My Name Is Earl


Season 1, Ep 1, Aired 9/20/05
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  • Episode Description
  • Today is the first day of the rest of Earl Hickey's life. After coming into a $100,000 scratch-off lottery ticket and losing it just as fast upon being hit by a car, Earl has an epiphany in the hospital--to make up for all the terrible things he's done in the past. With his brother Randy and a motel maid named Catalina, Earl writes up a list of every misdeed he was a part of. Earl sets out to do just that, starting with number 64--Kenny James, a boy he picked on in elementary school.moreless

  • Cast & Crew
  • Willam Belli


  • Deborah Cresswell


  • Victor Hammer

  • Dava Waite

  • Henry Lange Jr.

  • Fan Reviews (27)
  • About this episode

    By JordanWelch, Jun 06, 2013

  • Troubles that we all somehow have ?

    By ete-san, Apr 22, 2006

  • LOL!

    By efc1991, Feb 10, 2008

  • The episode when aerl first deciededs to strart with his list.

    By jacobp76, Dec 28, 2007

  • The begining

    By cookmeup, Jun 09, 2007

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (21)

    • Catalina: Excuse me! But if my boss comes back and sees that there's no garbage in the parking lot, he's going to get used to it like that. So could you please put it back?

    • Kenny: You're just gonna go talk to him?! Earl: Yeah! he's gay but he's not gonna bite me.... he's not gonna bite me is he?

    • (Kenny is parked outside a gay bar) Policeman: You need to move your car. Kenny: (panics) Officer, I'm straight! Policeman: You can't park here. Kenny: Ok. I...I'm straight. (starts his car)

    • Catalina: That's your ex wife? Earl: Yep, a crazy as she is, I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t going to miss her.

    • (Catalina and Earl find the motel room has been ransacked) Earl: What happened here? (Joy comes from behind him and hits him in the head with a phone) Ow! Damn! Girl have you lost your mind? Joy: Who's the whore? Catalina: What did you just call me? Earl: Look, she's the maid. Relax.

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    Notes (8)

    • International Show Titles: Czech Republic: Jmenuju se Earl (My Name Is Earl)

    • Jason Lee (Earl Hickey) and Ethan Suplee (Randy Hickey) also worked together in the movies: -A Better Place -Chasing Amy -Clerks 2 -Dogma -Drawing Flies -Mallrats

    • Original International Air Dates: Germany: July 18, 2008 on RTL Czech Republic: September 7, 2009 on Prima COOL

    • Awards: 2006 Emmy Award for Outstanding Directing for a Comedy Series 2006 Emmy Award for Outstanding Writing for a Comedy Series 2006 DGA Award for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Comedy Series 2006 GLAAD Media Award for Outstanding Individual Episode (In a Series Without a Regular Gay Character) Nominations: 2006 Eddie Award for Best Edited Half-Hour Series for Television 2006 WGA Award (TV) for Episodic Comedy

    • Executive Producer Greg Garcia has a cameo in this episode. He is the man Randy dances with at the gay bar.

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    Trivia (9)

    • The DVD release of season one features a special mini-episode called "Bad Karma". It is an alternate version of the Pilot in which Earl watches Family Guy instead of Carson Daly. Inspired by Stewie Griffin, Earl comes up with a very different list and outlook on life.

    • Featured Music: "Monkey Dance" by The Wiggles "Been Caught Stealing" by Jane's Addiction "It Takes Two" by Rob Base & DJ E-Z Rock "Winning" by Santana "99 Luftballons" by Nena "Make Me Smile (Come Up & See Me)" by Erasure

    • We learn that there were 259 lines on Earl's original list. One crossed off in this episode leaves 258.

    • List Trivia: Introduced in this episode #23 Peed in the back of a cop car. #41 Snatched a kid's Halloween candy when he came to my trailer to trick or treat. #64 Picked on Kenny James. #86 Stole a car from a one legged girl. #102 Harmed and possibly killed innocent people with second hand smoke. #136 Been a litter bug. Crossed off in this episode #64 Picked on Kenny James.

    • When Earl is in the hospital, a nurse announces over the PA system, "Mrs. Buckland, your amniocentesis has been canceled", possibly referring to the director of the episode and co-executive producer of the series, Marc Buckland.

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    Allusions (2)

    • When Earl and Randy first move into the hotel, Randy is watching H.R. Pufnstuf on the television. H.R. Pufnstuf is a children's show from 1969 made primarily with puppets and full costumes about a boy named Jimmy who finds himself on Living Island with his magic gold flute, Freddy. There, they are befriended by H.R. Pufnstuf, a talking dragon. This is the first children's show from puppeteers, Sid and Marty Krofft.

    • Earl's hung-over observation that he had been "overserved" is an allusion to comedian George Gobel's famous quotation: "I've never been drunk, but often I've been overserved."

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