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My Name Is Earl (2005–2009)

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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 14 wins & 66 nominations. See more awards »



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Series cast summary:
 Earl Hickey (96 episodes, 2005-2009)
 Randy Hickey (96 episodes, 2005-2009)
 Joy Turner (96 episodes, 2005-2009)
 Catalina (96 episodes, 2005-2009)
 Darnell Turner (96 episodes, 2005-2009)


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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Release Date:

20 September 2005 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

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Part of the show's ad campaign before the series aired included billboard ads with Earl's picture and one of the items from his list printed on the billboard (i.e. "Cheated my way through the seventh grade...twice", "Stole a car from a one-legged girl", "Faked my death to break up with a girl" etc.), with the tag line "...I'm sorry". See more »


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 »


[repeated line]
Darnell Turner: Hey, Earl!
Earl: Hey, Crabman!
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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 »


Referenced in The Cleveland Show: Ladies' Night (2009) See more »

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Finally something original
21 September 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I loved the show........but what I loved most was finally seeing something that showed some semblance of an original thought. Time will tell how good or bad this show is but I think it is off to a great start..Almost every show that debuts today is simply the repackaging of a previous idea or concept.My name is Earl is an obvious attempt to provide something different and hopefully far better than todays traditional boiler-plate sitcom model.Expect that this show will break new ground in television and someday will be mentioned with other shows like "Married with Children " or" All in the Family" that stretched the limits while showcasing the dysfunctional direction of family life in todays America.

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