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The Middle is a new ABC sitcom based around a mother of 3, Frankie (!?) Heck (Patricia Heaton) she’s “middle class in the middle of the country and is rapidly approaching middle age.” Not surprisingly as soon as anyone heard about the show, thoughts turn to Malcolm in the Middle. I find it hard to believe you’d have a quirky (read dysfunctional) family based sitcom called The Middle and not expect everyone to compare it to Malcolm, but maybe that’s what ABC wanted? The next Malcolm in the Middle?

OK, so the title of this post was a bit of link bait I don’t, based on the previews, believe The Middle is a Malcolm rip off, but I had a quick bit of fun matching some scenes in the above video. AOL calls it “a dead ringer for Malcolm in the Middle with its realistic, wry take on regular family life” and they continue saying “little Atticus Shaffer steals the show as younger son Brick”.

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It looks to have potential and I’ll be sure to check it out. It debuts on ABC 8:30pm EST, September 30th.

Source: ABC & AOL TV