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November 13th, 2005

My Name Is Earl

Most of the new TV shows this season suck pretty badly, but My Name Is Earl stands out as one of those shows that really stands out and will develop a big following. Maybe it already has, I don’t check TV ratings.

In this show, a petty criminal wins a $100,000 on a scratch off ticket and is then hit by a car. As he lays in the hospital, he learns about karma by watching Carson Daly and realizes that in order for good things to happen to him, he needs to offset the bad things he’s done in life. He makes a list of 250+ things he’s done and there’s your plot: each episode he makes amends for a new item on his list.

The line-up is phenomenal: Jason Lee as Earl, Ethan Suplee (who you’ll surely remember as Frankie Stechino from Boy Meets World) as Earl’s goofy-but-goodhearted brother, and Jaime Pressly as Earl’s trailer trashy ex-wife. The writing is sharp, the acting is perfect, and the show manages to end on a happy note each week without feeling sappy or forced. It’s just a genuinely good show.

Jason Lee was on SNL last night, but I haven’t watched it yet. I bet he was good, though.

Posted in Television, Movies, and Music

FROM: Paul
DATE: Sunday November 13, 2005 -- 11:46:14 am
Earl is one of the best new shows, period. It's a solid and well-written comedy which is kind of rare in this day and age.

FROM: Cat [E-Mail]
DATE: Sunday November 13, 2005 -- 1:13:01 pm
We are utterly incapable of watching shows when they're on, but we saw the trailers for this in the theatre and, well, we *meant* to watch it. I think we'll be grabbing it on DVD.

FROM: Paul
DATE: Sunday November 13, 2005 -- 4:44:11 pm
Oh, and Ethan Suplee was in some of the View Askew films (pre-Jersey Girl) with Jason Lee... they have a great on-screen chemistry.

FROM: Joseph
DATE: Sunday November 13, 2005 -- 5:06:36 pm
I've watched it once, and I thought it dragged and was very predictable. It was the one that featured someone getting into the trunk of a Renault LeCar. I knew exactly where the plot was going to end up, and the finale, the old "Wah wah wah waaaaaah," when the plot was foiled again and everyone grimaces at each other at the end. I thought the script was very Saturday Morning Cartoonish--maybe that's the appeal.

I enjoyed seeing the car, though.

FROM: jk
DATE: Sunday November 13, 2005 -- 5:13:18 pm
I have not yet seen the show (his mustache scares me) but I did own a Renault Fuego. A classmate of mine had a Le Car.

FROM: Robert [E-Mail]
DATE: Sunday November 13, 2005 -- 5:26:07 pm
Meh. After Arrested Development goes there won't be a single sitcom on TV worth watching. Nonetheless, I'll still watch Joey when I can catch it.

FROM: jk
DATE: Sunday November 13, 2005 -- 8:37:51 pm
What about Gilmore Girls? I know it's not a comedy but it has its definite comical moments....

FROM: Ryan [E-Mail]
DATE: Sunday November 13, 2005 -- 11:15:32 pm
You know, I didn't like the first couple of episodes of Arrested Development that I saw when it first hit the air, but I meant to check it out again when I heard of Paul Feigs involvment... unfortunately, I just never did.

Paul October 20, 2007, 1:13 pm

Last week’s episode of “My Name is Earl” – “Creative Writing” – was incredibly bad. So bad. So so bad. SO BAD.

I think a new rule should be that when a show resorts to animation and/or claymation (they did last season), it’s an automatic shark-jump.

I’m going to suggest that keeping Earl in jail – while bucking sitcom conventions – is killing this show. The list! The list!

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