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The Best Episodes of The Middle

Every episode of The Middle ranked from best to worst. Let's dive into the Best Episodes of The Middle!

The daily mishaps of a married woman and her semi-dysfunctional family and their attempts to survive life in general in the city of Orson, Indiana.


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The best episode of "The Middle" is "A Heck of a Ride: Part One", rated 9.3/10 from 716 user votes. It was directed by Lee Shallat Chemel and written by Eileen Heisler, DeAnn Heline. "A Heck of a Ride: Part One" aired on 5/22/2018 and is rated 0.2 point(s) higher than the second highest rated, "A Heck of a Ride: Part Two".

  • A Heck of a Ride: Part One
    9.3/10 716 votes

    #1 - A Heck of a Ride: Part One

    Season 9 Episode 23 - Aired 2018-05-22

    After nine hilarious and heartfelt seasons, a Heck leaves the nest as the family takes a road trip to Denver, where Axl will start his new job – and new life away from home.

    Director: Lee Shallat Chemel

    Writer: Eileen Heisler, DeAnn Heline

  • A Heck of a Ride: Part Two
    9.1/10 343 votes

    #2 - A Heck of a Ride: Part Two

    Season 9 Episode 24 - Aired 2018-05-22

    The series concludes as the family escorts Axl to Colorado. Meanwhile the long affair of the snow globe and its relation to Sean and Sue's relationship comes to a head.

    Director: Lee Shallat Chemel

    Writer: Eileen Heisler, DeAnn Heline

  • The Graduate
    8.6/10 421 votes

    #3 - The Graduate

    Season 6 Episode 24 - Aired 2015-05-13

    Sue prepares for her graduation and worries the day won't go perfectly. Meanwhile, Brick gets the opportunity to skip a year in school and Axl grows concerned about Devin's fun summer pictures she posted on social media.

    Director: Eileen Heisler

    Writer: Eileen Heisler, DeAnn Heline

  • Life Skills
    8.4/10 354 votes

    #4 - Life Skills

    Season 4 Episode 11 - Aired 2013-01-09

    Axl feels embarrassed when he and Sue are asked to work on a school project together; Brick's school therapist (Dave Foley) tries to help him make friends.

    Director: N/A

    Writer: N/A

  • The Show Must Go On
    8.4/10 302 votes

    #5 - The Show Must Go On

    Season 7 Episode 24 - Aired 2016-05-18

    In the seventh-season finale, Frankie's determined to ensure Brick can sing at his middle-school graduation after his performance is cut; and Sue feels conflicted after learning she needs to be at Dollywood on the same day as Brick's ceremony. Meanwhile, Axl starts a new job as a country-club counselor and gets mocked by a 10-year-old version of himself.

    Director: N/A

    Writer: N/A

  • Exes and Ohhhs
    8.4/10 310 votes

    #6 - Exes and Ohhhs

    Season 8 Episode 17 - Aired 2017-03-14

    Axl is startled to run into nearly all of his former flames at a St. Patrick's Day party leaving him to wonder if it is a sign about his love life; Brick buys an old microfiche machine at a library sale, leaving Frankie and Mike less than thrilled.

    Director: N/A

    Writer: N/A

  • The Wonderful World of Hecks
    8.3/10 353 votes

    #7 - The Wonderful World of Hecks

    Season 5 Episode 24 - Aired 2014-05-21

    A series of unfortunate events threaten to spoil the trip to Walt Disney World.

    Director: Lee Shallat Chemel

    Writer: Tim Hobert

  • The Answer
    8.3/10 338 votes

    #8 - The Answer

    Season 6 Episode 14 - Aired 2015-02-18

    The Heck family learns about Darrin’s marriage proposal to Sue…as well as her response. Meanwhile, Axl attempts to use his intro to Psych class to cure Brick of all of his quirks and tics.

    Director: Phil Traill

    Writer: Tim Hobert

  • Halloween VI: Tick Tock Death
    8.3/10 366 votes

    #9 - Halloween VI: Tick Tock Death

    Season 7 Episode 6 - Aired 2015-10-28

    Each member of the Heck family finds themselves in situations reminiscent of "The Twilight Zone."

    Director: Elliot Hegarty

    Writer: Tim Hobert

  • A Very Marry Christmas
    8.3/10 296 votes

    #10 - A Very Marry Christmas

    Season 8 Episode 9 - Aired 2016-12-13

    As Christmas approaches, Sue keeps a holiday secret from the family. After agreeing to watch the neighbor’s three kids, Brick finds himself trying to hide from them as they had such a good time that they keep wanting to come over and play. Mike doesn’t know how to react when Bill Norwood gives him a Christmas gift for the first time ever,

    Director: N/A

    Writer: N/A

  • The Par-tay
    8.2/10 299 votes

    #11 - The Par-tay

    Season 8 Episode 18 - Aired 2017-04-04

    Mike's friendship with Bill Norwood is in jeopardy after Bill gets angry when Mike poaches his plumber at a reduced rate; Frankie is disappointed when Sue refuses to tell.....

    Director: N/A

    Writer: Ilana Wernick

  • The Walk
    8.1/10 309 votes

    #12 - The Walk

    Season 5 Episode 17 - Aired 2014-03-26

    Frankie and Mike run into old acquaintances, Sue gets several dates to the prom, and Brick gets Axl's help for a book report.

    Director: Lee Shallat Chemel

    Writer: David S. Rosenthal

  • The 200th
    8.1/10 271 votes

    #13 - The 200th

    Season 9 Episode 9 - Aired 2017-12-05

    Frankie remembers she has to come up with something to place in the time capsule; Bill Norwood informs Mike that he and Paula are separating; Brick tries to win Cindy back; Axl volunteers Sue to be his personal assistant.

    Director: Lee Shallat Chemel

    Writer: Roy Brown

  • Great Heckspectations
    8.1/10 270 votes

    #14 - Great Heckspectations

    Season 9 Episode 20 - Aired 2018-05-01

    Frankie has to force Brick into asking Cindy to the high school prom but worries that his quirkiness could spoil the happy event; Lexie talks a clueless Axl into giving Sue a belated 21st birthday present; and Mike becomes frustrated over how to get used to a new TV remote.

    Director: Lee Shallat Chemel

    Writer: Roy Brown

  • Split Decision
    8.1/10 276 votes

    #15 - Split Decision

    Season 9 Episode 22 - Aired 2018-05-15

    Frankie makes it her mission to sway Axl from taking the job in Denver; Sue is depressed over Sean leaving for Ghana; Brick buys a huge amount of lawn chairs to replace the one he's been using for nine years.

    Director: Danny Salles

    Writer: Tim Hobert

  • Average Rules
    8.0/10 394 votes

    #16 - Average Rules

    Season 1 Episode 24 - Aired 2010-05-19

    Parent-Teacher conferences cause Frankie to worry about the kids. In them she's told Axl is gifted but not applying himself, that her teachers still do not know who Sue is, and Brick may have to repeat the second-grade due to failure to return over 30 library books. Guest star Betty White as the school librarian.

    Director: Wendey Stanzler

    Writer: Eileen Heisler, DeAnn Heline

  • Taking Back the House
    8.0/10 348 votes

    #17 - Taking Back the House

    Season 2 Episode 11 - Aired 2011-01-05

    After years of being at their kids' beck-and-call and never having time for themselves, Frankie and Mike decide to take charge of their lives and regain control over the Heck household. But Axl, Sue and Brick don't plan on going down without a fight.

    Director: Barnet Kellman

    Writer: Eileen Heisler, DeAnn Heline

  • The Sit Down
    8.0/10 317 votes

    #18 - The Sit Down

    Season 3 Episode 17 - Aired 2012-02-22

    The kids have a meeting with Frankie and Mike about their parenting techniques, and they are thrown for a loop, when their parents attempt to change.

    Director: Lee Shallat Chemel

    Writer: Tim Hobert

  • Valentine's Day IV
    8.0/10 297 votes

    #19 - Valentine's Day IV

    Season 4 Episode 15 - Aired 2013-02-13

    Axl and his friends, Darrin and Sean, offer to help guys break up with their girlfriends; Sue's ex-boyfriend, Matt, invites her to a Valentine's Day dance at school; Mike accidentally sends a romantic text to a co-worker instead of to Frankie.

    Director: N/A

    Writer: N/A

  • Wheel of Pain
    8.0/10 297 votes

    #20 - Wheel of Pain

    Season 4 Episode 17 - Aired 2013-02-27

    When Axl, Sue and Brick accidentally break the family room window, they decide to blame the Glossner children -- the bad seeds of the neighborhood; Frankie tries to land a prime dental rotation spot.

    Director: Lee Shallat Chemel

    Writer: Michael Saltzman

  • Orlando
    8.0/10 300 votes

    #21 - Orlando

    Season 5 Episode 23 - Aired 2014-05-21

    Sue looks forward to the trip to Walt Disney World; Brick begs his parents to take him to meet his online girlfriend; Axl waits to learn his final grades.

    Director: Eileen Heisler

    Writer: David S. Rosenthal

  • Floating 50
    8.0/10 280 votes

    #22 - Floating 50

    Season 7 Episode 13 - Aired 2016-01-20

    Mike enlists Axl and Brick's help to throw a surprise party for Frankie's 50th birthday. Meanwhile, Sue is mocked after posting a flyer for her missing sock in the dorm laundry room; and Coach Babbitt is determined to turn Brick into an athlete after he turns in a project about how he can't play sports.

    Director: Lee Shallat Chemel

    Writer: Rich Dahm

  • Roadkill
    8.0/10 287 votes

    #23 - Roadkill

    Season 8 Episode 5 - Aired 2016-11-15

    Frankie and Mike's embarrassment over forgetting Brick's birthday turns to fear when they realize it's time to teach him to drive. Sue learns something surprising from Frankie.

    Director: Lee Shallat Chemel

    Writer: Roy Brown

  • The Final Final
    8.0/10 290 votes

    #24 - The Final Final

    Season 8 Episode 22 - Aired 2017-05-09

    Frankie, Mike and Brick begin to notice that their luck has changed dramatically for the better after the Prairie Scouts accidentally paint the Donahue's address on their curb; and after missing his final college test before he graduates, Axl pleads with his teacher to let him take it, otherwise he won't be able to graduate. Meanwhile, Sue confides to Brad that her sophomore year in college was kind of a letdown. But a chance to speak to students at her former high school about college life leads her to a realization about her status as a student while at Orson High. A talk with Brad leads into an impromptu musical number about Sue's many accomplishments over the years.

    Director: N/A

    Writer: N/A

  • Fight or Flight
    8.0/10 250 votes

    #25 - Fight or Flight

    Season 8 Episode 23 - Aired 2017-05-15

    Having finally graduated college, Axl tells Frankie and Mike that he's planning on going to Europe over the summer with Kenny. Although Frankie thinks this is a great once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, Mike is less than pleased and thinks his slacker son should be putting all of his summer efforts into finding a job. Meanwhile, Sue begins to panic after she barely scrapes a parked SUV and doesn't hear back from the owner after leaving several notes on the windshield, and Brick discovers that his sudden onset of backaches is due to not sitting in his lawn chair, which was replaced by a normal kitchen-table chair.

    Director: N/A

    Writer: N/A