I love this show! It’s been a long time since a sitcom has piqued my interest, and The Middle certainly has. The show is just plain funny. Laughs come fast and furious but grow out of the sometimes outlandish and silly situations the characters find themselves in. I don’t think there was an episode that I didn’t laugh out loud more than once.
The Middle follows the Heck family who live in Orson, Indiana. Patricia Heaton (Everybody Loves Raymond) plays Frances “Frankie” Heck, the mom who does her best to keep things running smoothly at home while working at a local car dealership. Her husband, Mike (Neil Flynn from Scrubs) is laid-back and goes with the flow while Frankie is a worrier and overthinks everything. Then there’s their kids: Axl, Sue, and Brick (Charlie McDermott, Eden Sher, and Atticus Finch) who drive Frankie crazy with their own types of insanity. It’s a lot oif fun!
The show works because it’s a satire on family life (like most sitcoms), but the characters are all really likable, funny, and entertaining. I don’t think that any character hits the wrong note or feels out of place in the series. Each character has at least one trait I identify with, which makes it easy to empathize with and laugh along with them. It’s pitch perfect.
Season One is filled with tons of laughs and lots of cameos from Brooke Shields, Amy Sedaris, Alexa Vega, and Betty White! And with supporting cast like Chris Kattan and Brian Doyle-Murray, this is definitely a laugh-filled fun-fest that’s safe for the whole family.
And I can’t forget to mention one of my favorite characters on the series: Sue’s “boyfriend” Brad (Brock Ciarlelli). This kid is so freakin’ funny that I hope they keep him around for the remaining seasons. This is his first professional acting gig, and he’s absolutely hilarious in this series. Just watch and you’ll see what I mean. Funny stuff!
Special features include: Raising a Sitcom Family (behind-the-scenes featurette); Sue’s Best Shots (the cast and crew show off their worst yearbook photos); Deleted Scenes; and a Gag Reel (wasn’t very impressed by this).
For a great family sitcom with family-friendly laughs, I highly recommend The Middle. It’s a very funny series that I hope you’ll enjoy as much as I do.
The Middle is available August 31, 2010 on DVD!
The new season of The Middle premieres Wednesday, September 22 at 8/7c only on ABC! Click here for more info.