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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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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Turning his life around. One mistake at a time. See more »




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20 September 2005 (USA)  »

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Did You Know?


In S4 E8 Earl can be seen watching Nosferatu, eine Symphonie des Grauens (1922) on television. 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 »


Randy: I should be on that show where you have to remember the names of things. What's it called again?
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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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This Show is So Good That I Expect It To Be Cancelled
26 September 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I rarely watch sitcoms any more because they are normally both inane and indistinguishable from one another. This show may actually induce me to watch it on a regular basis. If you liked "Raising Arizona", you just might like "My Name Is Earl". After I watched the first episode I did an online search to find out who the creative forces were behind it. In doing so I stumbled into a review that described Earl as the illegitimate son of Nicholas Cage in "Raising Arizona". That just about nails the character. In In fact, while recounting the season opener to a friend who had missed it, I nearly called Earl, Hi. Catch it before it's gone. If you didn't think the first episode was brilliant, then this show is just not for you.

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