Malcolm in the Middle
Linwood Boomer is a Canadian-American television producer, writer, and actor. He is well known for playing the role of Adam Kendall on the drama Little House on the Prairie, and for creating the Fox sitcom Malcolm in the Middle....
for the Fox Network
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. The series was first broadcast
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on January 9, 2000, and ended its six-and-a-half-year run on May 14, 2006, after seven seasons and 151 episodes. The series received critical acclaim and won a Peabody Award
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, seven Emmy Award
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s, one Grammy Award
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and was nominated for seven Golden Globes.
The series follows a family of six (later seven), and stars Frankie Muniz
Francisco "Frankie" Muniz IV is an American actor, musician, writer, producer, and racecar driver. He is known primarily as the star of the FOX television family sitcom Malcolm in the Middle. In 2003, he was considered "one of Hollywood's most bankable teens". In 2008, he put his acting career...
in the lead role of Malcolm, a more-or-less normal boy who tests at genius
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level; he enjoys being smart but despises having to take classes for gifted children
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, who are mocked by the other students who call them "Krelboynes".