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(2005–2009)

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The phrase "son of a bitch" is used once in every episode.
The items in Earl's list shown during the opening sequence read as follows:
  • 56: Stole Liquor from Liquor store


  • 57: Told Joy Dan Dodd messed himself on the (rest cut out of frame)


  • 58: Fixed a high school football game


  • 59: Everything I did to Dad


  • 60: Pulled fire alarm


  • 61: Stole Mom's car (but I gave it back)


  • 62: Faked death to break up with a girl


  • 63: Wasted electricity


  • 64: Spray Painted The bridge


  • 65: Cost Dad the election


  • 66: Let mice out at school play


  • 67: Stole beer from a golfer


  • 68: Blew up mailboxes


  • 69: Cheated on School tests a lot


Every time Earl's picture (or otherwise graven image) is taken, his eyes are closed. This is considered to be a nod to Forrest Gump (1994), in which every photograph of Forrest shows him with his eyes closed.
Big Chubby, played by Burt Reynolds, is the father of Little Chubby, who is played by Norm MacDonald. Norm repeatedly impersonated Reynolds on Saturday Night Live and used the same clothing from his parodies on this show.
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".
Twice when Randy (Ethan Suplee) is woken up he mutters "Poopy trim!". This is a reference to the Kevin Smith film Mallrats (1995), where Suplee said the same thing when he was brought out of a daze.
When Earl and Randy are returning the items they stole from the convenience store, Earl refers to it as the Quick Stop, the store made famous in Kevin Smith's Clerks (1994) and referenced in the other movies in which both Jason Lee and Ethan Suplee starred.
The ending of my name is earl, as stated by Greg Garcia is that earl was going to get stuck on a difficult list item then quit. A few months would pass ,until one day he ran into somebody that also had a list and he was on it. He realizes that his list has given other people the same idea. He then realizes he made the world a better place, and puts his list away for good, before walking into the sunset.
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 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 the director'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.
The close-up of Earl's driver license shows he lives in Pimmit Hills Trailer Park, Space C-13, Camden County. His date of birth is 4/25/1970 (Jason Lee's birthday), his height is 6'1", his weight is 190, his eyes (closed in the picture, of course) and hair are brown, and he is an organ donor. It's a class 1 license, #023052378, expiring on 4/25/2009, issued on 4/25/1970?
In season 2 episode 3, "Sticks and Stones" earl says "He even taught me how to ride a skateboard without falling off and scraping my knees" (and Earl is seen struggling to ride a skateboard in the next clip) however, Jason Lee, who plays Earl, is a professional skateboarder who mainly skated in the late 80s and early 90s, and is co-owner of Stereo Skateboards.
Producer Gregory Thomas Garcia first pitched the show to Fox, which passed on it. About 18 months later executives at NBC got interested after reading the pilot script that Garcia had sent to several networks.
The half way house that Frank and Paco stay in after they are released from prison due to over crowding is the house that the Chances live in in the TV show Raising Hope.
Earl moved out of his parents' house on 03/14/89, according to his father in "Dad's Car" - dad uses those numbers as the combination for his gun safe.
Natesville, Camden County's rival city. Is home to the Chance's of Raising Hope.
Earl's truck is a 1973 Chevy El Camino SS with a 454 cubic inch V-8.
Even though Earl has his eyes shut (apparently) in every photo taken, the pictures of Earl on the DVD covers show him with his eyes open.
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After helping Kenny James and crossing out his name out of his list in the first episode, Earl says he has 258 lines left.
Catalina's full name is Catalina Rana Aruca, as revealed on episode "Inside Probe," with Geraldo Rivera.
The character Darnell Turner in the show is part of the Witness Protection Program and his original name is Harry Monroe. In S2 E7 his past is found by his wife and he is kicked out of his home by her for not telling her or anybody about his past. Later he is allowed back in and his children ask to tell them a bedtime story and he tells them about the story of Harry Monroe.
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In S4 E8 Earl can be seen watching Nosferatu, eine Symphonie des Grauens (1922) on television.
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On October 1, 2013, Greg Garcia participated in an AMA. A fan asked "who was Earl Jr's real father and did Earl ever finish the list?" He replied that Earl Jr's real father would have been someone famous like Dave Chappelle or Lil John who Joy slept with and that Earl was never going to finish the list he would have been stuck on a list item and would get frustrated until he runs into someone with a list and Earl was on it he asks them where they got the idea and they say someone else had a list and he got the idea from someone else. Earl then realizes his list started a chain reaction of people with lists and that he's put some good into the world. So Earl would tear up his list and go live his life. Walk into the sunset a free man. With good karma.
In series creator Gregory Thomas Garcia's next show Raising Hope (2010), a newscast in the background of the pilot episode mentions a "local man" who "finally finished" going through his list of wrongs that he had committed.

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