From 'Glee' to 'FlashForward' to 'V' to 'Modern Family,' counting down the new season's best shows
#9 - 'The Middle'
"The Middle" (ABC) - Premieres Wednesday, Sept. 30 at 9 p.m.
Thanks to stars Patricia Heaton, Neil Flynn and agressively charming newcomer Atticus Shaffer, "The Middle" is a proficient family comedy that might as well be called "[Malcolm in] The Middle." Some audiences will respond to how middle-of-the-road and intentionally unhip "The Middle" is, though most of those potential fans have already proven on multiple occasions that they prefer not to watch single-camera sitcoms. Plus, it will only look better thanks to its proximity to "Hank."