A fun show! Frankie Muniz
does well in the lead role, the show is generally entertaining, and unlike that damn millionaire show
, isn't contributing directly to the downfall of western civilization
Besides, it uses a They Might Be Giants song (specifically, "Boss of Me") as its opening theme.
Iny any case, story involves an American family with four boys, Malcolm being the next-to-youngest. The oldest boy is in military school, the only place that can even attempt to contain his chronic propensity for pranks. The next kid is a rather dense boy bent on destruction. Malcolm is the geek boy who simultaneously loves and hates his family's weirdness, and the youngest is, well, the canonical youngest brother -- whiny, obnoxious, and spoiled.
The show is firmly on the far side of unreality, but is enormously entertaining, in kind of a Simpsons meets A Christmas Story way.