Now in its final season, ABC’s hit comedy The Middle has managed to win raves from both viewers and critics throughout its nine-year run. Patricia Heaton leads the ensemble cast as the matriarch of the Heck family, and for her, there’s a certain sense of déjà vu — her last family-oriented sitcom, Everybody Loves Raymond, also lasted nine seasons and gained critical acclaim, earning her a pair of Emmy awards along the way. Heaton says there are lessons to be learned by comparing the two shows and figuring out what made them both successful. (Click on the media bar below to hear Patricia Heaton)
The Middle airs Tuesday nights at 8:30/7:30c on ABC.