Malcolm in the Middle

The BEST episodes of Malcolm in the Middle

Every episode of Malcolm in the Middle ever, ranked from best to worst by thousands of votes from fans of the show. The best episodes of Malcolm in the Middle!

A gifted and smart young man tries to navigate life, puberty, and love while trying to survive his often dimwitted, dysfunctional family.

Last Updated: 6/2/2022Network: FOX
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Billboard
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7.98
516 votes

#1 - Billboard

Season 6 - Episode 10 - Aired 2/13/2005

When Lois catches the boys vandalizing a trashy billboard for a strip club, Malcolm alters the vandalism into a women's rights protest, which sparks a colossal media circus. In no time, feminists, conservative religious groups and national new reporters descend on the scene. After Hal grants a TV interview, a woman from his past turns up at the faux protest; and Reese, inspired by the giant billboard stripper who comes to life in his dreams, gives an impassioned speech about the objectification of women.

Directors: Bryan Cranston
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Family Reunion
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7.92
637 votes

#2 - Family Reunion

Season 4 - Episode 3 - Aired 11/17/2002

Christopher Lloyd adds to his gallery of eccentric characters, playing Hal's quirky, cranky and very wealthy father, Walter, in this rollicking episode. The occasion is a birthday celebration for the old man, but the snooty female in-laws seem more interested in offending Lois. Their shabby behavior initially goes unnoticed by Hal, who's desperately trying to bond with his self-centered dad; and by Dewey and Reese, who seek some of Grampa's dough by currying favor with him. But when Lois is reduced to tears after being excluded from a group photo, the family rallies to her side with an all-out counterattack that turns the party into pandemonium.

Directors: Ken Kwapis
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Bomb Shelter
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7.90
597 votes

#3 - Bomb Shelter

Season 7 - Episode 18 - Aired 4/2/2006

Malcolm joins a local dance class to impress a girl, but when she loses her footing, he realizes that to win the competition he'll need a partner who can step it up. Dick, a rival student in the class who takes dancing a bit too seriously, challenges Malcolm to a dance-off. Meanwhile, Hal discovers an underground bachelor pad in the backyard.

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Grandma Sues
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7.90
618 votes

#4 - Grandma Sues

Season 4 - Episode 9 - Aired 2/2/2003

Cloris Leachman returns in her Emmy-nominated role as the spiteful and irascible Grandma Ida. She's even nastier than usual (if that's possible) because of a tumble down the front steps that resulted in a broken collarbone, prompting her to sue her daughter and son-in-law for pain and suffering. And there's more momentous news on the home front: Lois is pregnant. So she pleads with Ida to reconsider her lawsuit: "We're already stretched to the limit financially as it is. Obviously, a new baby is going to make things even harder on us." "Yes, yes, of course," Ida concurs. "You should settle."

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Reese Drives
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7.88
701 votes

#5 - Reese Drives

Season 3 - Episode 13 - Aired 2/10/2002

Highway horror: Reese gets a learner's permit, which he promptly proceeds to abuse by commandeering a driving-school vehicle.

Directors: Jeff Melman
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Boys at Ranch
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7.86
668 votes

#6 - Boys at Ranch

Season 4 - Episode 8 - Aired 1/12/2003

Typically, the boys run amok at Francis's dude ranch; atypically, he disciplines them, setting the stage for their clever retaliation.

Directors: David D'Ovidio
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If Boys Were Girls
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7.86
548 votes

#7 - If Boys Were Girls

Season 4 - Episode 10 - Aired 2/9/2003

After being rattled by a battle among the boys, a pregnant Lois ponders the consequences of raising another brawling kid. So she fantasizes that her unruly sons have morphed into well-behaved young daughters. Malcolm becomes Mallory, Reese is transformed into Renee and Dewey turns into Daisy.

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Bowling
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7.83
703 votes

#8 - Bowling

Season 2 - Episode 20 - Aired 4/1/2001

Malcolm and Reese (Frankie Muniz, Justin Berfield) go to a bowling party where they vie for the attention of a cute girl. With Jane Kaczmarek, Bryan Cranston and Erik Per Sullivan.

Directors: Todd Holland
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Reese Joins The Army (Part 2)
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7.83
479 votes

#9 - Reese Joins The Army (Part 2)

Season 5 - Episode 22 - Aired 5/23/2004

Reese continues to be a great soldier in the Army until he finds himself in a situation where his Sergeant cannot help. But after comparing being captured to being grounded, he takes action and leads his team to victory. But being such a successful soldier has it's bad parts as well, as Reese prepares to jump from the plane - right into Afghanistan. Malcolm has his hands full as well as he attempts to prove Hal innocent. But being good with numbers helps as Malcolm notices all of the prosecutions given dates are on Fridays - which Hal hasn't worked on in over 15 years. And with Reese missing and Hal's case, Lois falls deeper and deeper into insanity.

Directors: Peter Lauer
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Rollerskates
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7.82
919 votes

#10 - Rollerskates

Season 1 - Episode 13 - Aired 4/30/2000

Malcolm is angry because during a game of street hockey, he sprints up and down the street in shoes, only to have it start back the other way. So he decides he is ready to take skating lessons from his dad. He asks Reese and Francis how it is, but they both refuse to tell him. When he starts, he is angered by all the silly twists and spins they are doing. Meanwhile, Reese rollerskates in the house with a bunch of gunk on his skates which causes Lois to throw out her back while yelling at him.

Directors: Ken Kwapis
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Dewey's Opera
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7.81
525 votes

#11 - Dewey's Opera

Season 6 - Episode 11 - Aired 2/20/2005

When Lois buys a brand-new king-sized bed, Hal thinks that her motive is to put more distance between them and refuses to sleep in it. Moved to tears by an opera he sees on television, Dewey is inspired to write his own operatic masterpiece, "The Marriage Bed," which is based on his parents' fight and turned into a school production. Meanwhile, Malcolm and Reese build their own street luge board; and Jamie falls head over heels for the baby girl across the street.

Directors: Linwood Boomer
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Mono
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7.81
528 votes

#12 - Mono

Season 7 - Episode 13 - Aired 2/12/2006

Lois discovers she has mono after a visit to the doctor. She then ends up giving it to Malcolm after her maternal instincts begin. As a result, both Lois and Malcolm are forced to spend an entire day and night together in the same room. Hal, meanwhile, is invited to all of his neighbors' parties after they know Lois will not be attending any of them.

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Water Park (1)
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7.80
784 votes

#13 - Water Park (1)

Season 1 - Episode 16 - Aired 5/21/2000

When the family goes to a water park for a day, Dewey is left home with an elderly, stern babysitter. Francis plays pool with Spangler and loses.

Directors: Ken Kwapis
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Hal's Christmas Gift
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7.78
533 votes

#14 - Hal's Christmas Gift

Season 6 - Episode 6 - Aired 12/19/2004

Hal and Lois, strapped for cash, decide that Christmas gifts will have to be homemade this year. When everyone makes much better gifts than Hal, he spins a bigger and bigger lie about the present he has in store for them. In desperation, Hal pick-pockets Malcolm's secret credit card, and buys the family a ski vacation.

Directors: David Grossman
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Lois's Makeover
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7.77
676 votes

#15 - Lois's Makeover

Season 3 - Episode 10 - Aired 1/27/2002

A negative job-performance review riles Lois; hoops play with the boys energizes Hal; a vermin infestation busies rat-killer Francis.

Directors: Jeff Melman
Poker
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7.77
606 votes

#16 - Poker

Season 3 - Episode 8 - Aired 1/6/2002

Poker showdowns with Abe give Hal a flush; dance lessons turn Lois awhirl; an Alaskan blizzard entraps and rattles Francis. (TV Guide)

Directors: Ken Kwapis
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Stereo Store
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7.77
593 votes

#17 - Stereo Store

Season 4 - Episode 13 - Aired 3/16/2003

Jessica, a sly, 16-year-old sitter outfoxes the boys while Lois is away and Hal's busy with a second job as a whiz of a salesman.

Directors: Bryan Cranston
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Red Dress
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7.76
1298 votes

#18 - Red Dress

Season 1 - Episode 2 - Aired 1/16/2000

A battle of wits and wills ensues between the boys and their angry mom, who wants to find out who ruined her expensive new red dress -- found partially burned and soaking in the toilet. It's Hal and Lois's wedding anniversary (hence the dress); and while the boys fend off their mother, with the long-distance assistance of Francis, a lonely and increasingly sozzled Hal bonds with the staff of the restaurant where he booked a table for the big night. Lois finally achieves an epiphany on the phone with Francis, who convinces her to for once "let something go." After she leaves for the restaurant, with the boys in tow, Hal arrives home to an empty house -- and we learn the truth about what happened to the red dress.

Directors: Arlene Sanford
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Lois's Birthday
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7.76
825 votes

#19 - Lois's Birthday

Season 2 - Episode 3 - Aired 11/12/2000

Crummy gifts rile birthday gal Lois, who suddenly splits from home, leaving confusion, anxiety and desperation in her wake.

Directors: Ken Kwapis
Malcolm Holds His Tongue
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7.76
633 votes

#20 - Malcolm Holds His Tongue

Season 4 - Episode 7 - Aired 1/5/2003

After joining the basketball team at school, Malcolm soon finds himself under the coach's skin due to his constant complaining, which eventually gets him kicked off the team. Determined to put an end to his horrible habit of talking before he thinks, Malcolm starts "holding his tongue" which solves all the problems with his coach, girlfriend, and parents, but it ends up causing more stress than before. Meanwhile, Hal takes up speed walking and is desperate to be the best while Reese gets Craig to take him and Allison to a concert and almost ruins his date.

Directors: Jeff Melman
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Charity
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7.76
660 votes

#21 - Charity

Season 3 - Episode 5 - Aired 12/2/2001

In an effort to contribute to society and to make her boys useful at the same time, Lois "volunteers" Malcolm, Reese and Dewey for charity work at a local church. The boys are assigned to sort giant piles of donated clothing, game, appliances etc. Initially irritated at their new task, they realize the donated stuff is a lot nicer than their own possessions, and they begin swapping out their old stuff with the second-hand items. The boys soon make a enterprise out of their charity assistance, going as far as to sell things to the neighborhood kids - that is until Hal finds out. Meanwhile, Francis must come to grips with the fact his fabulous job in Alaska is not quite what he expected.

Directors: Jeff Melman
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College Recruiters
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7.75
510 votes

#22 - College Recruiters

Season 7 - Episode 12 - Aired 1/29/2006

A broke Francis gets talked into getting a real job by Dewey, but one of Francis' rocker friends decides to offer him the position of tour manager of his band instead. Back home, Hal takes over the college recruiters, which Malcolm refuses to meet with, and treats each one as a suitor. However, Hal's plans are ruined when Malcolm chooses to go Harvard.

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Humilithon
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7.75
647 votes

#23 - Humilithon

Season 4 - Episode 2 - Aired 11/10/2002

High school's first day vexes Malcolm, who acquires an unfortunate nickname; and Hal, a parental "volunteer" running afoul of authority.

Directors: Jeff Melman
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Houseboat
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7.75
746 votes

#24 - Houseboat

Season 3 - Episode 1 - Aired 11/11/2001

It's still summer-vacation time on the jaunty third-season opener, which finds Malcolm and his rowdy clan cruising on a lake in a houseboat with Stevie and his straitlaced parents, Abe and Kitty Kenarban. Some vacation. The vessel itself is a fright, a weathered heap that Dewey hates from the get-go because "There's no TV! There's no TV! There's no TV!" An equally distraught Malcolm is shanghaied by Hal for a fishing expedition, leaving lucky Reese the chance to trawl for bikini-clad beauties at a nearby camp. Back on board, the close quarters are slowly driving Abe off the deep end.

Directors: Todd Holland
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Cliques
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7.75
507 votes

#25 - Cliques

Season 3 - Episode 21 - Aired 5/5/2002

Back in the general school population, the Krelboyne whiz kids wind up in cliques with jocks, skateboarders and brooding "Goths."

Directors: Jeff Melman
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