The BEST episodes written by Alex Reid

Family Reunion
603 votes

#1 - Family Reunion

Malcolm in the Middle - Season 4 - Episode 3

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.

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Bob Gets Commited
10 votes

#2 - Bob Gets Commited

God, The Devil and Bob - Season 1 - Episode 7

Bob finds himself put into a mental institute after his behavior while performing a task for god raises questions about his health. With Bob out of the way, the Devil decides to try to seduce his wife in order to mess with Bob even more, but will Bob be able to prove that he's not insane before the Devil's plan succeeds?

The Restraining Order
221 votes

#3 - The Restraining Order

Samantha Who? - Season 1 - Episode 5

Sam learns that one of her ex-boyfriends has a restraining order out against her, while she is on a walk with Todd. She then wonders if her poor relationship with her father is the cause of her need for constant attention.

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684 votes

#4 - Bowling

Malcolm in the Middle - Season 2 - Episode 20

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.

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Hal's Christmas Gift
495 votes

#5 - Hal's Christmas Gift

Malcolm in the Middle - Season 6 - Episode 6

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.

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Christmas Trees
503 votes

#6 - Christmas Trees

Malcolm in the Middle - Season 5 - Episode 7

Hal and the boys slash the prices of their Christmas trees to outsell a nearby church. Back at the ranch, Otto's bickering relatives descend, reminding Francis of home sweet home.

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Lois's Birthday
809 votes

#7 - Lois's Birthday

Malcolm in the Middle - Season 2 - Episode 3

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

Kicked Out
577 votes

#8 - Kicked Out

Malcolm in the Middle - Season 4 - Episode 12

After Lois is out of town, Malcolm and Hal got into a fight leading Malcolm to get expelled from his house. Malcolm lives with his girlfriend in her attic, as Hal put signs for "Missing Malcolm."

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Hal's Birthday
565 votes

#9 - Hal's Birthday

Malcolm in the Middle - Season 3 - Episode 15

The arrival of Francis's new bride on Hal's birthday sparks a fray that drives the younger siblings out---and into a posh hotel.

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Attack of The Bug Man
10 votes

#10 - Attack of The Bug Man

Kenan & Kel - Season 3 - Episode 8

Despite being warned by his father to keep the front door closed, Kenan chooses to leave the door open and continues playing Penguin Hunter with Kel.

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Lonely at the Top
10 votes

#11 - Lonely at the Top

God, The Devil and Bob - Season 1 - Episode 8

God is feeling lonely because he doesn't really have much of a social life due to being God so he decides to try to live life as a human being, in which he gets a job as an auto worker at the plant where Bob works.

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Reese vs. Stevie
526 votes

#12 - Reese vs. Stevie

Malcolm in the Middle - Season 7 - Episode 3

When Hal catches Dewey smoking, he makes a deal with him that he will stop drinking coffee if Dewey quits smoking.

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Dewey's Special Class
547 votes

#13 - Dewey's Special Class

Malcolm in the Middle - Season 5 - Episode 18

Malcolm convinces Dewey to do poorly on an I.Q. test, so that he won't become a ridiculed Krelboyne student. But Dewey does so badly that he is placed in a class for the emotionally disturbed. Hal and Craig compete in a dance competition.

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The Bully
704 votes

#14 - The Bully

Malcolm in the Middle - Season 2 - Episode 10

Reese is suddenly the school hero when he joins the wrestling team, but after he gets thrashed by a girl wrestler, he misses that feeling of pride. He decides to give up being the school bully and instead tries to do many misguided good deeds. The school kids are excited to be out from under the reign of Reese, but Malcolm soon learns that not everyone appreciates his sarcastic comments all the time, and now that his brother is no longer there to protect him, everyone wants to beat up Malcolm because he hurt their feelings. Just as Reese is about to join a feel-good cult, the Krelboynes beg him to regain his crown as school bully because lots of little bullies are causing anarchy. Francis, scared of the school tradition of having every hair shaved from his body on his birthday, begs his parents to fly him home, but they can't afford it. Finally, he thinks he has an out when he injures his hand and the nurse takes pity on him and invites him over to her apartment for birthday cake. Lois

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Watching the Baby
604 votes

#15 - Watching the Baby

Malcolm in the Middle - Season 5 - Episode 2

Hal and the boys offer to watch baby Jamie so an exhausted Lois can finally get some sleep. Hal leaves the boys in charge while he goes to the Lucky Aid to pick up more diapers. While the boys are watching Jamie, three beautiful teenage girls arrive and woo Malcolm, Reese and Stevie away for the night, leaving Dewey alone with the baby. Meanwhile at the Lucky Aid, Hal doesn't have enough money for the diapers and Craig forces him to work. Back at home, Dewey concocts an elaborate bedtime story for Jamie involving each member of his family.

The Block Party
1307 votes

#16 - The Block Party

The Middle - Season 1 - Episode 5

Brick's teachers tell Frankie and Mike that he is "socially challenged". Mike believes that enrolling Brick on a basketball team is a good way to get him to interact with others, but the idea falls through. However, when Mike enters the neighborhood block-party lawnmower contest, he realizes that Brick has some special talents. Meanwhile, Frankie joins a booster club in the hopes of raising enough money for Axl's football team to buy new jerseys, but Axl refuses to give his old one up.

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Book Club
760 votes

#17 - Book Club

Malcolm in the Middle - Season 3 - Episode 3

Unfulfilled Lois joins a ladies’ book club, which is really a whining—and wining—session. Meanwhile, at home, Hal’s desperate to busy the boys.

652 votes

#18 - Carnival

Malcolm in the Middle - Season 2 - Episode 23

Malcolm, Dewey, Stevie, and Reese hide out at a traveling carnival after hours and run afoul of a determined security guard and several members of the freak show.

Malcolm's Car
487 votes

#19 - Malcolm's Car

Malcolm in the Middle - Season 6 - Episode 9

When Malcolm spots a roughed up 1967 Cuda in his neighborhood, he instantly falls in love with it and purchases the car. But he gets so caught up in the difficult task of restoring it that he blows off Stevie as well as Reese who needs him for an illegal betting scheme of his. Hal on the other hand, is having success when he stumbles upon his hidden talent -- hairstyling. Lois doesn't have time to worry about Malcolm or Hal, as she is caught up in scandal between Craig and their Lucky Aide boss Fred. Craig says he is taking time off to tutor Fred's wife in golf but Lois finds out he is actually having an affair with her.

The Sister
159 votes

#20 - The Sister

Samantha Who? - Season 2 - Episode 16

Sam discovers that a family heirloom is the reason why her mom was in a feud with her sister and a mother, that Sam didn't know she had. Andrea is viewed as a jinx to Tony's team, after they start losing when she is there.

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Low and Away
124 votes

#21 - Low and Away

Brockmire - Season 4 - Episode 3

Baseball is barely holding on, so Jim turns to the one person he knows can turn it around, Jules James. However, it's going to take a lot of convincing to get her to leave Morristown to help a sport and man who both turned their backs on her.

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The Gallery Show
244 votes

#22 - The Gallery Show

Samantha Who? - Season 1 - Episode 13

Sam is going to Todd's photo exhibit, but doesn't want to go alone, so she asks Craig, whom she thinks is a complete stranger, to join her. Sam soon gets the hint that they've met before and things doing go smoothly. Kevin discovers a demeaning picture of Sam in Todd's photo collection.

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Clip Show
448 votes

#23 - Clip Show

Malcolm in the Middle - Season 3 - Episode 19

An embattled psychiatrist probes the boys' naughty behavior patterns in a session framed by flashbacks to past episodes.

Todd's Job
183 votes

#24 - Todd's Job

Samantha Who? - Season 2 - Episode 15

Thinking she already ruined one job for him, Sam tries to secretly help Todd out by distracting the competition up for the same job as Todd. Unbeknownst to Dena, Regina tries to sell Dena's house, so that she can still work with Sam.

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