The Middle has more in common with Malcolm in the Middle than just the name. Some of the feel is the same, although the central hero is the mom, and the dad seems curiosly sane, stable, and supportive for a wacky-family sitcom dad.
But, well, about a week after seeing the pilot, about all i remeber is that the weird little kid is weird, that the actions are often improbable, and it all seemed too invented and not that funny. I really can’t tell you much about the details any more. It didn’t settle into my brain, and that’s nota good sign.