O dia a dia de uma família disfuncional na pequena cidade de Orson, Indiana. Frankie (Patricia Heaton) e Mike (Neil Flynn) são as figuras centrais da família Heck. Eles lutam para criar e educar três filhos bem diferentes, Axl (Charlie McDermott), Sue (Eden Sher) e o pequeno Brick (Atticus Shaffer)
Frankie Heck and her husband Mike have lived in Orson, Indiana, their whole lives. A man of few words (every one a zinger), Mike is a manager at the town quarry and Frankie is the third-best used car salesman (out of the three) at the local dealership. She may not be a high-powered career woman, but when it comes to her family, she’ll go to just about any length. And with kids like these, she had better. There’s Axl, her semi-nudist teenage son conceived while under the influence of Guns N’ Roses; Sue, the awkward teenage daughter who fails at everything… but with the utmost of gusto; and their seven-year-old son Brick, whose best friend is his backpack. Sometimes it seems like everyone is trying to get to the top, or struggling not to hit bottom, but we think Frankie and her family will find a lot of love, and a lot of laughs, somewhere in “The Middle”.