• 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. Manages to be crude and sweet, smart and splendidly stupid, all at the same time.
  2. One of this season's most tasty and twisted TV treats.
  3. The fall's funniest sitcom.
  4. 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.
  5. 88
    The casting is for awesome, flat-out too-good-for-TV acting.
  6. 88
    Earl shares the look and heavily narrated sound of Arrested Development, but it has its own scruffy comic tone.
  7. 75
    Bad taste meets good writing.
  8. 100
    Jason Lee excels as scruffy Earl -- he's a Jed Clampett for the new millennium.
  9. 100
    My Name Is Earl rampages like a bull in a politically correct china shop.
  10. One of the best comedies in years.
  11. 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.
  12. 90
    The NBC sitcom is so unpretentious and original, it will probably win you over on its own sweet merits.
  13. The buzz is that "My Name Is Earl" is good, and the truth is that it's better than the buzz.
  14. The premise is gimmicky, but based on the promising first two episodes, Lee's infinite list of wrongdoings should provide many seasons' worth of amiable comedy.
  15. Cute and smart, "Earl's" pilot pulled a coup unheard of in recent network comedy memory, juggling un-P.C. humor with a winning sweetness.
  16. Reviewed by: Brian Lowry
    80
    "My Name Is Earl" isn't the best comedy around, but it's pretty darn good.
  17. "My Name Is Earl" is a good show that doesn't quite have the feel of being the next "Seinfeld" or "Cheers." But like Lee's Earl, Garcia's feel-good concept is strangely effective. If not brilliant, it is ambitious, and it is definitely funny.
  18. We have to put up with characters whose brainpower compares unfavorably with a fire hydrant, but Lee is funny even in a gay bar.
  19. 70
    "My Name Is Earl" is cheeky, inventive and often bewitching.
  20. Watching "My Name Is Earl," you feel like you're in a movie, or at least a movie trailer. In ways more good than bad, it's immediately comprehensible.
  21. Though the characters are quite different, "Earl" somehow brings to mind NBC's "Ed," perhaps because both shows feature a cast of oddballs and are ultimately uplifting, heartwarming portraits of people trying to do good by making a fresh start.
  22. 60
    My Name Is Earl is not a stupid sitcom - that is what makes its sexist and homophobic jokes so maddening.
  23. 20
    The show is charmless and patronizing, and as refreshing as dust.
  24. 10
    Amounts to a character study of a character not worth studying.
  25. 38
    Lee may lack the essential sweetness, or pathos, to make Earl ever seem like more than a cute variation on those lovable, loquacious losers who tumble, beer can spurting, through Coen brothers movies. [3 Oct 2005, p.39]
  26. 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]
  27. 80
    What's so wonderful about My Name Is Earl is that it's a comedy with its heart in the right place and everything else gleefully in the gutter.
  28. Reviewed by: Matt Roush
    80
    Earl is unashamedly crude, at times downright stupid in its lowlife caricatures, yet it's all so cheerfully endearing that you can't help but be won over by its lowbrow high jinks.
User Score
8.6

Universal acclaim- based on 178 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 89 out of 104
  2. Negative: 12 out of 104
  1. 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 »
  2. Jun 13, 2011
    7
    Very original idea and great plots and jokes makes this a great show.
  3. Mar 12, 2011
    8
    This review contains spoilers, click full review link to view. Very good show. Jason Lee is great and this is such a clever idea to make a show about a man who tries to right all his wrongs and the obstacles he must overcome is hilarious. Full Review »