My Name Is Earl


Reviews: 1
One Of the most original shows in a long time.Rating: 11 likes, 0 dislikes
When I first heard the story of My Name Is Earl, I knew it was a premise that would strike a chord with me. The idea of making right everything that you have ever done wrong has a special meaning for me, and I'm sure it does for many others. I find it hard to place what it is that makes me love this show so much, whether it is the superb casting or the lack of a laugh track, as so many unoriginal shows do today.

Every character in the show is played impeccably by the cast, and this is due to the creator's amazingly good casting. First we have Earl, played by Jason Lee. Now to be honest, I didn't know much about Jason Lee's work before I started to watch My Name Is Earl, but his excellent portrayal of the bad man turned good, has led me to research more of his work. Now I am a huge fan of Lee and his previous work. Never has a performance in one programme or film had such an effect on me. Not many people could pull of playing a character who has such conflicting nature, but Jason Lee has it down to a tee. He seems so kind-hearted, it's hard to imagine his old nature of lying, cheating and stealing.

Yet despite his fine portrayal of Earl is overshadowed by Ethan Suplee's flawless performances of Randy, Earl's dimwitted brother who really doesn't understand Earl's list. Suplee's performance shows Randy's naive yet kind nature. Randy is not a bad person, he never was, even when he stole possessions with Earl. Yet he doesn't understand that Earl no longer does these bad things. Randy just tries to do what Earl does, as he has such a tight relationship with Earl. Maybe that is what I love about the show? The way that Earl and Randy have the sort of relationship that any brothers would envy. An intriguing relationship in which both of them look out for each other and stay loyal to each other.

Very few shows are complete without a fabulous supporting cast, and very few shows succeed. This show does succeed where others fail. The best supporting role in the series is Jaime Pressley, who plays Earl's ex-wife Joy. Only her performance can rival that of Suplee's. Joy is the character that I would imagine very few people admit to relating to. The character who would do anything to get what they want, yet have that relationship that any good mother has with her children. Pressley plays joy as a character who you do not instantly like but there is enough there for the viewer to bond with the character. Darnell is the character that relieves the craziness of all the others. His no nonsense approach makes him a character it's almost impossible to dislike. The intellectual character who is often overlooked by the others. And Catalina, is the complete opposite of Joy. She's an instantly likable character, whose character develops as the show continues. But she has that confrontational side, especially when it comes to Joy.

The overall message of the show is that of good spirit, making peace with you past. I think many people relate to this, everyone has done something they regret and would love to be able to make it right. Everyone can relate to what Earl is striving to achieve, making themselves better. i think that is the broad appeal to many, watching someone do something they wish they could.

I could watch the show endlessly. The programme draws you straight in and once you are in, there is no way out. Everyone knows a person like Earl, everyone knows a Randy, everyone knows a Joy and so on. And whether they know it or not, I believe that this is the reason for its fans loving it so much.
I would recommend the show to anyone with a sense of humor and I hope the show continues to go from strength to strength.

Review posted on Tuesday, October 10th 2006 at 10:04 pm


Reviews: 1
An incredible rideRating: 8 likes, 3 dislikes
This is one of my favorite shows on television and completely nice breath of fresh air. Long have I been tired, really tired, of laugh tracks. While I know this wasn’t the first, it has been common on HBO and what-not, it was one of the first that I really got into that was broadcasted on national TV. It so gives it that film comedy vibe. How this did not catch on sooner is beyond me.

The show itself is sweet and gross all at the same time. For instance, recently Earl and Randy went to see a hairy woman to apologize for tormenting her only to have Randy save a hair from her beard. It has a nice message of the Karma as the backdrop, but it is their adventures in righting wrongs that makes it so much fun. The hick town they live in is full of crazy, creepy, interesting, and disturbing people that cross paths with Earl on a regular basis like Patty the Day Time Hooker, Ralph, the one-eye postal character whose name eludes me at the moment, and Kenny James to name a few.

Jason Lee has done a tremendous job as Earl. His timing is amazing, though this has always been his strong point. The hair, the mustache, the flannel shirt all come together nicely to help build this character. It’s sometimes hard to imaging Earl as the lowlife he was after watch him now be so kind,… well, most of the time. The patience he shows Randy on a regular basis in real life would be hard to come.

Which leads me to Ethan Suplee’s wonderful interpretation of the dumpy, not so smart, Randy. This is easily the best performance by any of the cast. Randy is so much more complex as it pertains to playing him than he is given credit. If this was casted wrong, it could really have hurt the show as I believe he walks the line of dumb and endearing. Too much of one or the other and it doesn’t play right. Randy, as a character, is a wonderful comedic sidekick to Earl. Talk about seeing the world through a child’s eyes as an adult. I wait anxiously for all of his scenes.

Jaime Pressly was casted for what she does best, being loud, rood, and beautiful. The character of Joy is much like her characters in the films, Poor White Trash and Joe Dirt. Joy is so off the wall and gets so determined with what she wants to accomplish, that she totally has not regard with how it affects anyone and frankly, she doesn’t care. Yet, she has that love for her family that allows such a character to be able to be related to. Truly, it is such a good time to watch her.

Darnell is so laid back in all the chaos that ensues that it provides a nice calming affect to what can be a fast ride of craziness. While I don’t know much about Eddie Steeples, it’s nice to see him shine in this. Another big name actor would have only muddied the water, so to speak. Here it allows him to gel into a mix of relatively large names and still have his own moments. That is where he does his best work.

Nadine Velazquez is much the same as Eddie. She is a relative new comer that is one of the most stunning women around. Her character continues to develop with every episode. We now know more about her origin that got her here and what she did before becoming a housekeeper. She’s sweet, but can flame up in heartbeat, especially to Joy. Their interactions are always something to look forward to.

While I know that I’ve spent a lot of time on the cast and not so much on the show, but that what the show is to me. It’s a wonderful cast that gets into adventures of all kinds and the adventures are always different. They’re also always about someone new you haven’t met before with their own quirks. I could go through thousands of words, hell pages, on them, but that’s what episode reviews are for. I really can’t put into words how much I enjoy getting away from my everyday life and losing myself in this show. I just hope that I can continue to lose myself for a long time.

Review posted on Tuesday, October 10th 2006 at 7:29 pm


Reviews: 6
Very OriginalRating: 1 likes, 0 dislikes
Most shows have a middle class family with three or so children and deals with their "dilemmas" every episode. What I love about My Name is Earl is that it's not the same standard show as everything else. It shows the dilemma of a lower-class man who relates more to the American public more than anyone else.

We all do cruel things to others and soon enough, the phrase "What goes around, comes around" starts to go through our heads. The main character Earl, basically shows what happens to us, or maybe should happen to us in the end. You can't always get what you want and get away with every thing. He also is one of the most unlikely role models of television. Basically to show everyone that you can fix your mistakes of the past. You can show everyone kindness in what you do.

I just recently got into this show myself and haven't been able to get enough of it! I had heard of the show a lot through commercials and ads on the internet and always thought they were funny. One day nothing was on and I watched it and it was a pleasant surprise for me. It's almost a breath of fresh air.

I think that people will be able to enjoy this show as much as I do.

Review posted on Sunday, January 25th 2009 at 6:28 pm

Classification: Scripted
Genre: Comedy
Status: Canceled
Network: NBC ( USA)
Airs: Thursdays at 08:00 pm
Runtime: 30 Minutes
Premiere: September 20, 2005
Ended: May 14, 2009
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