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Critic's picks: It's fun to be stuck in 'The Middle'
"The Middle" -- Too long have the hilarious and down-rent relatable Hecks lived in the shadow of their upscale-yet-seeming-unemployed neighbors on"Modern Family." Patricia Heaton's Frankie and Neil Flynn's Mike remind us on a weekly basis that fatigue and bewilderment are the real resting states of family life and their assorted children -- jock Axl (Charlie McDermott), sweet 'n' goofy Sue (Eden Sher) and oddball bookworm Brick (Atticus Shaffer) -- are the anti-Abercrombie kids most of us once were. The season finale will be chock full o' milestones, Axl graduates high school, Brick moves on to middle school and Sue tries to get her license, for the sixth time. ABC, Wednesday, 8 p.m.
By Mary McNamara, Los Angeles Times Television Critic
May 16, 2013