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My Name Is Earl (TV Series 2005–2009) Poster

(2005–2009)

Trivia

The phrase "son of a bitch" is used once in every episode.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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".
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.
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.
After helping Kenny James and crossing out his name out of his list in the first episode, Earl says he has 258 lines left.
Earl's truck is a 1973 Chevy El Camino SS with a 454 cubic inch V-8.
Catalina's full name is Catalina Rana Aruca, as revealed on episode "Inside Probe," with Geraldo Rivera.

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