An early 2000s afternoon TV essential, Malcolm in the Middle consisted of several stars before they became household names. Malcolm (Frankie Muniz) is the middle child of three brothers, the eldest still living at home. Malcolm is a near-genius and loves his smarts, though the same can’t be said for his geek reputation at school with the normal kids. The family is run by Lois, a multi-tasking mom whose ability to do everything at once almost makes her a super-powered woman. Lois’ childish husband, Hal (Bryan Cranston), often tries to keep up with his commanding wife, yet often gets mixed in with the shenanigans created by his sons.
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Time Commitment: 1 Season