The Middle is about 31st on the list of shows I watch each week, which means that I only get around to watching it occasionally. It’s a genial, good-natured, often amusing, and sweet sitcom, if you can get over the fact that Patricia Heaton is a terrible f***ing person in real life.
The highlight of the show, however, is eldest daughter Sue Heck - a character that really embodies goodness and optimism, someone whose failures are always overmatched by her determination. She’s good people, that Sue Heck. She is so unlike any other girl character on network television. She is not overtly sexualized nor is she smarter than the rest of the adults on the cast. This is a girl playing the insecurites that most females feel everyday but doing it with a spirit that makes it easy to root for her to win, no matter how many spectacular fails she has in her life. She's the kind of daughter I would love to have.
I have some fear that after The Middle goes off the air that Eden Sher will be typecast as Sue Heck but I hope not. She has the chops to be a great comic and I personally hope she gets onto some show like Saturday Night Live where I am sure her comic abilities would shine.