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The Middle – Season One (2009 – 2010/Warner DVD Set)


Picture: C     Sound: C+     Extras: C-     Episodes: C



Patricia Heaton is known as a mainstream comedy TV actress doing sitcoms like the evil, overrated Everybody Loves Raymond, which was such a success that she would get her own show.  Sadly, it is the equally inept and almost as obnoxious The Middle, about a family who lives in a small town in “the middle” of nowhere, which is where this Season One DVD set ought to be dropped off at.


Her Frankie Heck character (yes, a male-like first name) is married with three children and voice-overs every episode and often.  Wow, does that get obnoxious and her pseudo-witty comments are as condescending to the viewer (i.e., how smart we supposedly are and she is at least as smart) and we get 24 sort-of half-hours of this?  I started rooting for a cow stampede or something to break up the boredom and hopefully the show, but it stays obnoxious all the way.  And small towns continue to be stereotyped as nauseam.  Skip it!


The anamorphically enhanced 1.78 X 1 image is surprisingly soft for a new HD-shot show with plenty of motion blur and other image reproduction issues that make this even harder to watch.  The Dolby Digital 5.1 mix stretches out what is really simple TV sitcom stereo and the combination is overall weak on every show.  Extras include a paper pullout inside the DVD case with episode listings, a Gag Reel, Unaired Scenes (not shown for good reasons and two making of/behind the scenes featurettes.



-   Nicholas Sheffo


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