Patricia Heaton stars as Frankie Heck, a harried wife and working mother of three who uses her wry wit and sense of humor to try to get her family through each day intact. Her work life's no easier. With her friend and co-worker, Bob Weaver (series star Chris Kattan), she struggles day to day as the least successful saleswoman in Orson, Indiana's only surviving car dealer. Frankie's unflappable husband, Mike (series star Neil Flynn), is a manager at the local quarry and her sardonic partner in the daily grind that is raising their average - yes, most definitely average - family.
In between juggling shifts and picking up fast food dinners eaten in front of the TV, Frankie and Mike raise their kids with love and solid Midwestern practicality. Axl (series star Charlie McDermott) is the oldest, a teenage jock who eats the family out of house and home and walks around in his underwear. Then there's Sue (series star Eden Sher), their extraordinarily ordinary teen daughter who fails at just about everything she tries with great gusto - although she's hoping her recent acceptance on the school's beleaguered no-cut cross country team might just turn things around. Finally, there's Brick (series star Atticus Shaffer), their quirky third-grader, who reads constantly, whispers to himself and has a best friend who's his backpack.