Malcolm in the Middle
Malcolm in the Middle
TV-PG | 09 January 2000 (USA)
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    The Worst Film Ever

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    I really wanted to like this movie. I feel terribly cynical trashing it, and that's why I'm giving it a middling 5. Actually, I'm giving it a 5 because there were some superb performances.

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    Murphy Howard

    I enjoyed watching this film and would recommend other to give it a try , (as I am) but this movie, although enjoyable to watch due to the better than average acting fails to add anything new to its storyline that is all too familiar to these types of movies.

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    Nayan Gough

    A great movie, one of the best of this year. There was a bit of confusion at one point in the plot, but nothing serious.

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    I was so excited when this show premiered on FOX. It was original, interesting, funny, and with some interesting people. Some of them I had never heard of before seeing the show. Jane Kaczmarek would later guest-star on The Simpsons as a female judge named Constance Harm while Bryan Cranston would later go on to Breaking Bad (which I never saw since I don't have cable). But the real show-stealers on this program were Frankie Muniz (as the gifted brother) and Chris Masterson (the oldest brother and real-life brother to That 70s Show star Danny Masterson). Those two were my favorites when the show first started. But after four seasons it started getting about as fun as a stale, week-old cupcake. Some episodes were decent; others weren't and the series finale felt like a cop out. No spoilers for those of you who haven't seen it. If it were up to me, we would have ended after season four or five. And maybe there could have been an alternate ending or two to the series finale. That would have been nice. It also would have been nice if the others seasons (besides the first) had been released on DVD here in the States. What's the big holdup? I'd watch the other seasons if they ever showed up on DVD or whatever just to relive some fun and happy memories from the early 2000s. As Family Guy's Joe Swanson would say, "BRING IT ON!!"

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    When I first heard of Malcolm in the Middle, I wasn't interested in watching it. But when I finally gave it a chance I was practically hooked on it. It's too bad that the show's ratings declined as the seasons went on and even though some episodes/seasons are better than others but it was still a very popular sitcom in its day . In fact, it was probably as popular as The Simpsons or Futurama. My favourite season of the show is probably the second season because it has a lot of memorable and funny episodes like The Grandparents and Casino and Bowling (which is considered by most to be the best episode of the show). But I have to admit the show does have its annoying characters like Malcolm or Lois. I know its weird to say the main character is annoying but Malcolm a lot of the time is a whiny know-it-all and nobody likes a whiner or a know-it-all. And Lois is such a loudmouth and control freak sometimes I just want to punch her in the face. But aside from that, the funny characters are great, especially Hal and Reese and sometimes even Dewey and some of the supporting cast. But my favourite is Hal because he's a dim-wit and a screw-up and often gets himself into trouble. But other characters like Francis and Jamie seem pretty unnecessary and I think the show should just focus on Hal, Lois, Reese, Malcolm and Dewey.

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    Alyssa McClain

    This show may require one to have an acquired taste or certain type of humor, but it is absolutely hilarious. Amazing how a show can be entertaining to preteens and adults alike. One of my favorite episodes would probably be when Francis deemed himself as an alcoholic and invited Lois to his AA meeting and everyone was afraid of her b/c Francis made her out to be a monster. In the end, it turns out he's not even an alcoholic. He exhibits every symptom except for the abuse of alcohol. Then Piama goes 'How was I supposed to know he wasn't an alcoholic, he seems messed up to me!' Priceless show I will always come back to. Definitely give brownie points to people I meet that love this show also.

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    Malcolm in the Middle is apart of my childhood, so it gets some nostalgia points because of that. Regardless it's an awesome show. What's amazing is the all around family dynamic within the cast. You genuinely believe that they are true dysfunctional family. There's our protagonist, Malcolm. From the start he's very very flawed. He's brilliant with an IQ of 165, and the show does a good job showcasing his intellect and he breaks the fourth wall talking to us, the audience about how he feels, what he thinks, etc., as well as narrating his journey. Throughout the series we see him grow up and although he's smart, he's insecure, shallow, and has low self-esteem. More often than not, the show likes to put him in ridiculous situations and it's always entertaining to see him go through what life has to throw at him. It's very hard to imagine someone else in the role other than Frankie Muniz. He carries this sitcom on his shoulders, along with Jane Kaczmarek. Ah yes, Jane Kaczmarek as Lois. Her character is an over-bearing, strict control-freak. Writers of the series do a great job making you despise her as the mother of the family, and I applaud them for being consistent, you dislike her guts and hate her personality, but she always has a point in her actions and has a strong sense of what's right. Bryan Cranston is always entertaining to watch as Hal, their inept, but caring father, who also completely depends on his wife almost all the time. He's also very neurotic and has a slight obsessive-compulsive disorder, and also enjoys unusual hobbies.The siblings are also hilarious on their own right. Reese, played by Justin Berfield is the comic relief for his complete incompetence and stupidity. Anyone who's fond of Reese knows he is a culinary prodigy, so it was a shame he didn't put use to that skill and became a janitor in the finale. Erik Per Sullivan comes off as the annoying little brother(for the time being) when he's young, but as the series progresses he learns to mature and has a love for music. At times he can be more clever than anyone and is a bit mischievous. Christopher Materson is the oldest of the siblings who was sent to military school. As Francis, he's a mixture of both Malcolm and Reese. He's not completely stupid, but he's also not very smart in his actions and is a trouble maker. He eventually learns to mature as well. James and Lukas Rodriguez who play Jamie the newest sibling, despite his infancy, he is shown to already have some of his brothers' habits, such as stealing and disrespecting Lois.What I love about the show is that the situations the family goes through are real, but some actions or events that occur within can be a little exaggerated. The writers find a nice balance between subtly and right in your face humor. They're also a caricature of a sub-urban family, which to some of us we can all relate to. The reoccurring characters in the series also provide great humor as well, namely all of Malcolm's friends, Graig(David Anthony Higgins), Commandant Spangler(Daniel von Bargen), Lionel Herkabe(Chris Eigeman) and Grandma Ida(Cloris Leachman). Underneath the hilarious exterior, there are often times where it gets deep and real. As the series progresses, the quality does dwindle down sporadically, but the actors make the show watchable regardless. The family dynamic between everyone is strong and they all bounce off each other perfectly. In short, despite the characters possibly falling in some clichés, they are well balanced for the entertainment that they provide and can be relatable from time to time. The series does end in a high note, especially the last episode. It provides a lot of closure, but still wanting more. I wish the series did have an extra season or so, but nothing lasts forever. Along with Friends, Malcolm in the Middle is a show that I can watch on repeat. 9/10

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