Malcolm in the Middle (2000–2006)
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Having been denied a very lucrative job in a software company, Malcolm accepts the vision his parents have for him. The first US president that will actually keep in mind the best interests of poor people like his own family.


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Jane Kaczmarek ... Lois
Bryan Cranston ... Hal
Christopher Masterson ... Francis (as Christopher Kennedy Masterson)
Justin Berfield ... Reese
Erik Per Sullivan ... Dewey
Frankie Muniz ... Malcolm
Craig Lamar Traylor ... Stevie Kenarban
Gary Anthony Williams ... Abraham 'Abe' Kenarban
Emy Coligado ... Piama Tananahaakna
Linwood Boomer ... Loan Shark (as Enzo Stussi)
Lamont Thompson ... Cedrick Hampton
Steve Vinovich ... Principal
Raymond O'Connor ... Al
David Anthony Higgins ... Craig Feldspar
Cloris Leachman ... Ida


Malcolm has the chance of a highly lucrative career in computer software, but the offer is blocked by his parents, who have higher goals in mind for him - as the first US President to actually understand the plight of the underdog. Fate also has a big surprise turn in store for Lois and Hal. Written by Steve Green

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Comedy | Family


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Release Date:

14 May 2006 (USA) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


This is the only episode, aside from the Pilot to make mention of the last name of Malcolm and his family. However, in this episode, it's not mentioned to be Wilkerson. The family's name is revealed to be "Nolastname", which is a joke on "No last name". The name is seen on Francis' name tag for his new job. It is unknown which one of these last names is meant to be considered canon. See more »


When Lois opens the closet in the living room, it looks nice and clean inside and looks like a regular closet. But it's supposed they discover in "Therapy" that the closet was a second bathroom. See more »


Piama: [Reese's septic barrel has just exploded over everyone] Well we might as well go ahead and have kids, since I'm not afraid of changing diapers anymore.
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Better Days (And the Bottom Drops Out)
Written by Dave Cooley and Matt Sims
Performed by Citizen King
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a pretty worthy sendoff
17 September 2017 | by egunderson24See all my reviews

I definitely enjoyed this more after re-analyzing it recently than I did the first time. I still think some ideas feel like they were an afterthought (like the nuclear option could have been mentioned before in the series, but it is only mentioned here and MAYBE in the pilot) but that's not to blame on this episode. It could have been brought up in other places, but it is an interesting idea. Anyways, I still do like a lot of the ideas that were given here, like Malcolm's speech at the end, his acceptance of what his parents expected him to do, and although it's not the funniest episode, t does have its good moments (like at the end, as I mentioned in my original review). I still don't think it's the best episode in the series, but I do still feel pretty satisfied when I watch it.

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