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"Malcolm in the Middle" Trivia and Fun Facts

John Bridges is a published author of history, and politics. His doctorate is in criminal justice. He is a fan of Malcolm in the Middle


Malcolm: Frankie Muniz

Malcolm was originally written to be nine years old whereas Frankie Muniz was thirteen when the series first began filming. He even gave his mother a thumbs down as soon as he came out of the audition room. However, the producers were so enthralled by his performance that they decided to age Malcolm up to a middle schooler and give Muniz the part.

Muniz proved to be a natural actor. His character is the only one that speaks directly to the camera/audience. Malcolm is a genius but he is uncomfortable with his gift. For much of the show, he tries to hide his intelligence, which often makes his social interactions a bit awkward. He does not have many friends.

Malcolm's intellect proves to be more of a burden then a blessing. His family expects him to be able to find a solution to any problem that arises in their lives. Hal said he was the family's last hope and Lois believes Malcolm is the only one of her children with a chance of amounting to anything.

Malcolm does not always see his own moral failings, although he is quick to point out those of others and blame them for his situations. He is also the only one who seems to fully understand his family's level of dysfunction.

Muniz has suffered seven concussions in his life. In 2017, he disclosed that he suffers from severe memory loss. Due to his memory loss, he couldn't remember ever starring in the show. However, he stated that he started watching it as if it was new to him, and he says he loves it as a fan.

Trivia Part One

For each question, choose the best answer. The answer key is below.

  1. Malcolm's gifted class has been given a nick name by other students in the school, what is the nick name?
    • Brainiacs
    • Einsteins
    • Krelboynes
    • Outsiders
  2. The nickname came from which movie?
    • Little Shop of Horrors
    • Weird Science
    • Back to the Future
    • Revenge of the Nerds
  3. Upon Graduation Malcolm is courted by many colleges, which one did he Choose?
    • Stanford
    • Princeton
    • Harvard
    • Oxford
  4. Who is Malcolm's gifted class teacher who absolutely adores him?
    • Margaret Hamilton
    • Cathy Dodd
    • Cindy Wallace
    • Caroline Miller
  5. Who is Malcolm's gifted class teacher who does not like him (or anyone)?
    • Lionel Herkabe
    • Winston Harris
    • Thomas Benning
    • Wallace Wallace
  6. When students in Malcolm's class said they were going to the dentist, where were they actually going?
    • The Dentist
    • The Principals Office
    • The School Counselor
    • Skipping Gym Class
  7. What was Malcolm's IQ said to be?
    • 155
    • 165
    • 175
    • Too high to measure
  8. What state is the setting for Malcolm in the Middle?
    • California
    • Indiana
    • Illinois
    • Michigan
  9. Technically the family has no last name, but the pilot suggests their last name is...
    • Harrison
    • Bergstrom
    • Wilkerson
    • Johnson
  10. Malcolm loses his virginity at the Burning Man festival to a woman named?
    • Anita
    • Jewel
    • Starla
    • Preistess Helgar

Answer Key

  1. Krelboynes
  2. Little Shop of Horrors
  3. Harvard
  4. Caroline Miller
  5. Lionel Herkabe
  6. The School Counselor
  7. 165
  8. California
  9. Wilkerson
  10. Anita

Hal: Bryan Cranston

Bryan Cranston auditioned for the role of Hal prior to the sets being built. He had the casting team in hysterics simply by the mannerisms he used when trying to smoke a pipe. All the other scheduled auditions were cancelled and Cranston was hired on the spot. All of his cast mates, on this show and later on Breaking Bad, commented on Cranston's professionalism, natural sense of humor, and support.

Cranston keeps himself very busy with acting, writing, producing, directing, and voice over work, often overlapping each other. He also likes to do his own stunts whenever possible. He taught himself to roller skate for one episode and even did his own cartwheel. The writers started up a game called "What will Bryan Cranston do?," which led to them writing in plots of him doing roller disco and other bizarre and increasingly dangerous stunts just to see if the actor would ever say no. Not only did he not object, he also kept pulling them off. This culminated in Bryan being covered in live bees in one episode.

Several cast members have commented that scenes involving Cranston take much longer than expected because the cast cannot stop laughing at his antics.

During much of the show, Hal is a very laid back father. He cares for his wife most of all, and he never seems to notice her faults. He is not fearful of her like the kids, but rather he is blinded by his love for her. Despite his love for his wife, he always tries to do right by each of his children and comfort them while not betraying her. He is also easily caught up in the moment and can be neglectful of what is going on around him, even when his kids are up to no good.

Trivia Part Two

For each question, choose the best answer. The answer key is below.

  1. Who is Hal's best friend?
    • Craig
    • Abe
    • Lois
    • Frances
  2. Who did Hal date just prior to Lois?
    • Her manicurist
    • Her best friend
    • Her gynecologist
    • Her sister
  3. Hal is an expert at what?
    • Roller skating
    • Speed walking
    • Building combat robots
    • All of the above
  4. When Hal and Lois clean out the storage closet, what do they discover?
    • It's really a bathroom
    • A skeleton
    • A treasure map
    • A bomb shelter entrance
  5. What magazine does Hal read while locked in the bomb shelter?
    • Life
    • Playpen
    • National Geographic
    • Time
  6. Hal's father was played by what actor?
    • Christopher Lloyd
    • Christopher Walken
    • Burt Reynolds
    • Lee Majors
  7. Hal reveals that he once left Dewey in...
    • the wrong house
    • a carnival
    • a bus station
    • Mexico
  8. Where is Malcolm born?
    • At Lois' work
    • At the hospital
    • On the front lawn
    • At a county fair
  9. What is Hal's fathers name?
    • William
    • Walter
    • Jebediah
    • Isaac
  10. What is Hal's mother name?
    • Sharon
    • Susan
    • Lois
    • Esmerelda

Answer Key

  1. Abe
  2. Her sister
  3. All of the above
  4. It's really a bathroom
  5. Playpen
  6. Christopher Lloyd
  7. Mexico
  8. On the front lawn
  9. Walter
  10. Sharon

Lois: Jane Kaczmarek

On the show, Lois is a mother of five. Each birth has been shown on the show at some point, which is a lot of birth acting. Kaczmarek has three children in real life. Each of her real-life children was born through C-section, so Kaczmarek didn't have any natural birth experience. She watched scenes in movies and TV shows where women were giving birth and did her best to impersonate them.

Out of the main cast, Jane Kaczmarek was nominated for seven Emmy awards throughout the entire series' run, and she didn't win any of them. Her performance remains iconic to this day. To be fair to Kaczmarek, she was competing with some top tiered comedic actresses like Patricia Heaton, Jennifer Aniston, and Julia Louise Dreyfus, each of whom won the award.

Kaczmarek was allowed to keep all of Lois' clothes after the series ended. In an interview, she commented that she was watching the show one day and realized that she was wearing the same outfit as Lois was wearing in the show; this made her chuckle.

Lois is a strong, often dominating entity. She does not shy away from conflict, nor does she let the possibility that she might be wrong come in the way of serving her special brand of justice. She loves her children but is constantly worn out by the bickering, arguing, and situations they find themselves in which impact the family as a whole. Her husband is the love of her life and is the only one that has a consistent ability to calm her.

Trivia Part Three

For each question, choose the best answer. The answer key is below.

  1. Where does Lois work?
    • Bargain Aide
    • Lucky Aide
    • Discount Aide
    • Multi Aide
  2. What is Lois' Mother's name?
    • Cloris
    • Gretchen
    • Grisella
    • Ida
  3. What was Lois' Father's name?
    • Vincent
    • Victor
    • Vernon
    • Vance
  4. What was Lois' sister's name
    • Susan
    • Polly
    • Loraine
    • Jean
  5. What candle scent turns Lois on?
    • Sea Breeze
    • Cherry
    • Apple Pie
    • Vanilla
  6. Lois was furious at the kids when her dress got ruined. What color was the dress?
    • Red
    • Green
    • Blue
    • Gold
  7. Who was responsible for ruining Lois' dress?
    • Dewey
    • Malcolm
    • Reese
    • Hal
  8. Lois won a pick up truck in a contest, how many episodes did she had the truck?
    • One
    • Two
    • 10
    • 17
  9. How many times does Lois get arrested during the series?
    • Zero
    • One
    • Two
    • Three
  10. When it is learned a murder occured at the house, one of the family members already knew. Who knew?
    • Hal
    • Lois
    • Francis
    • Reese

Answer Key

  1. Lucky Aide
  2. Ida
  3. Victor
  4. Susan
  5. Vanilla
  6. Red
  7. Hal
  8. One
  9. Three
  10. Lois

Francis: Christopher Masterson

Christopher Masterson began his career when he was only eight. He has appeared on television, film, and on live stage. He currently works primarily as a DJ He has five siblings; all of them works in the entertainment field either on screen or behind the scenes.

Masterson played the oldest child, Francis, who was also the most rebellious. By the time he was three, he had trashed the palatial home that Lois and Hal once had. His defiance of authority lead to extreme difficulties for his parents, who eventually sent him off to military school with the hope that he would turn his life around. He is idolized by his younger siblings who often turn to him for help in dealing with their mom.

When Francis needs help, he usually turns to Malcolm, who either comes up with a genius plan or acts as a surrogate in manipulating his parents. His rebellion continues in the military academy but his target switches between his parents and the school commandant.

Francis was born with a desire for freedom and independence, and as soon as he turns 18, he emancipates himself and moves to Alaska. He soon realizes that real life is more difficult than he expected. He matures as he faces challenges to survive. When he has had his fill of abuse at the lumber camp, he moves again, this time with his new wife, and begins a new life on a dude ranch. The owners of the ranch are highly dysfunctional and appreciate both Francis and his help. Francis blossoms at the ranch, until his job ends abruptly.

Trivia Part Four

For each question, choose the best answer. The answer key is below.

  1. Where is Francis' military academy located?
    • Arkansas
    • Mississippi
    • Missouri
    • Alabama
  2. Which actor wanted to audition for the part of Francis but was refused?
    • Ashton Kutcher (That 70's Show)
    • Aaron Paul (Breaking Bad)
    • Bret Harrison (Grounded for Life)
    • Chad Allen (7th Heaven)
  3. When Francis drops his employee card, on the card it clearly reads...
    • Francis Wilkerson
    • Francis Harrison
    • Francis
    • Francis Nolastname
  4. Who is Francis' boss at the Alaskan Lumber Camp?
    • Piama
    • Lavernia
    • Otto
    • Gretchen
  5. Where is the dude ranch Francis worked at after he left Alaska?
    • Montana
    • Texas
    • Colorado
    • New Mexico
  6. What is Commandant Spanglers first name?
    • Jason
    • Edgar
    • Edwin
    • Justin
  7. Francis' boss Otto has an estranged son named...
    • Otto
    • Gunther
    • Wolfgang
    • Rutger
  8. When Francis is unemployed, Piama takes a job doing what?
    • Making snow globes
    • Singing
    • Waiting tables
    • Taking reservations at a funeral home
  9. In the final episode Francis keeps what secret from Lois?
    • He confessed she was right about everything
    • He never actually married Piama
    • He wasn't unemployed, he was working for a big corporation
    • He and Piama had three children
  10. Francis is fired from his job at the ranch because...
    • He deposited checks for the ranch into a fake ATM
    • He let all the horses free by leaving the gate open
    • Otto's son decided he wanted to work on the ranch
    • Piama stole a statue from Gretchen

Answer Key

  1. Alabama
  2. Aaron Paul (Breaking Bad)
  3. Francis Nolastname
  4. Lavernia
  5. New Mexico
  6. Edwin
  7. Rutger
  8. Making snow globes
  9. He wasn't unemployed, he was working for a big corporation
  10. He deposited checks for the ranch into a fake ATM

Reese: Justin Berfield

Justin Berfield played the second oldest child, Reese. Berfield got his start in acting at the age of five when he appeared in a coffee commercial. His first break was in 1994 when he co-starred with Drew Carey in a short lived series called The Good Life. He then played the role of Ross Malloy in a show called Unhappily Ever After. Berfield's older brother, Lorne, is also an actor.

Today, Berfield works primarily behind the scenes as a Chief Creative Officer for a television and film production company. He is also involved in several charities.

Reese is arguably the least intelligent out of all the children on the show. He is a self-professed bully and never turns down a dare or a challenge from his brothers, as long as he makes a profit out of completing the tasks.

Reese struggles to find his place in the family and his lace in life. He tries a variety of jobs and pursuits, sometimes finding success and sometimes not. When he does find success, he has a tendency to sabotage himself.

Trivia Part Five

For each question, choose the best answer. The answer key is below.

  1. Reese is gifted at what?
    • Music
    • Balancing thing on his nose
    • Cooking
    • Gambling
  2. Reese discovers he can skip class by going to the school therapist. He uses a talking finger named what?
    • Davey
    • Tony
    • Johnny
    • Jimmy
  3. Reese floats away in a lawn chair tied to balloons, what song does he (sort of) sing?
    • Over the Rainbow
    • Up, Up and Away
    • Amazing Grace
    • Sesame Street theme song
  4. How many times does Reese get married in the series?
    • Zero
    • One
    • Two
    • Three
  5. What is the name of the burger restaurant Reese breifly worked at?
    • Circus Burger
    • Happy Burger
    • Oh Watta Burger
    • Simply Burger
  6. Towards the end of the series, Reese gets rid of bad school note by...
    • Burning them
    • Feeding them to Jamie
    • Changing the name to Dewey
    • Writing his own notes
  7. While underage, Reese manages to join the army using what fake last name?
    • Flintstone
    • Rubble
    • Jetson
    • Spocket
  8. Where is Reese born?
    • A hospital
    • Lois' work
    • At the supermarket
    • The never say
  9. When Reese was two, what did he call Hal?
    • Dad
    • Hal
    • Poopy Head
    • Phone
  10. In the series finale, Reese moves out and moves in with who?
    • Francis
    • Ida
    • Craig
    • Stevie

Answer Key

  1. Cooking
  2. Davey
  3. Amazing Grace
  4. Two
  5. Circus Burger
  6. Feeding them to Jamie
  7. Jetson
  8. A hospital
  9. Phone
  10. Craig

Dewey: Erik Per Sullivan

Erik Per Sullivan played Dewey, the youngest child on the show for most of the series, until Jamie was born. He began his acting career at age seven with an uncredited role in the move Armageddon. He has appeared in many notable films such as Cider House Rules, Joe Dirt, and Finding Nemo.

Sullivan speaks fluent Swedish, plays the piano and saxophone, and has a black belt in Karate. He likes to travel, ski, and boogie board. He is involved in charity and helped Jane Kaczmerak write her book, titled Together.

Sullivan has mostly retired from entertainment. He lives a modest life and focuses much of his attention on his educational pursuits.

Dewey is the child most neglected by his parents who need to focus on the more vocal and aggressive actions of his brothers. He is often left behind or forgotten. While Francis considers Dewey his favorite brother, Malcolm and Reese torture their younger sibling mercilessly. As they grow older, Malcolm sometimes partners with Dewey to target Reese as well. One notable episode that featured Dewey's adventures was when the rest of the family went to a waterpark and left Dewey with a babysitter.

Originally, the babysitter, played by Bea Arthur, was supposed to kidnap Dewey and take him down south of the border to Mexico. She dyes his hair black and renames him Pepe. In the actual episode, his babysitter is taken away in an ambulance after suffering an assumed heart attack. Dewey is left to his own devices and wanders off following a red balloon.

Trivia Part Six

For each question, choose the best answer. The answer key is below.

  1. Dewey is placed into a special class for disturbed children, what is the class nick named?
    • The Buseys
    • The Lost Boys
    • The Corner
    • Them
  2. Who inadvertently caused Dewey to be mistakenly placed into the special needs class?
    • Malcolm
    • Reese
    • Lois
    • Frances
  3. Dewey is gifted at what?
    • Swimming
    • Art
    • Music
    • Science
  4. Dewey has a "twin" named Billy. What is Billy's last name?
    • Prescott
    • Harrison
    • Wallace
    • Jones
  5. Dewey had a babysitter played by Bea Arthur, what was her characters name?
    • Mrs. Johnson
    • Mrs. Spicoli
    • Mrs. White
    • Mrs. Wilkerson
  6. Dewey had a pet fly in one episode, what was the fly's name?
    • Tony
    • Timmy
    • Tommy
    • Reese
  7. Dewey hides a pet dog because his parents won't let him have one, What is the dogs name?
    • Fido
    • Marshmallow
    • Fluffy
    • Spot
  8. Which US president does Dewey play in his school play?
    • George Washington
    • Thomas Jefferson
    • Abraham Lincoln
    • Richard Nixon
  9. Dewey's school friend Chad grew up to play what role?
    • Axel Heck (The Middle)
    • Ian Gallagher (Shameless)
    • Barry Allen (The Flash)
    • Eddie Finnerty (Grounded for Life)
  10. Dewey brings home a boy who doesnt speak named Egg played by Alexnader Gould. Gould later provided the voice for...
    • Gingerbread Man (Gingy): Shrek
    • Petrie: Land Before Time VII
    • Nemo: Finding Nemo
    • Baby Tai Lung: Kung Fu Panda

Answer Key

  1. The Buseys
  2. Malcolm
  3. Music
  4. Prescott
  5. Mrs. White
  6. Tony
  7. Marshmallow
  8. Abraham Lincoln
  9. Ian Gallagher (Shameless)
  10. Nemo: Finding Nemo

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