Malcolm in the Middle (2000–2006)
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Pilot 

Malcolm Wilkerson has been labeled a boy genius and is moved, much to his chagrin, into the Krelboyne class, which is a class full of nerds and geniuses like himself.

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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 KGF Vissers

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9 January 2000 (USA)  »

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Trivia

When Malcolm's mother tries to convince him to join the gifted class, she says, "Any kid who makes fun of you is a creepy little loser who will wind up working in a car wash." Bryan Cranston, who played Malcolm's father in the show, works in a car wash in Breaking Bad. See more »

Goofs

In the scene where Stevie is telling a joke, the back of the director's head and briefly fingers can be seen in the lower left in the shots facing Stevie, clearly directing him. This is confirmed in the DVD extras by Bryan Cranston. See more »

Quotes

Malcolm: If I give up now, I won't get the lecture.
Lois: You kids...
Malcolm: Dang!
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Connections

References Frankenstein (1931) See more »

Soundtracks

Better Days
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Written by Dave Cooley and Matt Sims
Performed by Citizen King
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Classic 90s sitcom with love in every stitch
8 May 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Everyone with a soft-spot for 90s television needs to sit through even the first season of Malcolm in the Middle. It's the most sincere sitcom-family you'll ever see, and every character has a place in your own family. I remember growing up feeling like Malcolm all the time, and now watching it again, I have way more in common with Francis the ne'er-do-well. What makes this show amazing are the exceptionally well-casted characters, the fun writing and crazy plot situations, and how perfectly relatable every bit of it is. You feel like you're sitting in on your average, crazy week in the lives of this outrageous, yet realistic middle class family, while they grow and learn the same way I did growing up: making mistakes. All the while there's sharp, hilarious dialogue that feels honest coming from the last great golden-age of sitcoms. If you're reading reviews just watch the show, you'll know in the first ten minutes if it's for you.


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