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My Name is Earl: Season 1
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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
Stills from the First Season of My Name Is Earl (click for larger image)
- 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
Top Customer Reviews
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.
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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
The actors carried their characters with skill and panache and made this series so much more than just another sit-com.
G.T. Garcia created a gem with "My Name Is Earl."
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I enjoyed every season of this show. It's kind of hokey at times, but sometimes I enjoy watching just for laughs. The cast were all right for their parts, I thought.Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
Cleaver writing and a talented cast of characters make this "in your face" funny with hilarious parallels to reality.Published 3 months ago by Stan B. Chapman
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