The Middle: Season 9 (2017 - 2018)

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Air date: Oct 3, 2017

In the ninth-season opener, Axl returns from Europe with a new, relaxed outlook on life, but Mike wants him to look for a job. Meanwhile, Sue tries to catch up on some summer fun; and Brick wants to break up with Cindy.

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Air date: Oct 10, 2017

Frankie receives an apple pie from Nancy after she gives Nancy an old scarf, so she looks for other old items to give her. Meanwhile, Sue and Lexie discover their apartment's been sublet to someone; and Axl gets a job as a school-bus driver.

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Air date: Oct 17, 2017

Lexi's wealthy parents have dinner with Mike and Frankie, who worry about their humble lifestyle. Meanwhile, Brick is excited about taking part in the Sophomore Slammer fund-raiser, but the event doesn't go as he planned.

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Air date: Oct 24, 2017

As Halloween approaches, Frankie discovers that a woman had died in the bathtub of the Heck house close to 50 years ago; Frankie and Brick become convinced that she was murdered and, much to Mike's chagrin, attempt to track down and find the murderer. Meanwhile, Axl and Lexie become frustrated over losing their alone time when Sue insists on hanging out with them wherever they go.

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Air date: Oct 31, 2017

Axl tries to invent a new beverage combing wine and beer. Meanwhile, Brick joins the school orchestra; Mike asks Sue to plan his and Frankie's 25th wedding anniversary; and Sue puts her foot down about doing everything without complaint.

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Air date: Nov 7, 2017

Pat stays with the Hecks after coming down with an ailment, and Frankie's at her beck and call. Meanwhile, Sue suggests to Sean that they should try setting each other up on dates; and Axl and Brick ponder what it is exactly that Mike does at the quarry.

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Air date: Nov 14, 2017

The Hecks take a hectic road trip for Thanksgiving to Frankie's sister's house but soon find themselves running into barriers that could make them late to the feast; and Axl, Sue and Brick learn that one of them must quit their job at Spudsy's.

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Air date: Nov 21, 2017

Axl heads to Chicago to visit Hutch for the weekend but discovers that his friend, who has his own apartment and a job, is now acting more like a responsible adult than the free-spirited college student he once knew. Meanwhile, Sue's excitement over having the apartment to herself over the weekend turns to horror when she is unable to sleep after watching "Silence of the Lambs"; and Brick enlists Frankie and Mike's aid to help convince a new student that she and Brick would make a cute couple.

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Air date: Dec 5, 2017

When Orson is named as one of the top 200 most livable cities in Indiana, Frankie is reminded that she has to come up with something to place in the time capsule that will be buried in the base of the newly rededicated Orson Cow. Meanwhile, when Bill Norwood informs Mike that he and Paula are separating, Mike is gobsmacked and starts to appreciate Frankie more; in order to win back Cindy, Brick must complete three acts of bravery for her; and Axl volunteers Sue to be his personal assistant.

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Air date: Dec 12, 2017

It's Christmastime, and Frankie and Sue are devastated after Axl informs them that he's not going to church this year because he's beginning to question his faith. Meanwhile, Mike goes to war with the Glossner kids after they keep defacing his new, giant inflatable snowman; and Brick goes all out in an attempt to wrap his first present for a planned Christmas Yankee Swap.

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Now entering its ninth season, two-time Emmy-winner Patricia Heaton stars in this warm and witty single-camera comedy about raising a family and lowering your expectations. Middle-aged, middle class and living in the middle of the country in Orson, Indiana, Frankie Heck is a harried wife and mother of three who uses her wry wit and sense of humor to get her family through each day intact. Frankie works as a dental assistant, and her unflappable husband, Mike, is manager at the local quarry and her sardonic partner in the daily grind that is raising their average -- yes, most definitely average -- family.

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Critic Reviews for The Middle Season 9

All Critics (8) | Top Critics (2)

Out of context this comes off like some Hallmark moment but in context it's perfect, and just about the truest, purest summation of what this gem was always all about.

May 21, 2018 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
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I'll miss the midwestern comfort of The Middle tremendously.

May 22, 2018 | Full Review…

The Middle ran for a long time, but it never overstayed its welcome.

Aug 28, 2018 | Full Review…

One of TV's most underrated, most unsung treats.

May 29, 2018 | Full Review…

The Middle understood and celebrated the family unit like few shows do. And the cast is one of the best on TV.

May 23, 2018 | Rating: 9.5/10 | Full Review…

It's the beginning of the end for The Middle, which kicked off its ninth and final season with an especially reflective premiere.

May 22, 2018 | Full Review…

Like a kinder but not entirely gentler Roseanne, this sorely under-appreciated comedy honored the struggles of the heartland middle class without taking itself too seriously.

May 22, 2018 | Full Review…

I'm not crying, you're crying.

May 22, 2018 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Middle: Season 9

  • Jun 04, 2018
    i really enjoyed previous seasons, but now it seems forced and unrealistic as characters are too over-the-top and have become caricatures of their former selves.
  • May 22, 2018
    All characters growNed up Along this 9 Seasons, miKe has such Reflexive moments, even with hiS silence, sue is a fan and joyful girl, axl is almost a responsIble man now, brick is finding hIs way and fRankie is simpLy genial. I wiLl miss all them!!!
  • May 12, 2018
    So sad this show is ending. One of the funniest comedies on TV.
  • Oct 22, 2017
    This is probably my favorite season ever. Patricia Heaton and the whole cast are still amazing and super funny. I am very sad to see it go but this season was a great way to leave the show. A+.
  • Oct 03, 2017
    Watching it right now and its great!

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