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Malcolm in the Middle 

A gifted young teen tries to survive life with his dimwitted, dysfunctional family.
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Nominated for 7 Golden Globes. Another 46 wins & 108 nominations. See more awards »

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Series cast summary:
Bryan Cranston ...  Hal 151 episodes, 2000-2006
Justin Berfield ...  Reese 151 episodes, 2000-2006
Erik Per Sullivan ...  Dewey 151 episodes, 2000-2006
Jane Kaczmarek ...  Lois 151 episodes, 2000-2006
Christopher Masterson ...  Francis 151 episodes, 2000-2006
Frankie Muniz ...  Malcolm / ... 151 episodes, 2000-2006
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Storyline

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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Comedy | Family

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TV-PG | See all certifications »

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Official Sites:

BBC [UK]

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

9 January 2000 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Fighting in Underpants See more »

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Dolby

Color:

Color

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1.78 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Aaron Paul auditioned for the role of Francis. He would later be cast in Breaking Bad (2008), which also starred Bryan Cranston. See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

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 »

Alternate Versions

An extended version of the pilot episode was released with the 'Complete First Season' DVD boxset. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Vecinos: Venta de garage (2005) See more »

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by Al Wilson
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One of the funniest shows on television
24 October 2005 | by MovieAddict2016See all my reviews

"Malcolm in the Middle" may have lost a bit of steam recently, but some of the earlier episodes are absolutely, side-splittingly hilarious. Although Malcolm (Frankie Muniz) may be the titular character, it is really Bryan Cranston's characterization of the father figure, Hal, that makes the show so fun to watch. Cranston turns Hal into a boy at heart (as all fathers are) - only, like everything else with the show, extends it into a complete satire and goes completely wacky. This show, for lack of a better word, is crazy.

It's absurd. And it couldn't be any better. The wild antics and over-the-top gags are similar to a cartoon, and even the fast-cut editing between scenes (with the "whoosing" sound) is reminiscent of an animated program.

Like "The Simpsons," "Malcolm" manages to successfully interweave everyday family/social topics into silly plots involving all types of nonsensical stuff. Some of the physical gags are absolutely hilarious - the episode with Hal running out of the supermarket, a parody of "Raiders of the Lost Ark," is gut-busting - but at its heart this really is a tender and witty comedy that manages to be effective on more than one level.

The rest of the cast are great too. It really "feels" like a genuine family. They bicker, they complain, they whine and moan and fight - this is America today. If we were to go back fifty years in a time capsule and present this to the "I Love Lucy" crowds, they'd be shocked.


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