You should not overlook ‘The Middle’

First Published      Last Updated Feb 23 2014 06:58 pm

THE MIDDLE - "Hecking It Up" - With Indiana hosting the Super Bowl, Frankie is devastated when she hopes to land a plum assignment as an official volunteer and ends up with a less-than-stellar position. Meanwhile, the entire Heck household takes advantage of the Donahue's new car while they are out of town, and a scary, close call with the car causes Sue to profess her true feelings to her new boyfriend, Matt, on "The Middle," WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 18 (8:00-8:30 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network. (ABC/RICHARD FOREMAN) PATRICIA HEATON, ATTICUS SHAFFER

Grade • A-

DVD • "The Middle" is the sitcom equivalent of a middle child. It lives in the shadow of older sibling "Modern Family" (which premiered one week before "The Middle" in 2009). It is often overshadowed by ABC's younger sitcom siblings. But this remains a consistently funny half hour, and Season 4 was full of change.

Frankie (Patricia Heaton) loses her job and embarks on a new career path. Axel (Charlie McDermoot) gets a girlfriend, and Mike (Neil Flynn) is determined to get Axel a college scholarship. Sue (Eden Sher) tries to get her driver's license; and Brick (Atticus Shaffer) tries to act more, well, normal.

It's a sitcom version of reality, but the Hecks ring true — and there are laughs in every one of 24 episodes.


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