The first episode I watched was Old Mrs. Old. Mrs. Griffin was cool because she covered for Malcolm, although she made him do disgusting things. "Your hands are small." It was the first time I saw a kid carrying a purse to school and other kids acting out A Streetcar Named Desire. I've watched reruns since then. I feel less lucky for watching the show after it ended because I didn't get to see how the characters grow. For example Flashback would mean more to someone who has watched the whole series. I can see how fans get really attached to MITM-- as my friend says how can you not like them?