Malcolm in the Middle

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Malcolm in the Middle
MitM credits logo.jpg
GenreSitcom
Created byLinwood Boomer
StarringFrankie Muniz
Jane Kaczmarek
Bryan Cranston
Christopher Masterson
Justin Berfield
Erik Per Sullivan
James Rodriguez
Lukas Rodriguez
Catherine Lloyd Burns
Opening theme"Boss of Me" by They Might Be Giants
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons7
No. of episodes151 (List of episodes)
Production
Camera setupPanavision; Single-camera
Running time21–23 minutes
Production company(s)Satin City
Regency Television
Fox Television Studios
Distributor20th Television
Broadcast
Original channelFox
Picture format1080i 16:9 (HDTV)
Audio formatDolby Digital 5.1
Original runJanuary 9, 2000 (2000-01-09) – May 14, 2006 (2006-05-14)
 
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Malcolm in the Middle
MitM credits logo.jpg
GenreSitcom
Created byLinwood Boomer
StarringFrankie Muniz
Jane Kaczmarek
Bryan Cranston
Christopher Masterson
Justin Berfield
Erik Per Sullivan
James Rodriguez
Lukas Rodriguez
Catherine Lloyd Burns
Opening theme"Boss of Me" by They Might Be Giants
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons7
No. of episodes151 (List of episodes)
Production
Camera setupPanavision; Single-camera
Running time21–23 minutes
Production company(s)Satin City
Regency Television
Fox Television Studios
Distributor20th Television
Broadcast
Original channelFox
Picture format1080i 16:9 (HDTV)
Audio formatDolby Digital 5.1
Original runJanuary 9, 2000 (2000-01-09) – May 14, 2006 (2006-05-14)

Malcolm in the Middle is an American television sitcom created by Linwood Boomer for the Fox Broadcasting Company. The series was first broadcast on January 9, 2000; it ended its six year run on May 14, 2006 after seven seasons and 151 episodes. The series received critical acclaim and won a Peabody Award, seven Emmy Awards, one Grammy Award, and was nominated for seven Golden Globes.[1]

The series follows a family of six (later seven), and stars Frankie Muniz in the lead role of Malcolm, a more-or-less normal boy who tests at genius level. He enjoys being smart, but he despises having to take classes for gifted children, who are mocked by the other students who call them "Krelboynes", a reference to the nerdy Seymour Krelboyne from The Little Shop of Horrors. Jane Kaczmarek is Malcolm's overbearing, authoritarian mother, Lois, and Bryan Cranston plays his disengaged but loving father Hal. Christopher Masterson plays eldest brother Francis, a former rebel who, in earlier episodes, was in military school, but eventually marries and settles into a steady job. Justin Berfield is Malcolm's dimwitted older brother Reese, a schoolyard bully who tortures Malcolm at home even while he defends him at school. Younger brother Dewey, genius musician, is portrayed by Erik Per Sullivan. For the first several seasons, the show's focus was on Malcolm. As the series progressed, however, it began to explore all six members of the family rather equally. A fifth son—Jamie—was introduced as a baby towards the middle of the series.

Malcolm in the Middle was produced by Satin City and Regency Television in association with Fox Television Studios (syndicated by Fox corporate sibling 20th Television).

The show has proven popular worldwide and has been syndicated in 57 countries. In the United States, it had been syndicated during the day on FX and at night on Nickelodeon's sister channel TeenNick, as well as local stations. In the United Kingdom, it originally aired on Sky1 then eventually began on BBC Two, its HD counterpart and Sky2, however after Sky stopped airing repeats of the show, the rights were bought by Channel 5 and are now shown on 5*. In Ireland it aired on TV3's sister channel 3e. It was also syndicated on Network Ten in Australia (originally airing on the Nine Network) and on Comedy Central in India. In Canada, episodes were shown on the Global Television Network.

The show placed No. 88 on Entertainment Weekly's "New TV Classics" list,[2] and was named by Alan Sepinwall of HitFix as one of the 10 best shows in Fox network history.[3]

Premise[edit]

Set in a suburban neighborhood in the fictional Tri-County Area, Malcolm in the Middle is about a boy named Malcolm and his dysfunctional family. The show stars Frankie Muniz as Malcolm, the third of four (later five) boys, his brothers, and their parents, Lois (Jane Kaczmarek) and Hal (Bryan Cranston). The oldest, Francis (Christopher Masterson), was sent away to military school, leaving at home his three younger brothers, Reese (Justin Berfield), Malcolm, and Dewey (Erik Per Sullivan), Malcolm being the middle child still at home. In season four, the character Jamie (James and Lukas Rodriguez) was added to the show as the fifth son. The show's early seasons centered on Malcolm dealing with the rigors of being an adolescent and enduring the eccentricities of his life. Later seasons gradually explored the other members of the family and their friends in more depth, including others such as Craig Feldspar, Stevie Kenarban, and Stevie's dad Abe.

The series was different from many others in that Malcolm broke the fourth wall by talking directly to the viewer, all scenes were shot using a single camera, and the show employed neither a laugh track nor a live studio audience. Emulating the style of hour-long dramas, this half-hour show was shot on film instead of video. Another distinctive aspect of the show is that the cold open of every episode is unrelated to the main story. Exceptions were episodes which were the conclusions of "two-parters"; each part two episode opened with a recap of its part one episode.

Characters[edit]

The family[edit]

Francis (Masterson), Lois (Kaczmarek), Hal (Cranston), Malcolm (Muniz), Dewey (Sullivan), and Reese (Berfield), pictured in early season one

Recurring characters[edit]

Episodes[edit]

SeasonEpisodesOriginally airedDVD release date
Season premiereSeason finaleRegion 1Region 2Region 4
116January 9, 2000May 21, 2000October 29, 2002September 24, 2012September 4, 2013[5]
225November 5, 2000May 20, 2001N/ANovember 19, 2012[6]September 4, 2013[5]
322November 11, 2001May 12, 2002February 4, 2013[7]September 4, 2013[5]
422November 3, 2002May 18, 2003March 11, 2013[8]September 4, 2013[5]
522November 2, 2003May 23, 2004April 29, 2013September 4, 2013[5]
622November 7, 2004May 15, 2005June 3, 2013September 4, 2013[5]
722September 30, 2005May 14, 2006October 7, 2013September 4, 2013[5]

Production[edit]

Opening titles[edit]

The opening titles feature short clips from cult films or television shows, edited together with clips from the early seasons of the TV series. The original opening includes, in order of appearance:

Filming[edit]

The house at 12334 Cantura Street as it appeared in 2009.

Much of the filming for Malcolm in the Middle was done on location in various parts of the Thirty Mile Zone around Los Angeles. A privately owned home, located at 12334 Cantura Street in Studio City, was rented for upwards of $3,000 a day to film as Malcolm's house.[13] School scenes were filmed at Walter Reed Middle School,[14][15] also in Studio City, and the Lucky Aide was represented by a Drug Emporium at 6020 Lankershim Boulevard in North Hollywood. In "Stock Car Races," when Hal and the boys are entering a race track, the billboard behind the entrance displays the place as Irwindale Speedway, a real race track in Southern California. The last episode in the first season ("Waterpark") was filmed at a water park called Wild Rivers located in Irvine, California.

Studio filming for Malcolm in the Middle took place at the Radford Avenue CBS Studio Center in Studio City.[16]

Music[edit]

The show's theme song, "Boss of Me", was written and recorded by the alternative rock group They Might Be Giants. The song won the "Best Song Written for a Motion Picture, Television or Other Visual Media" award at the 2002 Grammy Awards.[1] The band also performed nearly all of the incidental music for the show in its first two seasons.

Mood setting music is sprinkled throughout the series, in lieu of audience laughter, in a way that resembles feature film more than other TV sitcoms. Some examples of this highly varied music include ABBA, Basement Jaxx, Sum 41, Kenny Rogers, Lords Of Acid, The Getaway People, En Vogue, Electric Light Orchestra, Phil Collins, Quiet Riot, Queen, Titán, and Citizen King whose song "Better Days" is played at the end of both the pilot episode and the series finale. The Southern California pop-punk band Lit have many of their songs featured in several episodes. Lit songs that were never released as singles were also used.

A soundtrack, Music from Malcolm in the Middle, was released on November 21, 2000.[17]

Home media[edit]

Only the first season of Malcolm in the Middle has been released on DVD in the U.S. Season 2 was set to be released in the fall of 2003, but was cancelled due to high costs of music clearances.[18]

DVD nameU.S. release dateUK release dateAus. release dateEp ## of discsExtras and Notes
The Complete First SeasonOctober 29, 2002September 24, 2012[19]September 4, 2013[20]163Extended pilot episode, A Stroke of Genius featurette, commentary on select episodes, gag reel, deleted scenes, alternate show openings, bloopers, Dewey's Day Job featurette.
The Complete Second SeasonN/ANovember 19, 2012[21]September 4, 2013[22]254Still Gallery
The Complete Third SeasonN/AFebruary 4, 2013[23]September 4, 2013[24]223Still Gallery is written in the boxset but its absent from the actual DVDs
The Complete Fourth SeasonN/AMarch 4, 2013[25]September 4, 2013[26]223Still Gallery is written in the boxset but its absent from the actual DVDs
The Complete Fifth SeasonN/AApril 29, 2013[27]September 4, 2013[28]223
The Complete Sixth SeasonN/AMay 27, 2013[29]September 4, 2013[30]223
The Complete Seventh SeasonN/AOctober 7, 2013[31]September 4, 2013[32]223
The Complete Collection Box SetN/AOctober 17, 2013[33]September 4, 2013[34]15122
The Complete Collection Box Set (Blu-ray)N/AOctober 17, 2013[35]September 4, 2013[36]15122Blu-ray edition was only available with the complete collection box.

In February 2012, it was announced that Fabulous Films would be releasing the first season of the show in the UK in April, as well as releasing each subsequent season the following month, ending with a complete series set near Christmas 2012.[37] However, in late March 2012, several retailers had removed the release date from their websites; this was later revealed to be because of "technical issues with the Masters" and that the release date had been pushed back to June.[38] Other seasons will now follow on either a monthly or bi-monthly basis.[39]

All the UK DVD releases are intact as originally aired with no cuts, with the original music, with the exception of one Season 3 episode "Company Picnic" which was originally aired as a one-hour special, before being re-edited and split into two parts for syndication. The DVD presents the syndicated version.

All seven seasons as well as the complete series set were released in Australia in September 2013. The complete series set altered the separate seven season sets to fit into four volumes.

All episodes are in NTSC format, despite several sets being listed as PAL. They are also in 16:9 widescreen format and lack optional subtitles, although they are mistakenly labeled as including them (with the exception of the first season, which is ported from the U.S. release and includes subtitles). The subtitles being labeled as included was fixed in the complete boxset. The opening theme of Season 1, the extended pilot and all extras are in 4:3. In season 2 and 7 opening theme is not 4:3 but has an extended picture effect instead of the black bars. In seasons 3 to 6 the opening theme is in 16:9. Some episodes, due to the only widescreen source having them, includes the TV PG and fox widescreen logos on them but no TV logo.

The show is rated  PG  for Parental Guidance in Australia and  PG  in New Zealand for violence, coarse language and sexual references.

Reception[edit]

Season one holds a Metacritic score of 88 out of 100, based on 25 reviews, indicating "Universal Acclaim".[40]

Ratings[edit]

The show quickly gained a large viewer base, starting off with ratings of 23 million for the debut episode[41] and 26 million for the second episode.[42]

Fox shuffled the show's air time repeatedly to make room for other shows, eventually giving it a free pass[clarification needed] in its seventh and last season. On January 13, 2006, Fox announced that the show would be moving to 7:00 pm on Sundays effective January 29, 2006. On January 17, 2006, Fox announced the cancellation of the series, with the 151st and final episode airing at 8:30 pm ET/PT (the show's original timeslot) on May 14, 2006. The finale was watched by 7.4 million.

SeasonSeason premiereSeason finaleTV seasonRankingViewers
(in millions)
1stJanuary 9, 2000May 21, 20001999–2000#18[43]15.2[43]
2ndNovember 5, 2000May 20, 20012000–2001#22[44]14.5[44]
3rdNovember 11, 2001May 12, 20022001–2002#25[45]13.0[45]
4thNovember 3, 2002May 18, 20032002–2003#43[46]10.7[46]
5thNovember 2, 2003May 23, 20042003–2004#71[47]8.4[47]
6thNovember 7, 2004May 15, 20052004–2005#99[48]5.6[48]
7thSeptember 30, 2005May 14, 20062005–2006#127[49]3.8[49]

In Australia, in 2001 Malcolm in the Middle premiered on Channel Nine, Monday nights at 8:00 pm It rated strongly, with the help from its lead in Friends, which at the time rated 2,279,000, 2,031,000 and 2,410,000 as the night's most watched show, and year's 2nd most watched TV program. Malcolm in the Middle's ratings included 1,952,000, 1,925,000, 1,712,000, 1,644,000, and sometimes rating over the 2 million mark: 2,002,000, 2,008,000.

In France, the show first aired daily at 8 pm in December 2001, on M6, but did not find its public and was quickly off schedule. Then, when the show made its comeback in the summer of 2003 at noon, it had a big success. The last seasons had over 1.5 million viewers and a share sometimes over 30%. Due to the show's popularity, the network is currently still broadcasting reruns.

In the UK, in April 2001, 6 months after it was shown on Sky1 it premiered on terrestrial television on BBC2 at 6:45 pm on Fridays, where the first episode gained 3.3 million. With the success of the first season, season 2 was moved to prime-time the following year at 8:30 pm. It is now shown weekdays on 5* which began January 3, 2011.

In Mexico, the national channel Canal 5 began airing the show in 2001. It screens five-episode blocks of the series on weekdays from 7:00 pm to 9:20 pm.

Awards and nominations[edit]

Jane Kaczmarek and Cloris Leachman gained the highest honors in the cast for being nominated for a Primetime Emmy Award every year they appeared on Malcolm in the Middle. Cloris Leachman succeeded in winning 2002 and 2006. The show won a total of 7 Emmys during its six year run.[1]

Syndication[edit]

The show entered barter-syndication one month before the sixth season premiered on Fox and was later aired on FX in the fall of 2007 until the fall of 2010. When the show entered syndication all of the TV-14 episodes had to be changed to TV-PG since they did not meet the syndication standards for a TV-14 rating. However Netflix categorizes the show under TV-14 (despite the only episode to use that rating is "Poker #2"). The show was launched on Nick at Nite on July 5, 2009 at 8:00 pm with an all night marathon. However, Nick at Nite aired the show with a PG rating and the episodes were either banned or heavily edited due to content that was too strong for the PG rating. When Nick at Nite pulled Malcolm it began airing on TeenNick[50] from November 26, 2010 and continued until December 2010. On July 18, 2011, the show returned to TeenNick's line-up. On September 26, 2011, Malcolm in the Middle began airing on IFC. As of March 2013, the show has returned to TeenNick airing weeknights at 10:00 pm (EST) and again at 10:30 pm (EST). Later during 2013 the show aired from 3:00 am (EST) till 5:00 am (EST), but has since switched to just a one hour block from 4:00 am (EST) to 5:00 am (EST) after the 90's Are All That block was pushed back an hour.

In the UK, the show was originally aired on Sky1 from September 3, 2000 until December 2010, and was also shown on BBC2 from April 6, 2001 until around 2009. As of January 4, 2010, it is currently being shown on Fiver (now 5*) (at 6:00 pm and again at about 7:30 pm).

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Preceded by
Survivor: Australian Outback
2001
Malcolm in the Middle
Super Bowl lead-out program
2002
Succeeded by
Alias
2003