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My Name Is Earl

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My Name Is Earl
My Name Is Earl-Title.jpg
Premiere September 20, 2005
Finale May 14, 2009
Creator Greg Garcia
Network/Provider NBC
Style 30-minute sitcom
Company Amigos de Garcia Productions,
20th Century Fox Television
Seasons 4
Episodes 96
Origin USA
You know the kind of guy who does nothing but bad things and then wonders why his life sucks? Well, that was me: every time something good happened to me, something bad was always waitin' around the corner. Karma. That's when I realized I had to change. So, I made a list of everything bad I've ever done, and one by one I'm gonna make up for all my mistakes. I'm just tryin' to be a better person. My name is Earl.

My Name Is Earl (known as Earl during development) is the product of NBC's slumping ratings over the 2004–2005 season. Due to the falling viewer rates in the current schedule, but critical acclaim for sitcoms like Scrubs and The Office, NBC took a chance by airing another unique series along the same lines. Originally airing Tuesdays at 9PM, around mid-season Earl was moved to Thursdays (along with The Office) as a part of NBC's attempt to rebuild the "Must See TV" Thursday lineup that deteriorated with the loss of Friends and, earlier, Seinfeld.

The show follows Earl Hickey, a no good bastard who is the personification of white trash. But when Earl wins the lottery only to get hit by a car and lose the ticket, he has an epiphany about karma. He realizes that by treating people poorly, he's done himself wrong and immediately sets out to be a better person. As soon as he makes this decision, the ticket blows into his reach again. With help from his brother Randy and a motel maid named Catalina, Earl resolves to make up for all the bad things he's done in his life.



Actor Character Duration
Billed Cast 1 2 3 4
Jason Lee Earl J. Hickey * * * *
Ethan Suplee Randy Hickey * * * *
Jaime Pressly Joy Turner * * * *
Nadine Velazquez Catalina Aruca * * * *
Eddie Steeples Darnell "Crabman" Turner * * * *
Supporting/Recurring Cast 1 2 3 4
Gregg Binkley Kenny James * * * *
Giovanni Ribisi Ralph Mariano * * *
Louis T. Moyle Dodge Hickey * * * *
Trey Carlisle Earl Hickey, Jr. * * * *
Noah Crawford Young Earl * * * *
Beau Bridges Carl Hickey * * * *
Nancy Lenehan Kay Hickey * * * *
Michael Rapaport Frank Stump *
Craig T. Nelson Warden Jerry Hazelwood *
Alyssa Milano Billie Cunningham *


Season  Premiere Finale #
Season One September 20, 2005 May 11, 2006 24
Season Two September 21, 2006 May 10, 2007 23
Season Three September 27, 2007 May 15, 2008 22
Season Four September 25, 2008 May 14, 2009 27


  • At a Glance: Additional information about the series
  • The List: All known entries on Earl's list
  • Easter Eggs: Easter Eggs found in episodes.
  • Music: A list of music played on My Name Is Earl

DVD and Blu-ray Releases


Title Release Discs
Season Sets  (Region 1)
Season One September 19, 2006 purchase 4
Season Two September 25, 2007 purchase 4
Season Three September 23, 2008 purchase 4
Season Four September 15, 2009 purchase 4


Title Release Discs
Season Sets  (Region A)
Season Four September 15, 2009 purchase 4

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