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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 & 107 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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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

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Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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Trivia

The opening sequence makes reference to eleven movies and television shows. In order, these are: 1) Three women fighting a giant turtle: One Million Years B.C. (1966). 2) Animé guy smiling in the rain: Shinri Shiogami from Nazca (1998). 3) Monster coming out of the ocean: The Kraken from Clash of the Titans (1981). 4) Woman being held above a nest of pterodactyl: another scene from One Million Years B.C. (1966). 5) Animé Guy Skateboarding: another scene from Nazca (1998). 6) Mud Monster grabbing a woman away from her boyfriend: Creature from the Haunted Sea (1961). 7) Skiing guy jumping off of a mountain in flames: Thrill Seekers (1999). 8) Wrestling Match: Bret Hart wrestling Chris Benoit during the WCW World Heavyweight Championship Match at WCW Mayhem PPV. 9) Robot head being put together: Out of the Unknown (1965). 10) Man Beating Brain Monster with Axe: The Brain from Planet Arous (1957). 11) Boxer knocking out referee: Pedro Cardenas fighting Willie DeWitt but accidentally KO'd referee Bert Lowes instead (1982 North American Championships in Las Vegas). 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 »

Connections

Referenced in So Little Time: Manuelo in the Middle: Part 1 (2001) See more »

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Boss of Me
by They Might Be Giants
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One of my favorite shows
26 February 2003 | by perniSee all my reviews

As of late, Fox Television has been relying on gimmicky reality series like Joe Millionaire and Married by Amercia to gets its high ratings. But the show I enjoy the most in their weekly lineup has go to be the always funny Malcolm in the Middle. First off, the entire cast is just superb. Frankie Muniz is cute, likeable, and gives the show a solid foundation. Justin Berfield and Erik Sullivan do just as well as the older and younger siblings. Dewey cracks me up sometimes when he has to take care of the father or finds his dark side (my favorite episode that was centered around the little guy has to be when he and the dad built a Lego empire that Dewey ran as dictator). And you can't leave out the parents, who are just as off the wall and hilarious. Francis shows up every now and then, but I tend to enjoy his wife Piama more than anything else about his sub-stories. What surprises me is how young the three main boys looked in the first few episodes. Frankie was just this chubby-cheeked tyke and so was Reese, but now Just Berfield has definitely bulked up (check out his shirtless scenes during the one episode where he feuds with Malcolm; yowza!), and Frankie has developed a very mature, handsome face. I'm kind of eager to see Frankie's latest movie, Agent Cody Banks, if only because he stars in it. Sure, it may not be Shakespeare, but it looks like good fun. As for Malcolm, I hope it keeps going for seasons to come. It somehow manages to be consistantly funny and fresh. 4/4 stars.


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