The Worst Episodes of Malcolm in the Middle That Will Make You Cringe!

Attention all Malcolm in the Middle fans! We all know the show is a hilarious masterpiece, but let’s face it, not every episode is a winner. As a fellow TV enthusiast, I know how frustrating it can be to waste precious binge-watching time on subpar episodes. That’s why I’ve compiled a list of the worst episodes of Malcolm in the Middle to save you the trouble. From cringe-worthy plotlines to painfully unfunny jokes, these episodes are ones you’ll want to skip. So grab some popcorn and get ready to find out which episodes you should avoid like the plague.
Softball

Softball

Season 5 – Episode 12

Air Date: 2004-02-15

Malcolm is convinced to play Softball by Lois and ends up doing very badly at it due to Lois’s hold on him. Meanwhile, Francis tries to pick fights with Lois, Reese tries to break Francis’s record of collecting toilet seats from a local junkyard, and Hal accidentally applies to become a member of the CIA.

Clip Show

Clip Show

Season 3 – Episode 19

Air Date: 2002-04-28

An embattled psychiatrist probes the boys’ naughty behavior patterns in a session framed by flashbacks to past episodes.

Dinner Out

Dinner Out

Season 2 – Episode 4

Air Date: 2000-11-15

Shenanigans abound at the fancy spot where the family’s dining with the Kenarbans, and at Francis’ school, where rowdy teenage girls are partying.

Old Mrs. Old

Old Mrs. Old

Season 2 – Episode 11

Air Date: 2001-01-07

Dewey starts carrying a purse to school. Francis’s friend Richie joins him at military school. Malcolm becomes a slave to an old woman in the neighborhood.

Lois's Makeover

Lois’s Makeover

Season 3 – Episode 10

Air Date: 2002-01-27

A negative job-performance review riles Lois; hoops play with the boys energizes Hal; a vermin infestation busies rat-killer Francis.

Clip Show 2

Clip Show 2

Season 4 – Episode 17

Air Date: 2003-04-20

Hal and Lois are penning their will, and think back to all the trouble their sons put them through. It is there that Lois’ problems with Francis are finally revealed and how her inability to admit when she is wrong lead to a lot of the problems the family has been dealing with.

Block Party

Block Party

Season 5 – Episode 8

Air Date: 2004-01-04

Neighbors have the annual “The Wilkersons are gone” block party until they come home early. Reese and Dewey set up a plan to get money by letting Reese-tortured kids get revenge. Hal and Lois enter a kielbasa-eating contest and Malcolm unknowingly assists a robbery, but a surprising twist comes in the end.

Ida's Boyfriend

Ida’s Boyfriend

Season 5 – Episode 11

Air Date: 2004-02-08

Malcolm gets his tongue pierced and needs to hide it for a month. While Lois’ mother, Ida, comes and annouces that she will marry a rich Chinese Man that she met on a cruise. Malcolm gets complications when his tongue ring gets infected, rendering him unable to say “S’s” and he discovers that Ida has been drugging her fiancé with opiates and mood enhancers. When Lois and Hal confront Ida, she drugs them with free food. But luckily, the fiancé misses a drug treatment, and realizes that Ida is a terrible woman and he leaves her at the altar. Malcolm is punished for his tongue piercing. Meanwhile at the ranch, Otto decides to hire a murder mystery acting troup, but it all turns out badly.

Army Buddy

Army Buddy

Season 7 – Episode 8

Air Date: 2005-12-02

When Lois finds renewed energy with orthotic inserts for her shoes, Hal fears she will not look to him for support anymore and plots to destroy the inserts. A former female army buddy of Reese’s comes to their house for a visit. But she gets defensive when Reese thinks they are way more than just friends and comes intact to the idea of trying to sleep with her.

Hal's Dentist

Hal’s Dentist

Season 7 – Episode 17

Air Date: 2006-03-26

Hal’s friend Trey tells him to come to his dental office when he looses a tooth during a poker game, but their friendship becomes in jeopardy when Hal’s faced with a $2,000 bill and causes a fight between them. Reese, meanwhile, teaches Lois how to ride a bike, while Malcolm and Dewey find sleeping as their new favorite pastime.

Casino

Casino

Season 2 – Episode 5

Air Date: 2000-11-19

A family weekend vacation to a casino turns into an ordeal in the desert for Hal, Reese and Malcolm, who wander onto an artillery range. Francis sneaks home, but has no one to play with.

Robbery

Robbery

Season 2 – Episode 7

Air Date: 2000-11-26

The night shift at Lucky Aide is held hostage by two robbers, since Craig does not want to give up the combination for the store’s safe. Francis tries to help a heartbroken friend at the academy, while Hal and the boys fight nature at home.

Krelboyne Girl

Krelboyne Girl

Season 2 – Episode 12

Air Date: 2001-01-14

Lois and Hal try to end Dewey’s dependence on his stuffed animal Domingo by convincing him that it is too dirty. Strangely attracted, Malcolm finds himself in emotional confusion about the new weird Krelboyne girl Cynthia. At the academy Commandant Spangler re-institutes old Hickory into the school’s disciplinary system and Francis tries to convince his father Hal to lie for him to avoid punishment.

Stupid Girl

Stupid Girl

Season 4 – Episode 4

Air Date: 2002-11-24

Acting dumb like Reese eases Malcolm’s stress and lands him a date with the new light of his life, an attractive girl who’s really a dim bulb.

Red Dress

Red Dress

Season 1 – Episode 2

Air Date: 2000-01-16

Lois must take drastic steps to discover which of her sons ruined the special dress she bought for an anniversary dinner with Hal.

Francis Escapes

Francis Escapes

Season 1 – Episode 7

Air Date: 2000-02-27

Francis goes AWOL from military school to link up with his girlfriend, a ditsy doozy who’s made him gaga.

Book Club

Book Club

Season 3 – Episode 3

Air Date: 2001-11-18

Lois, in an attempt to get a break from the family, joins a book club that turns out to be a night off for frustrated housewives, but it all goes a little bit haywire. Meanwhile Francis tries to get to Alaska, learning something important about himself and about truck drivers. Hal, who tries to keep the boys out of troubles for the evening, is caught in an inner conflict about how to treat them.

Hal Coaches

Hal Coaches

Season 3 – Episode 16

Air Date: 2002-03-10

Clever Hal invigorates Dewey’s soccer team; sly Reese blackmails a philandering neighbor; obsessed Malcolm battles a computer program.

Reese's Party

Reese’s Party

Season 4 – Episode 18

Air Date: 2003-04-27

When Hal and Lois go out of town for a “last chance” getaway before the baby comes, Reese has a big bash that gets out of hand. College-age thugs show up, cancel the party and set up a drug-making operation in the garage. All Reese and Malcolm can do is knuckle under. The good news is, Dewey’s not around. The bad news is, his baby sitter is Lois’s annoying co-worker Craig. Meanwhile, Hal and his very pregnant wife are off at a romantic retreat—feuding.

Buseys Run Away

Buseys Run Away

Season 6 – Episode 2

Air Date: 2004-11-14

The Buseys disappear after Dewey leaves the special-needs class; Hal becomes the leader of a group of brainless bodybuilders.