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The Middle - Season 3

by Tony Pinizzotto
Contributor
Monday Oct 14, 2013

Now available from Warner Home Video on DVD is "The Middle: The Complete Third Season." This box set’s 3 discs have the complete 24 episodes from the 2011-2012 season.

In what has become one of ABC-TV’s fastest growing funniest favorite sitcoms, the Heck family find themselves dealing with the everyday challenges of middle-class life in suburbia. Even though they’re noisy, combative, crazy, and silly characters, Frankie (Patricia Heaton), Mike (Neil Flynn), Axl (Charlie McDermott), Sue (the adorably funny Eden Sher), and Brick (Atticus Schaffer) deliver a group performance that surpasses past dysfunctional-family-inspirations such as "Malcolm in The Middle" and "Arrested Development."

" ...if you haven’t fallen in love with them as of yet, binge-watching all of "The Middle" on DVD will have you rooting for these underdogs ..."

Highlights include guest star appearances by Ray Romano (Romano was Heaton’s on-screen husband in her previous TV venture "Everybody Loves Raymond"); Veteran Marsha Mason as the family’s grandmother; The reoccurring neighbor and wonderful funny-gal Julie Brown; actor Brock Ciarlelli as Sue’s ambiguously effeminate best friend, Brad; and ’SNL’ alums Chris Kattan as Frankie’s car-selling coworker and Molly Shannon as Frankie’s sister Janet.

Although Season 3 comes with extras (like deleted scenes and a very funny gag reel), one has to wonder why Warner Home Entertainment is just releasing Season 3 of this huggable series when September 2013 marks the start of "The Middle"’s Fifth Season. That being said, if you haven’t fallen in love with them as of yet, binge-watching all of "The Middle" on DVD will have you rooting for these underdogs from beginning, to "The Middle," and beyond.

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