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Malcolm in the Middle 

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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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Cast

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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Official Sites:

BBC [UK]

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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

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1.78 : 1
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Trivia

In the two part episode "Company Picnic", there are several big name guest stars. One of them being Jane Kaczmarek's then-husband Bradley Whitford, who starred as Joshua Lyman on The West Wing (1999). See more »

Goofs

Throughout his appearances in seasons 1-3, Commandant Edwin Spangler wears decorations that absolutely make no sense. While his uniform is clearly that of an USAF general, he nonetheless wears both the Pistol Expert and Rifle Expert badges of the USMC, while also sporting the ribbons for several decorations available solely to personnel of the US Army - the Army Distinguished Service Medal, the Soldier's Medal, the Army Commendation Medal, the Army Achievement Medal, the Army Overseas Service Ribbon, and the Army Service Ribbon (the latter two worn in the wrong order of precedence). Also, while claiming to have never served in combat, Spangler is shown sporting several decorations solely available for combat duty - a Bronze Star ribbon (with cluster) and a Purple Heart ribbon. The South Vietnamese Parachutist Badge, Vietnam Service Medal (with three Service Stars), and RVN Campaign Medal with 1960- device also point at a long deployment in Vietnam, while the Southwest Asia Service Medal and Saudi Arabian Kuwait Liberation Medal would make him a Gulf War veteran. Neither deployment, however, is ever mentioned in the series, making his mismatched decorations likely an error of the wardrobe department. 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 »

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Featured in The Paul Behragam Talk Show: "Balto 2" R&T Part 3 (2015) See more »

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Delightful, Brilliant and Surprisingly Sophisticated
10 November 2009 | by MMcDonaldFanSee all my reviews

I have only recently discovered this show, after years of having ignored it when flipping through channels, having written it off as "a silly kids' show." Now I consider it up there with "Seinfeld" and "Scrubs" in terms of its superb writing, creativity and savvy.

Things I like about this show: it is consistently funny; no laugh-track; it doesn't hit you over the head with an annoying "message" at the end of the episode, but instead there is usually is an implied message; the family is loud and brash but still loving; although wacky and cartoonish in style, the show feels highly realistic; for a show with kids, these kids are very funny; the show has "edge"—it deals with topics like sex that other family sitcoms either wouldn't touch or would treat with stupidity; excellent cast, with witty verbal and physical humor. 10/10


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