How Malcolm In The Middle Quietly Re-Invented The Sitcom
By - Trevski
I remember reading an interesting interview a few years ago with Jane Kazmarek (probably spelt that wrong).
Basically, doing the show was 7 of the happiest years of her life, but she was pregnant twice on it (she had 3 kids back to back at a late age), and the hours were so long that she had to have an entire army of Nannies to actually raise them as their Dad was also working ungodly hours on The West Wing at the same time.
And then when MITM ended she realised she had missed out on loads and knew hardly anything about their little schoolfriends etc and she was so rattled by this that she hasn't signed on for a TV show since.
That's basically why we haven't seen much of her since.
Gotta respect that. I've always thought that Jane Kaczmarek was a good and sweet person. She was on Wait, Wait a couple of weeks ago and she was a total delight.
damn, I know she seemed awesome, but it's good th ear she is good IRL too.
There was some anecdote she told in it about how Lois was probably a bit shouty because she was always so anxious to get home before bedtime that when the director would ask her if she wanted a second take, she'd be like *NOPE I'M GOOD SEE YA!*.
I rewatched this recently and it's amazing how it still holds up today
I was hoping creator Linwood Boomer would create more shows but seems like he quietly retired.
MitM would be so hard to follow up. It's so good, no dip in quality and consistently funny for 7 seasons.
MITM was a great show, but this video asserts things that aren't true.
This was the first show to have a character talk to the camera? Uh, Saved By The Bell? Parker Lewis?
First with the mom as the dominant parent? Rosanne?
First sitcom with no laugh track? Plenty, including the bizarre Dinosaurs.
First single camera sitcom? Dozens. MASH for one.
Split timeline bowling episode? This was the gimmick of the movie Sliding Doors that came out 2 years earlier.
Pushing the boundaries of acceptable topics or behavior of characters? Married With Children?
Again, it's a great show, and it put all these elements together very well, but it didn't "reinvent" anything.
I don't think it was all that quiet. It was the only live action network sitcom without a laugh track at the time and was an instant success.
I just found out that Frankie was 15 when the show started (born 1985, show started on 2000). I thought he looked like 10 or 11 at the most, he was so tiny.
That was a fun look back at Malcom in the Middle. Not crazy about sitcoms, but that one is truly great. I wonder for how many years in the future, people will watch it? All the main actors were incredible, and they all had wonderful episodes with fun creative storylines wrtten just for them.
It's great but falls off as it goes on
Really? I didn't notice.
Because it didn't. You can say that about any single show that lasts more than two seasons. Any program will inevitably get to the point where they're reusing the same old joke so it becomes played out, or they change it up to the point that it's not carrying the same energy that it originally did.
There's no way around one of those two things happening. It's never going to be the same show it was when it first came out after it's been out for as while.
It seemed good but cringe. One term of art is "overmodulated". The pacing was breathless.
I grew up on the classics, and MITM just never landed. It's obviously had much influence in what came later.
Go re-watch it. It's pure gold.
Your post makes me want to barf.
I always loved her and Bryan Cranston’s characters and their relationship. I hope they get to reunite on a project in the future.
>And then when MITM ended she realised she had missed out on loads and knew hardly anything about their little schoolfriends etc and she was so rattled by this that she hasn't signed on for a TV show since.
I'd always wondered why she'd never landed another lead role in a TV show. Maybe she'll sign on to something now that her children are older. She deserves more than one-off bit parts in random shows.
I just hate in the later seasons that Reese become way more dumb. I get in sitcoms you need that character but atleast in the beginning he was believable in what he did. Later it just became unbelievable.
Maybe he found the devil's cabbage and hid it well.