My Name Is Earl follows dim-witted reprobate Earl Hickey, who was content to live a meager life of crime until several events changed his life: First, he won the lottery; then, he got hit by a car and lost his winning ticket; finally, while recuperating in the hospital, he learned about the concept of karma from a Carson Daly interview he saw on TV. After deciding to apply what he learned to his life, Earl rediscovered his lottery ticket and made a list of all the bad things he’d ever done, determined to make up for them and balance his karma.
September 20, 2005-May 14, 2009 (four seasons, 96 episodes) on NBC
Seasons 1-4 are available on DVD.
My Name Is Earl premiered in fall 2005 to positive reviews and strong ratings, and soon became an integral part of NBC’s rejuvenated comedy lineup. After declining ratings over time, NBC canceled the show following its fourth season in 2009.
Jason Lee as Earl Hickey
Ethan Suplee as Randy Hickey
Jaime Pressly as Joy Turner
Eddie Steeples as Darnell Turner
Nadine Velazquez as Catalina Aruca
My Name Is Earl was created by Greg Garcia, who also created the more traditional sitcom Yes, Dear. Garcia serves as executive producer along with Bobby Bowman.