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"The Wonder Years" is streaming on Netflix. So is "Malcolm in the Middle", a funnier, more cynical view of growing up in an American suburb.

Sam Cooke, "Having a Party" and "Twistin' the Night Away"


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I watched Malcolm in the Middle for the first few years it aired, but kinda checked out on it.  I've watched some reruns in recent years, but I don't think it holds up well.  I think they tried to make the parents on the show a little too "cartoony" if that makes sense. 
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I watched Malcolm in the Middle for the first few years it aired, but kinda checked out on it.  I've watched some reruns in recent years, but I don't think it holds up well.  I think they tried to make the parents on the show a little too "cartoony" if that makes sense.


Good point about "cartoony" parents. At least Bryan Cranston moved on to bigger and better things. It seems every now respected actor has a skeleton or two in their closet.
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Good point about "cartoony" parents. At least Bryan Cranston moved on to bigger and better things. It seems every now respected actor has a skeleton or two in their closet.


Who'd have thought after his reoccurring role in Seinfeld, and starring role in Malcolm, that Cranston would become such a dramatic actor.  

But, you could probably say the same about that guy from Bachelor Party, Dragnet, and The Burbs.  
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Malcolm in the Middle is my other favorite show ever! I got the nickname Private Jetson from it. I watched all the episodes.
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Two of these I have managed to avoid until just this week. Qualifier: Not in reverse loathe order, this is the order in which I'd dance to them:

GOLD - Pharrell Williams - I can see this wearing thin after a (very) few listens.

SILVER - The Beach Boys - Cookie cutter Beach Boys, kudos to Mike for no mention of surfing.

BRONZE - Michael Franti & Spearhead - Needs more cowbell, as well as some melody, because that's not nearly clever enough to be considered rap music.

TIN - John & Olivia - I'm just not dancing to this.



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Bryan Cranston was definitely cartoon-y in that role, but I thought he was brilliant at the same time. Just found an interview with him, from 2011, in which he said:
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Why should people tune in for Malcolm in the Middle?

It’s just good story telling. It’s funny, but it’s also poignant. It has heart, but then it goes absolutely insane. I truly believe that Malcolm is one of those rare shows that make people laugh and feel good. It’s honest. I have such pride connected to Malcolm I just feel so pleased and fortunate to have been on that show and I hope people really enjoy it....

So Hal came a long way from what you read in the script.

He did. It wasn’t very clear and I had many ideas about what would be a good complement to Lois. I talked to [show creator] Linwood Boomer and I pitched him on the idea of a guy who absolutely adored his wife and loved her more than anything, because it just wouldn’t have worked otherwise. It was important to the characters and then later Lois was able to show that side and the wonderful loving marriage that they had. It was important for America to see that it wasn’t this kind of crass bitching-at-each-other relationship. They truly loved each other.

As a parent in real life, what parenting tips did you learn from Malcolm, if any?

I did. Malcolm in the Middle was a beacon of light to all parents across the world. You just had to do better than Hal and Lois and you were a good parent. You could just watch Malcolm and do the opposite of what they did and then you should be okay. But despite that — the underlying theme that wasn’t apparent, but was couched — was that no matter what, we had dinner together every night. We were around that table. As crazy as the family was, love was at the core of that family. They loved each other. That’s something that subliminally made an impact with our viewers. No matter what was going on, they were always tethered by love.



http://www.ifc.com/2011/10/bryan-cranston-talks-malcolm-in-the-middle-breaking-bad-underwear

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Hal has been eating too much bacon


Hal teaches Malcolm to roller skate (this is classic)



Arctic Monkeys, "Piledriver Waltz"


Hank Williams, "Honky Tonkin'"


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I read somewhere that the reason it took so long for the show to hit DVD / streaming is that they wanted to clear every classic song used in the series so the episodes wouldn't have to be altered.  


That is true, kds, but they still didn't get clearance on all of them. 

I own the six series box set. 

'Riders on the Storm' didn't salute, amongst others, which I believe includes 'Born to Be Wild'.

They have soundalike substitutes that Shazam has never heard of. 
 

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the Wonder Years is my favorite TV show EVER!


Me too, Jenny.

I auditioned for The Einstein Factor with my special subject The Wonder Years. Got 20 out of 20. It's a pity my general knowledge wasn't as good!


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Hey Popeye, wouldn't it be nice if we could bring back Summer in Paradise?


Lisa, 'Tacky' probably would've gotten my Gold this week.
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That is true, kds, but they still didn't get clearance on all of them. 

I own the six series box set. 

'Riders on the Storm' didn't salute, amongst others, which I believe includes 'Born to Be Wild'.

They have soundalike substitutes that Shazam has never heard of. 
 



That's pretty disheartening.  I'm kind of glad I didn't splurge for it then.  
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Nah, it's great, kds. 

Alas, I believe our batch here in Australia have a tracking problem. Some of the DVDs in mine don't automatically play. [mad]

I have a friend who got so frustrated with it that they took theirs back to Big W and got a refund.

DAN, did you have any issues with yours? 
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Nah, it's great, kds. 

Alas, I believe our batch here in Australia have a tracking problem. Some of the DVDs in mine don't automatically play. [mad]

I have a friend who got so frustrated with it that they took theirs back to Big W and got a refund.

DAN, did you have any issues with yours? 


Maybe one day.  But, I don't have the time to devote to media like I once did.   So, six season TV box set might be a tough sell right now.  
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Here's a fun summertime pop song that I've been trying to sing to myself a lot lately.

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Never seen "Malcolm in the Middle", but the clips are funny.  I loved "The Wonder Years", but haven't seen much of it.

One to get the toe tapping.  Shakey Graves "Roll the Bones".  Clever guy.





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"Let's Dance"

Chris Montez


The Ramones



"Let Her Dance"

The Bobby Fuller Four


Marshall Crenshaw



"Keep on Dancing"

The Avantis (the original, not the hit)


The Gentrys (the hit)


The Ronettes (not the same song and not even released until after the Ronettes disbanded)



PS: A little bit more Malcolm in the Middle:


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Okay - so to keep the corn husks going this week, you can still dance to it - Kermit having some intonation probs but...


Better here (Sinbad the Surfer):

Back to some regularly scheduled summer dancin':




The REAL reason I gave Grease the tin this week because they deleted THIS from the film:


Keep on dancin' this week Cindy!



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Good call Al, on "Those Chord Changes". 

Toe tappin' to finger clickin'.

"Everybody Want's To Be A Cat", covered by Dimie Cat.



"Let's Face It I'm Cute", 11 Acorn Lane.



Larry, I'm curious as to what was worth 10 bucks?  Inflation has made that an impossible bribe theses days, regardless.

"Tacky".  Lisa, I salute you.







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