YMMV: The Middle

  • Alternative Character Interpretation:
    • Despite his many quirks, Brick just comes of as an apathetic Jerkass sometimes.
    • Sue’s perpetual quirkiness ranges between sympathetic, funny, to just plain annoying something’s within a single episode.
  • Crosses the Line Twice: Sue's Transparent Closet friend Brad got sent to a religious camp where he got cured....of his "smoking."
  • "Funny Aneurysm" Moment:
    • In the Japanese exchange student episode, Frankie describes sending a wave to Japan (which Mike reminds her is called a tsunami, which the Japanese do not like).
    • In the fifth season, a Running Joke in "The Award" has Sue being mistaken for an exchange student from Ukraine. The episode, obviously written and filmed months earlier, aired the week after serious political unrest in Ukraine, including the deaths of dozens of protesters in the streets of Kiev, forced the country's president to flee.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: In "The Neighbor", Sue and Carly try to beat the Glossners in a fight after the latter challenges by a dance off, not knowing what a fight really entails. In Star vs. the Forces of Evil the titular Star Butterfly (voiced by Eden Sher, who plays Sue) has no such problems in knowing how to fight and can be excessive at times. In fact, the episode "School Spirit", Star had... the exact opposite problem when it came to football, donning battle armor, thinking a trophy case is a memorial, and mining and laying traps in a football field.
  • Just Eat Gilligan:
    • It's hardly suggested that Frankie would be a little less stressed out if Mike would offer to take up some of her duties or if she would call him out for just staying out of the way.
    • It's also never suggested that the problems with the Glossners would be solved if someone would just call the police or social services and report them. The closest is Rita herself threatening to do so to Frankie after the latter notices a bunch of stolen stuff in the family's garage.
  • Padding: Quite a bit of it, especially in the later seasons. The whole Disneyworld fiasco could easily have been narrowed down to one episode rather than the two it ended up being as not much happens in the first.
  • Strawman Has a Point: Even if Brick started a fire because he used the oven, it was still being used to store quilts. As of the third season ("The Map"), the oven is still being used to store quilts.
  • Tear Jerker: Tons in season 6.
    • In episode 5, Axl ends up locked in his college's library on Halloween night. He eventually breaks down and confesses to a bust that he has no idea what he is doing in college or where he is heading in life. Something many young adults in college can relate to.
    • In episode 8, Mike is forced to go with Sue on her college tours and encounters another father and daughter pair who are tied at the hip. Mike eventually asks her if he should have been a more affectionate father like the other dad. Sue says no and proceeds to list every reason why he's such a great dad, it's sweet enough to almost bring Mike to tears.
    • At the end of the Valentine's Day episode, Darrin asks for Sue's hand in marriage. She originally says yes, but at the end of the next episode Sue realizes that there's still more she wants to do before settling down and breaks off the engagement. Simultaneously ending their relationship.
    • The last episode of season 6. Triples as a Crowning Moment of Heartwarming and Crowning Moment of Awesome. After having a terrible final week of school (she loses her yearbook which also had her name wrong, finds out she won't win any school accomplishments, and her graduation cap and gown are the wrong size), Sue is outright forced to attend her graduation by being carried out of the house because she is certain nobody will notice her missing nor will they remember her afterwards. She's completely proven wrong as her yearbook is returned to her by classmates surrounding her, completely filled with the signatures of the entire graduating class thanking her for the little moments and wishing her well.