The BEST Episodes of The Middle

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

Last Updated: Aug 2, 2019

Network: ABC (US)

Frankie Heck and her husband Mike have lived in Orson, Indiana, their whole lives. A man of few words (every one a zinger), Mike is a manager at the town quarry and Frankie is the third-best used car salesman (out of the three) at the local dealership. She may not be a high-powered career woman, but when it comes to her family, she'll go to just about any length. And with kids like these, she had better. There's Axl, her semi-nudist teenage son conceived while under the influence of Guns N' Roses; Sue, the awkward teenage daughter who fails at everything... but with the utmost of gusto; and their seven-year-old son Brick, whose best friend is his backpack. Sometimes it seems like everyone is trying to get to the top, or struggling not to hit bottom, but we think Frankie and her family will find a lot of love, and a lot of laughs, somewhere in "The Middle".

A Heck of a Ride (2)

#1 - A Heck of a Ride (2)

Season 9 - Episode 24 - Aired May 22, 2018

A Heck leaves the nest as the family takes a road trip to Denver, where Axl will start his new job - and new life away from home.

star 8.60
241 votes
A Heck of a Ride (1)

#2 - A Heck of a Ride (1)

Season 9 - Episode 23 - Aired May 22, 2018

A Heck leaves the nest as the family takes a road trip to Denver, where Axl will start his new job - and new life away from home.

star 8.30
411 votes
Last Whiff of Summer (2)

#3 - Last Whiff of Summer (2)

Season 4 - Episode 2 - Aired Sep 26, 2012

Mike accidentally reveals that Axl is his favorite child; Brick tries to grow a giant tomato; Sue encourages her father to participate in a variety of activities with her.

star 8.08
149 votes
Writers: Eileen Heisler, DeAnn Heline
The Wonderful World of Hecks

#4 - The Wonderful World of Hecks

Season 5 - Episode 24 - Aired May 21, 2014

A series of unfortunate events threaten to spoil the trip to Walt Disney World.

star 8.06
440 votes
Writers: Tim Hobert
The Walk

#5 - The Walk

Season 5 - Episode 17 - Aired Mar 26, 2014

Frankie and Mike run into old acquaintances; Sue gets several dates to the prom; Brick gets Axl's help for a book report.

star 8.00
441 votes
Writers: David S. Rosenthal
The Graduation

#6 - The Graduation

Season 4 - Episode 24 - Aired May 22, 2013

Tension builds as Frankie tries to plan a graduation party for uncooperative Axl; Sue tries to get her driver's license for a sixth time; Brick must assemble a slide show highlighting the past four years of school.

star 7.99
413 votes
Directors: Eileen Heisler
Writers: Tim Hobert
Average Rules

#7 - Average Rules

Season 1 - Episode 24 - Aired May 19, 2010

Parent-Teacher conferences cause Frankie to worry about the kids. In them she's told Axl is gifted but not applying himself, that her teachers still do not know who Sue is, and Brick may have to repeat the second-grade due to failure to return over 30 library books. Guest star Betty White as the school librarian.

star 7.95
391 votes
Directors: Wendey Stanzler
Writers: DeAnn Heline, Eileen Heisler
Back to Summer

#8 - Back to Summer

Season 2 - Episode 24 - Aired May 25, 2011

With only three days left until summer vacation, Frankie is ecstatic that she's made it through another school year with the family. But her happiness turns to panic when she and Mike learn that Brick needs to write a daily journal and turn it in to Ms. Rinsky or risk not moving up to the fourth grade; that Axl hasn't fulfilled his required 30 days of community service; and that, because of an error, Sue must prove that she never took a sick day from school in order to receive a perfect attendance award at her middle school graduation ceremony.

star 7.95
365 votes
Directors: Ken Whittingham
Writers: DeAnn Heline, Eileen Heisler
The Graduate

#9 - The Graduate

Season 6 - Episode 24 - Aired May 13, 2015

Sue prepares for her graduation and worries the day won't go perfectly. Meanwhile, Brick gets the opportunity to skip a year in school and Axl grows concerned about Devin's fun summer pictures she posted on social media.

star 7.95
416 votes
Directors: Eileen Heisler
Writers: Eileen Heisler, DeAnn Heline
The Wedding

#10 - The Wedding

Season 3 - Episode 24 - Aired May 23, 2012

The Hecks are pleased to learn that Mike's brother, Rusty is getting married. However, the joy is short-lived, when they discover that the wedding is to be held at their house. Meanwhile, Brick cannot attend a party that same day, due to the nuptials.

star 7.92
330 votes
Directors: Phil Traill
Writers: Vijal M. Patel
Fight or Flight

#11 - Fight or Flight

Season 8 - Episode 23 - Aired May 16, 2017

Having finally graduated college, Axl tells Frankie and Mike that he's planning on going to Europe over the summer with Kenny. Although Frankie thinks this is a great once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, Mike is less than pleased and thinks his slacker son should be putting all of his summer efforts into finding a job. Meanwhile, Sue begins to panic after she barely scrapes a parked SUV and doesn't hear back from the owner after leaving several notes on the windshield, and Brick discovers that his sudden onset of backaches is due to not sitting in his lawn chair, which was replaced by a normal kitchen-table chair.

star 7.90
868 votes
The Map

#12 - The Map

Season 3 - Episode 13 - Aired Jan 11, 2012

Aunty Ginny's funeral is the catalyst for Frankie's vow to begin celebrating all of the family's major life achievements. Axl mistakenly eats Brick's school map project and Sue finds out that a boy on the wrestling team has a crush on her.

star 7.89
374 votes
Writers: DeAnn Heline, Eileen Heisler
The Christmas Tree

#13 - The Christmas Tree

Season 5 - Episode 9 - Aired Dec 11, 2013

Axl wants to spend time with his friends when he comes home for Christmas; Sue's allergies threaten to ruin her holiday; Brick's lie is uncovered.

star 7.89
450 votes
Writers: Tim Hobert
Exes and Ohhhs

#14 - Exes and Ohhhs

Season 8 - Episode 17 - Aired Mar 14, 2017

Axl is startled to run into nearly all of his former flames at a St. Patrick's Day party leaving him to wonder if it is a sign about his love life; Brick buys an old microfiche machine at a library sale, leaving Frankie and Mike less than thrilled.

star 7.89
946 votes
The Show Must Go On

#15 - The Show Must Go On

Season 7 - Episode 24 - Aired May 18, 2016

After almost forgetting that Brick's middle school graduation is only days away, Frankie goes on a mission to right a wrong when Brick discovers that the song he was supposed to sing at the ceremony has been cut. Meanwhile, Sue needs to be at Dollywood to begin her summer job on the same day as Brick's graduation, and Axl takes a job as a country club counselor and finds himself being mocked by a 10-year-old carbon copy of himself.

star 7.88
659 votes
The Bachelor

#16 - The Bachelor

Season 4 - Episode 19 - Aired Apr 3, 2013

Disappointed with the finale of "The Bachelor," Frankie mopes for days; when Sue joins the school's tennis team, Mike tries to toughen her up by complimenting her opponents during matches; Cassidy and Axl consider the future of their relationship.

star 7.86
430 votes
Writers: Tim Hobert

#17 - Orlando

Season 5 - Episode 23 - Aired May 21, 2014

Sue looks forward to the trip to Walt Disney World; Brick begs his parents to take him to meet his online girlfriend; Axl waits to learn his final grades.

star 7.86
448 votes
Directors: Eileen Heisler
Writers: David S. Rosenthal
Valentine's Day IV

#18 - Valentine's Day IV

Season 4 - Episode 15 - Aired Feb 13, 2013

As Valentine's Day nears, killjoys Axl, Sean and Darrin offer their services to help guys who want to break up with their girlfriends. Mike's romantic text to Frankie erroneously gets sent to a co-worker. Brick has a problem with Frankie's handling of his school artwork collection. Sue gets a surprise when ex-boyfriend Matt invites her to the school's Valentine's Day dance.

star 7.85
358 votes
Directors: Phil Traill
Writers: Jana Hunter, Mitch Hunter
The Test

#19 - The Test

Season 3 - Episode 5 - Aired Oct 12, 2011

Frankie learns that Axl's PSAT's are fast approaching and he hasn't been preparing for them. Sue sets her sights high and decides to try out for cheerleading, while Mike decides that Brick needs to toughen up when he gets bullied at school.

star 7.84
419 votes
Directors: Elliot Hegarty
Writers: Tim Hobert
Valentine's Day III

#20 - Valentine's Day III

Season 3 - Episode 15 - Aired Feb 8, 2012

Frankie and Mike decide to try a fresh approach to Valentine's Day by having dinner out with friends. But a clueless Mike angers Frankie by refusing to present her with a simple romantic gesture. Meanwhile, Axl can't think of a life-changing moment that's occurred in his life when he's assigned to write a school paper on the subject, Brick is tasked with writing a report on love, and a hapless Sue doesn't understand why her new boyfriend has suddenly turned into a bad kisser.

star 7.83
365 votes
Writers: Jana Hunter, Mitch Hunter
The Jeans

#21 - The Jeans

Season 1 - Episode 11 - Aired Jan 6, 2010

A hormonally charged Sue wants a cool pair of jeans in order to fit in with her peers, resulting in Frankie and Mike enduring the unpredictability of teenagers, while Axl wants a car to impress a girl. Meanwhile, attempting to teach Brick about responsibility, Frankie and Mike reluctantly allow him to take care of Aunt Edie and Aunt Ginny's dog Doris for a few days.

star 7.82
486 votes
Directors: Jamie Babbit
Writers: Jana Hunter
Winners and Losers

#22 - Winners and Losers

Season 4 - Episode 16 - Aired Feb 20, 2013

Frankie is worried when Brick decides to go on a three-day school trip to Chicago; Sue wants to know if Darrin, one of Axl's friends, has feelings for her.

star 7.82
376 votes
Directors: John Putch
Writers: David S. Rosenthal
The Break-Up

#23 - The Break-Up

Season 1 - Episode 17 - Aired Mar 10, 2010

Axl is heartbroken when his girlfriend (Alexa Vega) breaks up with him; Sue and Brick watch a scary movie.

star 7.82
437 votes
Directors: Wendey Stanzler
Writers: Vijal Patel
Life Skills

#24 - Life Skills

Season 4 - Episode 11 - Aired Jan 9, 2013

Axl feels embarrassed when he and Sue are asked to work on a school project together; Brick's school therapist (Dave Foley) tries to help him make friends.

star 7.82
371 votes
Writers: Roy Brown
Halloween II

#25 - Halloween II

Season 3 - Episode 7 - Aired Oct 26, 2011

After being embarrassed over wearing a childish costume at a high school Halloween costume party and being ignored by the guys, Sue asks a flabbergasted Mike for his advice on what boys want when it comes to girls. Meanwhile, Frankie reluctantly volunteers to take Brick's socially awkward school social skills group trick-or-treating, and Axl and his friends devise a plan to trick rather than treat the neighborhood kids on Halloween.

star 7.82
400 votes
Directors: Elliot Hegarty
Writers: David S. Rosenthal