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The Middle - S08E03


As Halloween approaches, Frankie is taken aback when she discovers that, if the circumstances ever arose where she and Mike got divorced, the kids would all choose to live with Mike. Meanwhile, Sue tries everything in her power to get her room back from Brick, and having to be so nice around girlfriend April all of the time leads Axl to lash out at his family.

Episode Title: Halloween Viii: The Heckoning
Airs: 2016-10-25 at 20:00
  • Tim Goodman

    It's traditional sitcom fodder. But what makes The Middle a pleasant surprise is that the series itself is eccentric and funny in unexpected ways, not just the kids.

    San Francisco Chronicle Full Review
  • Heather Havrilesky

    ABC's The Middle, a comedy about living in the nondescript middle part of the country, resides somewhere in the nondescript middle of the pack of new fall comedies.

    Salon Full Review
  • Brian Lowry

    The Middle appropriately falls somewhere in the middle, in a zone where the immediate challenge has less to do with being flown-over than flipped-away from.

    Variety Full Review
  • Alessandra Stanley

    Ms. Heaton is less acerbic than she was on "Everybody Loves Raymond," but just as comical playing an overwhelmed Midwesterner who works at Orson's only surviving car dealership.

    The New York Times Full Review
  • Matthew Gilbert

    It's hard to know where The Middle will go after tonight's decent pilot. And that's part of the sitcom's promise, that it has the potential to blossom into a sweet if small celebration of a family of oddballs living distinctly unhip lives.

    Boston Globe Full Review
  • Maureen Ryan

    The Middle hits its comedic targets often enough, but its main problems is that it overdoes the quirkiness a bit.

    Chicago Tribune Full Review
  • Matt Roush

    The mayhem that ensues isn't exactly unexpected, but it is pretty funny. On ABC, that's definitely a step in the right direction.

    TV Guide Magazine Full Review
  • Alan Sepinwall

    It’s a solid meat-and-potatoes family comedy; next to "Hank," it’s the next "Malcolm in the Middle."

    Newark Star-Ledger Full Review
  • Glenn Garvin

    Until watching The Middle, I would have said it was time the sitcom concept of the madcap mom trying to balance kiddies and career got a decent burial, complete with a stake through the heart. But Heaton and producers Eileen Heisler and DeAnn Heline give the idea new life.

    Miami Herald Full Review
  • Robert Lloyd

    Like "Hank," The Middle is no Next New Thing; indeed, both argue for the opposite, the pleasures of the known, of craft and of watching people who know what they're doing do it.

    Los Angeles Times Full Review
  • David Zurawik

    I am not yet ready to say The Middle is a great sitcom, but it sure seems in synch with the mood of middle America today.

    Baltimore Sun Full Review
  • Ken Tucker

    The Middle has nothing to worry about: People from coast to coast are going to be laughing at this swift sitcom.

    Entertainment Weekly Full Review
  • Linda Stasi

    Even though Heaton is also reverting to type with the harried, jaded housewife bit, she somehow manages to get some freshness into the old girl.

    New York Post Full Review
  • Tom Gliatto

    In its second season, Patricia Heaton's family sitcom seems to have found its natural resting point.

    People Weekly Full Review
  • Rob Owen

    The Middle is funny enough to merit a weekly visit.

    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Full Review
  • Tom Shales

    A smart and funny sitcom....Heaton is splendid as Heck, with a high-profile supporting cast.

    Washington Post Full Review
  • Jonathan Storm

    A lively show with no canned laughter, where love has no chance to conquer all the family deficiencies but does make them not only bearable, but fun.

    Philadelphia Inquirer Full Review
  • Ellen Gray

    She's a genuine character in her own right and The Middle worth checking out as the lead-in to the season's best new comedy, ABC's "Modern Family."

    Philadelphia Daily News Full Review
  • Nancy DeWolf Smith

    What makes this a standout family show is not the absence of dirty words. Who needs those when there's an abundance of eccentric humor and bright writing?

    Wall Street Journal Full Review
  • Barry Garron

    This one has more heart and is a better fit with its primetime neighbors.

    The Hollywood Reporter Full Review
  • Robert Bianco

    The Middle is precisely the show ABC should be doing: a smart, amusing sitcom that understands the damage cutbacks have done to folks in the middle.

    USA Today Full Review
  • Paige Wiser

    The Middle isn't the kind of sitcom you laugh at; it's the kind you laugh with.

    Chicago Sun-Times Full Review
  • Verne Gay

    The writers have great ears for "real" dialogue, and, in fact, not a single line here feels like a dead ball. The characters, too, arrive fully formed and believable. First impressions are absolutely vital in TV, and The Middle makes an excellent one.

    Newsday Full Review
  • The Middle is just a show about a quirky family, and their quirks simply aren't that interesting.

    Slant Magazine Full Review
  • David Hinckley

    The Middle feels like a sitcom version of standup comedy. "Three guys and two girls walk into Indiana..."It's not offensive. Just superfluous.

    New York Daily News Full Review
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