The quirky misadventures of one of the Heartland's most hilarious families continue as the middle returns for a fifth fitful season... and family dynamics have never been funnier. As the middle-aged, middle-class, middle of the country mom, Frankie Heck (Patricia Heaton) tackles the mundane chaos of everyday life, her kids - recent high school graduate Axl (Charlie McDermott), sophomore Sue (Eden Sher) and the quirky middle-schooler Brick (Atticus Shaffer) - are continually manufacturing drama, while her laconic husband, Mike (Neal Flynn) offers support from the sidelines (re. the living room couch). Juggling her new job as a dental assistant with school projects, teenage theatrics and a husband in emotional low gear, Frankie struggles to use her wry wit and sense of humor to get her family through each day intact. But through all the madness, the Hecks muddle through.and together they're keeping the middle on the map.