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:
- Three men fighting a giant Archelon: From One Million Years B.C. (1966)
- Grinning animated man in rain: Shiogami from the anime Nazca
- The monster rising out of the ocean is the Kraken: From Clash of the Titans (1981)
- Woman being held above a nest of hungry pterodactyls: From One Million Years B.C. (1966)
- Anime boy skateboarding: From the anime Nazca
- Mud-monster grabbing a woman as she kisses a man: From Creature from the Haunted Sea (1961)
- Man ski-jumping while ignited in flames: Thrill Seekers
- Wrestling match: Bret Hart locking Chris Benoit in the Sharpshooter during the WCW World Heavyweight Championship Match at WCW Mayhem 1999 PPV in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
- Robot head being assembled: From the BBC series Out of the Unknown episode "Liar!" (1969)
- Man attacking giant brain with an axe: From The Brain from Planet Arous (1957)
- Boxer knocking out referee: Cuban Pedro Cardenas fighting Canadian Willie DeWitt but accidentally KOing referee Bert Lowes instead, during the 1982 North American Championships in Las Vegas.
FilmingEditThe 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. School scenes were filmed atWalter Reed Middle School, also in Studio City, and the Lucky Aide was represented by a Drug Emporium at 6020 Lankershim Boulevard inNorth Hollywood. In "Stock Car Races," when Hal and the boys are entering a race track, the billboard behind the entrance displays the place asIrwindale 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.
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. 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.
|DVD name||U.S. release date||UK release date||Aus. release date||Ep #||# of discs||Additional information|
|The Complete First Season||October 29, 2002||September 24, 2012||September 4, 2013||16||3||Extended pilot episode, A Stroke of Genius featurette, commentary on select episodes, gag reel, deleted scenes, alternate show openings, bloopers, Dewey's Day Jobfeaturette.|
|The Complete Second Season||TBA||November 19, 2012||September 4, 2013||25||4||Easter Egg: Bloopers. Shown when Play All is selected on Disc 3. (Shown after all episodes)|
|The Complete Third Season||TBA||February 4, 2013||September 4, 2013||22||3|
|The Complete Fourth Season||TBA||March 4, 2013||September 4, 2013||22||3|
|The Complete Fifth Season||TBA||April 29, 2013||September 4, 2013||22||3|
|The Complete Sixth Season||TBA||May 27, 2013||September 4, 2013||22||3|
|The Complete Seventh Season||TBA||October 7, 2013||September 4, 2013||22||3|
|The Complete Collection Box Set||TBA||October 17, 2013||September 4, 2013||151||22|
|The Complete Collection Box Set (Blu Ray)||TBA||October 17, 2013||September 4, 2013||151||22||Blu 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. 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. Other seasons will now follow on either a monthly or bi-monthly basis.
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. As with the UK releases, 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 show is rated PG for Parental Guidance in Australia and PG in New Zealand for violence, coarse language and sexual references.