Sep. 20, 2005
30 min.
NBC TV Network

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My Name Is Earl

Upon discovering that he is the holder of a winning lottery ticket, Earl is hit by a car and the ticket blows out of his hand as he lies unconscious in the street. While recovering in the hospital and watching television, Earl has a karmic epiphany, and sets out to right every wrong he has done...

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Earl Jehoshaphat Hickey, born April 25, 1970, was a former criminal who, after discovering the concept of karma, decided to make a List of everything wrong he ever did in his life and make up for them one by one ("Pilot"). He has helped many people over four years of following karma, and despite having three failed marriages, being sent to prison ("The Trial"), falling into a coma ("Bad Earl") and temporarily losing his faith, he continued to make up for all the bad things he had done in his life.


* Brother: Randy Hickey
* Father: Carl Hickey
* Mother: Kay Hickey
* Ex-wives: Joy Turner, Billie Cunningham, Ralph's Mom
* Uncle: Duncle
* Cousin: Blake
* Son: Dodge Turner


Earl was supposed to be named Carl, after his father, but due to Carl's messy writing the word "Carl" looked like "Earl" in the birth certificate ("Dad's Car"). Earl has apparently been a troublemaker from an early age. For example, when he was four, he punched his father's friend Rick James in the groin, and when he was 10, Earl cut a section of hair from Carl's head and glued it under his nose, making it look like a Hitler mustache when their friends came to visit. ("Cost Dad the Election"). Earl played the xylophone as a child, but gave it up ("The Magic Hour").

As a child, Earl actively committed many crimes. Once, whilst playing kickball, he kicked Kenny James after he made a good hit, then hit the ball into his head ("Pilot"). He also encouraged Ralph Mariano to begin a life of crime when he showed him the "Street Piñata"; smashing a gumball machine with a baseball bat ("Teacher Earl"). When Earl was 11, he lost his father's two week old Mustang in a drag race. However, he told his father that he lost the car in a swamp ("Dad's Car").

When they were children, Earl and Randy went to the Camden County Fair every year ("Stole Beer from a Golfer"). As Earl and Randy grew up, their father, Carl, was absent for a lot of the time as he found it the easier way to deal with his marriage ("Camdenites (Part 1)"). Earl had very hairy nipples as a child, leading to him being teased heavily whilst at the pool ("Sticks & Stones").

When Earl was in high school, he teased Kenny James for wanting to be a cheerleader, not realizing that it was in fact Randy's dream ("We've Got Spirit"). He had a crush on his babysitter, Rachel, but she was not interested in him and had a boyfriend over to stay at Earl's when she was supposed to be watching him. To get back at them, Earl pierced the couple's condoms and Rachel fell pregnant ("Got the Babysitter Pregnant"). As a teenage Earl tortured the Witch Lady by pulling senseless pranks on her ("Witch Lady").

Earl attended Chaz Dalton's Space Academy as a child and had a wonderful time there learning from who he thought was Chaz Dalton (but was in fact an engineer named Wayne), a man who had been to space. He said it was one of the few times in his life when he enjoyed learning ("Chaz Dalton Space Academy"). Earl and Randy stayed with their Aunt Gail over one summer and helped her out with chores. However, when Randy met a girl named Pinky and stopped doing chores, Earl became jealous and broke the two up by sending a fake note to Pinky from himself, disguised as Randy ("Pinky").

Earl was sent to a Catholic school due to his constant misbehaviour. He bullied Wally Panzer whilst there to establish his place, nicknaming him Wally Pansy because he was chasing a butterfly with a net ("Bullies").


Earl and Randy continued to live with their parents into their adulthood but were, however, frequently kicked out by Carl. On one such occasion they went to live with their friend Raynard, who had a radical life of not conforming to the norm; for instance he had his bathtub in the middle of the living room. They help Raynard score with some girls by pretending that they are all in a band, and convince them to have sex with them in their tour bus. However, they do not in fact have a tour bus and so Earl stole the local Bookmobile, pretending that was the name of their band. ("Reading is a Fundamental Case").

Earl finally moved out of his parents' house on 14th March 1989 ("Dad's Car").

Some time before he discovered karma and whilst Randy was still in high school, Earl bet that Randy's team would lose and, after encouraging Randy to mess up his game, he won a lot of money ("Randy's Touchdown"). On several occasions, he and Randy made fun of foreign people who had different accents ("Teacher Earl"). At some point, he urinated in the back of a police car ("Pilot"). Earl scared a young boy into believing in the existence of the boogeyman whilst trying to steal things from his wealthy parents ("Boogeyman").

In the early hours of New Years Day 1999, a drunken Earl stole a horse that was to be used by a ten-year-old Buddy who had been diagnosed with a fatal illness. In the morning he was unable to ride the horse in the New Year's Parade as he had always wanted ("The Magic Hour"). Four years before making the List (2000), Earl blew his father's chances of becoming mayor. Carl was angered after seeing the hopeful mayor-to-be Marty Park change a flight route over his and the neighboring houses, so decided to run for mayor opposite Park. Meanwhile, Earl got into trouble with the police, something that was picked up by Park's campaigners, ruining Carl's chances of being elected ("Cost Dad the Election").

Seven months before karma, Earl and Randy manipulated a golfer, Scott, into buying them beer by convincing him that he was getting many holes in one ("Stole Beer from a Golfer"). Earl and Randy stole various drinks from a nearby corner shop on several occasions. 6 months before discovering karma, Earl faked his own death to get out of a relationship with a needy, annoying girl ("Faked My Own Death").
Earl squeezes Sheila's ass during their affair ("Sweet Johnny")

Earl had an affair with the girlfriend of Camden County's local stuntman, Sweet Johnny. Sheila and Earl devised schemes so that the two would be left alone and could continue their affair. However, it began to take its toll on Johnny who was being forced into doing more and more painful stunts. Earl saw what was happening and decided to end the affair ("Sweet Johnny").

Earl made friends with Zeke Cavanaugh and his brother Arlo, who moved into the trailer park. Earl and Zeke became good friends and they participated in many activities together that won them t-shirts. Randy became jealous that Earl was spending so much time with Zeke, and so hid a belt buckle of Earl's and blamed it on Zeke. In retaliation, Earl burnt all the shirts he and Zeke won together, and so Zeke and Arlo moved away ("Randy's List Item").

Earl and Randy stole a church organ in the hopes that it would gain good money on the black market, not realizing that what people really wanted were real organs such as livers and kidneys. At an undefined later point, Earl also stole some tools (which happened to belong to the reverend at the church that Earl stole the organ from) then kicked over the Port-a-loo that the owner of the tools was in. Unbelievably, Earl also slept with the reverend's wife in a scam he played where he pretended to help women get their husbands out of prison ("Gospel").

Earl attended a Halloween party at the Crab Shack that Joy was also at. Little Chubby (who was wearing a skeleton costume) made a pass at Joy, which she declined, but by the end of the night she was so drunk she decided to take him up on the offer. She found the man in the skeleton costume (which this time happened to be Earl) and they had sex, which led to her conception of Dodger.

Despite Earl and Randy's numerous mishaps, their father Carl often bailed them out of jail. However before long he stopped, forcing Earl and Randy to stay in jail.


Earl bought a "scratch and win" lottery ticket at the start of the series which proves to be worth $100,000. However he was immediately hit by a car and watched the ticket blow away. While Earl recovered in hospital, his wife, Joy, divorced him, and Earl was introduced to the concept of karma while watching an interview with singer Trace Adkins on "Last Call with Carson Daly". He decided to try to make up for all the bad things he has done and makes a written list of 259 items. After leaving the hospital he started on his list and right away he found the lost $100,000 scratcher. Figuring karma works well, he resolved to continue making up for items on the list .

Episode Screenshots

01x14 - Monkeys In Space
Season 1, Episode 14
02x09 - Born a Gamblin' Man
Season 2, Episode 09
02x06 - Made A Lady Think I Was God
Season 2, Episode 06
04x07 - Quit Your Snitchin'
Season 4, Episode 07
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