Malcolm in the Middle

It's kind of crazy how Bryan Cranston went from giving maybe the best sitcom performance ever to only a couple of years later giving one of the best dramatic performances ever. Like, I thought it'd be hard to go back to Malcolm in the Middle and believe Cranston as a comedy actor after BB, but he's so convincing as Hal that now I forget he would go on to be Walter White. What a hell of an actor.
But also, Malcolm in the Middle thread. I love this show so much. Ultra comfy early 2000s vibes overload.

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  1. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    MITM> Breaking Bad

    Both are great but Hal is a marginally better performance.

  2. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    he sucked balls as walter white. xou must be brown if you think that was a good performance

    • 3 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      But breaking bad was a comedy. The show was goofy as frick and like a live action looney tunes

      *squints*
      *turns head slightly and opens mouth*
      You mean this ISN'T the greatest performance of all time???

    • 3 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      >he sucked balls as walter white.
      Only in S5A when he turned into a comic book villain. S5 should've been him repenting and desperately trying to protect his family from all the mayhem he'd caused and enemies he would have undoubtedly made (cartel, other meth dealers in USA etc.)

      • 3 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        I disagree, I think he should have gone further in the opposite direction and fully commited to being a wannabe druglord kingpin and become much more evil. I was disappointed with how mild his villainy was.

      • 3 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        I disagree, I think he should have gone further in the opposite direction and fully commited to being a wannabe druglord kingpin and become much more evil. I was disappointed with how mild his villainy was.

    • 3 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      The I'm the one who knocks bit is cringe, same with stay out of my territory, or say my name, or anything making him appear intimidating, especially when you knew he was at a hair's length of fricking it all up.
      I only liked the this isn't meth one because it was cool, but in most cases he would have been murdered for being an unhinged egotistical shitter

  3. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    Heisenberg is really just Hal with narcissistic personality disorder lol

  4. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    They the same characters you silly bean
    You really think Walt got a lung cancer without smoking? Think again.

    • 3 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      That classic episode where Dewey gets caught smoking and Hal says they're better when they're fresh.
      Also, instead of Dewey being a regular smoker they turned him into a pole smoker. RIP

  5. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    >tfw there's an entire episode about every being obsessed over a 13 year old israeli girl growing big breasts
    goddamn.....

  6. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    >i am the one who plaps

  7. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    Cranston's best dramatic performances are also in MITM. The show allowed him to explore in a great way

  8. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    What's even crazier is that Cranston made his acting bones doing dub voice work for the monsters/villains in all the Saban hero shit

  9. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    I'm rewatching MotM, and honestly Francis feels like the main character. We follow his story of adulthood in a pretty episodic format and actually watch him grow as a person, whereas Malcom's just going to school like everyone else his age

    • 3 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      I'm doing a full series watch for the first time and I'm near the end of season 3 and I thought I was the only one that really liked Francis and wanted to see his storylines more than anyone else. I got the vibe from reading about the show that his stories were disliked because of how "disconnected" they are but to me he felt like the most relatable character (maybe because he was the closest in age to me) and had the most actual progression in his characterisation. Also helps that Spangler is the most entertaining character in the entire series.

      • 3 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        >but to me he felt like the most relatable character (maybe because he was the closest in age to me)
        I feel the same way, but that's because I travel around the country for work.
        When he met Otto and actually repayed his kindness rather than just take advantage of him, I realized just how much he had grown. Then later he delivers Jamie after a life time of hating his mother.

    • 3 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      >show called Malcolm in the middle
      >Malcolm isn't the middle child

      • 3 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        He is by the end.

  10. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    He got his start in Seinfeld. He was the dentist that raped Jerry with his assistant.

    • 3 weeks ago
      Anonymous
  11. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    cranston was in baywatch,x-files,seinfeld,the king of queens, saving private ryan and even voiced characters in macross
    it's not like he didn't have a career before that - super consistent studio actor. he used to hang out with weinsten too

  12. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    What was her fricking problem

    • 3 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      Looked and acted like she was 45 when she was supposed to be like 35, that's what.

      • 3 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        So she's an incredibly realistic portrayal of the average woman?

        • 3 weeks ago
          Anonymous

          White women, maybe, who age notoriously badly

          • 3 weeks ago
            Anonymous

            What was her fricking problem

            Looked and acted like she was 45 when she was supposed to be like 35, that's what.

            >35
            >lower class household in an upper middle class town
            >4 boys that’s constantly burn things down, go to the hospital frequently and get brought in by the police
            >works full time at Shartmart as a shelf stocker
            >manchild dad/husband who barely if ever controls anything in the house
            >Oh no! She doesn’t look 22 years old and she yelled at them for getting food on the couch! What an ugly b***h!
            I love Hal, but from experience as a husband it’s a pain in the ass to be the only one yelling at everyone to keep their shit together. This show also realty points out how old the audience watching is without them knowing. For example the Francis lovers are clearly between 14-20. If you hate Louis, you clearly have never had kids or boys and are probably <28

            • 3 weeks ago
              Anonymous

              I think every character is an annoying butthole in some way, but as a 26 year old I relate to Francis the most, especially since my parents still constantly judge and criticise every single thing I do just because.

              • 3 weeks ago
                Anonymous

                You need to grow out of that anon and you should in about 4 years when you realize you shouldn’t give a shit about what your parents think, or anyone for that matter. First admit you actually care what they think of you because deep down you think they somehow have it “figured out” then accept that no one in this world knows what the frick they are doing, not even your parents. Instead of focusing on your mom telling you you need to lose weight or get out of the house or be productive, imagine that when she was your age, she was probably told by her parents she was too young/old to have a kid and then any time you did anything wrong they probably told her it was her fault. If she never accepted they didn’t know what they were talking about, she’s probably passing that to you, who will either die alone or have kids and pass it on. I guarantee if you get past that (it’s not easy) it’ll be one less hurdle to deal with in your every day life.

            • 3 weeks ago
              Anonymous

              >yelled at them for getting food on the couch! What an ugly b***h!

              This anon gets it, what fricking dumb b***h. Don't have kids if the can't handle the stupid shit kids do, you trailer trash b***h.

              • 3 weeks ago
                Anonymous

                Yeah you need to simp for your own fricking kids in your own house and let them do whatever they want because they might not like it. What a pathetic pussy lmao fr

              • 3 weeks ago
                Anonymous

                I really hope you don't have kids anon. If you do I feel so sorry for them. You taking out your hate on them. That disrespectful b***h could have shown some manners.

      • 3 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        Francis was sent away at like 16. We know Hal had a good job so he was educated which means they probably had him around 25. Which makes her roughly 41 at the start of the show. Pay attention you dumb frick.

        • 3 weeks ago
          Anonymous

          >We know Hal had a good job so he was educated
          He said he kinda just coasted through community college and somehow landed a job, then a promotion.

  13. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    I really, really want to smack Piama's fat brown breasts around until they jiggle and then maybe have her hit me in the head with them and smother me.

  14. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    >Cats ate her face. Dewey knows more about it than I do.

  15. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    see him in the Star Trek episode Elementary Dear Data s0203

    • 3 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      Wait what? Where? When?
      I absolutely love TNG but I don't remember him in it at all

      • 3 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        watched that episode for first time last night, an anon was talking about Daniel Davies performance so checked it out (im not a big ST fan).
        Anyway pretty sure its him but the appearance is not listed on TNG episode cast or on Cranstons imdb.
        https://archive.org/details/star-trek-tngs-2-e-3

    • 3 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      He isn't in this episode. Apologize right now.

    • 3 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      Wait what? Where? When?
      I absolutely love TNG but I don't remember him in it at all

      He isn't in this episode. Apologize right now.

      >Alan Shearman
      okay well maybe its not him and Cranston has a doppelganger, I take it back

      • 3 weeks ago
        Anonymous

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        Research into the extent of these symptoms shows that face blindness is more associated with social identification and communication problems when someone with autism has this condition. People with only prosopagnosia may also struggle to understand distance or angles, recognize objects or places, or understand navigation — none of which has to do specifically with human faces. People with autism and face blindness together can still recognize landmarks, but they struggle with faces and body language.

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      • 3 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        He's not even close to being a doppelganger, but he has similar features to the point where i can understand being confused if you watched it long ago. But not if you look at a photo like that

  16. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    Watch him in the X-Files episode "Drive". Vince wrote it and years later he showed it to the producers to prove that Cranston had the range to play Walter White.

    • 3 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      >plays in an episode named Drive
      >plays in a movie named Drive

      • 3 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        >he drives

  17. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    >doesn't mention Tim Whatley
    ngmi

  18. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    Better musician than actor. Early Morning Rain is my favorite of his.

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