Great Family Friendly Show
The Middle is a great show that the whole family can enjoy together. It is funny and very relatable. There is always a moral to the story and we sometimes use them as teaching moments. We can definitely relate to most story lines, maybe not as dramatic or exagarated but we always seem to say, this is just like us, or we do the same thing when watching the show.
I always watch it first and select the ones that are appropriate to show to the kids. While the show is mostly very tame, some episodes, especially those centered around the Axl and his friends, aren't appropriate for my kids this age. Axl is a high school teen who is very disrepectful to his parents and there are some very undesirable behavior and manners which I really don't want the kids to emulate. I also agree with other reviewers (ABC, please listen) that the language is not that great. It isn't horrible. But they really should refrain from using words like damn, hell, stupid (which they say a lot), freaking (really don't like that one), shut up, etc. I don't know any parent that would say those words in front of their kids, much less to them. But face it, all TV shows and movies say those words and normally I just let it slide and not make a big deal of it. Why draw attention to it, right? But on this show, they use these words so frequently that we actually made a point to explain to the kids that that is just TV and it is not acceptable in real life.
There is drinking on the show. Again, it isn't horrible. It is more like casually haveing a beer after a long day. They don't draw much attention to it. It is not like major partying or drinking is cool or anything like that. However, I read in one comment that it seems to be daily occurance. I must admit I noticed that too, especially in the newer episodes, and I do agree it can be scaled back a little. At our household, we've been known to have a beer or two, but usually just a couple of nights a week. Maybe a Friday when the work/school week is over.
With all that said, it is a great show. Clever and funny, moral and wholesome, heartwarming and uplifting. Makes me think of the old shows like Family Ties, Growing Pain, or The Wonder Years when I was a kid watching with my folks and siblings.
I recommend to all families.