The Middle: Season 5 (2013 - 2014)


Season 5
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Air date: Sep 25, 2013

In the fifth-season opener, Axl heads to college and the whole family goes along for the ride, despite his protests. Along the way, Sue loses her cool when she learns that Frankie forgot to fax an important essay; and Brick misplaces his new cell phone.

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Air date: Oct 2, 2013

Sue enjoys high-school life without Axl around to taunt her. Meanwhile, Brick fears using the bathroom at middle school; and Frankie doesn't understand why Axl is staying in touch with Mike but not her.

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Air date: Oct 9, 2013

Sue takes a job at an eatery at the mall in order to earn money to buy a car. Meanwhile, Brick's parents discover that he hasn't attended any classes at his new school; and Axl grows annoyed with his college roommate, so he bunks at home.

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Air date: Oct 23, 2013

Frankie and Mike drive a cow float in a parade celebrating Orson's 100th anniversary. Meanwhile, Brick works on writing a new town motto; Axl and his pals try to earn some cash by reviving Boss Co.; and Sue uses Brad to make Darrin jealous.

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Air date: Oct 30, 2013

Sue conducts a séance close to Halloween and believes she sees the ghost of Christopher Columbus. Meanwhile, Axl's banned from a party in his own dorm room as part of his hazing by the football team; and Brick gets advice on how to ask a girl to a dance.

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Air date: Nov 13, 2013

Frankie bonds with a rescue dog. Meanwhile, Sue wins a spot on her school's volleyball team; and Axl realizes that he's flunking most of his college classes, so he turns to Brick for academic help.

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Air date: Nov 20, 2013

Some unexpected guests show up on Thanksgiving. Meanwhile, Tag tells Mike about his online-gambling losses; Axl dreads informing his parents that he dropped out of three college classes; and Sue hides something about her recent shopping adventure.

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Air date: Dec 4, 2013

Frankie and Mike house-sit for her sister, but the home's computerized features perplex them. Meanwhile, Sue looks after Brick and is surprised to find the Glossner brood hanging around; and Axl and his pals go on a road trip to visit his ex-girlfriend.

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Air date: Dec 11, 2013

Sue develops an allergy to the Christmas tree. Meanwhile, Axl returns home from college and chooses to spend time with his pals instead of his family, which displeases Frankie; and Brick devises a scheme to cover his lie about his wrapping-paper sales.

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Air date: Jan 8, 2014

Brick develops anxiety issues after receiving news alerts on his refurbished tablet. Elsewhere, Sue has mixed feelings about Derrick's impromptu kisses; and Axl and Sean must do some cleanup work after they put Darrin's spin-off company out of business.

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The fifth series of this family sitcom finds Axl (Charlie McDermott) leaving the nest and entering college, but it's not a smooth transition: Frankie (Patricia Heaton) gets mad when Axl stays in touch with Mike (Neil Flynn) but not her; Axl bunks at home when he has problems with his roommate; and failing grades lead Axl to turn to Brick (Atticus Shaffer) for academic help. However, Sue (Eden Sher) makes the volleyball team and experiences a new sense of freedom without Axl at home. On the flip side, Frankie loses her freedom when she gets arrested for having an overdue library book. Meanwhile, Mike gets an award for his 20 years of service at the quarry, but he's reluctant to attend the awards dinner, and he also dreads having to take a forced leave from work. Later, the whole gang go on a familyholiday to Disney World, but it wouldn't be a Heck outing without a series of mishaps.


Patricia Heaton
as Frankie Heck
Neil Flynn
as Mike Heck
Eden Sher
as Sue Heck
Atticus Shaffer
as Brick Heck
John Gammon
as Darrin
Beau Wirick
as Sean Donahue
Rachel Dratch
as Principal Barker
Brock Ciarlelli
as Brad Bottig
Jen Ray
as Nancy Donahue
Jack McBrayer
as Dr. Goodwin
Jen Ray
as Nancy Donahue
Pat Finn
as Bill Norwood
Rachel Dratch
as Principal Barker
Dave Foley
as Dr. Fulton
Brittany Ross
as Courtney
David R. Chandler
as Derrick Glossner
Kate Frisbee
as Disney Greeter
Gibson Bobby Sjobeck
as Diaper Glossner
Laura Ann Kesling
as Dotty Donahue
Brooke Dillman
as Coach Babbitt
Jerry Van Dyke
as Tag Spence
Brooke Shields
as Rita Glossner
Rebecca Metz
as Saleslady
Casey Wilson
as Rev. Tammy
Michael Busch
as Kopy Shop Worker
Ajay Mehta
as Dr. Nosoop Patel
Marsha Mason
as Pat Spence
Paul Hipp
as Rev. TimTom
Shane Palmerton
as Postal Worker
Mindy Cohn
as Kimberly
Dierk Torsek
as Rev. Hayver
Dave Allen
as Professor Morson
Eve Goldbloom
as Opal Ruth
George Pond
as Student No. 1
Gina Gallego
as Senora Pitts
Katie Gill
as Danica
John Mark Loudermilk
as Student No. 2
Dorothy Lucey
as Newscaster
Jerry Lacy
as Mechanic
John Fleck
as Judge Stevenson
Bonnie Hellman
as Ms. Harvey
Ben Zelevansky
as Off. Dougherty
Laura Keller
as Assistant Coach Davis
Mandela Bellamy
as Female Customer #2
Parker James Bolek
as Wade Glossner
Mike Gray
as Food Court Patron #1
Thomas Crawford
as Piper's Dad
Bryan Lawrence
as Louis Vuitton
Bunny Levine
as Elderly Woman
Gian Molina
as Food Court Patron #2
Traci Belushi
as Piper's Mom
Michael Gomez
as Pirate Mistress
Sean O'Bryan
as Ron Donahue
Dallas Nevins
as Younger Brick
Keith Gerchak
as Announcer
Lyn Mahler
as Kristen Rice
Talitha Bateman
as Girl Glossner
Brenda Ballard
as Food Court Patron #3
Christian Hutcherson
as Eighth Grader
Marc Evan Jackson
as Professor Danzinger
Sarah Benoit
as Food Court Patron #4
Julie Brown
as Paula Norwood
Ari Welkom
as Ron Cougar Mellencamp
Burt Grinstead
as Player #2
Molly Jackson
as Ella Norword
Jacob Melton
as Sebastian
Craig Anton
as Bob Branderson
Aubrey Woods
as Cute Girl
Payden Kershner
as Little Sue
Jill Benjamin
as Sydney's Mom
Kurt Scholler
as Haley's Dad
Doug Morency
as Jordan's Dad
Wendy Allyn
as Teacher
Jeanne Taylor
as Lauren's Mom
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Critic Reviews for The Middle Season 5

All Critics (4) | Top Critics (3)

The nonchalant humor is equivalent to the smart kid sitting in the corner of your World History class who's super selective about when they speak, but when they do, it's always something profound.

Sep 17, 2018 | Full Review…

One of TV's best, and probably most under-appreciated, comedies

Sep 26, 2013 | Full Review…

Looks like we've got another fun season ahead of us, and I for one can't wait to see where things go from here.

Sep 26, 2013 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…
Top Critic

An outstanding episode from an outstanding show- it may have just passed the 100 mark, but it's not to late to drop in on The Middle. Once you visit Orson, I have a feeling you'll want to stay awhile.

Mar 31, 2020 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Middle: Season 5

  • Jul 23, 2014
    Great show family friendly
  • Jun 11, 2014
    This is one of the best family comedies I have seen in a long time. I wonder why it does not get much publicity. It is on par with shows like Everybody Love Raymond and Modern Family.
  • Apr 11, 2014
    My wife thinks this show is funny. After five seasons of recycled storylines involving cartoonish characters, the show is at best predictable and at worst annoyingly boring.
  • Apr 01, 2014
    One of the funniest heart-felt shows I have ever seen, and keeps on getting better and better each season.
  • Nov 25, 2013
    terrible! what happened? used to be at least a little realistic, now it is just absurdly out of touch. disappointing ...
  • Nov 15, 2013
    Full review coming soon

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