Forget about athletes, movie stars and politicians. Parents are the real heroes—but we think Frankie Heck, must be some kind of superhero. A loving wife and mother of three, she's middle class in the middle of the country and is rapidly approaching middle age.
Frankie discovers school started a week earlier than she thought; Brick looks for a new book bag.
Mike and Frankie search for second jobs in order to send Sue to a good college.
In an effort to be more social, Brick decides to go to the fall dance; Sue starts drinking coffee.
When Frankie finds a dining room set online for $50, she gives the family's old table to Axl.
Frankie and Mike are surprised when Brick invites a girl over to the house to hang out.
With the house in disrepair, Frankie suggests the family have Thanksgiving at the local buffet.
Frankie abandons Brick and his school project to go see Axl in his first college football game.
Tired of decorating for the holidays, Frankie decides to have a minimalist Christmas.
Mr. Ehlert forces Frankie to work on the lot for a day in order to collect money from an old check.
After Aunt Edie passes away, the Hecks board a train to take her body to South Dakota.
Brick learns that his quirky girlfriend wants him to kiss her on Valentine's Day.
Frankie realizes that she and the family forgot to celebrate Brick's 13th birthday.
Frankie flirts with Finn, Axl's attractive friend; Sue must take Brick to a sci-fi convention.
Frankie nervously waits to see if Sue got into any of the many colleges she applied too.
Frankie tries to help Brick make friends; Mike worries that he bullied his brother too much.
Sue is angry when Axl forgets to bring home a sombrero that she needs for a special school photo.
On his 21st birthday, Axl refuses to come home and help Mike move a freezer; Sue receives an offer.
Frankie and Mike are drawn into a conflict between Frankie's uncle and her father.
Frankie and Mike struggle to stay awake and finish the movie they rented for their date night.
Mike's incompetence threatens to ruin Mother's Day; Frankie talks to the kids about parenthood.
Sue worries a series of unexpected events may ruin her graduation.