THE MIDDLE (Season 1)
OVERVIEW: Emmyģ winner Patricia Heaton (Everybody Loves Raymond) stars as Frankie Heck, an exhausted wife and mother in the warm and witty, new television comedy The Middle, the first season of which will be released on DVD by Warner Home Video (WHV) on August 31, 2010. Titled The Middle: The Complete First Season, this DVD collection will feature 24 half-hour episodes from the showís debut season plus nearly 30 minutes of never-before-seen bonus material.
SYNOPSIS: Welcome to Orson, Indiana, home of the worldís largest polyurethane cow and TVís funniest new family: the Hecks. Patricia Heaton (Everybody Loves Raymond) makes a triumphant return to the family sitcom as Frankie Heck, a harried wife and working mother of three who uses her wry wit and sense of humor to try to get her family through each day intact. Neil Flynn (Scrubs) stars as her sardonic husband Mike, helping Frankie navigate hanging-on-to-middle-class life without a GPS app. The series also stars Charlie McDermott (The Office, Frozen River), Eden Sher (Sons & Daughters, Weeds), Atticus Shaffer (Hancock, The Class) and Chris Kattan (Saturday Night Live).
SEASON REVIEW: What makes a television comedy funny in the year 2010? If we look at the successful comedies from last season you would probably say quirkiness. Two perfect examples are Modern Family and The Middle. When did been quirky become so funny. What happened to the days of pratfalls. This all started a long time ago with the success of shows like Seinfeld and continued with the success of The Office. These shows made it hard for traditional comedies and comedy writers had to try harder as audiences became much more cynical.
I watched about two episodes of The Middle during the seasonís run, but it wasnít until I started reviewing the DVDs that I watched the pilot and about three episodes in a row that I found myself laughing out quiet a few times, and thatís when I noticed that this is a very good show. Now that Iím about half way through the first season, I think The Middle is probably the funnies show of 2010.
The best thing about the show are the characters and my favorite are Sue Hick(the daughter) and Brick Heck(the younger son). Brick Heck is a genius who has no social life. I wouldnĎt say he has no social skills as he is an expert at manipulating a situation. Once of the weird things he does is whisper to himself a few word from his last sentence. Itís like some kind of OCD and itís hilarious. Maybe Iíll tire of it by the time Iíve watched all the episodes. Sue Hick is a geek who tries out for everything and I mean everything. The wonderfully thing about her is that she has no self-awareness and even though she never makes anything she never loses her confidence.
Axl Heck (the teenage son) is your typical teenager, he thinks everything is lame and just wants to hang out in his boxers and watch TV all day. Mike Heck (the father) and Frankie Heck (the wife) also play a big part of what makes this show so funny. Mike and Frankie try to do the best they can for there kids, but with kids like theirs it isnít always easier. Add to Mike and Frankie struggle that they are always trying to make ends meat and it sets things up for some funny situations. Like the time they needed a dryer andÖ.well youíll just have to see the episode, but I promise that the results are hilarious.
In a time where television comedies come and go it looks like The Middle has managed one of the hardest things: get renewed for a second season. I canít wait to finish watching the series and start getting into season two. The only problem is with all the promising shows coming this year, I donít know if Iíll have the time and more importantly thee room for it on my
By Milton Brayson
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