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When “Malcolm in the middle” showed us who really knocks

When “Malcolm in the middle” showed us who really knocks

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ThatPetrolhead

Oh come on it cuts at the best part. “The future is now, old man!”


TruckasaurusEmeritus

As a 52 year old, that last statement haunts me.


KaptainChunk

To make it worse, that episode aired 18 years ago.....


Queqzz

“The future was 18 years ago, Grandpa!”


KaptainChunk

I missed it, seems like yesterday I was watching these after school


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As a 26 year old, I'm using it as much as I can before I turn 30


VocationFumes

That is criminal because I feel like that line is still uttered fuckin everywhere


[deleted]

Except the future really is now especially to anyone who remembers the 20th century.


TheVentiLebowski

Here you go . . . https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ta41xU-tkFA


be0wulf8860

Dewey, what a character


TheManWithTheFlan

Hahaha had no idea the context of that quote. Thought he was saying it to a stranger. Way funnier with the context 😂


FlowRiderBob

One of my favorite exchanges was in the episode where their Aunt Helen died: Francis : \[Francis is on the phone to Dewey\] How did she die? Dewey : Cats ate her face. Francis : Dewey, I think you're confused. I'm asking about Aunt Helen. Dewey : Cats ate her face. Francis : Put Mom or Dad on the phone. Hal : \[Dewey hands the phone to Hal\] Hello? Francis : Dad, what happened to Aunt Helen? Hal : Cats ate her face. Here, Dewey knows more about it than I do. \[hands the phone back to Dewey\] [https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y3ENkypXQek](https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y3ENkypXQek)


hfsh

It took me *ages* to realize that Francis wasn't played by NPH. There was always some cognitive dissonance there, because I knew that Francis was portrayed by a scientologist.


Azalus1

Francis is Hyde's brother.


hurts50good

Hyde is _allegedly_ pretty rapey irl, fyi.


Mikimao

One of my IRL buddies busted Francis out of a poker tournament at the playboy mansion. Can confirm def not NPH.


chaun2

So he was typecast, and actually lives like Francis, lol?


notgayinathreeway

For the longest time I thought the host of Hot Ones was the guy who played Francis.


ArmyOfDog

The first time I saw LOTR, I thought Orlando Bloom was Francis.


SayYesToTheJess

This thread is making me realize teenage me had a type


ArmyOfDog

Yes.


musigala

I loved that show.


keptpounding

It’s on Hulu!


zeropanik

I will be binge watching


CheddarBun

Me too.


Lord_ThunderCunt

Already 2 seasons deep.


TtarIsMyBro

I binged it in a week during winter break a few years ago lol, there's 150 episodes. But I've been slowly rewatching it over the past couple months (in S7 now) it's such a great show. It never got stale.


Charaderablistic

I loved the show until the end but the Pre-Jaime seasons I swear was much better, but I don’t really know why I think that


oh_what_a_surprise

I agree.


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I remember I binged all the way through it when it was on Netflix and immediately after the last episode, I started watching Breaking Bad. The opening scene of the first episode was very Hal-esque lol


chaun2

It's also free in IMDB TV


mt379

Same. Nothing else like it. Binged it not too long ago and honestly it's my favorite. Now I'm into fresh off the boat, which is a bit similar, along with Kim's Convenience.


krissym99

Love Kim's Convenience!


mr_cake37

Okay, see you!


krissym99

I'm going to sneak attack to wish you a Happy Cake Day!


XxL3THALxX

What you talking?


mr_cake37

Thanks!


whitehouses

You should give The Middle a chance!


AllYouNeed_Is_Smiles

It’s only *half* the show “Malcolm in The Middle” was


PityPartyAnimal

I still find it inconceivable that The Middle lasted 9 seasons. The ratings couldn't have been great. No one seems to know the show and it was on a major network tv channel (ABC), in a primetime slot, long enough to make 215 episodes.


WayneHays

Brick was weird but I like him


mt379

I've seen a few episodes. I'll definitely have to remember to binge it next.


fcukbitchesgetmoney

No one else I know even knows about The Middle! It’s such an underrated show!


SelloutRealBig

> Kim's Convenience That show was fun at first but it got old. It was very grounded which made it boring at times.


mt379

I get where your coming from. Ok see you!


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ProfessorQuacklee

One of my favorite Hal scenes is when Francis ditches him so he watches some sort of Sunrising event alone. There’s all these dads and their sons there and Hal is wearing a baseball cap and a leather man and looks like he’s about to cry as he fiddles with his disposable camera


JFAD1494

If you haven't seen it, you should watch the episode of X-Files that Vince Gilligan wrote, which also had Bryan in a more serious role. It was ten years before Breaking Bad but you can sort of see traces of Heisenberg in the character.


karmasoutforharambe

yeah its one of the few LA episodes of xfiles that was interesting and memorable. the david duchovny left the season after that one and the show wasnt that great by that time anyway


funny_like_how

He did an episode of the X Files where he plays a more dramatic role. They wanted to cast him because of that show actually. It also helps in my opinion that he had notable roles on Seinfeld and Malcolm. They knew he had chops.


dasher11

And that episode was written by Vince Gilligan. Guarantee that's why Cranston got this role.


DiamondPeripheral

Who else would be better for a transformation from dork to evil?


oatmeal1977

Walter White would give them all a ricin sandwich.


JdaveA

Rice 'n beans!?


ryand1992

Frank n beeeeansss


SuperWoody64

How did you get the beans above the frank?


JdaveA

What is that... bubble?


Oracle_of_Ages

It might be the age gap. It might just be the characters or his acting ability. But besides the 2nd Breaking Bad finale they did... I can’t imagine these dudes played by the same guy. They are forever 2 separate people in my mind.


FlowRiderBob

That is a testament to how talented of an actor he is. My first memory of Cranston's acting was in his recurring roll as Dr. Tim Whatley in "Seinfeld".


jpm_212

Isn't it funny how the "goofy comedy" actors are almost always the best choice when it comes to playing a serious role?


FlowRiderBob

Yep. Robin Williams, Jim Carey, Adam Sandler, Bill Murray, Ben Stiller, Jamie Foxx, Richard Pryor, Whoopie Goldberg, Steve Martin, and Steve Carell have also all done very well in dramatic roles. ESPECIALLY Robin Williams, IMO.


huyfonglongdong

Throw Bill Hader on that list too! Been loving his work in Barry


FlowRiderBob

Absolutely. I love his work.


oatmeal1977

Don’t forget Tom Hanks started as the goofy comedy guy too.


FlowRiderBob

I knew I was forgetting several. I put Hanks up there with Robin Williams. I watched every episode of Mork and Mindy and every episode of Bosom Buddies when I was a kid in the 80s.


Pardonme23

Jim Carrey needs to be questioned for the number 23 movie. What horseshit.


FlowRiderBob

I haven’t seen that one. But I loved the Truman Show.


koh_kun

What serious role has Adam Sandler played?


FlowRiderBob

Uncut Gems https://youtu.be/vTfJp2Ts9X8


koh_kun

Oh wow, this movie flew right under my radar for some reason. Looks good. Thank you!


Pardonme23

Is it bad that I prefer Hal?


amedkalil

Came here lookin for this comment.


ButtfuckChampion_

The future's now old man.


FlowRiderBob

He sure does.


Jsk010804

Yes no, maybe, i dont know


kiefontop

Can you repeat the question?


Jsk010804

Your not the boss of me now!


AlanJohnson84

You're not the boss of me now!


Jsk010804

Youre not the boss of me now and youre not so big!


FognatiousQuash

Life is unfaaaaaiiirrrr


chaun2

*Door Slams*


lukedx93

Really miss this show


Lord_ThunderCunt

At least we got an ending. So many shows just get canceled.


lukedx93

True! I'm in the minority of people I know that prefer the earlier seasons though, they were awesome


funny_like_how

Hulu has it. r/malcolminthemiddle


yourcountrycousin

Thank you! Subbed!


KaidenKarman

I use to fall asleep with this show playing.


redcapmilk

You can still do that.


KaidenKarman

Why did no one tell me this vital information until today?!


redcapmilk

The people in your life are letting you down.


SuperWoody64

Look at me, we're your family now


herschel_34

I did that for years. MITM or KOTH


User_Name08

I’m gonna get downvoted but doesn’t that little kid look like Timothy McVeigh


envydub

Lmao yes, just need a brush cut.


Anterabae

My friend played him in some special about the bombing. It was really funny because he was all high and mighty about it being his big break. Everytime he was on screen they cgi'd his face to look more like the bomber. It was kind of hillarious.


User_Name08

I can imagine that: “Guys, I’m playing a domestic terrorist. This could be my big break!”


Nascent1

Who knows what'll be next for this bright young star? Unibomber? Charles Manson? The sky is the limit!


Deesing82

I mean, Jeremy Renner's big break was playing Jeffy Dahmer


Tuckernuts8

Did not know that.


JamzillaThaThrilla

Too bad Frankie Muniz doesn't remember.


OldMoneyOldProblems

Really sad what happened to him. He seemed like a nice enough guy


DrSupermonk

What happened?


GrumpySpaceGamer

>In a pre-taped interview from Monday night's DWTS episode, Muniz revealed that he suffers from memory loss, Entertainment Weekly reports. He said he has essentially no memory of his years as a child star. >"Most people would think that my most memorable year would be the year 'Malcolm in the Middle' started, because it allowed me to live all these dreams of mine," Muniz said. "But the truth is I don't really remember much of that. It almost feels like it wasn't me. There's no negative feelings. I just don't necessarily remember." >The reason behind his memory loss is still unclear. Muniz went on to say that he's suffered nine concussions and "a fair amount" of mini strokes in his life. (After "Malcolm," he worked as a professional race car driver, suffering some serious injuries behind the wheel, according to People.) [Source](https://www.insider.com/malcolm-in-the-middle-frankie-muniz-cant-remember-show-stroke-concussions-2017-10#:~:text=In%20a%20pre%2Dtaped%20interview,years%20as%20a%20child%20star.&text=Muniz%20went%20on%20to%20say,mini%20strokes%20in%20his%20life.).


MrHallmark

He suffered a stroke at a young age has almost no memory of that show.


BrocialCommentary

What happened?


RikersTrombone

Life is unfair...


Dawalkingdude

That's a flagrant 2 easy!


KatieMarmalade

This show was hilarious


saltyjello

that show towered over most of its peers at the time just like this.


AwhiteBEANER

From selling crystal blue to getting punched in the nards by his witsec family


fezfrascati

Hal is the best TV dad. Yes, even better than Cliff Huxtable.


BrocialCommentary

And his ungrateful little shit son just punched him in the nuts. They don’t know how lucky they have it. Source: grew up with a dad like Hal


n64steph

Theres an episode where Hal tells Francis that hitting the nards is always a good strategy, so I guess theres that


Pardonme23

Umm... Maybe we should tell you...


Kid_Fiasco

Crazy to think Bryan Cranston nearly didn't get the role of Walter White because his comedic work, especially on this show, was so good


YouDamnHotdog

Dis anyone else like the show but always feel broken from it? The family was dysfunctional but I was never able to just laugh it off. I felt like something hit too close to home. Roseanne was the worst offender of that probably.


SuperWoody64

Are you my brother? Seriously though if you actually are then fuck you.


MajorasMask3D

Roseanne is perhaps the closest a sitcom has ever got to truly depicting a realistic American family. And although it wasn’t the first, it really pushed some lgbtq boundaries in television, which Roseanne wanted to do because she had two homosexual siblings.


forever_atone

You should check out BoJack!


stats_padford

[Who wants to make 5 bucks?!?](https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Oy9ceTxGYCw)


painusmcanus

The future is now, old man.


stron2am

The stunt man in those sweats is packing some heat


SuperWoody64

I think it's Chris Evans


judasmaiden15

I watched the show in it's original run. Malcom had a lot of girlfriends throughout the show Edit: my favorite was cynthia and i always thought they went well together. I also liked how evil jessica the baby sitter was at times. The show took a depressing turn when ida sued louis


AtomicSpiderman

I want to watch this show now. My parents used to watch it all the time and might’ve seen it when I was little. Also hell yeah there’s Bryan Cranston.


Halo3_hex3Edec62_4

It’s on Hulu. It’s great


chaun2

Also free on IMDB TV


VocationFumes

I also especially love this scene because they make it seem like they're going to beat him by playing smarter and passing the ball more, which they do in the beginning, but then they have to use "the play" which is just they all standing on eachothers shoulders and punching him in the nuts


jackBattlin

Why do I suddenly feel like I’m about to watch x-files in a few minutes?


XXevilmarketsXX

Still one of my all time favorites


aliceanonymous99

The best show


LeperMessiah11

Anyone know the song? Sounds like Lit? (speakers busted otherwise would of shazam'd)


necrokage

Bring it on - Handsome Devil


theycallmecrack

Bring it On - Handsome Devil https://open.spotify.com/track/5g4Kan1hWzzpjAGVaqTsFA?si=2SR3hmg0R1Scfin4P_wRcw


LeperMessiah11

Cheers, sucks to know my knowledge of late 90s/early 00s punk rock is not as comprehensive as I thought it was! Will give them a listen.


[deleted]

Did anybody ever see that skit where the end of breaking bad ends with Hal waking up next to Louis and it was a dream?


herschel_34

[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9yTLqpUrztk](https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9yTLqpUrztk)


tedskins2000

God this show was great. I remember watching this along with King of the Hill with my fam


charlietke687

Kids like that no wonder he turned to meth


haystackofneedles

He really changed once he found meth


Lt_Jonson

Ever seen the [alternate ending](https://youtu.be/oVdB36lmbII) to Breaking Bad? Spoilers, obviously


epicgamercoffee

u/vredditdownloader


jiven

Retired Walter White was not amused lol


AlexT05_QC

THE DAD WHO DUNKS! or so he though


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NoneHaveSufferedAsI

*Guy hit 10 guys in jail within a two-minute window, all’s I’m saying* They best tread lightly dad dicks etcetera


LinkandShiek

I can't tell if this is a Breaking Bad joke or an episode of Malcolm in the Middle I don't remember.


haystackofneedles

I haven't but will come back to this after I watch breaking bad


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n64steph

Yep


blackleper

Shot doesn't count, they didn't take the ball back.


Nien-Eleven

Show was my childhood


Real_Life_Shire

He almost missed that bitch 😭😂


JoelSlBaron

I loved and still love Malcolm in the middle


PUFFINberries

I miss this show so much


contigowater

He should have just taken a shot, it would have been a goaltend and he'd have won


nr4242

Right in the gray sweatpants dick print


LouFontaine

What episode is this?


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I've re-watched that show a couple of times with my now teenager. It's even better as an adult. Now you can relate to both the kids and adults. You see how incredible Cranston and Kaczmerek are as actors. You can appreciate how incredibly great the writing is. Such a smart smart show. Very under rated.


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dr_leo_marvin

I fuckin love that show.


retrotheorist02

Malcolm in the Middle aired in 2000


Yinonormal

Hands down such a great show, of you watched this when you were younger it's still good when your older. Reese and Hal are hilarious


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IHaveADogNamedBear

Thats not dewey thats lil joe dirt


GreenHoodie808

You cut the best part, old man!


SLYMAN69

The future is now old man


ferment-funk

No foul. All ball


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Malcolm in the middle is still a great show


TitsMckenzie

This still cracks me up


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It's just so weird to me that's the dad from Malcolm In The Middle.


SuprSaiyanTurry

Did you guys know that Bryan Cranston was in Saving Private Ryan?


LinkandShiek

Hal's still better at everything else.


joyride_neon

Jayson Tatum vs. Bam Adebayo


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Later, after the kids make the basket: "Say my name." The kids, lowering their eyes: "Heisenberg."


robotdudeguy

dewey is king, *dewey is god*


eapoll

Damn that show was great. The older I get the more I can relate to all the characters


kgvc7

Mecha-shiva!


arcaticfoxx

Basketball sure would be a lot more entertaining if they got rid of the "goal tending" penalty


pourmeanotheronekyle

The origin of a dick move


ThatBigFuckoffTree

I loved this show! Great theme song too.


onlyjobit

Is that Heisenberg?


babygarden

i had the biggest crush on reese 😫


meatfest1974

In Reddit lore, wasn't there an AMA where a thinly-veiled Erik Per Sullivan (who played Dewey) mentioned that he was a victim of molestation in Hollywood? Which also explains why he wasn't present at the most recent MitM cast reunion. I remember Justin Berfield (Reese) holding a photo of Per Sullivan in that cast photo. I just wonder if any of this is truth or fiction, really. Sorry to bring down the tone, but I was a very late fan of this show and it'd be terrible if any of this were true.


athennna

No, it wasn’t him.