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The Best Malcolm In The Middle Episodes 

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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 is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Malcolm In The Middle Episodes
Episode: 20, Season: Malcolm in the Middle - Season 2

Original Airing: April 1, 2001

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 ...more
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Water Park is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Malcolm In The Middle Episodes
Episode: 16, Season: Malcolm in the Middle - Season 1

Original Airing: May 21, 2000

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.
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Lois Strikes Back is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Malcolm In The Middle Episodes
Episode: 16, Season: Malcolm in the Middle - Season 7

Original Airing: March 19, 2006

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 ...more
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Billboard is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Malcolm In The Middle Episodes
Billboard Episode: 10, Season: Malcolm in the Middle - Season 6

Original Airing: February 13, 2005

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, ...more
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If Boys Were Girls is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Malcolm In The Middle Episodes
Episode: 10, Season: Malcolm in the Middle - Season 4

Original Airing: February 9, 2003

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 ...more
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Red Dress is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Malcolm In The Middle Episodes
Episode: 2, Season: Malcolm in the Middle - Season 1

Original Airing: January 16, 2000

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 ...more
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Reese Drives is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Malcolm In The Middle Episodes
Reese Drives Episode: 13, Season: Malcolm in the Middle - Season 3

Original Airing: February 10, 2002

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 is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Malcolm In The Middle Episodes
Family Reunion Episode: 3, Season: Malcolm in the Middle - Season 4

Original Airing: Nov 17 2002

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 ...more
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Traffic Jam is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Malcolm In The Middle Episodes
Traffic Jam (2)  Episode: 1, Season: Malcolm in the Middle - Season 2

Original Airing: November 5, 2000

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 ...more
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Reese Cooks is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Malcolm In The Middle Episodes
Reese Cooks Episode: 18, Season: Malcolm in the Middle - Season 2

Original Airing: March 4, 2001

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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Lois's Birthday is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Malcolm In The Middle Episodes
Lois's Birthday Episode: 3, Season: Malcolm in the Middle - Season 2

Original Airing: November 12, 2000

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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The Bully is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Malcolm In The Middle Episodes
The Bully Episode: 10, Season: Malcolm in the Middle - Season 2

Original Airing: December 17, 2000

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 ...more
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Casino is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Malcolm In The Middle Episodes
Casino Episode: 5, Season: Malcolm in the Middle - Season 2

Original Airing: November 19, 2000

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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Malcolm Holds His Tongue... is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Malcolm In The Middle Episodes
Episode: 7, Season: Malcolm in the Middle - Season 4

Original Airing: January 5, 2003

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 ...more
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Dinner Out is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Malcolm In The Middle Episodes
Dinner Out Episode: 4, Season: Malcolm in the Middle - Season 2

Original Airing: November 15, 2000

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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Blackout is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Malcolm In The Middle Episodes
Blackout Episode: 7, Season: Malcolm in the Middle - Season 7

Original Airing: November 18, 2005

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 ...more
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Evacuation is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Malcolm In The Middle Episodes
Episode: 24, Season: Malcolm in the Middle - Season 2

Original Airing: May 13, 2001

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 ...more
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Mini-Bike is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Malcolm In The Middle Episodes
Mini-Bike Episode: 22, Season: Malcolm in the Middle - Season 2

Original Airing: April 29, 2001

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 is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Malcolm In The Middle Episodes
Funeral Episode: 11, Season: Malcolm in the Middle - Season 1

Original Airing: April 9, 2000

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 ...more
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Charity is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Malcolm In The Middle Episodes
Episode: 5, Season: Malcolm in the Middle - Season 3

Original Airing: Dec 02 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 ...more
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Forwards Backwards is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Malcolm In The Middle Episodes
Episode: 5, Season: Malcolm in the Middle - Season 4

Original Airing: December 1, 2002

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.
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Krelboyne Girl is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Malcolm In The Middle Episodes
Episode: 12, Season: Malcolm in the Middle - Season 2

Original Airing: January 14, 2001

Season 2, Episode 12

There's a new girl in the Krelboyne class. Malcolm learns that his dull pencils were part of an elaborate yet unknown hazing. Cynthia is a fresh recruit from New York, and she earns Malcolm's ...more
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Home Alone 4 is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Malcolm In The Middle Episodes
Home Alone 4 Episode: 3, Season: Malcolm in the Middle - Season 1

Original Airing: January 23, 2000

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 ...more
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Graduation is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Malcolm In The Middle Episodes
ryan-yu added Graduation Episode: 22, Season: Malcolm in the Middle - Season 7

Original Airing: May 14, 2006

Season 7, Episode 22

Malcolm struggles with his speech when he's elected valedictorian of his graduating class at school. However, Lois refuses to listen to any of his complaints and reveals that she wants him to ...more
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Shame is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Malcolm In The Middle Episodes
Shame Episode: 4, Season: Malcolm in the Middle - Season 1

Original Airing: February 6, 2000

Season 1, Episode 4

Parallel stories pit Malcolm against Kevin, a bullying, obnoxious new kid who goads Malcolm into beating him up; and Francis vies with his intimidating military-school commandant, who's ...more