• Network: FOX
  • Series Premiere Date: Jan 9, 2000
  • Season #: 1 , 2 , 3 , 4 , 5 , 6 , 7
Metascore
88

Universal acclaim - based on 25 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 25 out of 25
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 25
  3. Negative: 0 out of 25
  1. 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]
  2. Reviewed by: Howard Rosenberg
    Jul 15, 2013
    100
    The wittiest, smartest, sharpest-written, most original comedy of the season.
  3. Reviewed by: Steve Johnson
    Jul 15, 2013
    100
    It plays as fresh and funny as anything on TV. [5 Jan 2000]
  4. Reviewed by: Mike McDaniel
    Jul 15, 2013
    100
    The funniest comedy since The Simpsons. [9 Jan 2000]
  5. Reviewed by: Monica Collins
    Jul 15, 2013
    91
    A wonderful comedy that twists the family sitcom genre to a screwball turn. [6 Jan 2000]
  6. Reviewed by: Terry Kelleher
    Jun 27, 2013
    91
    You'll laugh so often that you may not notice the blessed absence of a laugh track.
  7. 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.
  8. Reviewed by: Joanne Ostrow
    Jul 15, 2013
    90
    Innovative camera work and occasional sound effects throughout add distinctive elements to the series. [9 Jan 2000]
  9. 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]
  10. Reviewed by: Ramin Zahed
    Jul 15, 2013
    90
    Wonderfully irreverent. [6 Jan 2000]
  11. Reviewed by: Tom Feran
    Jul 15, 2013
    90
    So funny that you might not notice it doesn't have a laugh track. [8 Jan 2000]
  12. Reviewed by:  John Doyle
    Jul 15, 2013
    90
    Marvellous, goofy fun. [8 Jan 2000]
  13. 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]
  14. Reviewed by: Matthew Gilbert
    Jul 15, 2013
    90
    "Malcolm" is an instantly likable series, as it takes conventional TV-family material and gives it a good old-fashioned goose. [7 Jan 2000]
  15. Reviewed by: Marvin Kitman
    Jul 15, 2013
    90
    A wildly funny family sitcom. ... I am in love with all of them after the first half hour. [5 Jan 2000]
  16. Jul 15, 2013
    90
    The funniest new comedy in several seasons. ... "Malcolm in the Middle" is as fast and strange as any cartoon but occasionally has a depth you can't find without flesh-and-blood actors. [7 Jan 2000]
  17. Reviewed by: Robert Bianco
    Jul 15, 2013
    88
    Malcolm recalls Roseanne's maternal drive, The Simpsons' cartoon exaggerations, and a blue-collar sensibility and emotional honesty common to both. And if tonight's outstanding premiere tries too hard for its own good to stand out, even that flaw subsides in later episodes. [7 Jan 2000]
  18. 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]
  19. Reviewed by: Hal Boedeker
    Jul 15, 2013
    80
    The irreverent comedy manages to be affectionate, thanks largely to Kaczmarek, who plays the mother with wisdom and sass. [9 Jan 2000]
  20. Reviewed by: Caryn James
    Jul 15, 2013
    80
    An inventive, likable comedy. [7 Jan 2000]
  21. Reviewed by: Ed Bark
    Jul 15, 2013
    80
    Malcolm is much more than mega-jolts of Fox "attitude." It's both quirky and charming, edgy and reaffirming. [9 Jan 2000]
  22. Reviewed by: Linda Stasi
    Jul 15, 2013
    75
    "Malcolm" is kind of a "Wonder Years" for the millennium. Or maybe it's just a weird sitcom about a semi-functional family. Either way, it's funny. [6 Jan 2000]
  23. Reviewed by: Phil Rosenthal
    Jul 15, 2013
    75
    While the tendency might be to overpraise this oddball but smart and keenly observed family comedy about the ordinary life of an extraordinary child simply because it arrives square in the middle of a TV season in which most TV comedies have been simply awful, it is nonetheless one of the better shows to come down the pike. [6 Jan 2000]
  24. Reviewed by: Mike Duffy
    Jul 15, 2013
    75
    Colorfully plucky but inconsistent. [9 Jan 2000]
  25. 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.
User Score
8.8

Universal acclaim- based on 50 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 7
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 7
  3. Negative: 1 out of 7
  1. 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 Full Review »
  2. 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. Full Review »
  3. 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. Full Review »