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Malcolm in the Middle
is an American animated television sitcom created by Linwood Boomer for Fox Broadcasting Company. The series was first broadcast on January 9, 2000, and ended its six-and-a-half-year run on May 14, 2006, after seven seasons and 151 episodes.

PremiseEdit

The show 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 (hence the show's title). 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, and there was no studio set for locations, but everything was shown in the real-life places. Emulating the style of hour-long dramas, this half-hour show was shot on film instead of video. Another unique 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.

CharactersEdit

  • Malcolm (Frankie Muniz) is the title character of the series. Malcolm is a genius, and because of this, is placed in a class for gifted students (or Krelboynes as they are known at the school). His intelligence, as well as feelings of not fitting in, and his ego are the primary causes of most problems he faces throughout the series. As the title suggests, Malcolm is the middle child of the family, third-born of four at the start of the series, later of five after the birth of Jamie and apparently six after the last episode. His best friend is Stevie, a wheelchair-using fellow Krelboyne with a severe breathing problem. Malcolm is shown to be going to classes in Harvard in the last episode, earning his way by mopping the halls.
  • Lois (Jane Kaczmarek) is the hot-headed and stubborn mother of Francis, Reese, Malcolm, Dewey, and Jamie, and wife of Hal. She struggles throughout the series to keep her badly behaved boys in check while maintaining a job at a Lucky Aide drugstore. She is seen by her sons as a somewhat tyrannical figure, a crazed control freak, and indeed she is, but her behavior was caused by Francis's bad behavior as a toddler.
  • Hal (Bryan Cranston) is the somewhat childish but caring father of Francis, Reese, Malcolm, Dewey, and Jamie and husband to Lois. He has a lighter touch with the boys than Lois, but can still hand out discipline when necessary. Hal seems constantly on the edge of some kind of breakdown; when things get to be too much, he often goes into a howling, wailing state of panic and frustration.
  • Reese (Justin Berfield) is the most impulsive member of the family and has little common sense. He is the older brother of Malcolm, Dewey, and Jamie and younger brother to Francis. Throughout the series, he is shown to be a bully, getting much enjoyment from the misfortune of others and handing out beatings to students at school and to his younger brothers at home. Despite being unwilling to think, he enjoys cooking and baking—which he is shown to be very talented at on many occasions—and a natural born soldier.
  • Dewey (Erik Per Sullivan) is the youngest brother of Malcolm, Reese, and Francis. His role is usually that of the victim to his brothers. Dewey is very intelligent, like Malcolm and he is even able to fool and manipulate Malcolm in later episodes. However, his real talent lies in music. Among other accomplishments, he has composed his own opera for his classmates to perform. Despite his intelligence, he is placed in a remedial class for slower students (or Buseys) due to a misunderstanding. This does little to affect his performance, though, and he actually makes the best of the situation by acting as their self-appointed teacher. By the seventh and final season of the show, it seemed to be implied that he was no longer in the Busey class. He was the youngest for several seasons, until Jamie was born.
  • Francis (Christopher Masterson) is the oldest brother. Due to his extremely bad behavior, he is sent to a military school in the state of Alabama in the U.S, run by the strict Commandant Spangler (Daniel von Bargen). He is there when the series begins. Francis remains at the school until the beginning of the third season, when he has himself legally emancipated and travels to Alaska to work at a logging camp. Here he meets and marries Piama (Emy Coligado), a woman of Inuit heritage. When the camp closes, he later moves to a Wild West-themed hotel and ranch in the western U.S. called the Grotto, run by kindly but eccentric German Otto Mannkusser and his wife Gretchen. According to Hal, Francis' first words were directed at Lois: "You shut up.". He is really stubborn, and blames Lois for every bad aspect of his life and the life of his brothers.
  • Jamie (James and Lukas Rodriguez) is the youngest brother until the very last episode. Despite his infancy, he is already shown to have some of his brothers' habits such as stealing and rudeness to his mother. He is also the only brother who tried to kill her (by throwing down shelves to her, but she managed to roll out in the last second). His only words in the whole series were "shut up" and "Francis".

SyndicationEdit

The show entered local syndication one month before the sixth season premiered on Fox. 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. 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 used the changed ratings to keep the show family friendly and remove adult content from the episodes. When Nick at Nite pulled Malcolm it began airing on TeenNick 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.

In the UK, the show was originally aired on Sky1 from October 24, 2000 until December 2010, and was also shown on BBC2 from April 6, 2001 until around 2009. As of January 3, 2011, it is currently being shown on Fiver (now 5*) (at 6:00 pm and again at about 7:30 pm).

In Canada, it airs on MuchMusic on weekdays at 7|6 Central.

Awards and NominationsEdit

AFI AwardsEdit

Year Category Nominee(s) Result
2002 Actor of the Year-Female-series Jane Kaczmarek Nominated
Comedy Series of the Year Nominated

American Cinema EditorsEdit

Year Category Nominee(s) Episode Result
2000 Best Edited Half-Hour Series Nancy Morrison "Pilot" Won
2001 Best Edited Half-Hour Series Barry Gold "Book Club" Nominated

American Comedy AwardsEdit

Year Category Nominee(s) Result
2001Funniest Female Performer in a TV Series (Leading Role) Network, Cable or SyndicationJane KaczmarekWon
Funniest Female Guest Appearance in a TV SeriesBeatrice ArthurWon

Directors Guild of America AwardsEdit

Year Category Nominee Episode Result
2000 Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Comedy Series Todd Holland "Pilot" Nominated
2002 Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Comedy Series Todd Holland "Bowling" Won

Emmy AwardsEdit

Year Category Nominee(s) Episode Result
2000Outstanding Directing for a Comedy SeriesTodd Holland"Pilot"Won
Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy SeriesJane Kaczmarek Nominated
Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy SeriesBea Arthur Nominated
Outstanding Writing for a Comedy SeriesLinwood Boomer"Pilot"Won
Outstanding Casting for a Comedy SeriesKen Miller, Mary V. Buck, Nikki Valko, Susan Edelman Nominated
2001Outstanding Comedy SeriesLinwood Boomer, Bob Stevens, Gary Murphy, Neil Thompson, Alan J. Higgins, Michael Glouberman, Andrew Orenstein, Todd Holland, Alex Reid, James Simons, Ken Kwapis, Jeff Melman Nominated
Outstanding Directing for a Comedy SeriesTodd Holland"Bowling"Won
Jeff Melman"Flashback"Nominated
Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy SeriesFrankie Muniz Nominated
Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy SeriesJane Kaczmarek Nominated
Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy SeriesRobert Loggia"The Grandparents"Nominated
Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy SeriesCloris Leachman"The Grandparents"Nominated
Outstanding Writing for a Comedy SeriesAlex Reid"Bowling"Won
2002Outstanding Directing for a Comedy SeriesJeff Melman"Christmas"Nominated
Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy SeriesJane Kaczmarek Nominated
Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy SeriesBryan Cranston Nominated
Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy SeriesCloris Leachman Won
Susan Sarandon"Company Picnic"Nominated
Outstanding Stunt CoordinationBobby Porter"Company Picnic"Nominated
2003Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy SeriesJane Kaczmarek Nominated
Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy SeriesBryan Cranston Nominated
Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy SeriesCloris Leachman Nominated
Outstanding Single Camera Picture Editing for a Comedy SeriesMark Scheib, Steve Welch"If Boys Were Girls"Won
2004Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy SeriesJane Kaczmarek Nominated
Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy SeriesCloris Leachman Nominated
Outstanding ChoreographyFred Tallaksen"Dewey's Special Class"Nominated
2005Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy SeriesJane Kaczmarek Nominated
Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy SeriesCloris Leachman Nominated
Outstanding Music and LyricsCharles Sydnor, Eric Kaplan"Song: "The Married Bed"
Episode: "Dewey's Opera"
Nominated
2006Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy SeriesJane Kaczmarek Nominated
Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy SeriesBryan Cranston Nominated
Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy SeriesCloris Leachman Won
Outstanding ChoreographyFred Tallaksen"Bomb Shelter"Nominated

Golden Globe AwardsEdit

Year Category Nominee(s) Result
2000 Best Actor – Musical or Comedy Series

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Best Actress – Television Series Musical or Comedy

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Best TV Series - Comedy or Musical

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2001 Best Actor – Musical or Comedy Series[2] Template:Nowrap Template:Nom
Best Actress – Musical or Comedy Series[2] Template:Nowrap Template:Nom
2002 Best Actress – Musical or Comedy Series[3] Template:Nowrap Template:Nom
Best Supporting Actor – Series, Miniseries or Television Film

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Grammy AwardsEdit

Year Category Nominee(s) Song Result
2001 Best Song Written for a Motion Picture, Television or Other Visual MediaTemplate:Nowrap and John Linnell"Boss of Me"Template:Won

NAACP Image AwardsEdit

Year Category Nominee(s) Result
2000 Outstanding Young Actor/ActressTemplate:NowrapTemplate:Nom

Producers Guild of AmericaEdit

Year Category Result
2001 The Danny Thomas Producer of the Year Award in Episodic Series – Comedy Template:Nom
2002 The Danny Thomas Producer of the Year Award in Episodic Series – Comedy Template:Nom
2003 The Danny Thomas Producer of the Year Award in Episodic Series – Comedy Template:Nom

Satellite AwardsEdit

Year Category Nominee(s) Result
2000 Best Actor – Musical or Comedy Series Template:Nowrap Template:Won
2001 Best Actress – Musical or Comedy Series Template:Nowrap Template:Nom
2003 Best Actress – Musical or Comedy Series Template:Nowrap Template:Won
Best Actor – Musical or Comedy Template:Nowrap Template:Nom

Screen Actors Guild AwardsEdit

Year Category Nominee(s) Result
2000 Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Comedy Series Template:Nowrap Template:Nom
2002 Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Comedy Series Template:Nowrap Template:Nom

TCA AwardsEdit

Year Category Nominee(s) Result
2000 Outstanding Achievement in Comedy Template:Won
Outstanding New Program Template:Nom
Individual Achievement in Comedy Template:Nowrap Template:Won
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2001 Outstanding Achievement in Comedy Template:Won
Individual Achievement in Comedy Template:Nowrap Template:Nom
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Viewers for Quality Television AwardsEdit

Year Category Nominee(s) Result
2000 Best Actress in a Quality Comedy Series Template:Nowrap Template:Nom

Writers Guild of AmericaEdit

Year Category Nominee(s) Episode Result
2001 Best Episodic Comedy Template:Nowrap and Template:Nowrap "Grandparents" Template:Nom
Best Episodic ComedyTemplate:Nowrap "Bowling" Template:Nom
2003 Best Episodic Comedy Template:Nowrap "Malcolm Films Reese" Template:Nom
Best Episodic Comedy Template:Nowrap and Template:Nowrap "Day Care" Template:Nom
2004 Best Episodic Comedy Neil Thompson"Ida's Boyfriend" Template:Won
2005 Best Episodic ComedyTemplate:Nowrap "Motivational Speaker" Template:Nom
2006 Best Episodic Comedy Template:Nowrap "Bomb Shelter" Template:Nom

Young Artist AwardsEdit

Year Category Nominee(s) Result
2001Best Performance in a TV Comedy Series - Leading Young ActorFrankie MunizTemplate:Won
Best Performance in a TV Comedy Series - Supporting Young ActorCraig Lamar TraylorTemplate:Won
Best Performance in a TV Comedy Series - Guest Starring Young PerformerAshley EdnerTemplate:Nom
Best Performance in a TV Series (Comedy or Drama) - Young Actor Age Ten or UnderErik Per SullivanTemplate:Nom
Best Ensemble in a TV Series (Drama or Comedy)Frankie Muniz, Justin Berfield, Erik Per Sullivan, Craig Lamar Traylor, Christopher MastersonTemplate:Nom
2002Best Family TV Comedy SeriesTemplate:Won
Best Performance in a TV Comedy Series - Leading Young ActorFrankie MunizTemplate:Won
Best Performance in a TV Comedy Series - Supporting Young ActorCraig Lamar TraylorTemplate:Nom
Best Performance in a TV Comedy Series - Guest Starring Young ActorBobby BrewerTemplate:Nom
Best Performance in a TV Comedy Series - Guest Starring Young ActressBrooke Anne SmithTemplate:Won
Best Performance in a TV Series (Comedy or Drama) - Young Actor Age Ten or UnderErik Per SullivanTemplate:Nom
Best Ensemble in a TV Series (Drama or Comedy)Frankie Muniz, Justin Berfield, Erik Per Sullivan, Craig Lamar Traylor, Christopher MastersonTemplate:Nom
2003Best Performance in a TV Series (Comedy or Drama) - Leading Young ActorFrankie MunizTemplate:Nom
Best Performance in a TV Series (Comedy or Drama) - Supporting Young ActorJustin BerfieldTemplate:Nom
Best Performance in a TV Comedy Series - Guest Starring Young ActorMiles MarsicoTemplate:Nom
Best Performance in a TV Comedy Series - Guest Starring Young ActressLauren StormTemplate:Nom
Best Ensemble in a TV Series (Comedy or Drama)Frankie Muniz, Justin Berfield, Erik Per Sullivan, Kyle Sullivan, Craig Lamar TraylorTemplate:Won
2004Most Popular Mom & Pop in a Television SeriesJane Kaczmarek, Bryan CranstonTemplate:Nom
2005Best Performance in a Television Series - Recurring Young ActorCameron MonaghanTemplate:Won

Peabody AwardEdit

Year Category Nominee(s) Episode Result
2000 Area of Excellence Fox, Satin City, and Regency Television Template:Won[4]

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