Malcolm in the Middle

TV review by Betsy Wallace, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 13+

Quirky, off-the-wall family humor; OK for teens.

Parents say

age 11+

Based on 34 reviews

Kids say

age 11+

Based on 110 reviews

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age 8+

This show is hilarious.

Malcolm in the Middle is one of my family's all time favorite shows. I noticed in the reviews that a lot of people are saying that the show has too much sex, language, and violence, and that that is what makes it inappropriate. In my opinion, those reviewers are being unreasonable and overly critical. There is hardly any language, little violence especially compared to other movies and shows today, and as for sex, there are some references but nothing over the top. Honestly, many kids would not even notice these references. I also saw a few reviews about nudity. There is absolutely no nudity whatsoever in the show; nothing bad is shown. There are scenes where people are naked, but it's always from the shoulders up. I think that one of the best things about the show is that it provides a very realistic view of life in a funny and clever way. Every episode is absolutely hilarious and original, and can be funny to people of any age, from elementary school kids to grandparents. It has a wonderful portrayal of family as well. It shows the importance of family and unconditional love among family members. These messages are important to children and the show demonstrates them in a memorable way.

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age 10+

The "Modern Family" of its time

OK for 10+. The worst this show had in language was "b**ch," but only in one episode and that one was rated TV-14. Over 90% of the show's episodes are rated TV-PG, and one might even have a TV-G rating. Like The Simpsons, but without the animation.

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Great messages
Great role models
Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much swearing

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