The Middle: Season 8 (2016 - 2017)

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Air date: Oct 11, 2016

In the eighth-season premiere, Frankie and Mike meet Axl's new girlfriend, who has a quirky personality trait. Meanwhile, Sue wants to change her major to theater after her summer spent at Dollywood; and Brick begins high school with a mission to change his image from weirdo to cool kid.

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Air date: Oct 18, 2016

Sue's kicked out of college after forgetting to renew her financial aid, prompting Mike to visit the bursar. Meanwhile, Frankie struggles to teach Brick how to swallow a pill; and Hutch gets angry at Axl for taking the Winnebago without permission to visit his new girlfriend.

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Air date: Oct 25, 2016

Halloween looms near, as Frankie's surprised to hear the kids would rather live with Mike if they ever got a divorce. Meanwhile, Sue attempts to reclaim her bedroom from Brick; and Axl lashes out on his family after having to act nice around April.

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Air date: Nov 1, 2016

Sue asks Axl for advice on how to break up with Jeremy; and Brick shows his school spirit in hopes of fitting in, but Troy steals the spotlight when he's drafted by the football team. Elsewhere, Frankie accidentally buys herself racy underwear.

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Air date: Nov 15, 2016

Frankie and Mike realize it's Brick's 15th birthday and time for their youngest to learn to drive, but Brick ends up running down an Orson landmark when Axl lets him drive the Winnebago. Meanwhile, Sue tries to choose a college major before the deadline and learns a shocking secret from Frankie along the way.

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Air date: Nov 22, 2016

Frankie goes to great lengths to keep April out of the family's Christmas photo and must rearrange Thanksgiving dinner after learning Axl is attending April's holiday festivities that day. Elsewhere, Sue finds out her new Spudsy's co-worker is Brick.

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Air date: Nov 29, 2016

Frankie's devastated that Axl refuses to speak to her after she revealed her distaste for April, but she's excited to discover a discount store that sells oddly-shaped produce. Meanwhile, Brick develops a new tick that lands him in detention; and Brad visits Sue at college.

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Air date: Dec 6, 2016

Rita Glossner convinces Frankie to go on a road trip to an unknown destination; and Mike takes an embarrassing fall at the quarry that leads OSHA to investigate. Meanwhile, Sue pleads with Axl to end his estrangement from the family.

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Air date: Dec 13, 2016

Christmas looms, as Sue keeps a secret from the family. Meanwhile, Brick must hide from the neighbor's kids after he proves himself to be a fun playmate; and Mike's unsure how to react when Bill Norwood gives him a Christmas present for the first time ever.

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Air date: Jan 3, 2017

The Hecks spend New Year's Day in Orson's escape room, where various secrets are revealed, including one Sue's been keeping since childhood and Frankie's romantic dream about Frank Sinatra.

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The Hecks – Mike (Neil Flynn) and Frankie (Patricia Heaton) – face the inevitability of an empty nest, with their daughter Sue (Eden Sher) and son Axl (Charlie McDermott) in college and out of the house and their younger son Brick (Atticus Shaffer) in high school. A family crisis occurs when Axl gets involved with a not-too-bright girl named April (Greer Grammer). Because of his quirks, Brick finds high school life a challenge and struggles to maintain his relationship with Cindy (Casey Burke). Rounding out the cast of "The Middle" are Alphonso McAuley as Hutch, Tommy Bechtold as Kenny, Daniela Bobadilla as Lexie, Jovan Armand as Troy, Sean O'Bryan and Jen Ray as Ron and Nancy Donahue, and Pat Finn and Julie Brown as Bill and Paula Norwood. Brooke Shields, Dave Foley, Norm Macdonald, John Cullum, and Emily Rutherfurd return for guest appearances.

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  • Oct 22, 2017
    This show has just continued to stay funny even after these fantastic 8 seasons.
  • Jul 09, 2017
    This goes to show that even after this much time on the air, The Middle remains to be intriguing, fresh, and witty. The characters have developed positively, however have not lost their spark that made the series enjoyable in the first place. The Middle is a strong and consistent comedy, and probably deserves a lot more recognition than it receives.
  • Mar 20, 2017
    My family and I love this show! The family is so relatable and the cast couldnt go better together. This is a must watch show every week!
  • Mar 01, 2017
    love, this show, its our family's favorite. please bring back a season 9
  • Feb 22, 2017
    The Middle was never a super hit for ABC...it never topped the charts like Modern Family and The Big Bang Theory but it always seems to deliver at least a few hearty laughs each week. The cast has always been top notch yet ignored mostly by Emmy voters.... Yet this show continues to chug along each year on ABC currently renewed for a 9th season come this September..... It is definitely an above average sitcom. What is special about this season is that the characters, who critics could say were one dimensional, are finally morphing into well rounded humans.... Especially Sue the Heck daughter. Sue is starting to see life as it really is..... she is shedding the Pollyanna ideals - yet slowly.... Sue is finally thinking outside of the box without help from others.... Brick the youngest son who has always been "strange" is starting to come into his own. Where as his family was always there to protect him and make excuses, Brick is finally emerging as "this is me and I do not care if you like me or if it makes me popular" .... He is accepting his "oddness" and others will too. Eldest son Axel has finally also realized Mom and Dad will not be there to clean up my messes anymore... A recent episode where he realizes he is graduating and needs a REAL JOB if he ever wants to achieve success or happiness hit him like a ton of bricks.... As the kids age and mature with dating and learning how to be adults the parents Frankie and Mike are left to deal with their children growing up as well with the impending "empty nest syndrome" ... A recent episode featured a baby and it appeared the writers were setting us up for a late in life pregnancy for Frankie-However in my opionion that would be the "jump the shark" moment.... the fact that Frankie and Mike thought it would be nice to once again have a baby around we think they realized that waiting a few more years to have grand children may be the most practical response..... Overall I will say kudos to this cast ....not many family sitcoms last this long. Even Roseanne stumbled in its last few seasons as cast left the show or we were delivered crazy story lines....The Middle is a gem and congratulations on an early Season 9 renewal....

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