The actors are too skinny. Midwesterners are much fatter.
So it's Malcolm in the Middle without Malcolm so they call it "The Middle"?
OP, you should say Hollywood Jews more, try to work it into conversations.
I've jerked it to the son, Axl, walking around shirtless in boxers. The only reason to watch the show.
TV commercial actors. Who's the Simon Cowell lookalike?
The younger son has some sort of weird disease. (The actor, I mean, not the character.)
The fraus on imdb have discussed it, saying they could tell by his twisted back and intensely blue eyes.
What the hell kind of disease gives someone blue eyes?
I watched one episode and found it incredibly dull. Haven't watched since. Has it gotten better?
The best part of the show is the kids.
Are Hollywood Jews worse that New York Jews?
Axl is HOTTTTT! All the kids are a riot and good actors. The dad is sexy too. Heaton is funny but IRL such a creepy person ... and I think Sue Heck's gay boyfriend is hilarious. Axl hasn't been in boxers lately. I wonder why.
Brick has Osteogenesis Imperfecta.
Haven't watched the show since Patty's tweets over that slut.
It is pretty funny and Axl is HOT. But I don't like Heaton either so don't usually tune in.
I know it's politically incorrect to say this, but I love The Middle. Best sitcom on TV--way better than the overpraised 30 Rock and The Office.
I can't believe they're up to 70 episodes already! How time passes...
Anyone know why the dad has never married in real life?
It's a wretched show. Only if son Axl stuck three fingers up his hole and blew six loads every episode would it be worth watching.
The father is a decent sitcom actor, but looks embarrassed, and rightly so (and he appeared on Scrubs on for umpteen years, so probably knows a thing or two about embarrassment.)
The daughter is so painfully stupid and naive and loud that any other family would have left her in a roadside ditch.
The mother (Heaton) is written and played to such fever-pitch shrillness that the whole already ridiculous show is spoiled like sour milk. The character explodes with near rage on every fucking little picky ass thing.
It's another of those sitcoms where the economic status of the family is a mystery. Both parents work regularly, they live in a filthy shithole of a house (worth nothing) where nothing works or is remotely presentable, they drive shit cars, have no evident medical expenses, are not taking care of aged parents, have no hobbies or vices other than sloth, have no visible expenses except bags of snack chips, and yet they never have two thin dimes to rub together. Why? Paying off those expensive college loans? Saving for Harvard for the dimwit children? The actor/parents are in their 50s, the children have been around a while, the dishwasher is 40something years old, and yet having to cough up $5 for some school project represents an immense, almost insurmountable hardship.
I know it's a Hollywood depiction of how "middle Americans" are supposed to live, but with no expenses to speak of, who have both worked every day since high school have managed to save or accumulate fucking nothing, not so much as pocket lint, and every tiny expense is painfully extracted.
And personal politics aside, Patricia Heaton is a no-necked monster.
What's with Hollywood and kid actors with odd diseases? (Starting with Gary Coleman) ABC Wednesday Night has a lock on them right now, with the little kid on The Middle and the older sister with the bum kidneys in Modern Family.
Get out of your 1st tier gay ghetto asshole.
It's called reality - that's why the family with 3 children, a morgage and taxes, the mom working a commission job that is possibly part-time and a dad working in a dying industry with frequent work stoppages have trouble coming up with $5.00 school expenses - which probably crop up without advance notice from the kids a couple times a week.
While there are some fatties, people around here in Ohio (Dayton/Cincy) tend to be in better shape. Most everyone I know works out, is health conscious, politically aware. Our city just approved domestic partnerships, as well. The churches ganged up on the city council to protest, but surprisingly the city told them to fuck off. There is a mass ceremony this week at the courthouse. I know its not marriage, but its a step.
It always amazes me when coastal residents think we are all cornfields and fatties here. I can drive from Dayton to Cincy and never see a cornfield, lol, and pass an Ikea on the way.
Pretty awful. But Indiana deserves whatever abuse gets, and more.
[quote]What Hollywood Jews think the Midwest is like. Not even the accent is right. And where are all the blonde bitches? The Midwest is so much more complex than what the Hollywood Jews think we are.
yeah, the show needs more people like you... bigots and meth-head losers.
Brick, the actor, sort of cohosted an episode of Extreme Makeover Home Edition for a family with a child with the same illness.
So now we are blending our Jew porn into entertainment topics? It's a fucking sitcom, not a portrait of anything.
Count me in as someone who loves this stupid little show. I hate that wretched Subgoratory show that comes on after The Middle.
Who is in the middle?
My, isn't R16 so very above it all?
You give new meaning to the term 'self precious', twat.
I heard so much praise for this show. It was ok, better than most crap on TV. But it's still predictable and formulaic and way too ironic. I hate the way most of TV seems to be an injoke, where the audience is supposed to laugh at the characters because you're really making fun of them. It's too facile.
Modern Family is horrible. Another one i was told i had to watch, I guess because of the gay characters. The gay couple is the worst, not believable, and too stepin-fetchit, even more so than Jack on Will and Grace. His character hasn't held up well, and neither will they.
OP, I can tell you that East coast Jews are apt to think that you're anti-Semites.
The best humor is the one where you see parts of yourself in a comedy character (yeah, I'm like him or her in a way, but I am not that extreme!) and you basically laugh at yourself and take yourself not so seriously for a moment.
The exteriors really bug me because it is so obviously not the Midwest. I wanted to like it because of a vague personal connection to the creators, but it does nothing for me...and I hate Patty Heaton.
Yes, it's a lousy show. And OP is a pig.
Isn't this just like Malcolm in the Middle?
I don't like Patricia Heaton but damn if she doesn't star in projects I love and sell the hell out of her characters. Last night on TV Land was the episode of Raymond where she has her manic monologue about the freak show across the street. Brilliantly delivered.
And if you think The Middle portrays Indiana as unbelievable- "Suburgatory" is set outside NYC and is far, far more unbelievable than The Middle's Midwest on its worst day.
Anybody else remember young Axl in "Frozen River?"
I love "The Middle." I'm not sure if it accurately portrays the Midwest, but it definitely portrays a family hanging on by their fingertips - the set design is perfect. And the kids couldn't be better. I love Sue Heck.
Suburgatory is Connecticut I think, maybe Westchester County, NY. Not that far off in its portrayal.
The co-creator of The Middle grew up in Indiana.
Suburgatory has potential but ruins it with stupid gimmicks like the kangaroo. I think the show doesn't really know what to do with itself, veering between drama, like the unknown grandmother showing up last night, and the slapstick antics of some of the supporting characters. And the whole Eden plot with Alicia Silverstone has been entirely humorless.
You can't help but love Sue Heck from The Middle. I was sorry they took her boyfriend away so soon. She deserves someone who appreciates her. Love it that Axl's cute but dim friend asked her to prom and they had a great time. But I serious doubt that Kickin' It Teen Time Style would have recommended her prom dress.
There was an episode a while back in which Axl was shown twisting and turning in bed in just his boxers and I thought the director must have had a background in softcore porn, so adoringly was it shot. And even though Axl is considered to be a hot athlete, they don't show him with a regular girlfriend. In any real high school, there'd be girls coming out of the woodwork to blow him.
I always hoped that as a twist Sue's first friend turns out to be straight while Axl's two meathead friends turn out to be gay and lovers. A couple of seasons ago there was an episode about an outdoor pool where the water was so cold that the guys had to warm each other up with the heat of their bodies. But as a previous poster pointed out one meathead had a date with Sue and the other one snatched Axl's prom date (he really wanted to take with and not the weird one) away from him.
As [R30} points out, the exteriors in The Middle are definitely not Indiana. But that fault can be found in almost every television program, most of which have hard, bright southern California lightning no matter where they're supposed to be taking place. Suburgatory, a show I can't abide, is probably the worst offender at the moment. Last night, my partner and I were watching the new James Van Der Beek sitcom and he asked me, "Where is this show supposed to take place? San Diego?" The correct answer is: Brooklyn
If "The Middle" wanted to do realistic comedy, they should include a motorized wheelchair traffic jam of morbidly obese patrons at a Wal-Mart.
Last episode of House House and Wilson were supposed to be driving from New Jersey to Ohio but the scenery was Western. Why even bother to film on location if the location is wrong?
Every region is more complex than stereotypes lead you to believe. Even Mississippi has 10% atheists.
This idiot just remembers when TV was actual well written and entertaining, not all just one big snide in-joke, filmed with a shaky camera to look all edgy and hipster.
Have a pleasant day!
With love from r27.
People who watch sitcoms make me sad. You really should try reading a book now and then.
It's a tv show? 'Nuff said
[R46] It's possible to watch sitcoms and read in one's leisure time. You really should try it now and then.
I don't find Axl attractive at all, even in boxers. Give me the dad any day. Neil Flynn is HOT! Or Axl's friend Sean (the hunky one in the letter jacket.)
[quote]It's called reality - that's why the family with 3 children, a morgage and taxes, the mom working a commission job that is possibly part-time and a dad working in a dying industry with frequent work stoppages have trouble coming up with $5.00 school expenses - which probably crop up without advance notice from the kids a couple times a week.
It's not called reality.
It's called "Roseanne."
'hollywood jews' OP? Seriously? You're a fucking idiot.
R45, you're just too old and out of touch to get modern entertainment.
This is another sly freeper thread. Funny how it uses a fundy actress on a poorly written show to mobilize the nit wits against "Hollywood Jews".
The reason it is stupid is because its target audience is stupid.
"What Hollywood Jews think the Midwest is like"
The OP's post is disgusting.
R53 = Hollywood Jew (as was his father, grandfather, and great grandfather).
He is also proof that Xeroxed copies lose quality after the third copy of a copy.
For what its worth R40, The B in Apt. 23 is shot in NYC. Some exteriors of James Van Der Beek where on 6th Ave and 3rd st last night.
OP is execrable and The Middle is fun. When it works it's very good stuff indeed. What makes Axl hot is his nonchalance about his body.
What makes Sue run is her heart and completely non-ironic take on life.
And I was the youngest kid, pretty much. Except ...
Well, no, I was him.
R49, I agree. Neil Flynn is sexy as hell.
Sue is an icon. When she's not on, I don't want to watch.
A close friend of mine dated Neil for a couple years, R49 and R58. Other friends who met him said he was a great guy. (And my friend is female, so guys, back down!)
r60=insufferable, irritating frau
r55 wouldn't know a Hollywood Jew at a Reformed Temple Lesbian wedding.
Also proves that if there is no quality in the first place, then other iterations also have no quality. Degradation not possible.
Sorry, R60, If Neil glances at me sideways I'm going to climb him like Mt. Kilimanjaro.
r64, Only a gay would choose Black Watch tartan.
I have wool Cremieux pants and a Ralphie Lipschitz vest in the same weave.
"The Middle" is great... great (whisper)
Axl and his HS buddies were all shirtless at the top of last night's episode.
Their redneck tans
R60 here and I am far from an "insufferable, irritating frau", R61!!! I'm a dude. And a gay one at that!
Axl was just in a diaper.
un most of you people are messed up lol....
dont over think it after all it is a tv show
i think its pretty funny most of the time i would say sue and brick are the most entertaining but over all its good...
Is Charlie McDermott (Axl) gay. He pings a lot.
Sue is the star of the show, she's fucking hilarious
The husband in that movie gives us "the vapors"!
(are there nude photos of him?)
Neil Flynn is always showing significant basket, often sitting invitingly with his legs spread wide. That's a big, tall manly man!
OP, why are you so full of shit?
Neil appears to be a homosexual.
Is Axl really short? Every male always towers over him.
I don't find Axl attractive either, who cares how physically attractive he might be, which I don't, his personality is disgusting and off putting.
The character is written as being totally obnoxious, conceited, self absorbed and just plain irritating.
In real life, neither gay men or str8 females would continue with this creep. Maybe a few one night stands and that's it. Who the hell would want this jerk full time? He's definitely not relationship material.
Mindy Cohn was on last night's Disney World-set season finale.
I have worked in public schools grades K--12 and I am here to tell you the portrayals by ALL kids on this show is spot on. The writers REALLY know kids. I loved the ep where Mike had to coach the vapid girls who were texting each other standing next to each other.
This show is superior to both Malcolm and Roseanne. It is realistic, while they both were cartoonish and in Malcom's case, also surreal. Neither one had exceptional acting. I got tired of Roseanne's sister's patented tv sitcom sidekick schtick. I DID like Reese and Mom's heavy set drug store friend on Malcolm.
It's a struggling middle class family, very realistic, except maybe to arrogant NYC queens who only worry about what trendy restaurant they will go to.
The kids are the real stars, and from rare TV interviews, are all really nice people too.
Dad and Axl are both hot (did you catch the one where Brick couldn't sleep b/c Axl's bed was squeaking.) Sue is priceless, her refusal to give up and her niceness, Brad, Darren and Axl's other friend are also cute, enjoyable comedians.
A realistic slice of life. And why don't you think this looks like the Midwest? I do.
Mike and Axl are the only ones on that show I can stand. Frankie is the textbook definition of "cuntfrau," completely clueless to the misery she inflicts on anyone around her. Sue is clueless on another level. In real life, a girl like her ends up either nude and dead in a culvert or being held in a basement as a sex slave. Brick has gone from quirky but endearing oddball to annoying little Aspie freak who needs to be in a circus sideshow. Seriously, Mike and Axl should just bolt and live out west somewhere as ranchers.
At least on MitM, the boys were remarkably talented: Francis turned out to be a fine leader; Reese was a culinary prodigy; Malcolm, of course, had the brain the size of a planet; and Dewey turned out to be a musical prodigy. Once they got away from Lois, they flourished.
I don't see the need for anti-Semitic comments. Sue's character is remarkable and she is a great actor. Axl is so hot, I miss him being in underwear in the later seasons. The actor, Charlie, is just as cool as Axl.
Love the show, used to live in Indiana. Know some of the places they talk about, like Brown County.
Someone mentioned they have no old relatives to take care of. What about the great ants? They are old and senile. One even died, in real life and on the show.