middle for syndication to begin airing in March 2014.[28]

DVD distribution

The Complete First Season[29]
Set detailsSpecial features
  • Raising a Sitcom Family
  • Sue's Best Shots
  • Unaired scenes
  • Gag reel
Release Dates
Region 1Region 2Region 4
August 31, 2010September 12, 2011October 5, 2011
The Complete Second Season[30]
Set detailsSpecial features
  • 24 episodes
  • 3-disc set
  • 1.78:1 aspect ratio
  • Languages:
    • English (Dolby Digital 5.1, with subtitles)
    • Português subtitles
    • Français subtitles
    • Español subtitles
    • Chinese subtitles
  • Unaired scenes
  • Gag reel
Release Dates
Region 1Region 2Region 4
September 27, 2011November 5, 2012August 29, 2012

International broadcasting

Country / RegionNetwork(s)Series premiere
 ArgentinaWarner ChannelJuly 19, 2010
 AustraliaNine Network / GO!December 7, 2009
 AustriaORF einsJanuary 2, 2013
 BelgiumVierOctober, 2012
 Bosnia and HerzegovinaHBO AdriaSeptember, 2010
 BulgariaBTV (Bulgaria)2012
 BrazilWarner ChannelJuly 14, 2010
SBTOctober 20, 2012
 CanadaCitySeptember 30, 2009
 ColombiaWarner ChannelJuly 19, 2010
 Costa RicaWarner ChannelJuly 12, 2010
 CubaMultivisiónMay 24, 2012
 DenmarkTV3+May 24, 2010
 Dominican RepublicWarner ChannelJuly 19, 2010
 EcuadorWarner ChannelJuly 19, 2010
 EstoniaKanal 2January 2, 2012
 FinlandMTV3 / Sub2012
 FranceComédie+September 3, 2010
 GermanyZDFneoMarch 1, 2012[31]
 GuatemalaWarner ChannelJuly 12, 2010
 HungaryHBO ComedySeptember 1, 2010
 IcelandStöð 2August 10, 2010
 IndiaZee CafeMarch 21, 2011[32]
 IrelandTV3 / 3e / Sky1April 16, 2010
 IsraelHOT3August 1, 2010
 ItalyJoi / Italia 1January 17, 2010[33]
 JapanWarner ChannelJuly 12, 2010
 MexicoWarner Channel / Canal 5July 19, 2010
 NetherlandsComedy CentralJanuary 3, 2011
 New ZealandTV2May 8, 2010
 PanamaWarner ChannelJuly 19, 2010
 ParaguayWarner ChannelJuly 19, 2010
 PeruWarner ChannelJuly 10, 2010
 PolandHBO Comedy / Comedy Central PolandSeptember 6, 2010
 PortugalFox Life / RTP regional channels / RTP2April 13, 2011
 RomaniaHBO ComedyDecember, 2010
 RussiaТНТApril 8, 2011
 South AfricaM-NetApril 1, 2010
 SwedenKanal 5October 5, 2010
 ThailandTrue VisionsSeptember 20, 2010
 Trinidad and TobagoWarner ChannelJuly 19, 2010
 TurkeyComedyMax2010
 UkraineK1June 2011
 United KingdomSky1August 29, 2010
 United StatesABC (original network)September 30, 2009
 UruguayWarner ChannelJuly 19, 2010
 VenezuelaWarner ChannelJuly 12, 2010

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