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.
So I made a list of all I've done wrong. Now I want to make it right. This may take a while.
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Did You Know?
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 to his gun safe. 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
[title sequence voiceover
You know the kind of guy who does nothing but bad things, and then wonders why his life sucks? Well... that was me. Every time something good happened to me, something bad was always waiting around the corner. Karma. That's when I realised I had to change. So, I made a list of everything bad I've ever done and, one by one I'm going to make up for all my mistakes. I'm just trying to be a better person. My name is Earl.
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
The streaming versions of the show restore the original soundtrack (the DVD releases had a bunch of music changed) but three episodes are edited that were uncut on DVD. Pilot and Number One from season 1 originally aired as super-sized episodes that ran 24 minutes and 27 minutes respectively. South of the Border from season 2 aired as an hour long episode split into two parts for syndication. All of these episodes use their syndication edits for streaming meaning Pilot and Number One are cut down to 21 minutes and South of the Border is presented in two parts. South of the Border didn't have as much footage cut as Pilot and Number One, but the second half of the episode had about a minute of footage removed in the two part edit. See more
Referenced in Pear Cider and Cigarettes