Picks and Pans Review: Malcolm in the Middle
Nobody says "D'oh!" better than Homer Simpson. But Bryan Cranston comes close. In the Nov. 12 episode of this returning hit sitcom, Cranston, as brainy Malcolm's spacey dad, Hal, realizes he has forgotten wife Lois's birthday and contorts his face in a cartoon paroxysm of shame. Not to be outdone, Jane Kaczmarek, as Lois, rages like Marge on steroids at the indolent road crew that's keeping her family trapped in an endless traffic jam in the Nov. 5 season opener. With parents as manic as these, how can Malcolm (Frankie Muniz) and his brothers possibly vie for attention? They can't, but that's okay. It's the sight of adults behaving badly that fuels this show's delightful anarchy. After a half hour of such wondrous excess, viewers' eyeballs are going "D'oh!"
Bottom Line: Malcolm still on top