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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Last Whiff of Summer Part 1 & ... is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Episodes of The Middle
Last Whiff of Summer Part 1 & Part 2 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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Stormy Moon is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Episodes of The Middle
Stormy Moon 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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Floating 50 is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Episodes of The Middle
Floating 50 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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The Table is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Episodes of The Middle
The Table 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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Wheel of Pain is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Episodes of The Middle
Wheel of Pain 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 Neighbor is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Episodes of The Middle
The Neighbor Season 1 Episode 12: Frankie must decide whether to confront her trashy neighbor and nemesis, Rita Glossner (guest star BROOKE SHIELDS) after a fight between Sue and Rita's sons erupts.

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The Break Up is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Episodes of The Middle
The Break Up 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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The Graduate is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Episodes of The Middle
The Graduate 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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Thanksgiving is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Episodes of The Middle
Thanksgiving 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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The Cheerleader is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Episodes of The Middle
The Cheerleader 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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Exes and Ohhs is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Episodes of The Middle
Exes and Ohhs 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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The Scratch is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Episodes of The Middle
The Scratch 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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Role of a Lifetime is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Episodes of The Middle
Role of a Lifetime 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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The Front Door is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Episodes of The Middle
The Front Door 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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The Answer is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Episodes of The Middle
The Answer 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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The Bridge is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Episodes of The Middle
The Bridge Season 2 Episode 23: Frankie and Mike attempt to cure Brick of his irrational fear of crossing over bridges.

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Not Your Brother's Drop Of... is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Episodes of The Middle
Not Your Brother's Drop Off 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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One Kid at a Time is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Episodes of The Middle
One Kid at a Time 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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Taking Back The House is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Episodes of The Middle
Taking Back The House 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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The Show Must Go On is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Episodes of The Middle
The Show Must Go On 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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The Par-tay is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Episodes of The Middle
The Par-tay 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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A Tough Pill to Swallow is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Episodes of The Middle
A Tough Pill to Swallow 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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Christmas is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Episodes of The Middle
Christmas 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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Risky Business is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Episodes of The Middle
Risky Business 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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Valentine's Day IV is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Episodes of The Middle
Valentine's Day IV 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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The Christmas Tree is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Episodes of The Middle
The Christmas Tree 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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Halloween VI: Tick Tock Death is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Episodes of The Middle
Halloween VI: Tick Tock Death 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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Siblings is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Episodes of The Middle
Siblings 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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The Wonderful World of Hecks is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Episodes of The Middle
The Wonderful World of Hecks 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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Halloween III: The Driving is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Episodes of The Middle
Halloween III: The Driving 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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Average Rules is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Episodes of The Middle
Average Rules 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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Hecking Order is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Episodes of The Middle
Hecking Order Season 3 Episode 2: Axl plays a trick on Sue that gets her into trouble in school, while Mike meets with Brick's new fourth grade teacher (CHORD OVERSTREET) to find out why he's allowed to skip gym.

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Halloween II is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Episodes of The Middle
Halloween II 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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Fight or Flight is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Episodes of The Middle
Fight or Flight 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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Roadkill is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Episodes of The Middle
Roadkill 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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Pilot is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Episodes of The Middle
Pilot 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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The Quarry is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Episodes of The Middle
The Quarry Season 2 Episode 4: When Axl is suspended from school, Mike forces him to go to work at the quarry to teach him a lesson. And Frankie blames herself when Sue's cross-country team is cut by the school.

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A Simple Christmas is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Episodes of The Middle
A Simple Christmas 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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The Wind Chimes is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Episodes of The Middle
The Wind Chimes Season 5 Episode 19: Frankie pleads with neighborhood nemesis Rita Glossner (BROOKE SHIELDS) to take down her annoying wind chimes, while Sue informs the family that she and Darrin are dating again.

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Year of The Hecks is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Episodes of The Middle
Year of The Hecks Season 3 Episode 11: Frankie decides that each Heck family member will be assigned a New Year's resolution anonymously, after realizing that no one follows through on their yearly promises.

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Thanksgiving V is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Episodes of The Middle
Thanksgiving V 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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The Yelling is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Episodes of The Middle
The Yelling Season 1 Episode 14: Frankie promises to stop yelling at the kids if they agree to follow through on their schoolwork and chores and a reluctant Mike takes a job with Bob.

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Thanksgiving VII is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Episodes of The Middle
Thanksgiving VII Season 7 Episode 8: The Hecks forgo Thanksgiving after Frankie finds out that she's out of a job until January and needs to pick up holiday work at Heritage Village. FAITH FORD guest stars.

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Bad Choices is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Episodes of The Middle
Bad Choices 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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The Walk is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Episodes of The Middle
The Walk 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.

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Major Changes is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Episodes of The Middle
Major Changes 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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The Drop Off is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Episodes of The Middle
The Drop Off Season 5 Episode 1: 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 on the fifth season finale.

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Homecoming is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Episodes of The Middle
Homecoming 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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The Second Act is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Episodes of The Middle
The Second Act Season 4 Episode 2: Frankie decides to take control of her career path when she is fired from Ehlert Motors by going to Technical School. And Sue becomes a high school mentor to a new freshman.

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The Legacy is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Episodes of The Middle
The Legacy Season 2 Episode 19: After receiving multiple warnings about leaving his dirty, smelly socks lying around the house, Mike has finally had enough and punishes Axl by forbidding him to play in the final school basketball game of the season.