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Ranking the Best Seasons of 'The Middle'

Updated July 18, 2019 278 votes 58 voters 1.5k views9 items

This list features the best seasons of The Middle, listed from best to worst with pictures of season posters when available. Fans may debate which of the nine season of The Middle is the best, but each installment of the family comedy series features memorable episodes. Some seasons of The Middle focus on holiday fun and other good seasons explore the Hecks at school.

This list of The Middle seasons has been voted on by fans from all over the world, helping to decide once and for all which collection of episodes starring Patricia Heaton and Neil Flynn are the best. Season One introduced viewers to the hilarity of the Heck's home-life while later seasons highlighted the kids at high school and beyond.

Which The Middle season is the best? Help us decide by giving your favorite seasons of The Middle a vote up.

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    The first season of The Middle premiered on September 30, 2009, and contains 24 episodes. This season introduces the audience to the lives of the Heck family.

    This season contains several memorable episodes including: "Pilot," "Valentine's Day" and "Christmas."

    Memorable moments from Season 1 include:

    • Frankie cancels Thanksgiving.
    • Mike makes a pre-historic discovery.
    • Frankie goes to parent teacher conferences.
       
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    The sixth season of The Middle premiered on September 24, 2014, and contains 24 episodes. This season continues to focus on Heck family drama.

    This season contains several memorable episodes including: "Pam Freakin' Staggs," "Thanksgiving VI" and "Hecks on a Train."

    Memorable moments from Season 6 include:

    • The Hecks confront a sinkhole.
    • The Hecks take a train to South Dakota.
    • Sue gets a graduation surprise.
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    The seventh season of The Middle premiered on September 23, 2015, and contains 24 episodes. This season focuses on the Hecks' next chapters.

    This season contains several memorable episodes including: "Not Your Brother's Drop Off," "Not So Silent Night" and "Thanksgiving VII."

    Memorable moments from Season 7 include:

    • Sue starts college.
    • Frankie has a festive photo freak-out.
    • Frankie and Mike try to set curfews.
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    The ninth and final season of The Middle premiered on October 3, 2017, and contains 24 episodes. This season focuses on fun times with the Heck family.

    This season contains several memorable episodes including: "Thank You for Not Kissing," "Bat Out of Heck" and "A Heck of a Ride."

    Memorable moments from Season 9 include:

    • Sue and Sean go on a date.
    • Orson makes the Top 200 Friendliest Places to Live in Indiana list.
    • Axl moves to Denver.
       
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