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Malcolm in the Middle - The Complete First Season (2000)

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Comedy movie directed by Arlene Sanford, Chris Koch, Jeffrey Melman, Ken Kwapis, and Nick Marck

In the words of They Might Be Giants' rollicking Grammy-winning theme song, "life is unfair." The inventive and wholly original sitcomMalcolm in the Middlehas been honored with a Peabody Award and Emmys for directing and writing, but if life was fair, … see full wiki

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Incredibly Funny

  • Sep 20, 2008
When Malcolm in the Middle first hit American TV screens it was something that was never seen before, it was a family not of the typical American lot... or are they? They got massive ratings for the first season and rightfully so, it gave is an incredibly funny depiction of real American family life. It's nothing like any other sitcom you've seen, all the characters don't make up at the end and we don't get a message of life shoved in our face. It's simply just funny because a lot of it is so true, yet so bizarre.

The show focuses around middle child genius Malcolm (hence the name) and his dysfunctional family. It chronicles his struggles being the most intelligent person in his family of misfits and his relationship with his mother, father and brothers. From time to time we're treated to Malcolm's monologues, generally him spouting his distaste for how his family are together. Frankie Muniz plays the part well and for the years that the show ran for he managed to keep the character consistent.

The family consist of Lois (the mother) she's crazy, plain and simple. She's the worst mother we could possibly imaging having, she's strict, she's stubborn and worst of all she's always right. Hal (The dad) he's the weakest one of the lot, he's pretty dumb and easily manipulated which the boys are very familiar with. Francis (the oldest brother) he was sent to military school by Lois for simply getting in too much trouble. Being in military school doesn't stop him from being the prankster though. Reece (second oldest) he's an idiot and one of the main reasons why the boys are always in trouble as his usual "cunning" schemes never work. Dewey (the youngest) he just stays out of the way and when he does get involved he's the usual annoying little brother.

This is truly an amazing and original sitcom and I was forced to just be general about the show as no further seasons have been released. I'm happy to hear that season 2 may be on the way and hopefully further seasons will follow onto DVD. By far my favourite character has to be Hal, his craziness and quite childish personality make him one of the funniest characters in a sitcom.

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