The WORST Episodes of The Middle

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

Last Updated: Jul 20, 2020

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".

Pam Freakin' Staggs

#1 - Pam Freakin' Staggs

Season 6 - Episode 10 - Aired Jan 7, 2015

Frankie acts like a teenager when she hangs out with Pam Staggs, a former classmate who was popular in high school. Meanwhile, Brick surprises Mike by winning an athletic award; Sue pursues some odd hobbies; and Axl seeks a date with Devin Levin.

star 7.15
509 votes
Directors: Elliot Hegarty
Writers: Jana Hunter, Mitch Hunter
The Drop Off

#2 - The Drop Off

Season 5 - Episode 1 - Aired Sep 25, 2013

Against Axl's wishes, Frankie insists on having the entire Heck family along for the ride as they drive to his college to move him into his dorm. But the short drive turns into an eternity when Sue freaks out after discovering that Frankie forgot to fax in her essay to be a candidate for Junior Peer Leadership Advisor, and Brick proves once again that he can't be trusted when he keeps losing his new cell phone.

star 7.30
819 votes
Writers: DeAnn Heline, Eileen Heisler
Hallelujah Hoedown

#3 - Hallelujah Hoedown

Season 4 - Episode 22 - Aired May 8, 2013

Frankie tells the kids what she wants for Mother's day so one of them can clue in Mike; after repeatedly failing the driving test, Sue feels resentful when her friends get their licenses; Axl receives stunning news from Cassidy.

star 7.31
720 votes
Directors: Blake T. Evans
Writers: David S. Rosenthal

#4 - Siblings

Season 1 - Episode 9 - Aired Dec 2, 2009

Frankie encounters two perfect siblings and vows to make her children stop fighting and become a loving family. Meanwhile, Aunt Edie makes a costly mistake at the quarry and Mike considers firing her.

star 7.33
1,226 votes
Directors: Barnet Kellman
Writers: Rob Ulin
From Orson with Love

#5 - From Orson with Love

Season 4 - Episode 21 - Aired May 1, 2013

Frankie tries to make Sue appear more popular on Facebook; Frankie's dad (Jerry Van Dyke) makes Mike listen to long-winded life stories; Brick and Axl try to create a viral video.

star 7.34
810 votes
Writers: Robin Shorr
Hecks on a Train

#6 - Hecks on a Train

Season 6 - Episode 12 - Aired Feb 4, 2015

Upon learning that Aunt Edie has passed away, the Hecks board a train to South Dakota to take her to her final resting place.

star 7.39
506 votes
Writers: Tim Hobert
The Scratch

#7 - The Scratch

Season 1 - Episode 7 - Aired Nov 18, 2009

Frankie accidentally hits Brick in the head with a beer bottle when trying to get the trash out before the garbage truck leaves. But when Brick innocently tells his school that the scratch was caused by his mother throwing a beer bottle at him, a social worker comes to evaluate the Heck family. Meanwhile, Bob helps Mr. Ehlert shoot a commercial for the car lot.

star 7.40
1,287 votes
Directors: Wendey Stanzler
Writers: DeAnn Heline, Eileen Heisler
Flirting with Disaster

#8 - Flirting with Disaster

Season 6 - Episode 16 - Aired Mar 4, 2015

Frankie fears that her innocent flirtation with Axl’s friend has been misinterpreted, and Frankie’s dad, Tag, secretly asks Mike to help him study for his driver’s test so that he doesn't lose his license.

star 7.41
511 votes
Directors: Phil Traill
Writers: Roy Brown
The Loneliest Locker

#9 - The Loneliest Locker

Season 6 - Episode 2 - Aired Oct 1, 2014

Mike and Frankie search for second jobs in order to send Sue to a good college; without asking, Axl takes household items to furnish the home he and Hutch are renting; Brick finds noisy childhood toys Frankie had purposefully hidden.

star 7.42
622 votes
Directors: Blake T. Evans
Writers: Jana Hunter, Mitch Hunter
Forced Family Fun (2)

#10 - Forced Family Fun (2)

Season 3 - Episode 2 - Aired Sep 21, 2011

Frankie insists the family take a few days of vacation before school starts. But Mike's suggestion of a camping trip brings back bad memories of their honeymoon camping trip.

star 7.42
298 votes
Directors: Ken Whittingham
Writers: Vijal M. Patel
Dollar Days

#11 - Dollar Days

Season 4 - Episode 20 - Aired Apr 10, 2013

Frankie has a difficult time describing herself during a job interview; Sue dispenses unwanted advice to Axl and his band mates; Brick joins the Prairie Scouts.

star 7.43
847 votes
Directors: Phil Traill
Writers: Jana Hunter, Mitch Hunter
The Ditch

#12 - The Ditch

Season 4 - Episode 23 - Aired May 15, 2013

While dressed in a lab coat for her dental assisting job, Frankie is mistaken for a doctor and receives special treatment; Axl talks Sue into ditching school for the day; Mike and Axl's fishing trip goes awry.

star 7.43
621 votes
Writers: Roy Brown
Heck's Best Thing

#13 - Heck's Best Thing

Season 3 - Episode 8 - Aired Nov 2, 2011

Frankie and Mike are convinced that slacker son Axl will blow his interview with a football scout, which could earn him a scholarship to college. Meanwhile, Sue and Brick begin a texting marathon - and rack up some serious charges - when they discover that Aunt Edie accidentally gave them her cell phone; and Frankie tries to be completely attentive to the family's needs when she realizes that she's more considerate to outsiders than her own kin.

star 7.43
941 votes
Writers: Vijal M. Patel
Operation Infiltration

#14 - Operation Infiltration

Season 6 - Episode 18 - Aired Apr 1, 2015

Frankie accompanies Brick on a school field trip and attempts to help her socially inept son make friends with a couple of boys. Devin scolds Axl for being mean to his sister. Mike gets a sinking feeling that he may have bullied his brother Rusty a bit too much as kids.

star 7.45
570 votes
Directors: Melissa Kosar
Writers: Ilana Wernick
The Floating Anniversary

#15 - The Floating Anniversary

Season 1 - Episode 3 - Aired Oct 14, 2009

Frankie and Mike's romantic anniversary get-away is ruined by various family matters, including Brick being sick, Sue being lovesick, Axl just getting his learner's permit, and two psychotic aunts and their dog.

star 7.47
1,548 votes
Directors: Gail Mancuso
Writers: Rob Ulin
One Kid at a Time

#16 - One Kid at a Time

Season 4 - Episode 12 - Aired Jan 16, 2013

When Frankie and Mike dedicate a day to each of their children, Axl takes them to a paintball range, Sue has them do 17 separate activities and Brick wants to go to a sci-fi convention.

star 7.47
754 votes
Directors: Elliot Hegarty
Writers: David S. Rosenthal
The Name

#17 - The Name

Season 4 - Episode 18 - Aired Mar 27, 2013

Frankie's sister (Molly Shannon) offers to help at the house while Frankie studies for her finals for dental-assistant school; Axl tries not to act jealous when Cassidy's ex-boyfriend visits.

star 7.48
760 votes
Directors: Alex Hardcastle
Writers: Roy Brown
Food Courting

#18 - Food Courting

Season 6 - Episode 20 - Aired Apr 15, 2015

A case of disrespect hits the Heck boys when Axl -- who is celebrating his milestone 21st birthday -- refuses to come home and help Mike move an old freezer, and Brick begins turning into a mini-Axl by dissing Frankie with a bad attitude. Meanwhile, Sue is torn over what to do when the manager of Chop Suey USA tries to woo her away from her job at Spudsy's.

star 7.48
591 votes
Directors: Blake T. Evans
Writers: Jana Hunter, Mitch Hunter

#19 - Pilot

Season 1 - Episode 1 - Aired Sep 30, 2009

Sue tries out for show choir with disastrous results. Frankie desperately tries to close a sale with disastrous results. Brick has trouble relating to his teacher with odd results.

star 7.48
2,064 votes
Directors: Chris Koch
Writers: DeAnn Heline, Eileen Heisler
Two of a Kind

#20 - Two of a Kind

Season 6 - Episode 21 - Aired Apr 22, 2015

When Frankie's uncle contacts her dad hoping to make amends, Frankie and Mike are caught in the middle of their feud; Sue turns to Axl for advice when she is sent to detention for the first time.

star 7.49
562 votes
Directors: Danny Salles
Writers: Tim Hobert
Mother's Day II

#21 - Mother's Day II

Season 2 - Episode 21 - Aired May 4, 2011

Things don't go as planned when Mike and the kids give Frankie a day without the family as a Mother's Day gift.

star 7.49
881 votes
Writers: Tim Hobert
Get Your Business Done

#22 - Get Your Business Done

Season 3 - Episode 20 - Aired Apr 11, 2012

Frankie is inspired by the pastor's sermon at the new church the family is attending. She decides to make it her mission that every family member completes their life's destiny before they die. As Mike, Sue, Brick and Axl come up with ideas as to their destiny, Frankie has a hard time figuring out what exactly she should be doing.

star 7.49
861 votes
Directors: Blake T. Evans
Writers: Vijal M. Patel
Royal Wedding

#23 - Royal Wedding

Season 2 - Episode 20 - Aired Apr 20, 2011

Frankie gets swept up in the excitement of the upcoming royal wedding. Meanwhile, Mike has to make a few layoffs at the quarry, and Brick helps Sue with her audition for the school news team.

star 7.50
1,042 votes
Directors: Ken Whittingham
Writers: Vijal M. Patel
The Smile

#24 - The Smile

Season 4 - Episode 14 - Aired Feb 6, 2013

Frankie and Mike worry that Axl may not get a sports scholarship; Sue's school science project involves smiling; Brick wants an iPad.

star 7.50
733 votes
Directors: Elliot Hegarty
Writers: Tim Hobert
Siblings and Sombreros

#25 - Siblings and Sombreros

Season 6 - Episode 19 - Aired Apr 8, 2015

Sue gets furious with Axl for forgetting a sombrero he promised to bring her, and Frankie's attempt to resolve their quarrel only makes things worse. Elsewhere, Mike is astonished to discover that Brick was named Athlete of the Month at middle school.

star 7.50
572 votes
Directors: Melissa Kosar
Writers: Jana Hunter, Mitch Hunter