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Malcolm in the Middle

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Malcolm in the Middle
MitM credits logo.jpg
Country Flag of the United States.jpg USA
Channel FOX
Genre Sitcom, Comedy
Broadcast 2000-2006
No. of Episodes 151
Main Cast
Character Actor
Malcolm Wilkerson Frankie Muniz
Reese Wilkerson Justin Berfield
Hal Wilkerson Bryan Cranston
Dewey Wilkerson Erik Per Sullivan
Lois Wilkerson Jane Kaczmarek
Francis Wilkerson Christopher Masterson

Malcolm in the Middle is an American television sitcom that followed the misadventures of a dysfunctional lower middle class family and their teenaged son Malcolm, a young savant with an IQ of 160.

Hal Wilkerson, the family patriarch, was Bryan Cranston's most well-known role before being cast as Walter White in Breaking Bad, which won him both critical acclaim and greater stardom. His long-running role as Hal was both an asset and a liability; although it won him widespread notoriety and recognition, the producers of Breaking Bad initially had doubts about casting a comedic actor in such a serious role, but changed their minds after Vince Gilligan, who had worked with Cranston on The X-Files, showed them scenes from Cranston's performance in that show.

As a joke/tribute to what was previously his best-known role, after Breaking Bad concluded, Cranston filmed a short reprise of Malcolm in the Middle with Jane Kaczmarek, in which the events of Breaking Bad turn out to have been an extended dream, that Hal wakes up from.

The following weapons were used in the television series Malcolm in the Middle:


Colt Detective Special

What appears to be a Colt Detective Special is seen used by one of the two criminals robbing Lucky Aid in "Robbery" (S2E07). His Colt is a snub nose with ivory grips.

Colt Detective Special 1st Version with Ivory Grips - .38 Special
Robber #1 (Dewey Weber) brandishes the revolver in an attempt to intimidate Lucky Aid employees.
The same robber, this time casually brandishing the revolver.

Colt Single Action Army

Hal Wilkerson (Bryan Cranston) uses a Colt Single Action Army in "Boys at Ranch" (S4E08).

Colt Single Action Army with 4.75" barrel, case colored and blued, referred to as "Quick-Draw" or "Civilian" model - .45 Long Colt
Hal "fans the hammer" on his Single Action Army into the sky while inebriated.


Walther TPH/PPK

Malcolm (Frankie Muniz) finds what appears to be a Walther TPH in an escort's purse in "Poker 2" (S3E13). A nickel plated version is first digitally imposed into the purse using special effects, but later appears in the same episode physically as a Walther PPK missing its safety and sporting a taped grip.

Walther TPH - .22lr
The TPH is found after Malcolm peeks into the escort's purse. Note that in this shot, the handgun has actually been digitally edited into frame
Malcolm affixes the TPH, now a PPK, to a vise. Note that now the gun is no longer nickel plated

Luger P08

Otto Mannkusser (Kenneth Mars) carries a Luger P08 into the desert while accompanying Hal in "Boys at Ranch" (S5E08).

Luger P08 Pistol - 9mm
A clear shot of Otto's Luger.

Colt Model 1903 Pocket Hammer

Robber #2 (Maz Jobrani) brandishes the Colt Model 1903 Pocket Hammer with a spur hammer in "Robbery" (S2E07).

Colt Model 1903 Pocket Hammer with spur hammer - .38 ACP.
Robber #2 (Maz Jobrani) displays his Colt Model 1903 Pocket Hammer to Lois at the cash register.
The robber draws down on Craig Feldspar (David Anthony Higgins), who responds that he's not afraid to die after spending the majority of his adult life in retail.
Another angle of the same scene shows an alternate view of the 1903.


Remington 870

Of the two shotguns used in the show, the Remington 870 appears most frequently. Shotguns are commonly used for ranch work and home defense throughout the show.

Remington 870 Wingmaster with 20" Home Defense barrel - 12 gauge
Lillian Miller (Antoinette Byron) pumps a Remington 870 at Lois' book club in "Book Club" (S2E03).
Francis (Christopher Masterson) holds the Remington 870 in "Forward Backward" (S4E05).
Reese Wilkerson (Justin Berfield) holds a Remington 870 before departing on a hunting trip in "Victor's Other Family" (S5E20).

Mossberg 500

The Mossberg 500 is the second shotgun seen in Malcolm in the Middle, and is often found in tandem with the Remington 870. The props department most likely only used these two models, as they were reused many times regardless of the show's location.

Mossberg 500A Field Gun with 28" Barrel
Francis holds the Mossberg 500 in a shotgun battle with Otto. In a continuity error, the two have switched shotguns from the previous scene in which Francis was already holding the 870
Reese's cousin Scott (Adam Wylie) holds a Mossberg 500 as the pair depart for a hunt in Canada


M4 Carbine

Reese (Justin Berfield) wields an M4 Carbine rifle with the MILES equipment during his training in "Reese Joins the army Part 2" (S5E22). He also uses the rifle without the training system in "Reese comes home" (S6E01).

Colt M4A1 SOPMOD with M68 Aimpoint reflex optic- 5.56x45mm
Reese leads his men in a training simulation in "Reese Joins the Army Part 2" (S5E22). Note the MILES equipment on both Reese and the rifle
Reese's men during an ambush. Angle shows a better shot of the M4 Carbines- "Reese Joins the army Part 2" (S5E22).
Reese lands in Afghanistan after paradropping in "Reese comes home" (S6E01). Note the lack of MILES accessories
Reese experiences the horrors of war in under 5 seconds in "Reese comes home" (S6E01).
Reese then opts for a tactical retreat.


Zoo Rifle Cabinet

In "Zoo" (S4E01), numerous firearms, including a dart gun, can be seen behind Lois' ex-lover Matt (Tim DeKay).

The rifle cabinet can be seen from the infirmary window in "Zoo"

Pawn Shop Display Cabinet

A rifle cabinet can be seen in the pawn shop in "Motivational Speaker" (S6e19).

Dewey (Erik Per Sullivan) purchases a rifle when asked by the corrupt pawn shop owner.

Taser X26

A Police officer deploys a Taser X26 on Hal in "Reese Joins the Army Part 1 (S5E21). The Taser is fitted with a XDPM (Extended Digital Power Magazine) with a spare cartridge.

A Taser X26C fitted with an XDPM (Extended Digital Power Magazine), which is a battery pack with a grip extension that can accept a spare cartridge. Like the Taser M26, a laser sight is mounted underneath the muzzle, alongside a tactical LED light.
The police officer readies his M26C to deploy on Hal.

M2 Hand Grenade

In "The Grandparents" (S02E15), Grandpa Victor (Robert Loggia) gives Reese (Justin Berfield) a surplus Mk 2 hand grenade as a surprise present, but thanks to Reese's stupidity, the pin is pulled and Malcolm (Frankie Muniz) is forced to throw it into the family's brand-new refrigerator, before the three of them flee the house.

N.B. Using a refrigerator to contain the explosion of a grenade is a common trope in several movies and television shows (e.g., Monk), but was tested on an episode of Mythbusters and found to be ineffective.

Mark 2 Hand Grenade.

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