Was Malcolm In The Middle Filmed In A Real House?

Whether this is your first time hearing about the show or the name has been known to you for several years, Malcolm In The Middle is a show to watch, regardless of the time that has passed since it premiered 20 years ago.

Although the show kept its fans glued to the television for 6 years with its 151 episodes, most fans still can’t tell whether it was filmed in a real house. If you’re among the fans that are asking the same question, then it’s time to get the answers.

The ‘perfect’ Malcolm In The Middle TV Show

Malcolm in the Middle first graced the Television on January 9, 2000, before making a six-year run until May 14, 2006. If you’re hearing it for the first time, probably you are wondering what was so special about the family sitcom.

The show stars Frankie Muniz as Malcolm, the middle child in the family, who is also a genius.

Malcolm is placed in the gifted class in school but even with his level of intelligence, he still finds himself in trouble along with his other brothers. The other children in the family are Francis, a character played by Christopher Masterson.

Many scenes played by Francis in the first seasons are the funniest in the series, as he tries to escape from Commandant Sprangler’s school rules. 

Another child is Reese, played by Justin Berfield. Malcolm is two years younger than Reese and is the most inept troublemaker of all. Reese’s character is presented as a bully who loves violence and has very few friends. In the later episodes, he becomes a talented chef.

Before Jamie was introduced in the show (the character played by Lukas and James Rodriguez), the youngest brother was Dewey (the character played by Erik Per Sullivan). He is the least stubborn of the brothers, although he also takes part in some troublemaking behaviors. 

 The show received widespread praise as it proved to be an extremely popular bet for the Fox network. It was even named as the 50th greatest American TV show of all time by critics Alan Sepinwall and Matt Zoller. Sepinwall also listed it as one of the best shows on the Fox network.

Was Malcolm in the middle filmed in a real house?

Yes. Malcolm in the middle was filmed in a real house. However, the house was torn down around 2011 and a much larger house was built where it stood. 

The house was located at 12334 Cantura Street in Studio City, according to an article by Entertainment Weekly. 

The homeowner earned around $3,000 and $4,0000 every single time the show was getting filmed in the house. He made almost $100,000 in the first two years of filming the movie. 

Despite the house bringing such income to the owner, he put it on sale with a $479,000 price tag in 2001, citing that he needed more space.

The original home was built in 1936 and featured two bedrooms and a bathroom. In 2008, it was still there in its original state.

The structure was sold again in November 2010 for around $300,000 and was put under massive remodeling at the time as shown in these photographs.  The buyer constructed a totally new house in place of the old one, more than double its size. The new house, which is estimated to be around $1.7 million features 4 bedrooms and five bathrooms. 

Here is a YouTube Video showing the transformations.

So if you have been wondering whether the show was filmed in a real house, you have our answer. It was a real house but has been transformed twice since the original one. You won’t even notice the changes when you get there.