FLASHBACK: 'Malcolm in the Middle' Turns 15! On Set With Bryan Cranston and Frankie Muniz
By Ashley Crossan
Get ready to feel old! It’s been 15 years since Malcolm in the Middle premiered on television but before you start binge-watching on Netflix, let’s get nostalgic with the family that changed the face of sitcoms on television forever.
The groundbreaking show centered on Malcolm, played by Frankie Muniz, and his dysfunctional, yet entirely relatable family -- played by Bryan Cranston, Jane Kaczmarek, Christopher Masterson, Justin Berfield, and Erik Per Sullivan.
"It reminds me of my childhood and the rambunctiousness of it all," Cranston told ET on set back in 2000. "You look at most houses on television and everything's in order and everything's nice and neat and everything -- and you look at our house, and it's real!"
Back then, 14-year-old Muniz was a star on the rise, getting his first real glimpse of the television world in a role he’s dreamed about his entire young life.
"[Even] if I was an extra it would be so cool!" said Muniz. "That's always what I wanted to do, just be on a TV show, and it's all just come so quick."
The show's instant success was a whirlwind for the cast, but young Frankie was careful to stay grounded.
"I don't want it to go to my head you know?" said Muniz. "I just want to stay normal. I know I'm no bigger or better than any other person in this world, but also I go, 'why me?' I'm just normal Frankie!"
Before you turn on your favorite episode, check out this fun video from 2000, with interviews from the set of the hit series!