Title: Malcolm in the Middle
Actors: Frankie Muniz, Bryan Cranston, Justin Berfield, Erik Per Sullivan, Jane Kaczmarek, Christopher Masterson
Genre: Comedy, Family
Viewing method: Selected episodes
Why in Database: Turtles appears in this series in several forms. First, in opening there is an excerpt from the movie One Million Years B.C., with turtle – and of course the opening appear before all episodes.
Another form is plush Squirtle, one of the Pokemon. We spotted him in season two, episode eight (Therapy), sitting behind the main character. In episode 10 (The Bully) you can see him in the background, behind the brother of the main character (you can also see another Pokemon, Charmander), in episode 20 (Bowling) you can probably also see him on the floor of the room and lying on the bed. He also appears in the fourth season, in the twenty-second episode (Day Care) – the title character’s brother uses him as a pillow. We do not exclude that this list is incomplete and there are more episodes in which this plush toy appears.
The other three cases we found were one TMNT toy and two mentions in dialogues.
In the seventh episode of the third season (Christmas) one of the cahracters, Francis discovers grandmother’s hiding place full of Christmas presents that she never gave, one of these gifts is a Ninja turtle figurine, Donatello.
– Donatello with pizza-throwing action ?!
Also in the third season, in Episode 16 (Hal Coaches), there is the usual mention that one character have a turtle.
– Hey, you didn’t see the look on her face. I’m kind of scared to even go into work tomorrow. You know, she does have a turtle.
In the thirteenth episode of season six (Tiki Lounge) the main adult characters exchange informations, Lois says she had a turtle named Lee Majors from whom her family contracted salmonella.
– Think, Lois. I want to know everything.
– I had a pet turtle named Lee Majors. He gave my whole family salmonella.
– I thought I loved you four seconds ago.