Schoolboy Malcolm Wilkerson presents his pitiful family: father Hal and bossy mother Lois, both blatant nudists, plus their litter of boys. Malcolm, the middle son, presents the eldest, Francis, as his hero, but he's really an incorrigible rebel, who had to be sent to military school. Younger brothers Reese, Dewey and Jamie are mean and play the fools, so by contrast Malcolm is a genius surrounded and domineered by zombie-relatives. School isn't much better: bully Dave Spath's bunch of ruffians look down on the scrawny smart 'wise-guy', for whom pleasing the teacher means unpopularity with his 'peers'. His only 'friend' is a fellow geek in a wheelchair. It may all change when a teacher discovers he qualifies for an honor class, but does that mean the family's first social advancement as mother hopes or total social disaster as Malcolm fears? Written by
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Both the pilot and series finale fade out to Citizen King's "Better Days". See more
(at around 17 mins) When Malcolm opens his eyes in the Krelboyne class, lighting equipment can be seen on both sides. This is confirmed in the DVD extras by Bryan Cranston, which explains that they didn't care about the ratio change (from 4:3 to 16:9) during the pilot shoot, which explains many goofs. See more
Two of you can have slices of pizza for lunch, the other one can have, eh... I don't know, I think they're peas.
Written by John Flansburgh
and John Linnell
Performed by They Might Be Giants See more