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The Middle: The Complete First Season

Eden Sher , Patricia Heaton , Alex Reid , Barnet Kellman    Unrated   DVD
5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
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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

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5.0 out of 5 stars The Best Show Ever on Television Aug. 8 2011
Don't call my house between 8 and 8:30 on a Wednesday night... we will never answer the phone when "The Middle" is on. We own season One on DVD, and I don't mind admitting that everyone in my family can call the episodes by name. The writers and actors of this show are gifted...somehow they manage to portray family life without being either sentimental or cynical. If you are a mom you need to spend half an hour a week watching this show... trust me, you will feel better. If you know a mom who has kids still living at home, this DVD would be a great gift. I could care less if I ever watch t.v. again, but I would never give up "The Middle". Also, I love watching a show where the mom and dad are actually married to each other and they like each other too. I recommend this show for kids and adults of all ages.
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By rose
Usually the first season of a series isn't the best. The characters need to grow and find their voice and the show needs the time to develop. Not this program! It is AWESOME right from the the first scene of the pilot!!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great family tv June 22 2014
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Love the middle,my grand kids watch it all the time,learn good values would definitely recommend to families,
I think it should be a 5 star cause it is a clean show,and real life situations
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5.0 out of 5 stars fuuny series June 9 2014
By karly
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super funny and i think every family can relate, a good mothers day present, your mom and you can watch it together.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Laugh guaranteed!!! Jan. 29 2013
By Jules
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Great Serie!!! For you who have not got into it yet. I highly recommend it.
You'll see the way that family comes around their everyday misfortunes will cheer you up for sure.
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