The Middle (2009-Present)

The Middle

(TV-PG)

Plot Summary: The daily mishaps of a married woman and her semi-dysfunctional family and their attempts to survive life in general in the city of Orson, Indiana.

Creators: Eileen Heisler, DeAnn Heline

Stars: Patricia Heaton, Neil Flynn, Charlie McDermott

Serious Jest: animated beer mug 25% (transparent bkgrd)animated beer mug 25% (transparent bkgrd) (White Noise) Every once in a while, you’ll get a chuckle out of this show, and there are some insightful commentaries about life in general. However, watching Frankie & Mike Heck schlep through life in their crappy jobs, in their crappy house, and with their ungrateful kids is way too often depressing. After Season 1, I will only be watching further episodes of this show if it happens to come on TV while I’m doing something else. That being said, Heaton and Flynn are charismatic in their roles; Frankie is a much better character than Debra Barone. Also, Atticus Shaffer is an excellent little weirdo.

Parks and Recreation (2009-Present)

(TV-14)

Synopsis: The absurd antics of an Indiana town’s public officials as they pursue sundry projects to make their city a better place.

Creators: Greg DanielsMichael Schur

Stars: Amy PoehlerAziz Ansari and Aubrey Plaza 

Serious Jest:  (Queue It)  At first, I thought, “A show about a parks department in a small Midwest town?  Well, I do like Amy Poehler.  Who the hell is Aziz Ansari?”  Glad I gave it a chance, because this show is very funny…witty writing and great acting–Anzari’s performance as Tom Haverford cracks me up!