History YMMV / MalcolmInTheMiddle

15th Mar '17 4:09:26 AM mariofan1000
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* AwesomeMusic: ''[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J8y8Ziwswe0 You're not the boss of me now...]]''
6th Mar '17 10:50:06 PM mariic
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* Reese tends to be the most popular of the brothers, as he gets a lot of hilarious lines from being the dumbest of the brothers, as well as his secret talent for cooking.

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* ** Reese tends to be the most popular of the brothers, as he gets a lot of hilarious lines from being the dumbest of the brothers, as well as his secret talent for cooking.
19th Feb '17 7:16:39 PM TristanJeremiah
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* AssPull: A few episodes into season 6, Francis abruptly mentions that he was fired offscreen from his job at the ranch due to his stupidly losing Otto's deposits to something he thought was an [=ATM=], but wasn't. It's bizarre that the usually discerning and savvy Francis would do something so idiotic, and it's equally strange for the seasons-long ranch job was suddenly aborted offscreen, making it seem that the writers just didn't know where to go with it anymore and ended it as awkwardly as possible.

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* AssPull: A few episodes into season 6, Francis abruptly mentions that he was fired offscreen from his job at the ranch due to [[OutOfCharacterMoment his stupidly losing Otto's deposits to something he thought was an [=ATM=], but wasn't. It's bizarre that the usually discerning and savvy Francis would do something so idiotic, idiotic]], and it's equally strange for the seasons-long ranch job was suddenly aborted offscreen, making it seem that the writers just didn't know where to go with it anymore and ended it as awkwardly as possible.
14th Feb '17 5:32:11 PM Noraneko
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** Tara Masterson, sister of Christopher Masterson (Francis), appears in ''Malcolm's Money''; she'd go on to achieve wide recognition as Tara in ''Series/TheWalkingDead''.

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** Tara Alanna Masterson, sister of Christopher Masterson (Francis), appears in ''Malcolm's Money''; she'd go on to achieve wide recognition as Tara in ''Series/TheWalkingDead''.
13th Feb '17 6:11:39 PM creader
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* RetroactiveRecognition: EmmaStone appears in one episode, JennetteMcCurdy (Sam on ''Series/ICarly'' and ''Series/SamAndCat'') in two, and Creator/HaydenPanettiere in four (though unlike Jennette, she plays the same character in all her appearances). And of course, pre-''Series/BreakingBad'' Bryan Cranston.

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EmmaStone appears in one episode, JennetteMcCurdy (Sam on ''Series/ICarly'' and ''Series/SamAndCat'') in two, and Creator/HaydenPanettiere in four (though unlike Jennette, she plays the same character in all her appearances). And of course, pre-''Series/BreakingBad'' Bryan Cranston.


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** Cameron Monaghan, well-known for playing Ian Gallagher on [[Series/ShamelessUS Shameless]], appears here in an early role as one of Dewey's "disturbed" classmates. Coincidentally, Emy Coligado would go on to appear in Shameless for an episode as a social worker.
** Tara Masterson, sister of Christopher Masterson (Francis), appears in ''Malcolm's Money''; she'd go on to achieve wide recognition as Tara in ''Series/TheWalkingDead''.
12th Feb '17 7:57:49 PM Noraneko
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** Reese, Dewey, and Malcolm in "Hal Grieves." [[spoiler:Hal's father dies and]] Hal, instead of grieving, fears that his sons won't remember him fondly just as he didn't remember his father fondly and throws himself into bonding with his sons. Reese, Dewey, and eventually Malcolm all decide to manipulate him into spending a lot of money on whatever they want, essentially buying their love; Malcolm even tries to get Hal to buy him a sports car. Fortunately Lois, the only one concerned about Hal's well-being and grieving process, intercepts and promises to make the boys suffer -- one of the times when even her detractors sided with her.
11th Feb '17 9:48:31 PM Noraneko
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*** In the same season, there was Lois, Hal, and Dewey planning on spending a check made out for Malcolm (that Malcolm didn't know about) worth ''$10,000'' with the intention of eventually paying the money back to him. Hal wants to buy a boat, Dewey wants a Rolex, and Lois wants the pipes fixed, but after initially planning on giving the money back to Malcolm, she caves and blows ''all of it'' on an antique dollhouse (that promptly bursts into flames when she demonstrates it to the others). They only recover a third of the amount to give back to an unaware Malcolm with no word on if they will ever fully repay him. This becomes even HarsherInHindsight when financial problems come up in the finale as Malcolm needs more money to afford college.
10th Feb '17 7:00:52 PM Noraneko
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* TheScrappy: Jessica isn't the most popular character due to her constant JerkAss behavior and absurdly easy manipulation of the brothers, outwitting Malcolm multiple times even when it doesn't make sense for him to fall for it, and overall being a KarmaHoudini with a only a FreudianExcuse RunningGag as an excuse.
4th Feb '17 9:25:23 AM SirVancelot131
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** Herkabe crosses this in ''Malcolm tapes Reese''. If you didn't hate him by that episode for the stuff he did since season three and four, you will hate him there.

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** Herkabe crosses this in ''Malcolm tapes Films Reese''. If you didn't hate him by that episode for the stuff he did since season his actions in seasons three and four, you will hate him there.here for manipulating Malcolm into filming Reese's inner thoughts simply to humiliate them both.
1st Feb '17 5:41:23 PM Noraneko
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** In a real way, the ''entire show'' and its concept. When it launched, it still got some flack for "not being very funny" due to the legitimate sociopathy and abusive behavior of much of the cast, but many people rolled with it as absurdist humor. Come TheNewTens, with a much greater general understanding of the kind of psychological damage emotional abuse inflicts on people (not to mention far too many killing sprees having been committed by people, including children, damaged by such abuse & neglect), many new viewers struggle to find any humor in the show at all.

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** In a real way, the ''entire show'' and its concept. When it launched, it still got some flack for "not being very funny" due to the legitimate sociopathy and abusive behavior of much of the cast, but many people rolled with it as absurdist humor. Come TheNewTens, with a much greater general understanding of the kind of psychological damage emotional abuse inflicts on people (not to mention far too many killing sprees having been committed by people, including children, damaged by such abuse & neglect), many new viewers struggle to find any humor in a lot of the relationships of the show at all.seem a lot darker and unfunnier, though it still tends to come off as an absurdist, extremist portrayal of sibling and family relationships.
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