A gifted young teen tries to survive with his dimwitted, dysfunctional family.

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 Lois (151 episodes, 2000-2006)
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 Hal (151 episodes, 2000-2006)
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 Francis (151 episodes, 2000-2006)
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 Reese (151 episodes, 2000-2006)
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 Dewey (151 episodes, 2000-2006)
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 Malcolm (151 episodes, 2000-2006)
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An offbeat, laugh track-lacking sitcom about a bizarrely dysfunctional family, the center of which is Malcolm, the middle of the two brothers who still live at home. His eldest (and favorite) sibling, Francis, boards at military school because his parents believe it will reform him and keep him out of trouble. Malcolm often has a hard time coping with his family life, but he has more troubles to contend with when he starts receiving special treatment at school after being diagnosed as an intellectually advanced genius. Written by Ondre Lombard <olombard@lombard.dialup.cyberverse.com>

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Although the family's surname was revealed as Wilkerson in the pilot episode, it was decided afterwards that the family should not have a last name. A running joke on set was that the family's last name was "Nolastname." This is officially confirmed in the final episode, "Graduation," when Francis drops his work pass and his surname is briefly seen. Further confirmation can be seen when Malcolm is introduced to the stage for his speech. His last name is not heard as the microphone screeches at the crucial moment, but you can read the announcer's lips clearly saying "Malcolm Nolastname." See more »

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In the episode when Francis runs away from military school, he and his father are talking in the van. There is a pair of headlights behind them following very close, but when seen from outside, the car is driving down the rain soaked road with no car behind them. See more »

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opening theme song: Yes, no, maybe, I don't know, can you repeat the question? You're not the boss of me now, You're not the boss of me now, You're not the boss of me now, and you're not so big. You're not the boss of me now, You're not the boss of me now, You're not the boss of me now, and you're not so big. Life is unfair...
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Crazy Credits

For the first 3 minutes of the Episode "Living Will" (3/6/2005), the bottom of the screen pages through a long list of fourteen alleged "producers". This was the first episode to air after the Academy Awards controversy over limiting to three, the number of "producers" who could win a best film Oscar. See more »

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20 March 2000 | by (Ardmore, PA) – See all my reviews

Malcolm in the Middle is an incredible show. My feeling toward the show was rather mixed when they began showing promos. It looked funny, but silly and unoriginal. After all, the concept of a family that doesn't get along is nothing new. The show turned out to be better than I expected. It's not a live action version of The Simpsons like some critics claim, but it is very funny. Don't be quick to judge the show or you might find the jokes go over your head. Thumbs up on this one.


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