• Network: NBC
  • Series Premiere Date: Sep 20, 2005
  • Season #: 1 , 2 , 3 , 4
Metascore
77

Generally favorable reviews - based on 30 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 26 out of 30
  2. Negative: 3 out of 30
  1. One of this season's most tasty and twisted TV treats.
  2. The fall's funniest sitcom.
  3. 100
    Brimming with cockeyed echoes of everything from "Raising Arizona" to "King of the Hill," NBC's best new comedy since "Seinfeld" is that rare chucklehead treat: it's both wildly irreverent and blessed with a cheerful, endearingly upbeat nature.
  4. 100
    Jason Lee excels as scruffy Earl -- he's a Jed Clampett for the new millennium.
  5. 100
    My Name Is Earl rampages like a bull in a politically correct china shop.
  6. One of the best comedies in years.
  7. Watching "My Name Is Earl" unfold is like taking a hydrofoil ride and flying so fast above the ordinary surface of television life that when the show ends you feel dazed and amazed for hours afterward.
  8. 90
    The NBC sitcom is so unpretentious and original, it will probably win you over on its own sweet merits.
  9. The buzz is that "My Name Is Earl" is good, and the truth is that it's better than the buzz.
  10. 88
    The casting is for awesome, flat-out too-good-for-TV acting.
  11. 88
    Earl shares the look and heavily narrated sound of Arrested Development, but it has its own scruffy comic tone.
  12. Lee may be a tad too smart to embody this reformed dimwit, but his smooth charm makes Earl go down as easy as a tallboy. [23 Sep 2005, p.82]
User Score
8.6

Universal acclaim- based on 176 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 89 out of 104
  2. Negative: 12 out of 104
  1. Mr.Furley
    Dec 15, 2009
    10
    Very funny show. Love all the guest stars and zany plots. Incomparable. Ralph is one of my favorite characters.
  2. Oct 5, 2011
    8
    Funny. NBC is starting to seem like a better network than ABC, CBS or even Fox. Along with the brilliant take on poverty and makeshift **** they create better characters than that goddamned Two and a Half Men. They're even more memorable than the kid in that show Full Review »
  3. Jun 13, 2011
    7
    Very original idea and great plots and jokes makes this a great show.