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TV Episodes The Best Episodes of The Middle  

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There are so many good episodes of The Middle, but which ones really stand out? Do you like "The Graduate" the best, or is "The Par-tay" your favorite episode of The Middle? To determine once and for all what the best episodes of The Middle are, let's rank every The Middle episode from best to worst.

Starring Patricia Heaton and Neil Flynn, The Middle is an American sitcom that follows the day-to-day struggles of the Hecks, a middle-class family living in Indiana. The series premiered on ABC on September 30, 2009, and ended on August 2, 2017, after nine seasons at the request of the creators. In 2011, The Middle was the Gracie Award winner for "Outstanding Comedy Series."

Vote up your favorite episodes of The Middle, and downvote any bad episodes that you really didn't enjoy, despite how much you love the series as a whole. It can be painful to put one The Middle episode over the other when there are so many good ones, which is why you can vote on however many episodes you like.

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The Scratch is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Episodes of The Middle
Season 1 Episode 7: Frankie must create the illusion of a picture-perfect family when an accident causing a small scratch on Brick leads a social worker to visit the Heck household.

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15 1
The Wonderful World of Hecks is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Episodes of The Middle
Season 5 Episode 24: In the second part of the two-part season finale, the Hecks arrive at Walt Disney World and attempt to stay positive, despite a barrage of mishaps that threaten to ruin their trip.

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Wheel of Pain is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Episodes of The Middle
Season 4 Episode 16: Frankie and Mike try to get the kids to confess to a transgression by spinning the “wheel of pain,” that’s filled with consequences, putting Sue’s “Sue-weet 16” Party at risk.

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The Graduate is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Episodes of The Middle
Season 6 Episode 24: Unforeseen events threaten to ruin Sue's graduation, while Brick is offered the chance to skip a grade, and Axl worries that his girlfriend might be over him in the season finale.

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A Simple Christmas is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Episodes of The Middle
Season 2 Episode 10: Frankie's plans to have a simple holiday are threatened when her parents (guest stars MARSHA MASON & JERRY VAN DYKE) come to town to spend the 12 days of Christmas with the family.

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Orlando is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Episodes of The Middle
Season 5 Episode 23: In the first part of a two-part season finale, Sue counts down the days until the family departs on their road trip to Disney World, while Axl anxiously awaits his grades.

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The Wisdom Teeth is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Episodes of The Middle
Season 7 Episode 17: An excited Frankie looks forward to re-bonding and taking care of Sue and Axl, who both have to stay home during Spring Break to recuperate from having their wisdom teeth removed.

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20 4
The Bridge is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Episodes of The Middle
Season 2 Episode 23: Frankie and Mike attempt to cure Brick of his irrational fear of crossing over bridges.

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18 3
One Kid at a Time is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Episodes of The Middle
Season 4 Episode 11: Feeling guilty over not being able to spend enough quality time with each of their kids, Frankie and Mike decide to dedicate each day of a three-day weekend to Axl, Sue and Brick.

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18 4
Last Whiff of Summer Part 1 & ... is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Episodes of The Middle
Season 4 Episode 1: On the season premiere, the Heck’s summer includes Axl in summer school, Brick growing a giant tomato, Sue bonding with Mike… and Mike choosing his favorite child!

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18 4
Exes and Ohhs is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Episodes of The Middle
Season 8 Episode 17: When Axl runs into just about all of his ex-girlfriends at a party – including Devin Levin, Cassidy and even Weird Ashley – he tries to figure out what the universe is telling him.

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18 4
Halloween II is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Episodes of The Middle
Season 3 Episode 6: After a costume party fiasco, Sue desperately wants to be noticed by the guys and asks Mike for his advice. While Frankie takes Brick's social skills group trick or treating.

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15 2
The Cheerleader is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Episodes of The Middle
Season 1 Episode 2: Facing financial disaster, Frankie tries to save her job; Sue fails swim team tryouts, then learns she needs glasses; and Brick starts reading his mother's steamy romance novels.

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15 2
Halloween VI: Tick Tock Death is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Episodes of The Middle
Season 7 Episode 6: Halloween finds the Hecks in their own Twilight Zone-type stories, with Brick providing an introduction to each. BROOKE SHIELDS returns as trashy neighbor Rita Glossner.

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16 3
Taking Back The House is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Episodes of The Middle
Season 2 Episode 11: Frankie and Mike decide it's time to regain control over their lives and the Heck household after years of bing at their kids' beck and call.

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17 5
The Break Up is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Episodes of The Middle
Season 1 Episode 17: Frankie & Mike must console a broken-hearted Axl after his girlfriend (ALEXA VEGA) breaks up with him; And Sue and Brick are on the lookout for zombies after watching a scary movie.

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13 2
Not Your Brother's Drop Of... is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Episodes of The Middle
Season 7 Episode 1: Sue and Brick have to scramble to catch up when Frankie discovers that they missed the first day of school. And Sue finally gets her braces off on the sixth season premiere.

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13 2
The Christmas Tree is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Episodes of The Middle
Season 5 Episode 9: Home from college, Axl would rather spend his Christmas vacation with his friends vs. his family; while Sue's allergic reaction to the Christmas tree threatens to ruin her holiday.

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13 2
Floating 50 is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Episodes of The Middle
Season 7 Episode 13: Feeling guilty over floating Frankie's 50th birthday for too long, Mike enlists Axl and Brick to help him set up a surprise party for her.

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14 3
The Par-tay is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Episodes of The Middle
Season 8 Episode 18: When Mike poaches his friend and neighbor’s plumber, their relationship could be at risk. And Brick spends the weekend with Axl at college to have fun and par-tay!

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14 3
Roadkill is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Episodes of The Middle
Season 8 Episode 5: Frankie and Mike (NEIL FLYNN) are alarmed to discover that it’s time to teach Brick how to drive; while Sue frets over choosing her major, she learns a shocking secret from Frankie.

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14 3
Role of a Lifetime is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Episodes of The Middle
Season 9 Episode 5: When Mike (NEIL FLYNN) asks Sue to help plan a romantic evening for his 25th wedding anniversary with Frankie, Sue puts her foot down and declares she won’t be that person anymore.

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15 4
Stormy Moon is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Episodes of The Middle
Season 5 Episode 16: Frankie is arrested over one of Brick's unreturned library books, and Sue is not impressed by Reverend TimTom's (PAUL HIPP) new girlfriend, Reverend Tammy (CASEY WILSON).

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6 0
Pam Freakin' Staggs is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Episodes of The Middle
Season 6 Episode 10: Frankie is ELATED when Pam Staggs (KIRSTIE ALLEY) - the most popular girl in high school who never gave Frankie a glance - moves back to Orson and invites her to hang out.

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Not So Silent Night is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Episodes of The Middle
Season 7 Episode 10: Frankie decides to skip going to church and watch a Christmas Eve service at home on TV, but a string of events make their evening anything but peaceful.

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The Jump is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Episodes of The Middle
Season 5 Episode 6: Frankie finds solace in rescuing and taking in a lost dog; Sue actually makes the volleyball team; and Axl calls on Brick for help with his college academics classes.

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13 3
The Front Door is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Episodes of The Middle
Season 1 Episode 6: Mike insists that only Axl fix the front door after he knocks it down; Frankie must sell a car within a week; and its school picture time for a photographically challenged Sue.

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13 3
The Answer is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Episodes of The Middle
Season 6 Episode 14: The Heck family learns about Darrin's marriage proposal to Sue...as well as her response. Meanwhile, Axl attempts to use his Intro to Psych class to cure Brick of all his quirks.

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14 4
Christmas is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Episodes of The Middle
Season 1 Episode 10: Rehearsing for the church's midnight mass, Frankie becomes jealous when it seems that Mike is doing a better job at organizing the Heck family Christmas than she would have done.

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Pilot is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Episodes of The Middle
Season 1 Episode 1: Meet the Hecks - an ordinary family struggling to survive each other and life in Middle America. PATRICIA HEATON stars as a working mother whose family life is one big happy mess.

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11 2
Risky Business is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Episodes of The Middle
Season 7 Episode 4: Frankie is shocked when Mike wants in on one of his brother Rusty's crazy business ideas, while Sue resorts to living in her car to get away from her horrible roommate.

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11 2
Siblings is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Episodes of The Middle
Season 1 Episode 9: Frankie vows to make her kids stop fighting with each other and interact as a loving family, while Mike contemplates firing Aunt Edie after she makes a costly mistake.

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12 3
Major Changes is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Episodes of The Middle
Season 3 Episode 3: Frankie demands major changes be made to every aspect of the Heck household – then flees to her mother's (MARSHA MASON) house – after she is humiliated by a family member's actions.

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12 3
Average Rules is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Episodes of The Middle
Season 1 Episode 24: Frankie and Mike discover that the school librarian (BETTY WHITE) is determined to prevent Brick from advancing into the third grade because of some overdue library books.

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12 3
Fight or Flight is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Episodes of The Middle
Season 8 Episode 23: In the season finale, Frankie and Mike are on opposite sides of the fence about what to do when Axl informs them that he’s going to Europe over the summer and not looking for a job.

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13 4
The Show Must Go On is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Episodes of The Middle
Season 7 Episode 24: On the 7th season finale, Frankie's on a mission to ensure Brick sings a song at his middle school graduation, while Axl finds himself being mocked by a 10-year-old copy of himself.

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13 4
A Tough Pill to Swallow is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Episodes of The Middle
Season 8 Episode 2: Mike tries to help a devastated Sue get back into college after she forgets to renew her financial aid; and Frankie (PATRICIA HEATON) tries to teach Brick how to swallow a pill.

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9 1
The Royal Wedding is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Episodes of The Middle
Season 2 Episode 20: Obsessed with the upcoming royal wedding, Frankie shocks her family when she treats the event like the Super Bowl and begins purchasing commemorative "tchotchkes" -- as well as an expensive HDTV -- to enjoy the festivities.

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9 1
Thanksgiving is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Episodes of The Middle
Season 1 Episode 8: Frankie's dream of the perfect Thanksgiving turns into a nightmare when Mr. Ehlert forces the staff to work on the holiday - and Axl loses Brick in a corn maze.

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9 1
A Birthday Story is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Episodes of The Middle
Season 2 Episode 7: For his birthday present, Brick demands that Frankie and Mike tell him the true story about the day he was born - which has always remained a Heck family secret.

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9 1
Forced Family Fun, Parts 1 and... is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Episodes of The Middle
Season 3 Episode 1: On the season premiere, Frankie and Mike take the family on a camping trip and revisit memories of their campsite honeymoon, ruined by one of Mike's friends (guest star RAY ROMANO).

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9 1
Hecks on a Plane is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Episodes of The Middle
Season 2 Episode 16: After Sue wins a family trip to New York, Murphy's Law goes into full effect and it's anything but a smooth flight, when the Hecks board a plane and fly to the Big Apple.

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The Table is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Episodes of The Middle
Season 6 Episode 4: In honor of their 20-somethingth wedding anniversary, Frankie and Mike buy a new dining room set online at a bargain price, while Axl and Hutch start their own fraternity.

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10 2
Bad Choices is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Episodes of The Middle
Season 3 Episode 5: Frankie and Mike consider leaving home ownership behind and moving the family to an apartment when the Heck home begins to literally fall apart.

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Thanksgiving V is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Episodes of The Middle
Season 5 Episode 7: Frankie's parents - along with some uninvited guests - show up for Thanksgiving dinner; while Axl tries to find the perfect time to tell his parents some bad news.

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9 2
Valentine's Day IV is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Episodes of The Middle
Season 4 Episode 14: Axl & his pals take the romance out of Valentine’s Day by offering to help guys break up with their girlfriends, while Mike accidentally sends a romantic text to a quarry co-worker.

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9 2
Halloween III: The Driving is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Episodes of The Middle
Season 4 Episode 5: Halloween scares the heck out of the Hecks when Sue tries to drive for the first time; Axl gets to vote in his first election; and Brick eats too much candy.

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9 2
Signals is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Episodes of The Middle
Season 1 Episode 23: At the spring Heck family BBQ, Mike decides that he and Brick need to try and become more social when Frankie points out that Mike's social ineptness was passed on to Brick.

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9 2
Homecoming is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Episodes of The Middle
Season 2 Episode 2: Frankie and Mike must choose which of them is going to proudly walk Axl onto the field at Homecoming...or wait for Sue to stagger over the finish line at her first cross-country meet.

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9 2
The Walk is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Episodes of The Middle
Season 5 Episode 17: Frankie & Mike discover that they are more fun and charming with others than they are at home; Sue ends up with multiple prom dates; Brick asks for Axl's help with a book report.