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Malcolm in the Middle: Season 1
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This three-disc set contains all 16 episodes from the irreverently funny first season. The series instantly toned things down a tad from the pilot episode that saw Lois body-shaving a naked hirsute Hal in the kitchen. But it brilliantly sustains its subversive tone, from episode two, in which the brothers stand united against Lois's increasingly desperate methods to uncover who burned her red dress, to the season finale, in which Malcolm dares to push her down a water slide. Not that there aren't sublimely sweet moments, as in that season finale when Dewey bonds with his elderly babysitter (Bea Arthur!) over Abba's "Fernando." Before you get out your handkerchiefs, said sitter collapses and is carted away in an ambulance. --Donald Liebenson
- New-for-DVD extended pilot episode
- Running commentary on selected episodes by the show's creator, stars, directors and writers
- "Malcolm in the Middle: A Stroke of Genius" featurette
- Season One gag reel
- "Dewey's Day Job" featurette
- Deleted scenes and alternate show openings
- Season One promotional TV spots & more
Top Customer Reviews
This show is not only funny and original, but it seems to strike a familiar chord with childhood memories. Not only mine, but also everyone that I've discussed this series with. Although the family in the series appears (at first glance, anyway) to be thoroughly dysfunctional, they grow on you as the series progresses. I began to recognize bits and pieces of my own childhood, whether it was some absurd thing said by one of my parents, a kid-like caper pulled off in school, or some friend that I had that didn't quite "fit in". I can relate to this show.
The writing is excellent and extremely funny, even managing to put valuable life lessons across, without being heavy handed. The acting is top notch, reminiscent of "Family Ties" and "Home Improvement" in its ensemble cast chemistry and tightness. And, although a surprise, I found the unique innovation of not including a laugh track to be refreshing, allowing me to decide what was funny (almost everything), rather than trying to force me down the road of simulated amusement.
The DVD set is a great value. Fantastic transfers (as best as I can tell, without ever having seen an actual broadcast), great sound, and jam packed with special features. There's about 3 hours of commentary for selected scenes, a bloopers reel, 4 unaired opening scenes, 4 deleted scenes, and a handful of "promos". There are also 3 fairly interesting featurettes covering the show itself, the crew, and a day in the life of "Dewey" (Eric Per Sullivan).Read more ›
The DVD is of exceptional quality. The full screen presentation does suffer from grain problems on occasion but, on the whole, the transfers are very good. The commentary, outtakes and gag reel are worth the price alone. While the show has continued to evolve and is still as funny as the first season (and, yes, I believe this is the best written sitcom bar none--it's also better written and funnier at a gutbusting level than the Simpsons. Don't get me wrong, I admire The Simpsons but it's strayed away from the very qualities that made it special and funny a long, long time ago).
Frankie Muniz is perfectly cast as Malcolm but, more importantly, the actors portraying this family are equally as loopy and fun to observe. I really haven't found a weak link in the first season casting. The pilot deservingly won Emmys for best direction and writing. The extended version adds a bit of additional fun that wasn't on the final aired version. Additionally, there are bits added to a couple of episodes that were deleted for time constraints and other reasons when the original episodes aired in 2000. It's amazing that such a quality show could ever have been seen as nothing more than a mid-season replacement.
While the box set is a bit light on episodes (there wasn't a full season produced during season one as it was a replacement series) the extras more than make up for that.Read more ›
The first season is hilarious. It is great to see how the show progressed from the pilot to the Emmy winner. I look forward to the next season coming out on DVD.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This is one of my favorite shows of all time. I purchased this season when it was first released and watch it on streaming services like Netfx but would pay good money for a Region... Read morePublished 4 months ago by birdflower
One of the funniest family situation comedies during its early years.Published 7 months ago by paulscott
I don't watch this show but the relatives i gave it to loves it!Published 8 months ago by A Customer
I love the show 'Malcolm in the Middle' but why is Season 1 the only US release?!!!!! When are they going to release the entire collection on DVD for the US? Read morePublished 12 months ago by Alfreda J. Harris
I remember when I got back from living overseas and my dad told me, you've got to watch this show. When an episode aired and I got the opportunity to see it I was instantly... Read morePublished 13 months ago by James N Simpson
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