Malcolm in the Middle follows a brilliant young student, through his insanely chaotic home life (with the stigma of being identified as “gifted.”) The series also portrays Malcolm's extremely dysfunctional family, which is strong enough to withstand adversity in the end. Malcolm can be witty and even charming, especially when focusing on the exploits of Malcolm and his brothers, Dewey and Reese. Unfortunately the series is often plagued by anatomical references and scatological humor. In one episode, Malcolm’s friend said, “My strangulated testicle got me a week at Disneyland.” Storylines featuring Francis, Malcolm’s oldest and favorite brother who is in Alaska, also introduce adult-themed content, including references to homosexuality, pornography, and teen sex. Foul language, including “damn,” “ass,” and “screw,” is very common on this family-hour show.