Upcoming Ninth Season Will Be the Last Season for “The Middle”

“The Middle” was renewed for a ninth season on January 25, 2017, with filming set to begin on August 15, 2017. However, on August 2, 2017, ABC announced that the ninth season will be the last season for “The Middle.” Season premiere for the last season is Tuesday October 3, 2017.

Patricia Heaton as Frances “Frankie” Heck (née Spence), wife of Mike and mother of Axl, Sue, and Brick. Frankie is the central character in the show, as her voice is heard narrating at various points in every episode. After losing her job at a car dealership in season 4, Frankie is now a dental assistant.

Neil Flynn as Michael “Mike” Heck Jr., Frankie’s husband, known for his straightforward, sometimes distant manner and emotional stability. Mike works at the local limestone quarry as the manager and has a no-nonsense approach to work and family.

Charlie McDermott as Axl Redford Heck, the oldest child of Frankie and Mike. Popular and athletic in school, he is also sarcastic, lazy, narcissistic, and often dominant over his younger siblings. He sometimes gives his siblings affection, but tries to hide it. In season 1, Axl was starting his freshman year of high school and proceeded to graduate high school at the end of season 4. He goes to fictional East Indiana State University on a football scholarship and becomes a business major. He graduates college in Season 8’s episode “The Final Final”.

Eden Sher as Sue Sue Heck, the socially awkward middle child of Frankie and Mike. Her genuine nature, bubbly personality, and persistent sunny optimism tend to make others view her as annoying and makes her an object of ridicule, especially by her elder brother. As of season 3, Sue was starting her freshman year of high school and proceeded to graduate from high school at the end of season 6, going to East Indiana State University on a financial aid package. As of season 8, she is presumably a sophomore pursuing a degree in Hospitality and Hotel Management.

Atticus Shaffer as Brick Ishmael Heck, youngest of Mike and Frankie’s children. He loves to read and is very intelligent, but is also introverted, odd, and often easily distracted. Occasionally, while speaking, he will lower his head and repeat the last word spoken in an audible whisper. In season 1, Brick was starting second grade. He was a freshman in high school at the beginning of Season 8.


Brick and Blake Ferguson were switched at birth, and their families finally meet! (From The Middle Season 8, Episode 19).

Sue makes a “celebration of Mike” for his birthday, but Mike doesn’t react the way she expected. (From The Middle Season 8, Episode 21).

Sue and Brad realize that they might have been nerds in high school, but that’s something to celebrate! Enjoy this original song featured in Season 8, Episode 22 of The Middle.

Sue’s roommate Lexie falls (quite literally) during a conversation with Axl. Could there be a romance blooming here? (From The Middle Season 8, Episode 11). Subscribe: goo.gl/mo7HqT

Sue accidentally lets slip that her best friend Lexie has a crush on Axl. (From The Middle Season 8, Episode 16). Subscribe: goo.gl/mo7HqT