Malcolm in the Middle : Season 1

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  • Series Premiere Date: Jan 9, 2000
Season #: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7
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  • Summary: Created and executive-produced by Emmy Award-winning writer Linwood Boomer, this inventive half-hour series is seen through the eyes of MALCOLM (Frankie Muniz), a regular high school kid trying to navigate his way through life despite the various obstacles thrown in his way – a completeCreated and executive-produced by Emmy Award-winning writer Linwood Boomer, this inventive half-hour series is seen through the eyes of MALCOLM (Frankie Muniz), a regular high school kid trying to navigate his way through life despite the various obstacles thrown in his way – a complete misunderstanding of girls, the constant burden of masterminding plans to get himself and his brothers into or out of trouble, and a miserable job at the Lucky Aide… not to mention a severe case of teen angst.

    Although Malcolm has a genius IQ, he can't seem to make sense of the opposite sex, much less his embarrassing family. Lois (Jane Kaczmarek) is the outspoken, opinionated mom, who still manages to rule the roost even though her boys are growing wise to her crafty ways. Hal (Bryan Cranston), a dad who is just a bumbling, big kid at heart, often finds himself creating more chaos than his five boys combined. Reese (Justin Berfield) has mastered the art of a perfect blank stare, and makes up for his lack of intelligence with deviance.

    Francis (Christopher Masterson), Malcolm's oldest and favorite brother, is willing to move from Alabama to Alaska to New Mexico – as long as its keeps him from moving back home. Dewey (Erik Per Sullivan), no longer the youngest, has learned his tricks from the best and often pulls the wool right over his brothers' eyes. And then there's Jamie, the newest member … and family scapegoat.

    Timeslot History on Fox and Global

    January 2000 - July 2002 .... Sundays, 8:30pm
    August 2002 - October 2004 .... Sundays, 9:00pm November 2004 - August 2005 .... Sundays, 7:30pm
    September 2005 - January 2006 ... Fridays, 8:30pm
    January 2006 - Present .... Sundays, 7:00pm
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  • Genre(s): Comedy

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 25 out of 25
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 25
  3. Negative: 0 out of 25
  1. Chicago Tribune
    Reviewed by: Steve Johnson
    Jul 15, 2013
    100
    It plays as fresh and funny as anything on TV. [5 Jan 2000]
  2. New York Daily News
    Reviewed by: Eric Mink
    Jul 15, 2013
    100
    But at the true core of this strange and wonderful series - wackiness notwithstanding - are the often strange and, ideally, wonderful relationships among members of a family. [7 Jan 2000]
  3. Reviewed by: Ken Tucker
    Jun 13, 2013
    91
    There are times when you wish the jokes in this series were a little funnier, but right now its unique situations — there's comedy gold being mined from Malcolm's gifted-child class of awkward brainiacs — make it distinctive.
  4. Washington Post
    Reviewed by: Tom Shales
    Jul 15, 2013
    90
    "Malcolm" immediately, instantly, explosively achieves an identity all its own--a little bit like a live-action "Simpsons," but with a Bart who's a genius, not an underachiever. [8 Jan 2000]
  5. Philadelphia Inquirer
    Reviewed by: Jonathan Storm
    Jul 15, 2013
    90
    The sweetest, funniest and most original family sitcom that has come to TV in a long time. [6 Jan 2000]
  6. Deseret News
    Reviewed by: Scott D. Pierce
    Jul 15, 2013
    80
    The show is a laugh-out-loud funny, skewed look at the American family that rings surprisingly true. But the pilot goes more than a bit over the top at times. [6 Jan 2000]
  7. Reviewed by: Rob Owen
    Jul 15, 2013
    70
    Its slightly warped sense of humor won't appeal to some viewers, but "Malcolm in the Middle" qualifies as unique.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 8
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 8
  3. Negative: 1 out of 8
  1. May 21, 2012
    10
    Everything about this show is great. I never watched it when it was on but I've gone through all seven seasons recently on netflix and I loveEverything about this show is great. I never watched it when it was on but I've gone through all seven seasons recently on netflix and I love it! One of the most entertaining sitcoms I've ever seen. Expand
  2. Jul 4, 2011
    10
    The Best Television show of the noughties! Ever since the reruns of the show got canceled, i havent been watching much TV at all. It's veryThe Best Television show of the noughties! Ever since the reruns of the show got canceled, i havent been watching much TV at all. It's very funny, every character is great and even the plot is very good Expand
  3. Mar 19, 2013
    10
    One of the best TV series ever! Malcolm in the middle is the best choice you can make if you want to have some fun! Without no doubt i give itOne of the best TV series ever! Malcolm in the middle is the best choice you can make if you want to have some fun! Without no doubt i give it a 10/10, because all seasons and episodes are full with positive mod! Expand
  4. Jan 23, 2014
    10
    you gotta love this show. Its smart, clever, funny, and is probably the most accurate depiction of what the nerdy kid felt like back in JRyou gotta love this show. Its smart, clever, funny, and is probably the most accurate depiction of what the nerdy kid felt like back in JR High, and high school. Can't get enough of this, I love it. Plus, Walter White is the dad. Expand
  5. Mar 21, 2016
    10
    In my opinion one of the greatest TV shows to ever grace the air. This show will make you smile, laugh, think and just feel good! If youIn my opinion one of the greatest TV shows to ever grace the air. This show will make you smile, laugh, think and just feel good! If you haven't seen this show, SEE IT. Expand
  6. lox
    Mar 16, 2014
    8
    I'm not a fan of the slapstick sub-genre in comedy, but Malcolm in the Middle is a rare comedy under this sub-genre that I actually, genuinelyI'm not a fan of the slapstick sub-genre in comedy, but Malcolm in the Middle is a rare comedy under this sub-genre that I actually, genuinely find funny, even hilarious at times. My only gripe is the last season, which I didn't care for, but every season prior was fun to watch. Malcolm in the Middle is definitely one of my favorite comedy series. Expand
  7. Dec 22, 2013
    2
    I don't know why, but I have now watched over 20 episodes of this TV-show and just can't laugh about it. I watch HIMYM, Big Bang Theory, TwoI don't know why, but I have now watched over 20 episodes of this TV-show and just can't laugh about it. I watch HIMYM, Big Bang Theory, Two and a half Men freuguently and love them, but maybe Malcolm in the Middle is just too old for me (2000). Mostly the jokes are embarassing, not funny and things like ripping of your skin like a snake is not funny either. Also I asked more than 10 friends, whether they like it, 'cause it got such good reviews, but not one of them liked it all in all it is maybe just me but 2/10 is very gently in my Opinion. Expand

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