When it comes to blood lines ruling Fall TV, there’s one family that never seems to get any respect — The Hecks of ABC’s The Middle. (Pssst It’s the one about a middle class family that’s not Modern Family.)
Though the Hecks aren’t as glamorous as the Pritchetts, as bonkers as the Bluths, or as anguished as the Whites, The Middle is a workhorse of a sitcom — consistently funny, with a talented cast, and now in its fifth season.
Wednesday’s premiere centered on a familiar familial premise: sending your kid off to college. And its high points are found in the tiniest moments. Following last season’s finale, in which tensions were running high between mom Frankie (Patricia Heaton) and eldest son Axl (Charlie McDermott), Frankie is determined to make it a special day, bragging to anyone with a pulse that Axl is going to East Indiana State. Axl really couldn’t give a damn and just wants to be at a kegger already, telling his parents to skip showering and just go. Dad Mike (Neil Flynn) assures everyone that the campus is only 42 minutes away, telling Frankie, “We’re lucky he wasn’t smart enough to go farther.” READ FULL STORY