My Name Is Earl

2005 • NBC
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Season 1 episodes (24)

1 Pilot
Earl (Jason Lee, "Almost Famous," "Chasing Amy") 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. Earl wins a small lottery, and, after an epiphany, he is determined to transform his good fortune into a life-changing event as he sets out to right all the wrongs from his past. Joining Earl along his quest to cleanse his karma are a few dim-witted friends: hapless brother Randy (Ethan Suplee, "Cold Mountain") and the very sexy Catalina (Nadine Velazquez, "The Bold and the Beautiful"). Even Darnell (Eddie Steeples, "Torque"), the owner of the Crab Shack where Earl drinks beer, offers his support. But it's Earl's ex-wife Joy (Jaime Pressly, "Not Another Teen Movie") who won't lift a finger to help unless there's something in it for her.
2 Quit Smoking
While continuing on his karmic quest Earl (Jason Lee) is faced with the dilemma as to what bad deed he should tackle next. To quite smoking is one option, but this turns out to be a bigger challenge than Earl originally anticipates. Randy (Ethan Suplee) and Catalina (Nadine Velazquez) see this as an opportunity to trick him into apologizing to Donny (guest star Silas Weir Mitchell), an intimidating former classmate. Five years prior, Earl robbed a donut shop while wearing Donny's football jersey and let him spend two years in prison for the crime he committed. Earl not only receives forgiveness from Donny, but at the same time kicks his smoking habit while pushing Donny's mom (guest star Kathryn Joosten) to give up the addiction too. Meanwhile, Earl's ex-wife Joy (Jaime Pressly) finds Earl's video will, which leaves everything to her, and attempts to kill him. Eddie Steeples also stars.
3 Randy's Touchdown
To cross yet another injustice off his list, Earl (Jason Lee) vows to get his brother Randy (Ethan Suplee) the football touchdown denied to him in high school. Earl bet on the team to lose and made Randy help him by throwing the game, depriving his brother the chance to experience the glory of scoring a touchdown. Meanwhile, Joy (Jaime Pressly) busies herself as she spitefully arranges for Earl's car to be towed. This turn of events leads both Earl and Joy on a race to collect $3,000 in order to retrieve the car, which contains the hidden lottery winnings. Nadine Velasquez and Eddie Steeples also star.
4 Faked My Own Death
While atoning for stealing from a convenience store, Earl (Jason Lee) spots Natalie (guest star Beth Riesgraf), a very needy, clingy girl whom he broke up with by faking his own death. After getting some advice about women from Catalina (Nadine Velazquez), Earl decides that he and Randy (Ethan Suplee) must go tell Natalie the truth so he can cross her off his list. Luckily for him, the blow is softened by the presence of Natalie's new boyfriend Dirk (guest star Dax Shepard), who seems absolutely perfect for her. Just when Earl thinks he's free of her, Dirk takes a hint from him and fakes his death to break up with Natalie. Earl believes that he should tell Natalie about Dirk in order to be in the karmic clear, but Catalina convinces him that it's much better to keep this from her than to crush her spirit. So Earl decides to merely be nice to her, a seemingly harmless act that traps them back in a torturous relationship.
5 Teacher Earl
Earl (Jason Lee) is teaching English as a Second Language to cross "made fun of people with accents" off his list. When an old friend, Ralph (guest star Giovanni Ribisi), gets out of prison Earl convinces him to try karma, which works... for a while. Ralph ends up kidnapping Randy (Ethan Suplee) and demands he tell him where Earl is keeping his lotto winnings. Meanwhile, Joy (Jaime Pressly) tries to sabotage the business of one of Earl's students because she's afraid of the competitive edge she is gaining by learning English. Nadine Velasquez and Eddie Steeples also star.
6 Broke Joy's Fancy Figurine
Continuing down his list, Earl (Jason Lee) must help Joy's (Jaime Pressly) former nemesis and her daughter win a beauty pageant in order to replace her figurine that he broke. The rare and prestigious princess figurine is awarded to the mother/daughter pageant winners, which Joy and her mother won one year when Joy was a child. Meanwhile, Joy enters the pageant on her own with her "dead" mother to win the figurine herself to stay on Earl's list. She wants him to still owe her so that he'll buy her the hot tub she's been eying as compensation. Nadine Velasquez and Eddie Steeples also star.
7 Stole Beer from a Golfer
This time Earl (Jason Lee) decides to pick something simple from his list -- stole beer from a golfer -- so that he and Randy (Ethan Suplee) can attend the county fair like they do every year. Seven months prior, Earl and Randy began fixing golf games in order to keep scoring free beer from Scott (guest star Johnny Galecki), who would purchase drinks for everyone whenever he hit a hole-in-one. To atone for this sin, Earl buys Scott cases upon cases of beer. He soon discovers, however, that in order to fully cross Scott off of his list, Earl must help Scott regain the life that he had before he became obsessed with the sport. Earl is helping Scott get his job, apartment, girlfriend, and dog back when Randy suddenly disappears-upset that Earl's list is taking a front seat to going to the fair with him. Earl soon realizes that his behavior is becoming a little obsessive and causing him to be neglectful of other things in his life. Nadine Velazquez also stars.
8 Joy's Wedding
Earl (Jason Lee) learns that Joy (Jaime Pressly) has neglected to invite him to her and Darnell's (Eddie Steeples) wedding from Randy's (Ethan Suplee) invitation, which instructs him to bring "anyone but Earl." Randy of course invites Catalina (Nadine Velazquez) to be his date since he's excited about the opportunity to dance with her. Joy has also conveniently scheduled the wedding on Earl's birthday so that all of their friends will be unable to celebrate with him. Consequently, Earl drunkenly crashes the ceremony and accidentally breaks Joy's nose in the process, now forced to add "ruined Joy's wedding" to his list. In an effort to right this wrong, Earl helps Joy plan her perfect wedding and the two finally start to get along - maybe a little too well.
9 Cost Dad an Election
Earl (Jason Lee) sets out to mend his relationship with his father Carl (guest star Beau Bridges) by trying to cross number four off of his list: "blew dad's chance to be elected mayor." Four years prior, Carl ran for mayor to oppose the other candidate's plan to redirect airplane traffic away from the affluent part of town and towards Carl's neighborhood. His campaign was going very well, until a misunderstanding between Earl and a police officer was caught on tape and broadcast as the opposing candidate's campaign commercial. Now Earl submits his father's name to run again, even though Carl is adamant that he does not want to be mayor. Earl, Randy (Ethan Suplee), and Catalina (Nadine Velazquez) recruit unregistered voters to boost Carl's numbers, hoping to win not only the election for Carl, but also a relationship with his father for Earl. Jaime Pressly and Eddie Steeples also star.
10 White Lie Christmas
As the holiday season comes under way a few secrets are exposed when Earl (Jason Lee) attempts to cross number seventy-four off of his list: "always ruined Joy's Christmas." Earl, Randy (Ethan Suplee), and Catalina (Nadine Velazquez) enter a radio contest to win a brand new car for Joy (Jaime Pressly) to make up for all of the thoughtless Christmas presents Earl gave her while they were married. While Randy and Catalina vie over the car, Earl finds out that Joy's parents believe that he's still their son-in-law and that he's just returned from the war in Iraq. Joy is afraid to tell her father, an alleged racist, that she is now married to Darnell (Eddie Steeples), so Earl plays the part, afraid of ruining another one of her Christmases.
11 Barn Burner
When Joy's kids are denied enrollment into the camp for troubled youth at the Right Choice Ranch, Earl realizes his reputation for burning down the Ranch's barn when he was a youngster has had a lasting effect. Earl, Randy (Ethan Suplee), and Catalina (Nadine Velazquez) all travel to the Ranch to make amends for the barn burning by building a pen for the camp's new ostrich. When Earl adds Randy to his list for getting him kicked out of the Right Choice Ranch as a kid and consequently ruining his chances at succeeding in life, the truth comes out about how the barn really got destroyed. Earl then decides he and Randy should share responsibility for everything on his list that occurred after the barn incident and forces Randy to right a lot of his wrongs. Eddie Steeples also stars.
12 O Karma, Where Art Thou?
Earl (Jason Lee) and Randy (Ethan Suplee) try to return a stolen wallet when they find out that taking the money cost two newlyweds their honeymoon. Not satisfied enough to cross this off his list, Earl decides that he must take over for the groom at his fast food restaurant job, which will allow the newlyweds to go on a proper vacation. Earl discovers that his new boss is a complete jerk, so Randy and Catalina (Nadine Velazquez) advise him not to put up with his bullying, but Earl can't jeopardize another man's job. When Earl sees the boss' opulent house and beautiful wife, he wonder why karma has been so good to the man despite his horrible personality. Jaime Pressly and Eddie Steeples also star.
13 Stole P's Hd Cart
Earl (Jason Lee) does right when he returns a Pops' Old Fashioned Weiner hot dog cart, which he and Ralph (guest star Giovanni Ribisi) had stolen years prior. His good deed is undone, however, when Ralph, working for the competition, sets fire to the cart just as business is picking up again. Earl demands that the competing franchise owner pay the ten thousand dollars to replace the cart, but he refuses, sending Earl and Randy (Ethan Suplee) over his head to the corporate headquarters. Earl tricks his way into a job at the company and proceeds to steal office supplies in an effort to make up the ten thousand dollars. When he realizes that it would take the rest of his life to steal enough supplies, he recruits Randy, Joy (Jaime Pressly), Catalina (Nadine Velazquez), Darnell (Eddie Steeples), and Ralph to get jobs at the company as well to help him.
14 Monkeys in Space
When one of Earl's (Jason Lee) old friends is arrested he decides to make amends for number eighteen on his list - "told an inappropriate story at Hank Lange's (guest star Tim Dekay) birthday party." Hank requests that Earl give him one good day to make up for that one bad one before he is sent away to the state prison. Hank requests a visit from his grandmother, a copy of his hometown newspaper, and donuts from his favorite shop, but providing all of these things before visiting hours end at noon proves to be more work than Earl anticipated. Meanwhile, Randy (Ethan Suplee) decides that he needs to find his purpose in life and begins looking for a job. After a series of disastrous first days, including taking a job as a busboy for Darnell (Eddie Steeples) at the Crab Shack, the brothers decide that Randy is destined to be perpetually unemployed. Jaime Pressly and Nadine Velazquez also star.
15 Something to Live For
Earl (Jason Lee) takes his car troubles as a sign that it is time for him to redeem himself for a long run of stealing gas out of a complete stranger's car. A few months back, Earl and Randy (Ethan Suplee) siphoned gasoline for about a month from an unlock car in the trailer park. When Earl goes back to the trailer park to return the gasoline, he discovers that the owner Philo (guest star Adam Goldberg, "A Beautiful Mind") is an annoying and suicidal man who is more determined than ever to succeed with his suicide attempts. Unable to just walk away, Earl makes it his duty to give Philo a reason to live and it seems that setting him up on a date with Joy (Jaime Pressly) is the only way of doing this. Earl and Randy however, find that something else they provide is what will ultimately save Philo. Nadine Velazquez and Eddie Steeples also star.
16 The Professor
On their way to return a stolen laptop, Earl (Jason Lee) and Randy (Ethan Suplee) knock over a bus stop sign. Earl promises an elderly woman that he'll fix the sign after returning the laptop, but he is sidetracked by the computer's owner, the beautiful college professor Alex Meyers (guest star Christine Taylor, "Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story"). When Alex takes a keen interest in Earl and his list, the two begin dating, but Earl can't help but notice that he is constantly the target of bad accidents and random acts of violence. At first he chalks it up to plain old bad luck. Then Earl remembers that he has yet to fix the bus stop sign and decides that karma is punishing him for causing people to miss the bus every day. Meanwhile, Randy embraces collegiate life and begins pledging a fraternity. Nadine Velazquez also stars.
17 Didn't Pay Taxes
Earl (Jason Lee) realizes that he had been cheating the government by failing to pay his taxes in the past. After adding, "cheating the government" to his list, Earl becomes determined to pay the government what he owes, but apparently they don't want his money. Earl's attempts to settle his debt leads him to conjuring up unconventional payback methods. Ethan Suplee, Jaime Pressly, Nadine Velazquez, and Eddie Steeples also star.
18 Dad's Car
Beau Bridges Guest Stars - When Mother's Day rolls around, Earl (Jason Lee) remembers that he has never given his mother a good Mother's Day gift. Just as he and Randy (Ethan Suplee) are about to finish carrying out his long overdue gift his mother decides her repayment should entail Earl doing something nice for his father Carl (guest star Beau Bridges). In order to fulfill his promise to his mother, Earl sets out to reclaim his father's classic Mustang, which he lost in a bet as a kid. Meanwhile, Joy's (Jaime Pressly) Mother's Day present a week away from her kids leaves her missing them all the more. Nadine Velazquez and Eddie Steeples also star.
19 Y2k
When Earl (Jason Lee) decides to cross number twenty-four off his list, "stole a red take-a-number machine," he finds that he has to first convince Randy (Ethan Suplee) it's the right thing to do. Randy's (Ethan Suplee) fondness of the machine is revealed in a flashback to New Year's Eve 1999 when the gang confuses Y2K with the apocalypse leading them to believe they are the last surviving people on the Earth. Jaime Pressly, Nadine Velazquez and Eddie Steeples also star.
20 Boogeyman
A few years ago Earl (Jason Lee) succeeded in affirming a child's fear of the boogeyman when he broke into the Tollhurst household and hid under their six-year-old's bed to escape getting caught robbing the house. When Earl decides to cross off "made a kid scared of the boogeyman" from his list, he discovers just what kind of lasting affect he had on the little boy. Ever since Earl's surprising visit, the kid has been afraid of the dark. But when Earl begins to take the time and energy to resolve his fear, the boy grows attached to Earl and decides he'd rather live with him than with his indifferent father. The boy soon realizes however, just how much his father actually cares about him and how much he would fight Earl to get him back. Ethan Suplee, Jaime Pressly, Nadine Velazquez, and Eddie Steeples also star.
21 The Bounty Hunter
In order to protect Joy (Jaime Pressly), Earl (Jason Lee) finds himself in desperate need to take care of number forty-five on his list, "ditched Jessie (guest star Juliette Lewis, "Cape Fear") to marry Joy." When Jessie, Earl's ex-girlfriend, returns to town hell bent on seeking revenge against Joy for causing Earl to leave her and knocking out her front teeth, Earl and Joy seek refuge in a lakeside retreat. Jessie, however, cleverly weasels the secret location out of Randy (Ethan Suplee) enabling her to continue her pursuit. Nadine Velazquez and Eddie Steeples also star.
22 Stole a Badge
While hanging out next to a storm drain, Earl (Jason Lee) and Randy (Ethan Suplee) come across an object from their past - a police badge. Several years earlier, Earl, Randy and Joy (Jaime Pressly) engaged in a scam in which they stole people's shoes, including the contents inside, at a bowling alley. One item this scam yielded was a police badge. With the reemergence of this badge, Earl tracks down the police officer it belonged to in order to take care of number 127 on his list, "stole a badge from a police officer." Earl finds that the cop suffered a demotion as a result of having his badge stolen. Earl devises a tactic to get the officer's job back. Nadine Velazquez and Eddie Steeples also star.
23 Bb
Earl (Jason Lee) sets out to make up for number 147 on his list, "shot Gwen Waters (guest star Miriam Shor) with a BB gun." To do so, Earl must reunite Gwen with her estranged father. Getting the father to cooperate proves incredibly difficult, but Earl refuses to give up, in part, because Earl remembers why he used to have a crush on Gwen Waters. He always liked to see her smile. Ethan Suplee, Jaime Pressly, Nadine Velazquez, and Eddie Steeples also star.
24 Number One
On the suggestion of Darnell (Eddie Steeples), Earl (Jason Lee) decides to cross off number one from his list, "stole ten dollars from a guy at the Camden Market." But Earl soon discovers he owes the guy more than ten dollars, in fact he owes him all of his lotto winnings. Now penniless and desperately trying to continue with his list, Earl wonders when his karma is going kick in and turn his misfortunes around for the better. Ethan Suplee, Jaime Pressly and Nadine Velazquez also star.

About this show

Jason Lee, the former professional skateboarder who glided to movie fame with roles in such cult favorites as Kevin Smith's Chasing Amy, was the star of the NBC sitcom My Name Is Earl. Lee, of course, played the title character, a small-town redneck and petty crook who wins 100,000 dollars in the local lottery. As he prepared to celebrate his good fortune, Earl was hit by a car, losing the lottery ticket in the process. Reviving from this double catastrophe, Earl awakened to see TV personality Carson Daly waxing poetic about "karma" on a talk show. Instantly, Earl experienced an epiphany, convincing himself that he could replicate his good luck of a few hours previous by helping out a deserving soul each week -- and, in so doing, he would make up for the many sins (258 by his own count!) that he had committed in his lifetime. Assisting Earl on his do-gooding mission was his brother, Randy (Ethan Suplee), while throwing the occasional roadblock in his path was Earl's trailer-trash former wife, Joy (Jaime Pressley). Created by Greg Garcia, the weekly, half-hour My Name Is Earl premiered September 20, 2005.

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Tiana A
March 12, 2017
I didn't buy it but I know it's a good TV show because I watch on Netflix for free. But it's worth it if you buy it and you don't have Netflix. I just wish the show didn't get cancelled it really sucks I wish they could bring it back someday I would be so happy I probably die
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Ethan Shive
June 24, 2014
This is the best show ever! Every episode is great and the show also has great character development. If I had to rate each season this is how it would to. Season One is amazing. Season Two is Good. Season Three was a little bit of a disappointment because of something that happens at the end of season two. Finally, Season Four is great. And also, its the BEST SHOW EVER!
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September 11, 2017
Can't stop watching it I wish it still came on tbs it made my day to wake up and watch a few episodes before beginning my day please bring it back to n e tv station
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