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The Best Malcolm In The Middle Episodes

Updated March 5, 2020 8.2k votes 1.8k voters 157.4k views151 items

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List of the best Malcolm in the Middle episodes, ranked by TV fans like you. Make sure to also check out famous guest stars and the best Malcolm in the Middle characters. With all the amazingly hilarious episodes of the show that exist, it's hard to trust just one person's opinion of what the top Malcolm in the Middle episodes of all time are. Running for seven seasons, Malcolm in the Middle wasn't afraid to show the world how funny a dysfunctional family could be. Fans of Malcolm in the Middle are very passionate about the show, and there are often debates over which episodes are the greatest. That's why this list exists- so you can vote for your favorites and we can find out once and for all what everyone thinks the funniest episode of Malcolm in the Middle is.

Featuring your favorite characters like Dewey, Reese, Cynthia, Francis, and more, the best Malcolm in the Middle episodes contain the funniest moments from the show. 

How can you not love a show that features Bryan Cranston in his wonder years? Everything from "Boys at the Ranch" to "Buseys Takes A Hostage" is included on this list. What is the best Malcolm in the Middle episode of all time? Vote below and let your opinion be known!

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    Bowling

    April 1, 2001

    SeriesMalcolm in the Middle

    Season 2, Episode 20

    "Bowling" is the twentieth episode of the second season of the American comedy television series Malcolm in the Middle and the show's 36th episode overall. The episode originally aired on Fox in the...  more
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    Water Park (1)

    May 21, 2000

    SeriesMalcolm in the Middle

    Season 1, Episode 16

    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....  more
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    Red Dress

    January 16, 2000

    SeriesMalcolm in the Middle

    Season 1, Episode 2

    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...  more
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    Lois Strikes Back

    March 19, 2006

    SeriesMalcolm in the Middle

    Season 7, Episode 16

    When four popular high school girls play an evil prank on Reese by pretending he has a secret admirer and then dropping a pig off at his front door, Lois comes to his rescue. She plots her revenge on...  more
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    Billboard

    February 13, 2005

    SeriesMalcolm in the Middle

    Season 6, Episode 10

    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,...
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    If Boys Were Girls

    February 9, 2003

    SeriesMalcolm in the Middle

    Season 4, Episode 10

    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...  more
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    Reese Drives

    February 10, 2002

    SeriesMalcolm in the Middle

    Season 3, Episode 13

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

    Nov 17 2002

    SeriesMalcolm 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...
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    Reese Cooks

    March 4, 2001

    SeriesMalcolm in the Middle

    Season 2, Episode 18

    A cooking class energizes Reese; a planned party irks Malcolm, whose brutal honesty hurts the hostess, Krelboyne Cynthia....
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    Traffic Jam (2) 

    November 5, 2000

    SeriesMalcolm in the Middle

    Season 2, Episode 1

    Hal, Loi, Malcolm and Reese are trapped in a horrendous traffic jam. Francis enters himself in a bet that recalls the egg-eating wager in "Cool Hand Luke." Malcolm becomes smitten over a girl he...
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    Lois's Birthday

    November 12, 2000

    SeriesMalcolm 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....
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    Dinner Out

    November 15, 2000

    SeriesMalcolm in the Middle

    Season 2, Episode 4

    Shenanigans abound at the fancy spot where the family's dining with the Kenarbans, and at Francis' school, where rowdy teenage girls are partying....
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    SeriesMalcolm in the Middle

    Season 4, Episode 7

    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...  more
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    Casino

    November 19, 2000

    SeriesMalcolm in the Middle

    Season 2, Episode 5

    A family weekend vacation to a casino turns into an ordeal in the desert for Hal, Reese and Malcolm, who wander onto an artillery range. Francis sneaks home, but has no one to play with....
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    The Bully

    December 17, 2000

    SeriesMalcolm 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...
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    Evacuation

    May 13, 2001

    SeriesMalcolm in the Middle

    Season 2, Episode 24

    Malcolm's family and scores of others are forced to relocate to a school gym because of a toxic-chemical spill caused by a derailed train. Seems it ran over an old couch that fell off Hal's car on...  more
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    Blackout

    November 18, 2005

    SeriesMalcolm in the Middle

    Season 7, Episode 7

    Francis decides to surprise the family by coming home, and the power goes out in the house. Meanwhile, it's Lois who's in the dark when Hal decides to cancel their anniversary dinner in favor of a...
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    Mini-Bike

    April 29, 2001

    SeriesMalcolm in the Middle

    Season 2, Episode 22

    Lois (Jane Kaczmarek) forbids the boys to ride a motorbike they found, but Reese (Justin Berfield) disobeys and breaks a leg....
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    Funeral

    April 9, 2000

    SeriesMalcolm in the Middle

    Season 1, Episode 11

    The family gets ready to attend a relative's funeral, which affects Malcolm's plans to spend time with Julie. Upset that everyone doesn't want to go and that no one pulls their own weight around the...
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    Home Alone 4

    January 23, 2000

    SeriesMalcolm in the Middle

    Season 1, Episode 3

    Lois and Hal are spending the weekend at a family wedding, leaving Francis -- home for a visit -- in charge. When Malcolm overhears them discussing whether Francis has spent long enough at the...
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    Thanksgiving

    November 23, 2003

    SeriesMalcolm in the Middle

    Season 5, Season 4

    Malcolm skips out on Thanksgiving to go to a party; Reese becomes abusive to Hal and Dewey as he attempts to prepare Thanksgiving dinner....  more
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    Charity

    Dec 02 2001

    SeriesMalcolm in the Middle

    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...  more
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    Smunday

    May 14, 2000

    SeriesMalcolm in the Middle

    Season 1, Episode 15

    The boys stay home from school when their mother thinks it's Sunday instead of Monday. Malcolm thinks of a plan to get Francis out of trouble once again. Hal gets sucked in by a Porsche dealership....
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    Traffic Ticket

    February 18, 2001

    SeriesMalcolm in the Middle

    Season 2, Episode 16

    Lois gets a traffic ticket and immediately blames Francis and makes him get the money to her. To do this, Francis stages a stunt for the other cadets' amusement. Malcolm finds evidence that Lois...
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    Forwards Backwards

    December 1, 2002

    SeriesMalcolm in the Middle

    Season 4, Episode 5

    Brotherly love is lost on Malcolm and Reese, now out to sabotage his sibling's birthday in devilish strikes met with crafty counterattacks....  more