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The Middle

In the Heck family, middle-age, middle-class, middle-America mom Frankie Heck (two-time Emmy winner Patricia Heaton) uses a sense of humor to try to steer her family through life's ups and downs as she tackles her career goals. Her unflappable husband, Mike (Neil Flynn), is a manager at the local quarry. Oldest son Axl is an obstinate young man; awkward daughter Sue cannot seem to find her niche -- despite much enthusiasm in her attempts -- and youngest son Brick is an unusual child whose best friend is his backpack.

Premiere:
Sep 30, 2009
Original Network:
ABC
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The Concert

S03, E16  (First Aired: Feb. 15, 2012)
Frankie vows to get tickets to a Justin Bieber concert for Sue; Mike coaches Brick for the school's annual spelling bee; Axl and his friends try to break a speed limit -- on foot.
  • Tue 12/6
  • 1:00PM-1:30PM
  • 47
  • FREEFRM

The Sit Down

S03, E17  (First Aired: Feb. 22, 2012)
Sue, Axl and Brick have a meeting with Frankie and Mike to air complaints about their parenting styles; when Mike and Frankie change their ways, things do not turn out the way the kids expected.
  • Tue 12/6
  • 1:30PM-2:00PM
  • 47
  • FREEFRM

Leap Year

S03, E18  (First Aired: Feb. 29, 2012)
Sue wants a big celebration for her leap year birthday; Frankie learns that Mike has been caring for a stray cat; Brick develops a crush on a girl in his class; Axl becomes fascinated with vacuuming.
  • Tue 12/6
  • 2:00PM-2:30PM
  • 47
  • FREEFRM

The Paper Route

S03, E19  (First Aired: Mar. 14, 2012)
Brick takes a newspaper delivery job in order to earn money for night vision goggles; Axl tries to convince Sue that a long-distance relationship between her and Matt won't work; Frankie learns that Mike has been hoarding batteries.
  • Tue 12/6
  • 2:30PM-3:00PM
  • 47
  • FREEFRM

Get Your Business Done

S03, E20  (First Aired: Apr. 11, 2012)
After attending a new church, Frankie is inspired by a pastor who wants people to live without regrets by fulfilling their own destiny.
  • Tue 12/6
  • 3:00PM-3:30PM
  • 47
  • FREEFRM

The Guidance Counselor

S03, E21  (First Aired: May. 2, 2012)
Sue forms a connection with her awkward guidance counselor (Whoopi Goldberg ); Frankie is frustrated when Mike insists on assembling their new bed by himself; Brick tries to relay a complaint to the president.
  • Tue 12/6
  • 3:30PM-4:00PM
  • 47
  • FREEFRM

Trip and Fall

NEW
S08, E08 
Frankie's trashy neighbor talks her into taking a road trip; Mike feels embarrassed when OSHA comes to investigate his fall at the quarry; Sue tries to talk Axl into reconciling with the family.
  • Tue 12/6
  • 7:00PM-7:30PM
  • 10
  • KAKE

Forced Family Fun

S03, E02  (First Aired: Sep. 21, 2011)
Frankie insists that the family go on vacation together before school starts; Mike and Frankie remember their honeymoon, which was ruined by Nicky (Ray Romano), a guy Mike knew in high school.
  • Tue 12/6
  • 11:05PM-11:35PM
  • 4
  • KSAS

The Clover

S03, E22  (First Aired: May. 9, 2012)
Brick finds a four-leaf clover that seems to bring bad luck; Axl is shocked when his friend asks Sue to the prom.
  • Wed 12/7
  • 1:00PM-1:30PM
  • 47
  • FREEFRM

The Telling

S03, E23  (First Aired: May. 16, 2012)
Mike objects when Frankie starts using Brick as a snitch; Sue catches Axl sneaking into the house in the middle of the night.
  • Wed 12/7
  • 1:30PM-2:00PM
  • 47
  • FREEFRM

The Wedding

S03, E24  (First Aired: May. 23, 2012)
Mike's brother, Rusty (Norm Macdonald), invites the Hecks to his wedding, but lists their address as the location of the ceremony; Brick isn't allowed to go to a party that falls on the same day of the wedding.
  • Wed 12/7
  • 2:00PM-2:30PM
  • 47
  • FREEFRM

Last Whiff of Summer, Part 1

S04, E01  (First Aired: Sep. 26, 2012)
Mike accidentally reveals that Axl is his favorite child; Brick tries to grow a giant tomato; Sue encourages her father to participate in a variety of activities with her.
  • Wed 12/7
  • 2:30PM-3:00PM
  • 47
  • FREEFRM

Last Whiff of Summer, Part 2

S04, E02  (First Aired: Sep. 26, 2012)
Mike accidentally reveals that Axl is his favorite child; Brick tries to grow a giant tomato; Sue encourages her father to participate in a variety of activities with her.
  • Wed 12/7
  • 3:00PM-3:30PM
  • 47
  • FREEFRM

The Second Act

S04, E03  (First Aired: Oct. 3, 2012)
After being fired from the car dealership and vowing not to take any job that comes her way, Frankie goes to tech school to get a real career; Axl begins his senior year of high school; sophomore Sue mentors a freshman.
  • Wed 12/7
  • 3:30PM-4:00PM
  • 47
  • FREEFRM

Hecking Order

S03, E03  (First Aired: Sep. 28, 2011)
Axl plays a trick on Sue, who is now in high school with him; after learning his son has been allowed to skip gym class, Mike meets with Brick's new fourth grade teacher (Chord Overstreet).
  • Wed 12/7
  • 11:05PM-11:35PM
  • 4
  • KSAS

Bunny Therapy

S04, E04  (First Aired: Oct. 10, 2012)
To help Brick's interactions with people, the school therapist urges Frankie and Mike to get him a small pet, but the ill-tempered bunny they give him teaches the family the true meaning of evil; Axl dates two cheerleaders.
  • Thu 12/8
  • 1:00PM-1:30PM
  • 47
  • FREEFRM

The Hose

S04, E05  (First Aired: Oct. 17, 2012)
A neighbor accuses Frankie of stealing her hose; Sue cancels a road trip to Cincinnati after seeing Mike's paycheck; Brick learns about the birds and the bees.
  • Thu 12/8
  • 1:30PM-2:00PM
  • 47
  • FREEFRM

Major Changes

S03, E04  (First Aired: Oct. 5, 2011)
After being humiliated and disgusted by a family member's behavior, Frankie announces changes need to be made, then promptly escapes to her mother's house.
  • Thu 12/8
  • 11:05PM-11:35PM
  • 4
  • KSAS

The Test

S03, E05  (First Aired: Oct. 12, 2011)
Frankie discovers that Axl hasn't studied for his quickly approaching PSATs; Sue tries out for cheerleading; Mike tries to help Brick toughen up.
  • Fri 12/9
  • 11:05PM-11:35PM
  • 4
  • KSAS

The Hose

S04, E05  (First Aired: Oct. 17, 2012)
A neighbor accuses Frankie of stealing her hose; Sue cancels a road trip to Cincinnati after seeing Mike's paycheck; Brick learns about the birds and the bees.
  • Mon 12/12
  • 1:05AM-1:35AM
  • 4
  • KSAS

The Safe

S04, E07  (First Aired: Nov. 7, 2012)
Frankie does not make a good impression on the first day of dental assistant school; Mike and Frankie ask Axl to get a tutor and improve his grades; Sue and Brick try to pawn an item they found in an old safe.
  • Mon 12/12
  • 1:35AM-2:05AM
  • 4
  • KSAS

Halloween III: The Driving

S04, E06  (First Aired: Oct. 24, 2012)
Sue accidentally runs over Axl's foot while practicing driving; Axl looks forward to voting; Brick binges on Halloween candy.
  • Mon 12/12
  • 1:00PM-1:30PM
  • 47
  • FREEFRM

The Safe

S04, E07  (First Aired: Nov. 7, 2012)
Frankie does not make a good impression on the first day of dental assistant school; Mike and Frankie ask Axl to get a tutor and improve his grades; Sue and Brick try to pawn an item they found in an old safe.
  • Mon 12/12
  • 1:30PM-2:00PM
  • 47
  • FREEFRM

Thanksgiving IV

S04, E08  (First Aired: Nov. 14, 2012)
Frankie invites a couple of Marines to share Thanksgiving with her family; Axl gets good news; Sue tries to find the person who stole the chicken head from her uniform; Brick is mesmerized by a book.
  • Mon 12/12
  • 2:00PM-2:30PM
  • 47
  • FREEFRM

Twenty Years

S04, E10  (First Aired: Dec. 12, 2012)
Frankie worries Mike is tiring of her as their 20th anniversary draws close; Sue tries to get Axl and Brick's help planning a party for their parents; Axl spoils the end of a book for Brick.
  • Mon 12/12
  • 2:30PM-3:00PM
  • 47
  • FREEFRM

Life Skills

S04, E11  (First Aired: Jan. 9, 2013)
Axl feels embarrassed when he and Sue are asked to work on a school project together; Brick's school therapist (Dave Foley) tries to help him make friends.
  • Mon 12/12
  • 3:00PM-3:30PM
  • 47
  • FREEFRM

One Kid at a Time

S04, E12  (First Aired: Jan. 16, 2013)
When Frankie and Mike dedicate a day to each of their children, Axl takes them to a paintball range, Sue has them do 17 separate activities and Brick wants to go to a sci-fi convention.
  • Mon 12/12
  • 3:30PM-4:00PM
  • 47
  • FREEFRM

The Friend

S04, E13  (First Aired: Jan. 23, 2013)
Frankie tries to get Mike to spend time with a new neighbor who shares his interests; Sue demands a cheer-off between the Wrestlerettes and the cheerleaders.
  • Mon 12/12
  • 4:00PM-4:30PM
  • 47
  • FREEFRM

Bad Choices

S03, E06  (First Aired: Oct. 19, 2011)
Frankie and Mike consider trading the burdens of home ownership for apartment living; Axl fakes sickness to get out of a test; Sue and Brad put together a skit about the dangers of texting and drinking while driving; Brick quotes Shakespeare.
  • Mon 12/12
  • 11:05PM-11:35PM
  • 4
  • KSAS

A Christmas Gift

S03, E11  (First Aired: Dec. 7, 2011)
Frankie decides to throw a Christmas Eve party; Mike struggles to keep Frankie's Christmas gift a secret; Sue asks the Rev. Tim Tom to explain the meaning of Christmas to Brick; Axl is put off by Bob's efforts to seem cool.
  • Tue 12/13
  • 1:00PM-1:30PM
  • 47
  • FREEFRM

Christmas Help

S04, E09  (First Aired: Dec. 5, 2012)
Mike helps his brother, Rusty (Norm Macdonald), move some furniture into the Heck family's garage, only to realize the furniture is stolen; Frankie hopes to land a part-time job in a department store so she can get a discount on Christmas presents.
  • Tue 12/13
  • 1:30PM-2:00PM
  • 47
  • FREEFRM

A Very Marry Christmas

NEW
S08, E09 
Sue keeps a huge secret from the family; Brick becomes popular with the neighbor's kids after watching them once; Mike is unsure how to react to a gift from Bill Norwood.
  • Tue 12/13
  • 7:00PM-7:30PM
  • 10
  • KAKE

Heck's Best Thing

S03, E08  (First Aired: Nov. 2, 2011)
Mike and Frankie worry Axl will blow an opportunity that could result in a full college scholarship; Brick and Sue start a texting marathon after Aunt Edie accidentally gives them her cell phone.
  • Tue 12/13
  • 11:05PM-11:35PM
  • 4
  • KSAS

The Christmas Tree

S05, E09  (First Aired: Dec. 11, 2013)
Axl wants to spend time with his friends when he comes home for Christmas; Sue's allergies threaten to ruin her holiday; Brick's lie is uncovered.
  • Wed 12/14
  • 1:00PM-1:30PM
  • 47
  • FREEFRM

The Christmas Wall

S06, E09  (First Aired: Dec. 10, 2014)
Tired of the thankless job of decorating for the holidays, Frankie decides to have a minimalist Christmas; Axl and Sean argue; Brick tries to write a Christmas letter.
  • Wed 12/14
  • 1:30PM-2:00PM
  • 47
  • FREEFRM

The Play

S03, E09  (First Aired: Nov. 16, 2011)
Frankie and Sue are cast in a community theater production of ``The Wizard of Oz''; Brick invites his quirky uncle (Norm Macdonald) to attend Special Friends Day at school.
  • Wed 12/14
  • 11:05PM-11:35PM
  • 4
  • KSAS

Year of the Hecks

S03, E12  (First Aired: Jan. 4, 2012)
Frankie decides that each family member will have a New Year's resolution assigned anonymously, with an incentive to help keep everyone on track; chaos ensues as all try to fulfill their promises.
  • Thu 12/15
  • 11:05PM-11:35PM
  • 4
  • KSAS

The Map

S03, E13  (First Aired: Jan. 11, 2012)
After Aunt Ginny's funeral, Frankie decides the family needs to start celebrating more milestones; Axl eats Brick's school project; Sue learns a boy at school has a crush on her.
  • Fri 12/16
  • 11:05PM-11:35PM
  • 4
  • KSAS

Twenty Years

S04, E10  (First Aired: Dec. 12, 2012)
Frankie worries Mike is tiring of her as their 20th anniversary draws close; Sue tries to get Axl and Brick's help planning a party for their parents; Axl spoils the end of a book for Brick.
  • Mon 12/19
  • 1:05AM-1:35AM
  • 4
  • KSAS

Life Skills

S04, E11  (First Aired: Jan. 9, 2013)
Axl feels embarrassed when he and Sue are asked to work on a school project together; Brick's school therapist (Dave Foley) tries to help him make friends.
  • Mon 12/19
  • 1:35AM-2:05AM
  • 4
  • KSAS

Hecking It Up

S03, E14  (First Aired: Jan. 18, 2012)
Frankie is deeply disappointed with her volunteer assignment at the Indiana-hosted Super Bowl; when the Donahues are out of town, the Hecks take advantage of their new car; Sue professes her feelings to Matt.
  • Mon 12/19
  • 11:05PM-11:35PM
  • 4
  • KSAS