Heck family prepares for one last road trip, even as 'The Middle' approaches series finale

Heck family prepares for one last road trip, even as 'The Middle' approaches series finale

The two-part series finale of the ABC show will also see ever-the-slacker Axl finally spreading his wings and leaving the nest.

Yet another comedy gold is leaving our TV screens in another week. ABC's hilarious blue-collar show, 'The Middle,' is ending for good after nine memorable seasons with the two-part series finale episodes 'A Heck of a Ride: Part One/A Heck of a Ride: Part Two.' 

The show is expected to go out with a bang, with the Heck family going on an epic road trip to Dever. This trip is no ordinary family trip though. The family's oldest son Axl (portrayed by Charlie McDermott) is finally leaving the nest and planning to start a whole new life in the city.  

As Patricia Heaton as Frankie aptly puts it in the trailer for the series finale 'A Heck of a Ride: Part One/A Heck of a Ride: Part Two,' "It is the end of an era."  

We will miss Axl's mostly well-intentioned antics oftentimes driven by his mischievous, rebellious and lazy nature. We will also miss Sue's (portrayed by Eden Sher) dorky and socially awkward attempts to rise to the top academically, even as she gets overemotional about the most trivial things.  

The youngest Heck, Brick (Atticus Shaffer), whose quirkiness kept us hooked to the show, is probably a fan favorite, while Neil Flynn's Mike and Patricia Heaton's Frankie made for the quintessentially lovable TV couple, whose realistic relationship still has us wanting for more.  

The Heck family (Facebook)
The Heck family (Facebook)

Joining the Heck family as they bid adieu to ABC are Beau Wirick as Sean Donahue, Jen Ray as Nancy Donahue, Sean O’Bryan as Ron Donahue, Brock Ciarlelli as Brad Bottig, Daniela Bobadilla as Lexie Brooks, Paul Hipp as Reverend TimTom, Pat Finn as Bill Norwood, Katlin Mastandrea as Weird Ashley, Laura Ann Kesling as Dotty Donahue, Kayla Madison as Shelly Donahue, Reagan Rundus as Gracie, O’Neill Monahan as Lucas, Beau Hart as Riley, Terrence Beasor as Mr. Johnson, Heather Olt as paramedic, Steve Trzaska as Randy, David Figlioli as security man, Luenell as security woman, Toby Grey as 11-year-old, Allan Fisher as 13-year-old, Josiah Cerio as 15-year-old and Corwin Allard as quirky kid. 

The hour-long series finale, written by Eileen Heisler and DeAnn Heline and directed by Lee Shallat Chemel, of 'The Middle' will air at 8:30 (EDT) on Tuesday, May 22.