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
Did You Know?
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
Background keeps changing on Malcolm's left as the shots change when he's walking Dewy to school. See more
You wanna know what the best thing about childhood is? At some point it stops.
Written by John Flansburgh
and John Linnell
Performed by They Might Be Giants See more