The Episode Of Malcolm In The Middle You Forgot Betty White Was In

Before she passed away at 99, Betty White was one of the busiest actresses in Hollywood. After launching her television career in the 1930s, she went on to star in shows including "The Mary Tyler Moore Show," "The Golden Girls" and "Hot in Cleveland." Her work earned her 21 Emmy Award nominations and 5 wins (per Television Academy), as well as a lifetime achievement award from the Screen Actors Guild. 

In addition to her leading sitcom roles, White also popped up as a guest star on a variety of shows, including "Ally McBeal," "That 70's Show," "The Practice," and even CBS soap opera "The Bold and the Beautiful," where she amazed her co-stars. "It's hard to come into a show like a soap opera, and one of her co-stars basically said she walked on and had 40 pages of dialogue to deliver in the first episode, and she'd memorized it," Ray Richmond, author of "Betty White: 100 Remarkable Moments in an Extraordinary Life," told Today. "She was in her early '80s then. She got a death scene where her daughters took her from the hospital and let her die on the beach. People think of her as a sitcom queen, but she did everything."

Of course, White was most known for her comedy chops, which made her a hot commodity on sitcoms. So it's not surprising that she showed up on one of the most popular comedies to air in the early 2000s — Malcolm in the Middle.

Betty White wasn't the only Golden Girl to appear on the show

Betty White appeared on so many television shows throughout her decades-long career, it's not always easy to remember them all. In fact, "Malcolm in the Middle" fans might have forgotten that White was in the 2004 episode called "Victor's Other Family," playing Lois's stepmother, Sylvia (per IMDb). It reunited White with her former "The Mary Tyler Moore Show" co-star Cloris Leachman, who played Lois's mom. While the two women weren't particularly close, they did share a mutual admiration for one another. "I remember when [Betty] was roasted [on Comedy Central]," Leachman explained "I sat across from her and every time someone said something, we looked at each other and just laughed. We know what it's like to be a woman and work in Hollywood, we've been doing it for so long, so I guess that's why everyone puts us together."

And White wasn't the only Golden Girl to show up on "Malcolm in the Middle." Bea Arthur guest starred on the show's Season 1 finale in 2000. In the episode called "Water Park," Arthur played Dewey's strict babysitter, Mrs. White. According to Fandom, the show's producers originally wanted Arthur to have a recurring role on the show, but settled on just the 1 episode.