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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 Wisdom Teeth is listed (or ranked) 1 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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34 7
The Scratch is listed (or ranked) 2 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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The Graduate is listed (or ranked) 3 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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30 5
Wheel of Pain is listed (or ranked) 4 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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Not So Silent Night is listed (or ranked) 5 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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21 3
One Kid at a Time is listed (or ranked) 6 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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The Wonderful World of Hecks is listed (or ranked) 7 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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22 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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20 3
Taking Back The House is listed (or ranked) 9 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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16 2
Floating 50 is listed (or ranked) 10 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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18 4
Last Whiff of Summer Part 1 & ... is listed (or ranked) 11 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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19 5
The Break Up is listed (or ranked) 12 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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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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18 5
Halloween II is listed (or ranked) 14 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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19 6
Exes and Ohhs is listed (or ranked) 15 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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A Simple Christmas is listed (or ranked) 16 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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14 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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15 3
The Par-tay is listed (or ranked) 18 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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16 4
Halloween VI: Tick Tock Death is listed (or ranked) 19 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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13 2
The Christmas Tree is listed (or ranked) 20 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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14 3
Role of a Lifetime is listed (or ranked) 21 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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14 3
Roadkill is listed (or ranked) 22 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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15 4
The Show Must Go On is listed (or ranked) 23 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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15 4
Stormy Moon is listed (or ranked) 24 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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A Quarry Story is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Episodes of The Middle
Season 6 Episode 11: In order to collect on an old paycheck, Frankie must work a day at Ehlert Motors, while Sue works part-time at the quarry, and Mike's dad tries to persuade Axl to help out.