Clip Show posts are just snippets of thoughts from shows that I didn’t think deserved a whole post.

Desperate Housewives
“I Guess This Is Goodbye”
Very disappointing season finale, especially with the exciting lead-up episodes.  In fact, was there really a cliff-hanger at all?  OK, Paul is back and there was a baby switch up.  Really?  Is that it?  So far, the most exciting thing about next season is the addition of Vanessa Williams.

How I Met Your Mother
“The Wedding Bride”
At first I thought this was the season finale, but thankfully, it was not.  I’ve come to expect great season finales from the writers of HIMYM!   The movie within a show, The Wedding Bride, was funny enough that I wished I could just sit through the movie instead of a the rather boring episode.  Looking forward to more clips from the movie, whether in future HIMYM episodes, or online somewhere.

Castle
“A Deadly Game”
Another disappointing episode!  Hadn’t we been reading for the last several weeks that there would be a big development in the Castle/Beckett relationship?  But I shouldn’t have been surprised.  I predicted way back when that nothing would really happen.

The Middle
“Average Rules”
Finally!  A wonderful season finale!  I laughed, I cried, I nearly proclaimed this show the funniest one on television!  The lovability of these so-called average characters just keeps growing and growing.

Modern Family
“Family Portrait”
Excellent episode.  Especially clever way of using text messages to create a misunderstanding.  And even though most critics seem to dislike the voiceovers at the end of each episode, I find them sweet and a nice way to wrap up each show.

Community
“Pascal’s Triangle Revisited”
Why am I such a sucker for a Jeff/Annie kiss?  After I watched this episode, I bought Season 1.

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The Middle (vs. Hank)

April 16, 2010

Patricia Heaton and Kelsey Grammer both left very popular shows earlier this decade (RIP Frasier 2004 and Everybody Loves Raymond in 2005) and have since moved on to other projects.  They starred together in the failed sitcom Back to You, and both tried again with new sitcoms in the fall of 2009 on ABC.  Kelsey Grammer, unfortunately, starred in Hank, yet another failed sitcom.  But Patricia Heaton got it right with The Middle.  And if you watched both of these shows from the start, you probably saw it coming.

Both shows were about a rather down-on-their-luck family.  But The Middle had the perfect blend of good writing and chemistry among its characters (and you just can’t write good chemistry).  I just never felt that with the characters on Hank.

My husband says The  Middle is just another Everybody Loves Raymond, complete with Patricia Heaton yelling all the time.  And yes, she is a mother, she does get frustrated, but that’s where the similarities end.  And The Middle has something that Everybody Loves Raymond did not: hilarious children.  Axl never wearing a shirt, Sue failing at everything, Brick whispering under his breath, put it all together for some great comedy!  My husband even has to admit that Brick is pretty funny… funny.  (That last part was supposed to be a whisper, but I guess it doesn’t really come out in writing.)

So if you’re not watching The Middle, start watching it!  Congratulations to Patricia Heaton for getting it right again!  And don’t feel too badly for Kelsey Grammer.  In two days (April 18), he’ll be making his Broadway musical debut in La Cage aux Folles.