My Name Is Earl 4 Seasons 2005

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Season 1
(188) IMDb 8.7/10
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1. Pilot TV-14 CC

Earl has taken one too many wrong turns on the highway of life. However, a twist of fate turns his life into a tailspin of life-renewing events.

Leo Fitzpatrick, Gregg Binkley
25 minutes
Original air date:
September 20, 2005

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Season 1

Product Details

Genres Comedy
Director Marc Buckland
Starring Leo Fitzpatrick, Gregg Binkley
Supporting actors Jaime Pressly, Nadine Velazquez, Eddie Steeples, Leo Fitzpatrick, Gregg Binkley, Dale Dickey, Carson Daly, Trace Adkins, Laura Gardner, Frank Collison, Noah Crawford, Andy Pessoa, Patrick McCarthy, Willam Belli, Deborah Cresswell, Louis T. Moyle, Trey Carlisle, Mike Avery
Season year 2006
Network NBC
Executive Producer Bobby Bowman
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Customer Reviews

The casting is brilliant, the writing is wonderful, and the acting is outstanding.
Linda Smith
When he wins the lottery that allows him to try and make good it's just that the people he's wronged don't want to see Earl again.
Wayne Klein
This is the only show I watch on tv anymore and now I own the series on DVD i can watch it whenever I want.

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Anthony J Novak on 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 By Lonnie Buchanon on August 30, 2006
Format: DVD
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 By Leslie Thompson on August 23, 2006
Format: DVD
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 By Steven C. Simmons on June 29, 2006
Format: DVD
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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