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 15 wins & 70 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Series cast summary:
Jason Lee ...  Earl Hickey 96 episodes, 2005-2009
Ethan Suplee ...  Randy Hickey 96 episodes, 2005-2009
Jaime Pressly ...  Joy Turner 96 episodes, 2005-2009
Nadine Velazquez ...  Catalina 96 episodes, 2005-2009
Eddie Steeples ...  Darnell Turner 96 episodes, 2005-2009
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Storyline

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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Comedy

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Trivia

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 (for example, "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" et cetera.), with the tag line "...I'm sorry". See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

Joy: [to Darnell] All right, fine. So we'll just wait 'til this place closes, and you can do me on the pinball machine like in that porno Jodie Foster did.
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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 »

Alternate Versions

The DVD releases change several of the songs that originally aired with the episodes. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Atop the Fourth Wall: Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home (2012) See more »

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This Show is So Good That I Expect It To Be Cancelled
26 September 2005 | by johnpenning51See 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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NBC [United States]

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USA

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English | Spanish

Release Date:

20 September 2005 (USA) See more »

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My Name Is Earl See more »

Filming Locations:

Beaumont, California, USA See more »

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