OUR FAVOURITE TV MIDDLE CHILDREN
Jan Brady Brady, Bunch The Always in the shadow of her perfect older sister, Jan was the OG [original gangster] TV middle child. Say it with me, ‘Marcia, Marcia, Marcia!’ Lisa Simpson, The Simpsons The often-mistreated hero of the family, Lisa’s storylines, though funny, are always the most thought-provoking. Malcolm Wilkerson, Malcolm in the Middle As the middle child in a rambunctious family of four (later five) boys, Malcolm’s genius IQ didn’t make his life any easier, at home or school. Stephanie Tanner, Full House and Fuller House The sassy middle child, Stephanie Tanner had a catchphrase for every situation. ‘How rude!’ will always stay with us, especially with the revival, Fuller
House, getting a fourth season. Alex Dunphy, Modern Family Clearly the smartest person in the household, Alex is often neurotic and an overachiever, quick to deliver a snarky comment at her brother or sister’s expense. Sue Heck, The Middle Sue is the awkward middle child who lives in all of us. She’s even getting her own spin-off series. Cue the Sue happy dance! Carlton Banks, The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air Cardigan-wearing Carlton was definitely the heart of the show – and who could argue with those dorky dance moves? Lady Edith Crawley, Downton Abbey The forgotten sibling in the first season, long-suffering Lady Edith proves herself later when she takes over The Sketch magazine. And, after marrying Bertie Pelham, she becomes the Marquess of Hexham, a title that outranks even her father’s – who’s forgotten now? Leonard Hofstadter, The Big Bang Theory If being told constantly by his mother that his achievements amount to little compared to that of his siblings weren’t bad enough, lovable nerd Leonard also has Sheldon as a (former) roommate/ friend. Although, he did end up with the hot girl next door, so there.