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MIDDLE, THE
Air Date: Tuesday, October 17, 2017
Time Slot: 8:00 PM-8:30 PM EST on ABC
Episode Title: (#903) "Meet the Parents"
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AXL INVITES FRANKIE AND MIKE TO MEET LEXIE'S RICH PARENTS, BUT FRANKIE IS WORRIED THAT THEIR NON-LUXURIOUS LIFESTYLE COULD PUT A DAMPER ON THEIR MEETING, AND BRICK DISCOVERS THAT HE CAN'T GET ARRESTED WHEN HE PARTICIPATES IN THE SCHOOL'S SOPHOMORE SLAMMER FUNDRAISER, ON ABC'S 'THE MIDDLE'

Lisa Rinna Guest Stars as Lexie's Mom

"Meet the Parents" - Frankie is stoked when Axl invites her and Mike to meet and have dinner with girlfriend Lexie's rich parents, Tammy (Lisa Rinna) and Bennett. But Frankie is worried that their less then luxurious lifestyle may put a damper on their meeting. Meanwhile, Brick is excited to be a part of the Sophomore Slammer fundraiser, in which fellow classmates fake arrest each other and friends come to pay money - which will go to charity - to bail them out. But Brick soon discovers that no matter how hard he tries, he just can't get arrested, on "The Middle," TUESDAY, OCTOBER 17 (8:00-8:30 p.m. EDT), on The ABC Television Network.

"The Middle" stars Patricia Heaton as Frankie, Neil Flynn as Mike, Charlie McDermott as Axl, Eden Sher as Sue and Atticus Shaffer as Brick.

Guest starring are Daniela Bobadilla as Lexie, Lisa Rinna as Tammy Brooks, Gregory Harrison as Bennett Brooks, Ally Young-Price as friend, Lauren Kennedy Hardy as kid, French Stewart as Principal Cameron, Conrad Bluth as football player, Micah Nelson as Aiden and Sean Summers as parking attendant.

"Meet the Parents" was written by Jana Hunter & Mitch Hunter and directed by Lee Shallat Chemel.

"The Middle" is broadcast in 720 Progressive (720P), ABC's selected HDTV format with a 5.1 channel surround sound. A TV parental guideline will be assigned closer to the airdate.

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MIDDLE, THE (ABC)
BROADCAST HISTORY:
9/30/09 - ???
STATUS:
currently airing (fall 2017)
TIME SLOT:
tuesdays from 8:00 PM-8:30 PM EST
CURRENT SEASON:
9 (24 episodes)
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ADDITIONAL NOTES:
two additional episodes ordered on 11/3/17; the show's current season will be its last
DESCRIPTION:
(from ABC's press release, August 2017) The upcoming ninth season of ABC's critically acclaimed fan-favorite series "The Middle" will be its final one. It was announced by Channing Dungey, president, ABC Entertainment. After almost a decade on the air, the executive producers of the award-winning series have decided that the ninth season would be the best one in which to wrap up the story of the Heck family. The show stars two-time Emmy-winner Patricia Heaton as a harried wife and mother of three who lives in the middle of the country in Orson, Indiana, and uses her wry wit and sense of humor to get her family through each day intact. The farewell season begins Tuesday, October 3, at 8:00 p.m. EDT. "The Middle" has received three Humanitas Prize nominations, with a win in 2016 for creators/executive producers Eileen Heisler and DeAnn Heline in the 30 Minute Category for the episode "The Graduate," a Critics' Choice Award nomination and a Gracie Award for Outstanding Comedy. Eden Sher previously received a Critics' Choice Award for Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series for her role as Sue Heck. Esquire.com called the show "the finest American sitcom on TV right now," and the Los Angeles Times exclaimed that "'The Middle' is the best family comedy on television."
PRINCIPAL CAST INFORMATION:
· Atticus Shaffer as Brick
· Charlie McDermott as Axl
· Eden Sher as Sue
· Neil Flynn as Mike
· Patricia Heaton as Frankie
RECURRING/PREVIOUS CAST INFORMATION:
· Chris Kattan as Bob
CREW INFORMATION:
· DeAnn Heline as CRTR/EP
· Eileen Heisler as CRTR/EP
· Julie Anne Robinson as DIR (Pilot)
GENRE(S):
· comedy (all)
· comedy (single-camera)
STUDIO INFORMATION:
· Black and Blondie Productions
· Warner Bros. Television