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The Best Episodes of 'The Middle'

Updated July 26, 2019 4.8k votes 351 voters 8.9k views197 items

There are so many good episodes of The Middle, but which ones really stand out? Do you like "The Graduate" the best, or is "The Par-tay" your favorite episode of The Middle? To determine once and for all what the best episodes of The Middle are, let's rank every The Middle episode from best to worst.

Starring Patricia Heaton and Neil Flynn, The Middle is an American sitcom that follows the day-to-day struggles of the Hecks, a middle-class family living in Indiana. The series premiered on ABC on September 30, 2009, and ended on August 2, 2017, after nine seasons, at the request of the creators. In 2011, The Middle was the Gracie Award winner for "Outstanding Comedy Series."

Vote up your favorite episodes of The Middle, and downvote any bad episodes that you really didn't enjoy, despite how much you love the series as a whole. It can be painful to put one The Middle episode over the other when there are so many good ones, which is why you can vote on however many episodes you like.

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    Season 4 Episode 16: Frankie and Mike try to get the kids to confess to a transgression by spinning the “wheel of pain,” that’s filled with consequences, putting Sue’s “Sue-weet 16” Party at risk.
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    Season 6 Episode 24: Unforeseen events threaten to ruin Sue's graduation, while Brick is offered the chance to skip a grade, and Axl worries that his girlfriend might be over him in the season finale.
  • 3
    Season 4 Episode 1: On the season premiere, the Heck’s summer includes Axl in summer school, Brick growing a giant tomato, Sue bonding with Mike… and Mike choosing his favorite child!
  • 4
    Season 5 Episode 24: In the second part of the two-part season finale, the Hecks arrive at Walt Disney World and attempt to stay positive, despite a barrage of mishaps that threaten to ruin their trip.
  • 5
    Season 4 Episode 11: Feeling guilty over not being able to spend enough quality time with each of their kids, Frankie and Mike decide to dedicate each day of a three-day weekend to Axl, Sue and Brick.
  • 6
    Season 2 Episode 11: Frankie and Mike decide it's time to regain control over their lives and the Heck household after years of bing at their kids' beck and call.
  • 7
    Season 1 Episode 17: Frankie & Mike must console a broken-hearted Axl after his girlfriend (ALEXA VEGA) breaks up with him; And Sue and Brick are on the lookout for zombies after watching a scary movie.
  • 8
    Season 1 Episode 7: Frankie must create the illusion of a picture-perfect family when an accident causing a small scratch on Brick leads a social worker to visit the Heck household.
  • 9
    Season 7 Episode 24: On the 7th season finale, Frankie's on a mission to ensure Brick sings a song at his middle school graduation, while Axl finds himself being mocked by a 10-year-old copy of himself.
  • 10
    Season 2 Episode 10: Frankie's plans to have a simple holiday are threatened when her parents (guest stars MARSHA MASON & JERRY VAN DYKE) come to town to spend the 12 days of Christmas with the family.
  • 11
    Season 5 Episode 9: Home from college, Axl would rather spend his Christmas vacation with his friends vs. his family; while Sue's allergic reaction to the Christmas tree threatens to ruin her holiday.
  • 12
    Season 5 Episode 23: In the first part of a two-part season finale, Sue counts down the days until the family departs on their road trip to Disney World, while Axl anxiously awaits his grades.
  • 13
    Season 1 Episode 10: Rehearsing for the church's midnight mass, Frankie becomes jealous when it seems that Mike is doing a better job at organizing the Heck family Christmas than she would have done.
  • 14
    Season 2 Episode 16: After Sue wins a family trip to New York, Murphy's Law goes into full effect and it's anything but a smooth flight, when the Hecks board a plane and fly to the Big Apple.
  • 15
    Season 2 Episode 20: Obsessed with the upcoming royal wedding, Frankie shocks her family when she treats the event like the Super Bowl and begins purchasing commemorative "tchotchkes" -- as well as an expensive HDTV -- to enjoy the festivities.
  • 16
    Season 2 Episode 23: Frankie and Mike attempt to cure Brick of his irrational fear of crossing over bridges.
  • 17
    Season 3 Episode 3: Frankie demands major changes be made to every aspect of the Heck household – then flees to her mother's (MARSHA MASON) house – after she is humiliated by a family member's actions.
  • 18
    Season 1 Episode 6: Mike insists that only Axl fix the front door after he knocks it down; Frankie must sell a car within a week; and its school picture time for a photographically challenged Sue.
  • 19
    Season 7 Episode 17: An excited Frankie looks forward to re-bonding and taking care of Sue and Axl, who both have to stay home during Spring Break to recuperate from having their wisdom teeth removed.
  • 20
    Season 8 Episode 5: Frankie and Mike (NEIL FLYNN) are alarmed to discover that it’s time to teach Brick how to drive; while Sue frets over choosing her major, she learns a shocking secret from Frankie.
  • 21
    Season 1 Episode 2: Facing financial disaster, Frankie tries to save her job; Sue fails swim team tryouts, then learns she needs glasses; and Brick starts reading his mother's steamy romance novels.
  • 22
    Season 5 Episode 17: Frankie & Mike discover that they are more fun and charming with others than they are at home; Sue ends up with multiple prom dates; Brick asks for Axl's help with a book report.
  • 23
    Season 5 Episode 16: Frankie is arrested over one of Brick's unreturned library books, and Sue is not impressed by Reverend TimTom's (PAUL HIPP) new girlfriend, Reverend Tammy (CASEY WILSON).
  • 24
    Season 3 Episode 6: After a costume party fiasco, Sue desperately wants to be noticed by the guys and asks Mike for his advice. While Frankie takes Brick's social skills group trick or treating.
  • 25
    Season 6 Episode 14: The Heck family learns about Darrin's marriage proposal to Sue...as well as her response. Meanwhile, Axl attempts to use his Intro to Psych class to cure Brick of all his quirks.
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