Malcolm in the Middle

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  • TV-PG
  • 2000
  • 7 Seasons
  • 8.2  (143,512)

Malcolm in the Middle was a critically acclaimed sitcom that ran from 2000 to 2006 on FOX. The show revolved around the daily life of the dysfunctional but lovable family of the Wilkersons. The show was unique because it was told from the perspective of Malcolm (Frankie Muniz), the third of four Wilkerson brothers who's the only one with a high IQ. The show explored the challenges that a family like the Wilkersons faced as they navigated their way through life.

The show was renowned for its realistic portrayal of family dynamics, tackling issues such as teenage rebellion, sibling rivalry, and parenting. One of the key elements that set Malcolm in the Middle apart from other TV shows was its expert use of physical comedy. Cast members Jane Kaczmarek (Lois), Bryan Cranston (Hal), Christopher Masterson (Francis), Justin Berfield (Reese), Erik Sullivan (Dewey), and Frankie Muniz (Malcolm) all excelled at pulling off slapstick humor. They adeptly portrayed the absurdity of family life and the outrageous situations that arise as a result.

Kaczmarek, in particular, was exceptional as the stern but fiercely protective mother. Her no-nonsense approach to parenting, coupled with her razor-sharp tongue, made for some unforgettable scenes. Cranston, on the other hand, played the somewhat bumbling, but loving father. The contrast between the two was one of the driving forces behind the show's success.

The show also tackled issues like race, poverty, and mental health in a way that was both poignant and humorous. The show's writers were adept at exploring these complex topics in a way that was accessible to audiences of all ages. Through clever writing and expert performances, they made difficult issues more compelling and relatable.

A large part of Malcolm in the Middle's charm was its ability to take viewers back to their own youth. The show was a celebration of the mischievousness that lies in all of us, and it was a window into the absurdity of growing up. For those who had families of their own, the show offered a sense of comfort and validation that other programs couldn't match.

By the time the show ended in 2006, Malcolm in the Middle had solidified its place in TV history as a classic sitcom. It had won seven Emmy Awards and two Golden Globes throughout its run. The characters had become beloved all around the world, and the show's influence continued to be felt in the years to come.

In conclusion, Malcolm in the Middle was a sitcom that was beloved by audiences for its witty writing, expert performances, and relatable characters. It explored the joys and absurdities of family life with a deft hand, making it one of the best TV shows of its era. While it may no longer be on the air, it continues to be enjoyed by viewers of all ages, and it will always have a special place in the annals of TV history.

Malcolm in the Middle is a series that is currently running and has 7 seasons (151 episodes). The series first aired on January 9, 2000.

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22. Graduation
May 14, 2006
Recently elected valedictorian of his graduating class, Malcolm struggles with his speech, but Lois refuses to hear his complaints and reveals her plans for him to become President of the United States. Meanwhile, Reese will do anything to get a permanent job as the high school janitor, even concocting the most disgusting mess of all time, which explodes all over the family. At home, Hal struggles with Malcolm's Harvard tuition and Francis lands a "real" job working 9 to 5 in a cubicle and enjoys every minute of it. Grandma Ida returns for the family festivities, and they all bid farewell to Malcolm when he leaves for college.
21. Morp
April 23, 2006
Reese gets paid to take a girl named Janice to the prom, but only after she gives him a makeover. Malcolm and the unpopular kids untie and make their own party during the prom called, "Morp".
Cattle Court
20. Cattle Court
April 16, 2006
Reese heads back to work at the meat plant and meets Carrie, a cute vegetarian. He pretends to go along with her politics, and he almost pulls it off until he's caught red-handed with a pork chop. To get Carrie back, Reese goes to the plant and sets all of the cows free. Meanwhile, Malcolm tries to pull the wool over Lois' eyes and sneak off to a rock concert.
Stevie in the Hospital
19. Stevie in the Hospital
April 9, 2006
Stevie goes to the hospital, while Malcolm makes up every excuse in the book because he can't face the truth about his best friend's illness. Meanwhile, Hal gets competitive with his remote control boat and Lois thinks she's losing her mind.
Bomb Shelter
18. Bomb Shelter
April 2, 2006
Malcolm joins a dancing class to impress a girl, but starts to regret it when Dick, a rival student, challenges him to a dance-off. Meanwhile, Hal discovers an underground bachelor pad.
Hal's Dentist
17. Hal's Dentist
March 26, 2006
When Hal looses his tooth during a poker game, his buddy Trey tells him to come to his dental office, but Hal really feels the pain when he's hit with a $2,000 bill that causes a rift between the two friends. Meanwhile, Reese teaches Lois how to ride a bike and Malcolm and Dewey find their new favorite pastime of sleeping.
Lois Strikes Back
16. Lois Strikes Back
March 19, 2006
Lois decides to get revenge on four popular high school girls who play a mean prank on Reese. As she plans her revenge, Hal builds his own pitching machine in the garage.
15. A.A.
March 5, 2006
Lois and Hal visit Francis to help him celebrate one year of sobriety, but when they attend his A.A. meeting they find out that Lois was the one who drove him to drink. Meanwhile, Dewey finds the spare key to Hal's car, but when Malcolm and Reese refuse to drive him to the arcade, it takes them more than 12 steps to find it.
Hal Grieves
14. Hal Grieves
February 19, 2006
Hal gets a devastating phone call that his father has passed away, but since Hal never met his father, he doesn't feel sad. In an attempt to overcompensate with his kids, Hal takes the boys shopping, lets them miss school. Hal even offers to buy Malcolm a new car until Lois steps in. Hal's buddy Abe thinks that a visit from George Takei will cheer him up.
13. Mono
February 12, 2006
Lois finds out that she has Mono when she goes to the doctor's office, and ends up giving it to Malcolm. Malcolm and Lois have to spend a whole day in the same room together, and end up bonding.
College Recruiters (2)
12. College Recruiters (2)
January 29, 2006
Dewey visits a broke and disheveled Francis and just as he talks him into getting a real job, his rocker friend shows up and gives him a cool gig as tour manager of the band. Meanwhile, Malcolm refuses to meet with college recruiters, so Hal takes over and treats each one as a suitor until Malcolm chooses Harvard, which ruins everything for Hal.
Bride of Ida (1)
11. Bride of Ida (1)
January 13, 2006
When Lois and Hal take Dewey out of town for a piano competition, they enlist Grandma Ida to watch over the boys. Ida thinks that Reese needs to become a man, so she forces the two brothers into a competition and if Reese wins he takes Raduca as his bride. Meanwhile, when Lois and Hal return home they're shocked to find out Reese has run off to Vegas.
Malcolm's Money
10. Malcolm's Money
January 6, 2006
When Hal and Lois receive a check for $10,000 made out to Malcolm, their first instinct is to keep it and buy new pipes for the house or a new boat, until Dewey overhears their plan and wants a piece of the pie. In a weak moment Lois spends the entire chunk of change on a dollhouse, but they feel so guilty they end up paying Malcolm back. Meanwhile, Reese spends all of his free time in a nursing home.
Malcolm Defends Reese
9. Malcolm Defends Reese
December 16, 2005
Lois finds a new babysitter for Jamie who is wonderful until she opens her mouth and starts to drive Lois crazy. Meanwhile, Malcolm and Reese are in the same class, but Reese is the one being picked on by the teacher until Malcolm stands up for him.
Army Buddy
8. Army Buddy
December 2, 2005
Hal enjoys pampering an aching and exhausted Lois, but all that changes when she buys orthotic inserts for her shoes and has renewed energy so Hal plots to destroy the orthotics and get his weary wife back. Meanwhile, Reese's Army pal pays a visit, but she gets defensive when Reese thinks they're more than friends.
7. Blackout
November 18, 2005
Francis decides to surprise the family by coming home, but he catches Jamie off-guard and ends up knocking the lights out in the house. Meanwhile, it's Lois who's in the dark when Hal decides to cancel their anniversary dinner and forces Reese to cook them a romantic feast at home, and Malcolm who ends up in hot water when he sneaks three Swedish girls into the house.
Secret Boyfriend
6. Secret Boyfriend
November 11, 2005
When Malcolm gets paired with a dimwitted beauty as his chemistry partner he thinks it's going to be a bad combination, but then she reveals her feelings for him and sparks fly. They agree to keep their romantic experiment under wraps until Malcolm finds that she is embarrassed to be dating him. Meanwhile, Lois demands that Reese get a job and kicks him out of the house to prove it.
Jessica Stays Over
5. Jessica Stays Over
November 4, 2005
The neighbor's daughter, Jessica, stays with Malcolm and the family for a week. She soon shows Malcolm how to manipulate Lois to get what he wants. Also, Reese gets into a fued with his foreign penpal and Hal tries to avoid a confrontation with a...bee!
4. Halloween
October 28, 2005
Malcolm and Reese go on a tour of the neighborhood for Halloween, but get scared when their own house is the first stop on the tour.
Reese vs. Stevie
3. Reese vs. Stevie
October 21, 2005
When Hal catches Dewey smoking, he makes a pact with him that he'll stop drinking coffee if Dewey kicks the habit, but after a few unsuccessful attempts to beat their addictions, they both start sneaking around. Meanwhile, Reese picks a fight with Stevie and their confrontation gets heated
Health Insurance
2. Health Insurance
October 7, 2005
Hal forgets to pay the family's health insurance and when the company won't reinstate them until Monday, he panics and locks the boys in their room so they won't get hurt. But the boys try to escape, Jamie gets in harms way and Hal is the one who needs a doctor. Meanwhile, Lois and her coworkers discuss unionizing at the Lucky Aide and she hits her 10-year anniversary at the store.
Burning Man
1. Burning Man
September 30, 2005
The Wilkerson boys plan to sneak off to a New Age festival in the hope of seeing some naked women, but when their parents find out, the trip becomes a family affair. Malcolm falls for an older woman, while Lois goes topless after discovering the joys of hemp.
Where to Watch Malcolm in the Middle
Malcolm in the Middle is available for streaming on the FOX website, both individual episodes and full seasons. You can also watch Malcolm in the Middle on demand at Hulu and Sling.
  • Premiere Date
    January 9, 2000
  • IMDB Rating
    8.2  (143,512)