[This post contains plot details from The Middle season 6 premiere episode, which aired on Sept. 24]
The Middle‘s greatest skill has always been balancing the absurd with the relatable. Is it likely that someone would wear braces for eight years, then have her teeth shift only a day after they come off? No. But how many families have searched through a restaurant Dumpster for a lost retainer? (I lost mine at a Piccadilly.) This ridiculous/mundane split is what makes watching a family in middle America so fun—even after six seasons.
Luckily, we get all of that in “Unbraceable You.” After their trip to Disneyland—or was it World?—the Hecks have spent their summer the way everyone should: by being lazy. The only problem comes when their Friday pool time is interrupted by a neighbor who tells them that school started Monday. They rush to get to their last 47 minutes of the first week of school, and the kid-focused episode kicks off. READ FULL STORY