In the words of They Might Be Giants' rollicking Grammy-winning theme song, "life is unfair." The inventive and wholly original sitcom Malcolm in the Middle has been honored with a Peabody Award and Emmys for directing and writing, but if life was fair, it would have earned an Emmy for Best Comedy Series, not to mention statuettes for its pitch-perfect cast. With his perpetual "yes, me worry" expression, Frankie Muniz instantly earns audience empathy as Malcolm, whose chances for a normal life are thwarted not only by his genius IQ, but also by his outrageously dysfunctional family: Lois, his obsessive, control-freak mother; Hal, his loving but ineffectual father; Francis, his eldest brother waging his own private war at military school; middle brother Reese, a delinquent savant; and Dewey, the put-upon youngest. As Malcolm observes at one point, "This family may be rude, loud and gross, and have no shame whatsoever, but with them you know where you stand."
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Malcolm and his folks realize his scholarships will still leave them five-thousand dollars short for his Harvard tuition. Hal promises he'll find the extra money somehow.
Malcolm organizes the outcast kids at school for an anti-prom; Reese is transformed into the perfect prom date...for a price; and Dewey holds Ha's wallet hostage for the attention he was denied.
Cattle Court 07x20
Reese pretends to be a vegetarian; Hal decides to teach Dewey a lesson about the game of "Life;" and Malcolm talks Craig into standing up to Lois...and then regrets it.
Stevie in the Hospital 07x19
Malcolm's afraid to visit his best friend Stevie in the hospital; Reese becomes a master telemarketer; and someone secretly tries to drive Lois crazy.
Bomb Shelter 07x18
A dance competition teaches Malcolm that beauty is in the eye of the beholder; Lois is determined to outlast her competition for a new truck.
Hal's Dentist 07x17
Hal feels betrayed when he friend Trey charges $2,000 to fix Hal's teeth; Malcolm and Dewey find a new mattress; and Reese teaches Lois how to ride a bike.
Lois Strikes Back 07x16
After Reese is severely humiliated by four girls at school, Lois exacts revenge on them; and Hal builds a pitching machine while hiding out from Lois in the garage.
Hal and Lois accompany Francis to his 1-year AA "birthday" party; left home alone, Malcolm, Reese, and Dewey argue about where to go when Dewey finds the spare key to Hal's car.
Hal Grieves 07x14
After Hal's father dies, he refuses to grieve but indulges his sons, hoping they'll remember him more fondly than he does his father.
When Lois and Malcolm are sidelines with mono, they're forced to share a bedroom; Hal gets to know his neighbors.