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  • Series Premiere Date: Sep 20, 2005
  • Season #: 1 , 2 , 3 , 4
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  • Summary: This unconventional comedy centers on Earl (Chasing Amy's Jason Lee), a redneck, drunk, no-good thief, who wins the lottery, loses his ticket, and is hit by a car. While recovering, he is inspired by a Carson Daly appearance on his hospital televison to change his life for the better, and he sets out to correct each wrong (all 259 of them) that he has done in his lifetime. Expand
  • Genre(s): Comedy
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. 100
    Jason Lee excels as scruffy Earl -- he's a Jed Clampett for the new millennium.
  3. 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.
  4. "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.
  5. 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.
  6. We have to put up with characters whose brainpower compares unfavorably with a fire hydrant, but Lee is funny even in a gay bar.
  7. 10
    Amounts to a character study of a character not worth studying.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 89 out of 104
  2. Negative: 12 out of 104
  1. mynameischarlie
    Oct 8, 2005
    i love this show. jason lee rockes
  2. Mr.Furley
    Dec 15, 2009
    Very funny show. Love all the guest stars and zany plots. Incomparable. Ralph is one of my favorite characters.
  3. ScottE
    Oct 19, 2005
    TV executives take note: I'm a 29 year old male. I understand you're trying to figure out what I watch so your advertisers can reach me. "My Name is Earl" is what I watch. Nothing else. Expand
  4. ByronM
    Nov 27, 2005
    Best show of 2005!
  5. RobertF
    Feb 25, 2007
    fresh non-reality entertainment
  6. Oct 5, 2011
    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 Expand
  7. StephenZ
    Oct 23, 2005
    Not funny at all.

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