Who is your favorite middle child on television?


Today is National Middle Child Day! So raise a toast to the backbone of the family sitcom. Overlooked? Pshaw! Middle children are the meat in the sandwich. 

Marcia Brady may have gotten all the attention — but who had the more memorable catchphrase? It's Jan. (Sure, the catchphrase is "Marcia! Marcia! Marcia!" but you remember who said it.) Of course, her brother Peter, being in the middle, got to have his classic puberty voice episode, because it was his time in the middle.

MeTV is loaded with middle children. You might forget, but Richie Cunningham was a middle child. There's the brunette Bobbie Jo Bradley on Petticoat Junction. Hoss on Bonanza, of course. Epstein had a whole bunch of brothers and sisters, but he was smack in the middle. Gilligan was perhaps one, too, as he mentioned having an older brother and a sister. He's one in spirit in any case.

Middle children have been the core of sitcoms (Malcolm in the Middle, of course), the straight characters (Lisa Simpson) and misunderstood brooders (Stannis Baratheon on Game of Thrones).

So, tell us, who is your favorite television middle child? Who else deserves a shout out today?


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LoveMETV22 13 months ago
Guess you cut your vacation short?

" Howard And Marion Cunningham had
Three Children on Happy Days"
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That's true. But alas it is an imperfect world we live in.

There once was a character named Chuck
The poor chap was down on his luck
He lasted a few seasons
For many good reasons
But in the end the character never stuck
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AMB 16 months ago
Danny Partridge - best middle child ever!
LastCubScout 22 months ago
Jan's cool. Mallory Keaton's cool. Carol Seaver's cool. Lately, Lady Edith Crawley of Downton floats my boat.
RB 22 months ago
My favorite middle child is Alice from the Brady Bunch. She helped Jan through the crisis and bonded with her over the fact that she too was a middle child. I think that was cool of her.
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