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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 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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The intended ending of this show, as stated by Series Creator Gregory Thomas Garcia would have been that Earl was going to get stuck on a difficult list item, and then quit. A few months would pass, until one day, he runs into somebody who also has a list with Earl on it. Earl realizes that his list has given other people the same idea. He then concludes that he has made the world a better place, and puts his list away for good, before walking into the sunset. See more »

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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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Referenced in Hannah Montana: Got to Get Her Out of My House (2010) See more »

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Jason Lee is perfect in this show and it was great!
20 September 2005 | by (Austin, TX) – See all my reviews

My husband and I are great fans of Jason Lee's movie roles. We were really looking forward to this show and it totally delivered. You know a show is good if the funniest jokes aren't wasted in the trailer. Funny, well-written with great timing and direction. I instantly set my DVR to record all episodes to make sure I don't miss a single one. I thought the premise was very unique and while Earl appears to be a stereotype, there are unplumbed depths. The peripheral characters are a hoot, the choice of music also elicited quite a few laughs.

I am hoping the rest of the season holds up to the extremely well-done pilot. I think this really could be a classic, besides we have the promise of 258 possible episodes!

12/27 Footnote: The show has exceeded all my expectations and I am happy to see Earl adding to his list - so we could have inifinite episodes - yippeee.


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