YMMV / The Middle

  • Alternative Character Interpretation:
    • Despite his many quirks, Brick just comes off as an apathetic Jerkass sometimes.
    • Sues perpetual quirkiness ranges from sympathetic, to funny to plain annoying - sometimes within a single episode.
  • Ass Pull: In "Swing and A Miss", Sue's roommate Lexie is trying throughout the episode to get Axl's attention, to no avail as a result of poofed hair, allergic reaction and skin irritation and by the end of the episode, after she's back to normal, Sue lets slip to Axl that Lexie has feelings for him. Axl, clearly reciprocating, goes to the party that Lexie is at (that he said he would definitely not go to) and sees her across the room. Cue Devin, Axl's ex as of the beginning of the previous season, running into him just before he can reach Lexie.
  • Crosses the Line Twice:
    • Sue's Transparent Closet friend Brad got sent to a religious camp where he got cured... of his "smoking."
    • When Sue and Lexie bully a girl with chronic fatigue syndrome because they thought she was faking it.
  • "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.
      • Both Sides Have a Point have a point in this issue as Mike has called Frankie out on both taking everything so seriously as well as expect everything to be fixed in an instant. The Wind Chimes reveals that a lot of problems that she just thought went away was actually solved by him confronting the people who she gets into fights with.
      • In Not So Silent Night when all the family pictures were accidently deleted from the computer he called her out over the fact that she makes such a big deal over every little thing when they couldnt find the originals. He ended up finding them the very next day
    • 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.
  • Spiritual Successor: Often considered this to Malcolm in the Middle due to its similar name, focus on a dysfunctional suburban family, and similar family dynamics to the former series.
  • 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.
    • The episode where Sue goes to college presents Mike as an incredibly Overprotective Dad by having her master a ridiculous amount of skill before letting her go. However, nothing about Sue up to this point would lead the viewer to believe that she is ready to live on her own. Even her actions in the episode itself would give anyone doubts.


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