Sep 12, 2015
Frankie and Erik in the Middle
I've already posted on the rather explicit gay subtexts of Malcolm's older brother Reese (Justin Berfield), and the lesser but still substantial subtexts of his oldest brother, Francis (Christopher Masterson). But how do the other two boys in the family fare?
Not good. All of the show's heterosexism seems to distill onto them.
Malcolm spends the series hot for one girl after another, with no close male friends except Stevie (Craig Lamar Traylor), who uses a wheelchair and has a lung problem that allows him to say only a few words at a time. Not a lot of buddy-bonding there.
Not a lot of gay interest in Frankie Muniz' later career, either. The hetero-horny Extreme Movie (2008), with Ryan Pinkston.
When the boys get a hot female babysitter, they try various strategies to win her over, but Dewey has the best: he has a "bad dream." She promptly invites him into her bed, and he grins with triumph as his brothers watch.
After Malcolm, Erik starred in Mo (2007), about a teen with Marfan Syndrome who "discovers girls."
At least he's rumored to be gay in real life.
See also: The Top 10 Hunks of "Malcolm in the Middle"