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My Name is Earl: Season 1 (2005)

Jason Lee , Ethan Suplee  |  NR |  DVD
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (187 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Jason Lee, Ethan Suplee, Jaime Pressly, Nadine Velazquez, Eddie Steeples
  • Format: Multiple Formats, AC-3, Color, Dolby, Dubbed, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish, French
  • Dubbed: Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 4
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: September 19, 2006
  • Run Time: 526 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (187 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000G6BL88
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #25,450 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "My Name is Earl: Season 1" on IMDb

Special Features

  • Commentary by creator Greg Garcia, stars Jason Lee and Ethan Suplee, and others on 5 episodes
  • Commentary by the mothers of Greg Garcia (Natalie Garcia), Marc Buckland (Mary Buckland), Jason Lee (Carol Lee) and Ethan Suplee (Debbie Suplee) on the episode Dad's Car
  • Exclusive Earl Mis-Adventure "Bad Karma"
  • "Karma Is A Funny Thing" Blooper Reel
  • "Making Things Right: Behind The Scenes Of My Name Is Earl" featurette
  • Deleted Scenes

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The most original comedy since Arrested Development, My Name is Earl marked the launch of a lovable new loser. Earl Hickey (Jason Lee) sleeps all day and drinks all night. The pattern ends when he buys a "scratcher"--and wins $100,000. Seconds later, he's hit by a car and loses the ticket. While in the hospital, wife Joy (Emmy nominee Jaime Pressly) leaves him for Darnell the Crab Man (Eddie Steeples). Doped up on morphine, he's watching TV when Carson Daly says something about karma. Earl decides that's his problem: bad karma. He resolves to spend the rest of his life making up for all the harm he's ever done. In the pilot, Earl and brother Randy (Ethan Suplee) start by picking up litter around their motel (Joy got the trailer). While they're at it, Earl finds the lost ticket and collects his bounty. The plan is working! Along with comely maid Catalina (Nadine Velazquez), they set off to right more wrongs. Created by Greg Garcia and teamed with The Office, My Name is Earl put NBC back on the must-see comedy map. Unlike most sitcoms, it drops the studio audience in favor of flashbacks, freeze frames, first-person narration, and extensive So-Cal location work. A soundtrack heavy on blue collar favorites, like Lynyrd Skynyrd, completes the picture.

Throughout the season, Earl gives an old girlfriend self-respect ("Faked My Own Death"), plans his ex-wife's big day ("Joy's Wedding"), and makes up for the birthday he ruined ("Monkeys in Space"). First year guests include Brett Butler ("White Lie Christmas"), Juliette Lewis ("The Bounty Hunter"), and Emmy nominee Jon Favreau ("O Karma, Where Art Thou?"). Giovanni Ribisi and Beau Bridges also stop by as, respectively, Earl's pal Ralph and father Carl. Speaking of originality, "Dad's Car," which takes place during Mother's Day, features commentary from the mothers of Lee, Suplee, Garcia, and director Marc Buckland. --Kathleen C. Fennessy

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Karma is a funny thing. Just ask Earl (Jason Lee), who's learning the hard way that when you do something bad, it has a way of coming back and biting you in the ass! Hoping to turn his life around, Earl's got a lengthy list of detestable deeds to make up for. Also starring Jamie Pressly, Ethan Suplee, Eddie Steeples and Nadine Velazquez, My Name Is Earl is wildly offbeat and hilariously irreverent—the #1 new comedy of the season!

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very funny, original series October 2, 2006
Format:DVD
I didn't watch this show until I found it on DVD, but I was hooked from the first episode. I watched all episodes from Season 1 in a few day; this is a pretty good show. The show has a pretty clever concept--a small time crook named Earl (Jason Lee) is almost killed after he wins $100,000 from an instant lottery ticket. He believes that Karma is punishing him for all the bad things he's done. Therefore, he makes a list of all the people he has wronged in his life and tries to make it up to them one-by-one (or one episode at a time).

The show has great writing and a very good ensemble cast--highlighted by Jaime Pressly's dead-on performance as Earl's ex-wife. What makes the show really great is that it doesn't make fun of it characters. My Name is Earl could get many easy jokes out of the subject matter--lower class, uneducated rural folk--but instead it develops the characters. And the actors play it straight--they never wink at the camera; therefore, they form well-founded characters and not just chariactures.

The show features several recognizable faces in cameos including Dax Shepard, Giovanni Ribisi (hilarious in 2 episodes), Missi Pyle, Timothy Stack, Johnny Galecki, Beau Bridges, Jon Favreau, Adam Goldberg, Samm Levine, Christine Taylor, Malcolm David Kelley, Juliette Lewis, Clint Howard, Mike O'Malley, Max Perlich, and Lin Shaye. The DVD also includes delete scenes, which are better than the deleted scenes you usually find on a DVD.
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38 of 45 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The most spiritual show on TV August 30, 2006
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If you've read the last 14 reviews, you already know the premise and story of the show. Here's what you won't read from anyone else: Under this show's veneer of blue collar humor lies a deeply spiritual and optimistic journey. The show is comedy in the classical sense--characters in a low place are raised up in the end by a series of events--but it is mainly about repentence, restitution and redemption. Earl decides to change his life for the better and stops doing the bad things he did before (repentence), he goes about seeking forgiveness from the people he has wronged and tries to restore what he has taken from them (restitution) and in the end he and the wronged people are better off for it (redemption). I believe the writers chose well in using the concept of instant karma as the vehicle--the driving force Earl has faith in--because that is a universal concept that all religions can identify and respect. Also, I love how intelligently subtle the change in Earl is portrayed. In every episode you will see a flashback of the "before" Earl along with "new" Earl; notice that there is no difference in clothing or hairstyle from before and after. The change is in his heart and behavior only, where it matters. TV writers usually smack you over the head with visual cues.

Anyone who has strived for spiritual improvement can readily identify with Earl. There are some aspects of that path that are easy and immediately rewarding, but that's not always true. Sometimes you have to suffer the misunderstanding, mocking or rejection of your friends and/or relatives or difficult, unforgiving souls. Later epsiodes have their difficult moments and Earl has to hold tight to his faith to get through it.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars It's great to see an original comedy again... August 23, 2006
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The premise of this show is one that you won't find in a lot of other places/shows/movies/books, etc. Imagine a character actually concerned with undoing his past wrongs to others (but then again, he's also worried about his karma). I mean, in one episode, Earl even wants to pay his TAXES!!! What sane person wants to do that? He believes he owes the gov't a certain amount, and when they don't take his money, he tries pay them back by picking up trash with prisoners (and gets taken to prison), finally breaking the law by getting stuck in a water tower with Randy. The police have to rescue them, which costs a lot in fines and rescue work - but Earl can relax now that they're "even."

One of my favorite episodes is when Earl tried to give Joy a better wedding to make up for the first ("Ruined Joy's Wedding" on his list). Darnell aka "Crab Man" has to go to the park to reserve the shady spot, Joy and Crab Man are registered at the liquor store (not a bad idea though), and the cake is made of Twinkies, other Tastykake desserts like cupcakes, and donuts too, I think. Also liked "Stole a Police Badge" (Earl and Randy got away with Everything, along with getting free food) and "Stole Beer from a Golfer." In the golf one, Earl and Randy fixed games to get free beer at the country club (the high scorer would buy everyone beer when he won). With that incentive, the brothers ran around the golf course to put the ball right in the hole, hiding in the shrubbery before the golfer had walked over.

Jason Lee is an intelligent actor - his mannerisms and accents seem authentic to his environment. While I'll always remember Ethan Supplee (Randy) as that bully who hung out with some other thugs in the hallway (by the payphone) on "Boy Meets World," now I think of him more as the dim-witted Randy.
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17 of 21 people found the following review helpful
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You've seen a number of reviews here that describe the premise, so let's get right down to the points that make the show good.

No saccharine. Yes, there is affection and there are some deeply touching moments. But at their core, all are sincere. The expression may sometimes be quirky or over the top, but the cast and writers do a helluva job in achieving without ever devolving into farce or parody.

Slowly but surely, we're seeing the characters grow. Earl started his quest for redemption for the most self-centered of motives, but is discovering that kindness and generousness, even when painful, are often rewarding in and of themselves. And a bit of Earls changes are starting to rub off on Randy, Joy, and Crab Man. Someone mentioned that the premise could be limiting. He's right, and he's wrong. As Earl grows more sophisticated in his understanding of the world, I expect he'll realize and try to right ever more complex wrongs.

In it's own wierd way, this is an intelligent show. Not that the characters are particularly intelligent, but the situations are. It occasionally asks some hard questions, and rarely cops out on the difficult answers. Earl doesn't always get it, but the viewer will.

Most important, it's just damned funny. There's at least one laugh-out-loud moment in every show, and usually more. Better yet, they manage this without ever using a laugh track. Laugh tracks always feel to me like the producers are saying "This is a joke, stupid, laugh." The folks who produce Earl deliver laughs, and they trust you to get the joke.
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1.0 out of 5 stars One Star
Playback quality is very poor. Constantly stopping and lagging
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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Had the tv on for noise early one morning. This show came on. Bought all four seasons
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Excellent all the way around! Comedy that touches your heart and soul.
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Not the version I was looking for but okay.
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I have not seen old boy, Dexter, or supernaturals yet.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Love this show!
My Name is Earl is a fantastic, happy, funny show. I like Jason Lee and he and Jaime Presley are absolutely fantastic and a riot in this show. Read more
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Slapstick comedy. If you want to watch something funny you don't have to think about you'll love this. We have enjoyed the whole series. You get to like the characters. Read more
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