Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Middle Child Masterpiece Theater

It's all Middle Child, all the time, featuring classic, memorable Middle Child Moments. The most complete (and only) TV Middle Child archives in the world -- take that, Smithsonian! If you know of any worthy submissions, or if you have additional information about archived clips, please let me know and they'll be added. Future additions to the archives will be viewable on the Smack Dab Channel...


THE BRADY BUNCH
Middle Child: Jan Brady (Eve Plumb) "Her Sister's Shadow" Season 3/No. 10  Originally Aired: November 19, 1971

BOY MEETS WORLD
Middle Child: Cory Matthews (Ben Savage)
"The B-Team of Life" Season 1/No. 14
Originally Aired: January 28, 1994
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THE MIDDLE
Middle Child: Sue Heck (Eden Sher)
Episode: TBD
Originally Aired: TBD
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THE PARTRIDGE FAMILY
Middle Child: Danny Partridge (Danny Bonaduce)
"Did You Hear the One About Danny Partridge?" Season 1/No. 9
Originally Aired: November 20, 1970
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ROSEANNE
Middle Child: Darlene Conner (Sara Gilbert)
"Dances with Darlene" Season 3/No. 23
Originally Aired: April 30, 1991
FULL HOUSE
Middle Child: Stephanie Tanner (Jodie Sweetin)
"Middle Aged Crazy" Season 2/No. 10
Originally Aired: January 6, 1989
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THE PARTRIDGE FAMILY
Middle Child: Danny Partridge (Danny Bonaduce)
"You're Only Young Twice" Season 3/No. 6
Originally Aired: October 20, 1972
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FAMILY GUY
Middle Child: Chris Griffin (Seth Green)
Episode: TBD
Originally Aired: TBD
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MALCOLM IN THE MIDDLE
Middle Child: Malcolm Wilkerson (Frankie Muniz)
"Malcolm Holds His Tongue" Season 4/No. 7
Originally Aired: January 5, 2003




Friday, June 13, 2014

A Tale of Two Father's Days

It was the best of Father’s Days, it was the worst of Father’s Days….
     You might expect me to be raising the Middle Child Syndrome Advisory to its highest level for Father’s Day, just as I’ve done for most other holidays. After all, it is yet another opportunity for family to get together -- which means there’s always the potential for lifelong festering Middle Child issues to arise. So why am I not sounding the alarm? For Middle Children, Father’s Day can really be a double edged sword.
     If you, like me, are a Middle Child who is also a father, Father's Day can actually be a very good day -- a Middle Child’s dream come true. We get to be the center of attention for the entire day! It’s like a law. Everyone has to pay attention to us. (Well, at least my children have to. My wife refuses to submit. When I drop my heavy handed hints about what gifts I’d like, she’s quick to remind me, “You’re not my father!”) Oh well. Nevertheless, there's still a lot of mandatory attention to be had, and when you’re a Middle Child, you’ll take any kind of attention you can get -- even if it’s forced attention.