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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 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.
  • Sun 12/11
  • 11:30PM-12:00AM
  • 9.1
  • WGNDT

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
  • 12:00AM-12:30AM
  • 9.1
  • WGNDT

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
  • 11:30PM-12:00AM
  • 9.1
  • WGNDT

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
  • 11:30PM-12:00AM
  • 9.1
  • WGNDT

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
  • 11:30PM-12:00AM
  • 9.1
  • WGNDT

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
  • 11:30PM-12:00AM
  • 9.1
  • WGNDT

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
  • 11:30PM-12:00AM
  • 9.1
  • WGNDT

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.
  • Sun 12/18
  • 11:30PM-12:00AM
  • 9.1
  • WGNDT

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
  • 12:00AM-12:30AM
  • 9.1
  • WGNDT

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
  • 11:30PM-12:00AM
  • 9.1
  • WGNDT

Christmas

S01, E10  (First Aired: Dec. 9, 2009)
Mike offers to organize the Heck family Christmas so that Frankie can focus on rehearsing for her solo in the midnight Mass.
  • Tue 12/20
  • 11:30PM-12:00AM
  • 9.1
  • WGNDT

A Simple Christmas

S02, E10  (First Aired: Dec. 8, 2010)
Frankie's holiday plans are threatened when her parents come to stay with the family.
  • Wed 12/21
  • 11:30PM-12:00AM
  • 9.1
  • WGNDT

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.
  • Thu 12/22
  • 11:30PM-12:00AM
  • 9.1
  • WGNDT

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.
  • Fri 12/23
  • 11:30PM-12:00AM
  • 9.1
  • WGNDT