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Perhaps the most original sitcom pilot in recent years, this first episode combines sharp writing with a hyperbolic camera style reminiscent of Parker Lewis Can't Lose. Malcolm introduces us to his world, dominated by omnipresent schoolyard bully Spath and made worse by his enforced friendship with Stevie, an asthmatic wheelchair genius. When a battery of tests reveals that Malcolm has an IQ of 165, he is moved into Stevie's special accelerated class, despite his protests that "around here being intelligent is exactly the same as being radioactive." On the bright side, Malcolm discovers a practical application for intelligence when he and Stevie spontaneously hit on a solution to Spath's persistent tyranny.

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  • Originally Aired January 9, 2000
  • Runtime 25 minutes
  • Content Rating United States of America TV-PG
  • Production Code MAL-101
  • Network FOX
  • On Other Sites IMDB
Name Type Role
Linwood Boomer Writer
Austin Stout Guest Star
Landry Allbright Guest Star
Brian Cicerone Guest Star
Nicholas Pappone Guest Star
Vincent Berry Guest Star
Ibrahim Haneef Muhammad Guest Star
Martin Spanjers Guest Star
Dylan Kasch Guest Star
Todd Holland Director