Leslie David Baker

Leslie David baker Malcolm In The Middle

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Leslie David Baker shows up as a police officer in the episode “Halloween Approximately,” although you may know him better as the king of pretzel day, Stanley Hudson.

Jim O’Heir

Jim O'heir Malcolm In The Middle

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Hey! It’s Larry Gingerch from Parks And Rec. Jim O’Heir played a truck driver who let Francis hitch a ride. He ends up forcing Francis to wear as many weird props in his car as he can in order to prove a point about how far people are willing to go to avoid discomfort.

Eric Stonestreet

Eric Stonestreet Malcolm In The Middle

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Eric Stonestreet of Modern Family fame appeared in the very first season of Malcolm in the Middle, in the episode “Malcolm Babysits.” He plays an exterminator who notes how their crawlspace seems like a little hobo might be living in there.

Bea Arthur

Bea Arthur Malcolm In The Middle

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Bea Arthur plays the only babysitter that likes Dewey in the water park episode. The two play with buttons, dance to “Fernando” and eventually part ways via ambulance.

Ashley Tisdale

Ashley Tisdale Malcolm In The Middle

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Squint your eyes, Ashley Tisdale plays one of the girls who make fun of Reese, Malcolm, and Stevie for talking about their feelings in the sewer. If you can’t talk about your feelings in the sewer, then where can you?

Hayden Panettiere

Hayden Panettiere Malcolm In The Middle

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Before she broke out in the show Heroes as being “the girl who had the power to cut her toes off,” Hayden played Jessica, the neighbor/ classmate/ babysitter in the later seasons of the show. 

Freaks and Geeks Treats

Freaks And Geeks Malcolm In The Middle

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In High School Play, both Busy Phillips and Natasha Melnick from Freaks and Geeks appear as Malcolm’s co-stars. Malcolm also has a run-in with Dave Allen in “Tutoring Reese” who plays Reese’s teacher “who totally has it out for him.”

Betty White

Betty White Malcolm In The Middle

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Betty White is the upside-down version of Chloris Leachman's character. While Leachman plays Lois’ biological mother, Betty White plays the mother of Lois’ father’s secret family. This is the episode where Malcolm gets a chance to see what his life would be like if he had been born in Canada. We can all dream, Malcolm.

Octavia Spencer

Octavia Spencer Malcolm In The Middle

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Before she was scaring high school teens in Ma, or winning awards for The Help, Octavia Spencer played a grocery store clerk in Malcolm in the Middle. She has since said the character was more challenging than all of her other roles put together (I assume).

Scott Adsit

Scott Adsit Malcolm In The Middle

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Second City Alumn and 30 Rock castmember, Scott Adsit, was at one point the snitch who ratted out the other Lucky Aide employees for unionizing. Pete Hornberger would never do something like that.

Emma Stone

Emma Stone Malcolm In The Middle

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Emma Stone plays Diane, one of the girls who set Reese up on a blind date with a pig. She falls victim to Lois’ revenge plan when she finds that all of her stuffed animals have been decapitated in her locker. Now we know where Reese gets it from.

Christopher Lloyd

Malcolm In The Middle Christopher Lloyd

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Christopher Lloyd played Hal’s emotionally withholding father. This episode is big for Hal as it shows where Hal gets his silliness, but also how Hal has made an effort to always talk to his children about their problems.

Andy Richter

Andy Richter Malcolm In The Middle

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In the series’ very first clip show, Andy Richter plays the child therapist Hal pays to analyze the boys.

Jason Alexander

Jason Alexander Malcolm In The Middle

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Jason Alexander plays future Malcolm in the episode of the same name. Alexander was a fantastic choice for this role as at this point in the series, Malcolm is at his most neurotic and self-conscious. Alexander serves as a grim reminder of what Malcolm may eventually turn into. 

Yvette Nicole Brown

Yvette Nicole Brown Malcolm In The Middle

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Community’s Yvette Nicole Brown plays a TSA agent at an airport in the episode “Bride Of Ida.” Brown eases Lois’ concerns by telling her she can request up to 2 female witnesses for her pat-down.

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