Reflections on The Middle
Just wanted to talk about The Middle
for a second. Since it's gone off I've been in "mourning" of sorts, but coping in the reruns and laughing my a-- off. It was quite a refreshing show in this current era of TV "comedies" pushing agendas or being overrated like crazy and getting all the attention when they aren't even that funny. To have a show that was just a classic and heartwarming but also actually FUNNY family show, especially at a time where the American family is being pulled apart, was so needed. I just don't get why it wasn't a much bigger hit? It was as good if not better than most of the award-winning comedies. Hell, unlike most shows it didn't fall apart as it went on, it stayed pretty consistently funny and strong while also evolving the characters over time. BTW, Patricia Heaton should have won Emmys for her portrayal of Frankie. She won a few for the equally amazing Everybody Loves Raymond
, so I don't get why she wasn't ever at least nominated for one during The Middle
? — Patty
Through all nine seasons of the run of The Middle
, I lamented the fact that this terrifically funny and relatable comedy never got the industry recognition it deserved. Part of this was because it premiered the same season as Modern Family
and never really emerged from the shadow of that industry darling. But as the years went on and The Middle
stayed fresh and hilarious, it just grew more aggravating to fans (and critics like me) that its reputation didn’t grow. The Middle
was a success without ever reaching mega-“hit” proportions, and its under-the-radar existence also may help explain why Patricia Heaton, an Emmy favorite during the Raymond
years (deservedly), never made the cut playing such a different sort of TV mom.
While it may not lessen the sting, I will point out here that while ABC may have lost The Middle
this year, it has added another modern classic to the mix this fall with The Kids Are Alright
, which delights me every week with its tart and funny look back at a rambunctious house of boys and their tough-love Catholic parents (the excellent Mary McCormack and Michael Cudlitz) in the 1970s. Like The Middle
, it feels specific, and its younger characters are each well and hysterically defined. I doubt it will do any better with awards and such than The Middle
managed, but it also seems very deserving of attention and acclaim.