'The Middle' Begins Airing on ABC Family September 17 at 5PM

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August 19th, 2013


via press release:



Fans and New Viewers Can Catch Up with a Preview Marathon

on September 16 from 11am-7pm ET/PT



“The Middle” will begin airing on ABC Family, kicking off with an 8-hour marathon on Monday, September 16 from 11:00 am-7:00 pm ET/PT before settling into its regular timeslot weekdays 5:00 pm ET/PT, starting Tuesday, September 17.


“The Middle” revolves around frazzled mother Frankie Heck (Patricia Heaton), her calming husband, Mike (Neil Flynn), and their three crazy kids: oldest son Axl (Charlie McDermott), an underachiever, socially awkward middle daughter Sue (Eden Sher), and quirky youngest son Brick (Atticus Shaffer). The sitcom is told from Frankie’s point of view, as she comments on her life in small-town middle America.


The marathon episodes include:


11:00 AM MID1001 - Pilot - Patricia Heaton stars as a working mother in Middle America.


11:30 AM MID1008 - The Scratch - A social worker visits the Heck household.


12:00 PM MID1010 - Siblings - Frankie vows to make her kids stop fighting.


12:30 PM MID1014 - The Yelling - Frankie makes a deal with her kids to stop yelling.


01:00 PM MID1018 - The Bee - Brick enters the regional spelling bee in Chicago.


01:30 PM MID1024 - Average Rules - Betty White stars as Brick’s nemesis, the school librarian.


02:00 PM MID2001 - Back to School - Doris Roberts guest stars on the season premiere.


02:30 PM MID2006 - Foreign Exchange - A foreign exchange student comes to live with the Hecks.


03:00 PM MID2008 - A Birthday Story - Frankie and Mike tell Brick the true story of how he was born.


03:30 PM MID2011 - Taking Back the House - Frankie and Mike decide to regain control of their lives.


04:00 PM MID2016 - Hecks on a Plane - Murphy’s Law rules, when the Hecks fly to New York.


04:30 PM MID2019 - The Legacy - Mike punishes Axl by keeping him from playing a final game.


05:00 PM MID3016 - The Concert - Frankie helps Sue get Justin Bieber concert tickets.


05:30 PM MID3017 - The Sit Down - The kids have a “sit down” with Frankie and Mike.


06:00 PM MID4001A - Last Whiff of Summer Part 1 - How the Hecks spent their summer on the season premiere.


06:30 PM MID4002B - Last Whiff of Summer Part 2 - How the Hecks spent their summer on the season premiere.


Part of the Disney/ABC Television Group, ABC Family is distributed in over 97 million homes. ABC Family features programming reflecting today’s families, entertaining and connecting with adults through relatable programming about today’s relationships – told with a mix of diversity, passion, humor and heart. ABC Family’s programming is a combination of network defining original series and original movies, quality acquired series and blockbuster theatricals. Emmy® Award-winning ABCFamily.com provides a variety of interactive entertainment and community features, from rich, fan-centric programming – including blogs, viewing parties, webisodes, full episodes of the network’s hit programming, along with sneak peek exclusive previews and behind-the-scenes clips. ABC Family is also the destination for annual Holiday events with “13 Nights of Halloween” and “25 Days of Christmas.” ABC Family. A New Kind of Family.

  • Travis

    Love this show. Thank you ABC Family for airing it!

  • Dan

    I think it can help bring more exposure to the show. Same with Modern Family on USA. Too bad it didn’t happen a season earlier

  • Juan

    I think I might try to watch it, people say it’s funny

  • Tony JJ

    This is a great show. I really hope this brings in some new viewers. It’s a hilarious family comedy that the whole family can enjoy and the characters are great and they will be classics one day!

  • TomSF

    This is a great family comedy.

  • Mon

    Good. It’s not airing against Modern Family on USA. My DVR will have quite a workout fall.

  • david

    Its a good funny show. I saw the first 2 and a half season then i started watching something else and this past season i was watching Arrow instead. I will watch it on ABC Family thow.

  • Hubert R.

    season 4 was probably the least funny, but was defenitely the best – smart, complex, well-edited… best family comedy on tv :) (though I don’t watch many of these).

  • Ann

    Hopefully this will bring in new fans and appreciation for the under appreciated Eden Sher and Charlie McDermott.

  • Tony JJ

    Yes they are both amazing. Eden Sher deserves an emmy! Or at least a golden globe! She is outstanding!

  • TV Addict

    I love that so many good comedies are finally entering syndication, The Middle, Modern Family, Raising Hope, Parks & Rec, and of course Community. Congrats to all these shows.

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