A ne'er do well wins $100,000 in the lottery and decides to right all the wrongs from his past with his newfound realization.
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Nominated for 4 Golden Globes. Another 15 wins & 70 nominations. See more awards »

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 Earl Hickey (96 episodes, 2005-2009)
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 Randy Hickey (96 episodes, 2005-2009)
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 Joy Turner (96 episodes, 2005-2009)
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 Catalina (96 episodes, 2005-2009)
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 Darnell Turner (96 episodes, 2005-2009)
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Earl is a low-life who buys a winning lottery ticket, only to get hit by a car, losing the ticket in the process. He then realizes in the hospital that his bad luck is the result of karma in which fate punishes him for all the rotten things he's ever done in his life; therefore, he then decides to dedicate his life to making amends to all the people he has hurt in his life. Written by B&M

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Karma is a funny thing! See more »

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20 September 2005 (USA)  »

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A nevem Earl  »

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Although Jason Lee and Ethan Suplee had worked together before, Producer Gregory Thomas Garcia didn't discover Suplee because of that, he discovered him while watching the DVD version of Without a Paddle (2004), because another actor in it had been recommended to him. What convinced Garcia to bring Suplee in for an audition, were comments about him he heard on the DVD's commentary track. One of the actors in the commentary told the story of a dispute between the film's Director Steven Brill and Suplee. The scene the actor described, was one where Suplee's character was supposed to be pointing a gun at some people Suplee and others had captured. The commentary noted that Suplee had insisted that he shouldn't point his gun at them after all, since in Suplee's mind, it had taken so long to capture the people, that it had given the character time to rethink his motives. Suplee got his way in the scene, over Brill's objections. The fact that Suplee would think so much about such a small detail, was enough to get him an audition. Garcia and the show's writers have subsequently used Suplee's attention to detail to the show's advantage, in various "pestered by a bee" background activities that Suplee's character does in various scenes. The first such scene was an improvisation in the pilot, where Suplee is looking up at the ceiling with his mouth open. See more »

Goofs

In the scenes where pregnant "Joy" is in the shower, the body double is wearing flesh colored panties, just barely visible at the bottom of the screen. This goof is likely not visible on CRT televisions that over-scan. See more »

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[Randy opens the door]
Earl: Randy?
Randy: No.
[Closes the door again]
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Crazy Credits

The "Amigos de Garcia" production company card in the closing credits features a different friend of Executive Producer 'Gregory Thomas Garcia' every week. See more »

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FINALLY! Been hungering for something fresh and new like this!
2 October 2005 | by (wilmington, nc) – See all my reviews

I haven't gotten into anything new as far as a live action series since Seinfeld went off the air. Most comedy series are lame, not funny and predictable with laugh tracks.. Its like, "Oh, I was supposed to laugh at that?". Finally with "Earl" there is something new to get into watching again with an original idea. This show is very funny, has great characters, scenes, directing and doesn't prompt you to laugh with a laugh track. Jason Lee was on Leno a week or so ago pluggin his show and is really funny, and talks much the same as his character. Guess thats how he delves into it so easy. I hope this show sticks around for a while. After years of Reality TV and a bunch of played out stupid comedy series this is a welcome treat!


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