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    BenitoDelicias
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    My Name is Earl not getting a Comedy Series nod for season 1 was just as silly as Malcolm being snubbed. Especially Malcolm since those were still the days of the exact same shows and people getting nominated over and over again, or at least more often than now. They could’ve taken something out easily.

    And Patricia Heaton was very much a lead on Raymond, especially on her submissions. As much as I liked her tapes back then, her second Emmy should’ve gone to Kaczmareck or Messing.

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    Jane Kaczmarek 2 time TCA winner the legend

    Louis CK was the only other candidate in Comedy to miss out on an acting win after winning TCA twice, but he did get his due in Writing. Hugh Laurie also achieved the same stat in Drama. If anything, it just goes to show that TCA’s choices have aged a lot better than the Emmys, even if Patricia Heaton was deserving back then.

    And I love Sex and the City, but it’s still mind-boggling to me that in 2001 they were so eager to pass up Malcolm in the Middle that they chose it in Series without any other major wins that night. At least writers and directors knew how cutting-edge it was.

    Jane would have been my choice in 2001 and 2003 based on submissions, but in my perfect world I would give it to her in 2000 and 2001 and make it up to Heaton in 2003. And that JLD win in 2006 was so egregious given that it was Jane’s best submission, but Lisa Kudrow still deserved that win by and far.

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    I think that Jane’s best shot at winning was in 2001 and 2006 based on my memory of the submissions. Patricia Heaton deserved her win for “Bad Moon Rising” in 2000, but not for her submission of “The Canister” in 2001. I thought that the winner would have been between Jane Kaczmarek and Debra Messing in 2001. Debra’s submission of Low’s in the Mid 80s was a fantastic submission from Will & Grace with the laughs, range and impact. Jane’s submission of “Flackback” was very good too.

    If I recall, Tom O’Neil had communication with Jane Kaczmarek or someone from her team about an episode being made for her that would be sympathetic, range, impact, etc. This was Jane’s submission in 2006.

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    I think that Jane’s best shot at winning was in 2001 and 2006 based on my memory of the submissions. Patricia Heaton deserved her win for “Bad Moon Rising” in 2000, but not for her submission of “The Canister” in 2001. I thought that the winner would have been between Jane Kaczmarek and Debra Messing in 2001. Debra’s submission of Low’s in the Mid 80s was a fantastic submission from Will & Grace with the laughs, range and impact. Jane’s submission of “Flackback” was very good too. If I recall, Tom O’Neil had communication with Jane Kaczmarek or someone from her team about an episode being made for her that would be sympathetic, range, impact, etc. This was Jane’s submission in 2006.

    Woah, that’s a great factoid about Tom, I guess we all have to thank him for that one since that’s one of my all-time favorite MITM episodes and actually ended up being thematically vital to the wrap-up of the series.

    It’s true that no one was beating Heaton in 2000, but I personally love the Red Dress submission. It was probably one of the best choices she had that season, and while she was supporting, it had that perfect blend of pathos, misanthropic overtones, and physical comedy that a lot of those early episodes didn’t allow her.

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    Rewatching Malcolm in the Middle now, I’m up to like season 5, and I’m amazed how many episodes actually truly centered around Hal and Lois. I think the writers/creatives realized how lucky they were to get Jane Kaczmarek and Bryan Cranston in their cast and really utilized their talents. Kaczmarek had the best material and more than delivered, but Cranston, upon rewatching, really gave an incredible performance as Hal. He just gave a performance totally free of self-consciousness. It’s going to sound cliche but he WAS Hal to the point where I forgot he was acting.

    When I was younger, I thought Muniz outgrew the role of Malcolm somewhat as did Erik Per Sullivan as Dewey, but I think I may have been wrong because I still think they’re excellent. I think Justin Berfield as Reese is super underrated in the show.

    I also forgot how much I enjoyed Jane’s performance the most when she has her one-on-one head-ons with Christopher Masterson’s Francis and it got even better when Emy Coligado’s Piama joined in giving Frances an ally against Lois, thus showing that Frances basically continued the cycle that Hal and Lois were on with his/her family.

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    Malcolm in the Middle was the first show I decided to watch through from beginning to end when I moved in with my current roommate and she had Netflix lol.

    Such a solid show that still holds up, which makes it even more upsetting that it didn’t get as much Emmy recognition as it should have back in the day.

    SN: That episode with Bea Arthur was one of the first times in a LONG time that I had to pause and rewind a show because I was laughing so hard that I’d missed what had happened in the scenes right after (if you remember the episode, you’ll probably know what scene I’m talking about).

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    I’m currently halfway through season 2 on my re-watch after 10-14 years. I would have been like 10-12 when I last watched this show, it’s much harder to get access to in the UK. Dewey is such a scene stealer, in the episode with the attractive babysitter, he had me in stitches.

    The only shame with Malcolm in the Middle is how so many great supporting characters come and go. But I guess the idea is that it’s life and people just pop i and out of your lives. In Francis’ storylines, I miss Stanley. He was great in Season 1. Also, the kids are so well cast in this show, they make casting child actors look easy. Even the classmates like the Krelboynes are great.

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    My opinion about the comedy film and its actors is positive and I think they deserved the award. Kim Catrall and most recently Jane Krakowski I think some of their comedy games are beautiful and can win awards

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    Malcolm in the Middle was the first show I decided to watch through from beginning to end when I moved in with my current roommate and she had Netflix lol. Such a solid show that still holds up, which makes it even more upsetting that it didn’t get as much Emmy recognition as it should have back in the day. SN: That episode with Bea Arthur was one of the first times in a LONG time that I had to pause and rewind a show because I was laughing so hard that I’d missed what had happened in the scenes right after (if you remember the episode, you’ll probably know what scene I’m talking about).

    That Water Park episode is one of my favorites, and I would argue that Muniz would deserve to win that year had he submitted it, and the same goes for Traffic Jam. That silent exchange between Malcolm and Reese before they push Lois down the slide was expertly done by both, and served as a great callback to the way that Francis passed on many of his own traits and mannerisms to his brothers.

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    Malcolm in the Middle was the first show I decided to watch through from beginning to end when I moved in with my current roommate and she had Netflix lol.

    Such a solid show that still holds up, which makes it even more upsetting that it didn’t get as much Emmy recognition as it should have back in the day.

    SN: That episode with Bea Arthur was one of the first times in a LONG time that I had to pause and rewind a show because I was laughing so hard that I’d missed what had happened in the scenes right after (if you remember the episode, you’ll probably know what scene I’m talking about).

    I love that episode with Bea Arthur and I remember reading that there was supposed to be another plot for the storyline with Bea Arthur.

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    Reviving this thread for this amazingly wonderful show. Any thoughts?

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    Malcolm in the Middle was ahead of its time. If it came out during this era it would clean up the Emmys

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