ABC has issued the press release for the November 14 episode of The Middle, "Thanksgiving IX".
“Thanksgiving IX” – The Hecks take a hectic road trip for Thanksgiving to Frankie’s sister’s house but soon find themselves running into barriers that could make them late to the feast; and with Axl now working with Sue and Brick at Spudsy’s, they have been informed by their manager that, due to budget issues, one of them needs to quit, and they must decide amongst themselves which one will take the hit, on “The Middle,” TUESDAY, NOV. 14 (8:00-8:30 p.m. EST), on The ABC Television Network.
ABC has issued the press release for the November 7 episode of The Middle, "The Setup". Marsha Mason returns as Frankie's mom, Pat.
The Setup – Frankie is tasked with being at her mom Pat’s (Marsha Mason) beck and call when she has to stay for a few days at the Heck house after coming down with an ailment. Meanwhile, just when it looks like Sean is about to ask Sue out on a date, Sue nervously blurts out that maybe they should both try to set each other up on a date with one of their friends; and Axl and Brick ponder what it is exactly that Mike does at the quarry, on “The Middle,” TUESDAY, NOV. 7 (8:00-8:30 p.m. EST), on The ABC Television Network.
ABC has issued the press release for the October 31 episode of The Middle, "Role of a Lifetime".
Role of a Lifetime – While Axl tries to invent a new beverage that mixes wine with beer and Brick decides to join the school orchestra in an attempt to play the field and find himself a new girlfriend, Mike asks Sue to take the reins in putting together a romantic evening for him and Frankie to celebrate their 25th wedding anniversary – which both of them totally forgot. Frustrated with being the family member whose role is to do everything they ask of her without complaint, Sue puts her foot down and declares she will no longer be that person, which causes the rest of the Hecks to rethink and rebel against what their supposed familial roles have been, on “The Middle,” TUESDAY, OCT. 31 (8:00-8:30 p.m. EDT), on The ABC Television Network.
Halloween VIII: Orson Murder Mystery – As Halloween approaches, Frankie discovers that a woman had died in the bathtub of the Heck house close to 50 years ago, and Frankie and Brick become convinced that she was murdered and, much to Mike’s chagrin, attempt to track down and find the murderer. Meanwhile, Axl and Lexie become frustrated over losing their alone time when Sue insists on hanging out with them wherever they go, on “The Middle,” TUESDAY, OCTOBER 24 (8:00-8:30 p.m. EDT), on The ABC Television Network.
ABC has issued the press release for the October 17 episode of The Middle, "Meet the Parents". Lisa Rinna (Days of Our Lives) guest stars as Lexie's mom, Tammy.
Meet the Parents – Frankie is stoked when Axl invites her and Mike to meet and have dinner with girlfriend Lexie’s rich parents, Tammy (Lisa Rinna) and Bennett. But Frankie is worried that their less then luxurious lifestyle may put a damper on their meeting. Meanwhile, Brick is excited to be a part of the Sophomore Slammer fundraiser, in which fellow classmates fake arrest each other and friends come to pay money – which will go to charity – to bail them out. But Brick soon discovers that no matter how hard he tries, he just can’t get arrested, on “The Middle,” TUESDAY, OCTOBER 17 (8:00-8:30 p.m. EDT), on The ABC Television Network.
ABC has released the synopsis for the second episode of The Middle's upcoming ninth and final season, "Please Don't Feed The Hecks", which airs Tuesday, October 10.
Please Don't Feed The Hecks – After Frankie gives neighbor Nancy Donahue an old scarf that is just sitting around gathering dust, Nancy returns the favor by baking her a delicious apple pie. Believing she’s stumbled upon a way to get free and tasty meals, Frankie makes it her mission to find miscellaneous items around the house to give to her in exchange for some culinary delights. Meanwhile, Sue and Lexie prepare to move back into their college apartment but find that it’s been sublet to a man who refuses to leave; and Axl’s new job as the school bus driver gives him a chance to see how Brick’s high school sophomore year is treating him, and he discovers that Mike has refused to speak to Brick’s class on Career Exploration Day, on “The Middle,” TUESDAY, OCTOBER 10 (8:00-8:30 p.m. EDT), on The ABC Television Network.
ABC has issued the press release for the upcoming season premiere of The Middle, "Vive La Hecks", which airs Tuesday, October 3.
On the season premiere episode, “Vive La Hecks,” airing TUESDAY, OCTOBER 3 (8:00-8:30 p.m. EDT), on The ABC Television Network, Axl returns home from his summer trip to Europe, sporting a man-bun and embracing a new, chill European outlook on life. Mike just wants him to clean up and look for a job, but Frankie thinks Axl will do this on his own and asks Mike to give him a little breathing room. Meanwhile, because Sue worked the entire summer at Spudsy’s and missed out on having any fun, she decides to cram in a whole summer of fun in two days before going back to college; Brick makes the decision to break up with Cindy because he doesn’t want to be tied down in a relationship when he’s about to embark on the revelry of his “big sophomore year”; and Frankie desperately tries to come up with an item for a time capsule that’s being buried under the Orson cow that will make the town remember the Hecks when it’s opened in 100 years.
After nearly a decade on the air, The Middle will be concluding with its ninth season.
The Middle: Season 8 is available on DVD today from Amazon.com and the Warner Archive.
The three-disc manufactured-on-demand release includes all twenty-four episodes from The Middle's eighth season.
In The Middle’s hit eighth season, the Heck kids continue to smash through their comfort zones and navigate new situations – which may or may not be comforting to parents Frankie (Patricia Heaton) and Mike (Neil Flynn). Axl (Charlie McDermott) may be living out of a Winnebago, but he has discovered the love of his life. Meanwhile, always-optimistic Sue (Eden Sher) has caught the acting bug in Dollywood and is changing her major to drama. Now in high school, Brick (Atticus Shaffer) has made it his mission to fit in with his peers – and not be one of the weird kids. With an emptier nest, Frankie and Mike cut back on the parental duties – which is easier said than done, as parenting continues no matter where your kids are. Balancing kids and work never really gets easier. It just gets different!
ABC announced today that The Middle will end with its upcoming ninth season.
The Middle premiered in 2009 and has been a steady performer for ABC since. The show originally aired on Wednesday nights as part of a comedy block with Modern Family. In recent years, The Middle has led its own comedy block on Tuesday nights.
Discussing the end of the show, The Middle co-creators Eileen Heisler and DeAnn Heline said, "Last year we sat down with our cast and made the bittersweet decision together that in this ninth season it is time to bring the Hecks' story to a close. It's been an amazing run, a once-in-a-lifetime experience, and we're looking forward to having an entire year to say goodbye. Plus, we wanted to go out before too many people knew we were on the air."
The Middle was renewed for its ninth season back in January. The final season will begin Tuesday, October 3 at 8/7c on ABC.
ABC has issued the press release for the eighth season finale of The Middle, "Fight or Flight".
This episode was directed by The Middle's co-creator and executive producer Eileen Heisler.
Fight or Flight – Having finally graduated college, Axl tells Frankie and Mike that he’s planning on going to Europe over the summer with Kenny. Although Frankie thinks this is a great once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, Mike is less than pleased and thinks his slacker son should be putting all of his summer efforts into finding a job. Meanwhile, Sue begins to panic after she barely scrapes a parked SUV and doesn’t hear back from the owner after leaving several notes on the windshield, and Brick discovers that his sudden onset of backaches is due to not sitting in his lawn chair, which was replaced by a normal kitchen-table chair, on the season finale of “The Middle,” TUESDAY, MAY 16 (8:00-8:30 p.m. EDT), on The ABC Television Network.
ABC has already renewed The Middle for a ninth season so the show will definitely be back for another year.