The Middle (stylized as the middle.) is an American sitcom about a lower middle class family living in Indiana and facing the day-to-day struggles of home life, work, and raising children. The series premiered on September 30, 2009, on the ABC network, and concluded on May 22, 2018. The series features Everybody Loves Raymond actress Patricia Heaton and Scrubs actor Neil Flynn. The Middle was created by former Roseanne and Murphy Brown writers Eileen Heisler and DeAnn Heline of Blackie and Blondie Productions. The show is produced by Warner Bros. Television and Blackie and Blondie Productions. The Middle was praised by television critics and earned numerous award nominations.