Malcolm in the Middle
The Complete Third Season
Reviewed by Cora Leslie
Starring: Frankie Muniz, Bryan Cranston, Justin Berfield, Erik Per Sullivan, Jane Kaczmarek, Chris Masterson
Running Time: 524 minutes
Number of Discs: 3
As someone who occasionally caught the odd episode of Malcolm in the Middle when my children were teenagers and caught myself laughing along with them, I was eager to review series 3 when offered the chance.
Malcolm is a teenage genius stuck in a chaotic and dysfunctional family. When originally aired on TV the programme schedulers missed a trick: if Malcolm in the Middle had been scheduled in a main stream adult slot rather than in the children's TV section this series could have become as big as Friends.
The writing is brilliant and the story lines induce belly laughs. For anyone who has or has had teenage children it is a "must see" series. In fact, the series reminds everyone how a teenage mind can interpret information and produce a completely obscure solution often baffling the adults who care for them.
Malcolm and his brothers get involved in countless sticky situations and their hapless father Hal (Bryan Cranston, Walter White in Breaking Bad) bungles every effort to control them.
In this series oldest son Francis breaks away to make a life on his own and his story runs side by side with the everyday chaos in the family home. Long suffering mum Lois is always at her wits end having to contend with four sons and her doting but ineffective husband.
The casting is brilliant and all six main characters play their roles believably. The youngest son in this series is Dewey who, although young, produces some of the funniest scenes and delivers his lines with impeccable comic timing.
I would recommend this series to comedy lovers of all ages.
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