The Middle

2009, TV Show

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Question: Let me preface this by saying The Big Bang Theory is one of my favorite shows, and I have been with them since Day 1, but after watching the premiere episodes on the first Monday of the season, I see a very disturbing trend. Sheldon is rapidly becoming the next Fonzie/Urkel. In the early days of the show, Sheldon was odd but likeable, and you always rooted for him. Now as he is being written, he is becoming more and more obnoxious, as evidenced in the way he treated Amy and the others in the two episodes last week. When shows have a breakout star like Jim Parsons, that person becomes the go-to guy in almost every episode, at the expense of the remaining cast members. Am I wrong in my assessment, or do you think a little less Sheldon and maybe a little nicer Sheldon would be better for the show and the audience? — Terry

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Season 6, Episode 3
Brick wants to go to his middle school's fall dance.

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Season 6, Episode 2
Sue and Brad try writing, directing and starring in a play.

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Season 6, Episode 1
On the season premiere, Frankie misses the start of school.

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It's Season Six, and where in the heck will the Hecks go from here? As the kids - Axl, Sue and Brick - keep getting older, Frankie and Mike (Patricia Heaton and Neil Flynn) think family life is going to get easier, but they couldn't be more wrong! Bigger kids only means bigger problems! Whatever the Hecks do, do not attempt it at home!

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Ask Matt: Big Bang, Homeland, Utopia, Mysteries of Laura, Midseason TV, Sons of Anarchy, and More

Send questions and comments to askmatt@tvguidemagazine.com and follow me on Twitter!

Question: Let me preface this by saying The Big Bang Theory is one of my favorite shows, and I have been with them since Day 1, but after watching the premiere episodes on the first Monday of the season, I see a very disturbing trend. Sheldon is rapidly becoming the next Fonzie/Urkel. In the early days of the show, Sheldon was odd but likeable, and you always rooted for him. Now as he is being written, he is becoming more and more obnoxious, as evidenced in the way he treated Amy and the others in the two episodes last week. When shows have a breakout star like Jim Parsons, that person becomes the go-to guy in almost every episode, at the expense of the remaining cast members. Am I wrong in my assessment, or do you think a little less Sheldon and maybe a little nicer Sheldon would be better for the show and the audience? — Terry

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Ratings: Stalker Doesn't Quite Catch Fire

Stalker found an OK following Wednesday.

The CBS drama opened to 9.1 million viewers and a 2.0 in the adults 18-to-49 demographic, even with CSI's performance in the slot last year. Survivor (9.5 million, 2.4) kicked off CBS' night down three tenths from ...
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Ratings: Black-ish Starts Strong; Survivor Returns Up

ABC may have finally found its Modern Family companion.

Black-ish premiered Wednesday to 10.8 million viewers and a 3.3 in the adults 18-to-49 demographic, retaining nearly all of Modern Family's ...
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New Season in Review: Black-ish a Truly Modern Family

Comedies with an actual point of view are as rare as they are welcome — especially in a fall awash in mediocre new cookie-cutter romantic comedies. Even in a better season, ABC's provocative and very funny Black-ish (9:30/8:30c) would stand out for its broad and biting satire of an uneasily post racial society seen through a very modern-family prism. (It's also about time ABC scheduled a smart family comedy after its multiple-Emmy-winning champ Modern Family.)

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Exclusive: Check Out The Middle's New Poster

The Hecks are in The Middle of nowhere — at least they are on their new poster.

Fall TV: Familiar faces in new places

In the exclusive first look at the Season 6 key art below, the Hecks are ...
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Premiered: September 30, 2009, on ABC
Rating: TV-PG
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Premise: A sitcom about a working-class family in the U.S. heartland follows the daily strife of frazzled mom Frankie who, alongside her husband, raises their three kids, the youngest being an outcast at school because of his unusual behavior.

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