Played By: Neil Flynn
We loved Flynn on Scrubs, and were excited to hear that he was getting his own show opposite the talented Patricia Heaton. From the pilot onward, the show has been nothing but a disappointment. The easy, timid plots of The Middle don't even touch the savvy blue-collar material that Roseanne trail-blazed years ago.
The show initially promised to deal with the social and economic issues that face Middle America, but ultimately settled for lip-service and bland tired bits of status quo. Rarely does the show go for much more than the least common denominator, and it's hard watching a talent like Flynn wrestle depth from superficial writing.