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Sex & Nudity

  • There are occasional sexual innuendoes and references in this show. Usually from mild to moderately inappropriate. But all played for laughs. In the first episode, you see Lois and Hal naked but cleverly covered while Lois is shaving Hal's disturbingly hairy back. Nothing shown and completely played for laughs. In one episode, Lois takes Malcolm on a drive to further his knowledge of human sexuality and puberty. Nothing is completely said, just Malcolm's face of shock and you hear Lois in the background.
  • Lois and Hal periodically have suggestive encounters. Usually just shown in double-entendres, but once in a while you do see passionate kissing then the shot ends with sex implied.
  • Overall, 2/10 on the sexual stuff.

Violence & Gore

  • Mostly slapstick violence that's played for laughs. Note that most violence is between the brothers in the show and not ever brutal in anyway.
  • Any violence that is more than just slapstick (very rare) isn't shown. It shows from the person getting hit's perspective. Note that this is very rare.
  • A bridge explodes in one episode.
  • A live grenade blows up the refrigerator in one episode.


  • The profanity is occasional and very mild. D***, A**, Crap, Hell, nothing over the top. There is mild bullying in the show, and in one episode, a main character stands up to him by calling him a "butt-wipe." Lots of other name calling but all played for laughs. In the episode "Long Drive," you hear the word Uterus in a non-sexual educational context.
  • In "Rollerskates", Malcolm says f*** you to Hal, but it was blocked out by car brakes and a baby monitor.
  • Bleeped out swear words are occasionally used, but it's apparent to what words their using.
  • In one episode Kurtwood Smith's character frequently quotes "suck my c-ck" from a high school literary magazine.
  • B****ing is used occasionally.

Alcohol, Drugs & Smoking

  • The parents smoke and the kids sometimes. Drinking. Very little drug references, although the subplot of one episode tells of Reese trying to pick up a pretty narcotics addict, played for laughs.
  • Malcolm comes home drunk in one episode, played for laughs.

Frightening & Intense Scenes

  • In one episode, Reese crashes a mini-bike and breaks his leg. It looks pretty gross, possibly disturbing for some.
  • Overall, this show is not that bad. 13+ should be okay with this, because of the crude humor and plot in general that younger kids won't understand. If this were a movie it would be rated PG-13.

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