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My Name Is Earl Cast
My Name Is Earl - The Story Line
'My Name Is Earl' is an American sitcom about a petty criminal who, after winning $100,000 on the lottery and then being hit by a car discovers 'Karma'. Realising that all the bad things which have happened to him are caused by the bad things he has done, he decides to make a list of all the bad things he has done and make up for them one by one. Using his lottery winnings to sustain himself and Randy he can focus his time on atoning for his wrong doings in order to better his life.
Each episode we see Earl, who is nearly always accompanied by his brother Randy try to cross an item off his list. At first each list item seems easy to atone for, stole gas from a guys car, return the gas. But more often than not, the effects of Earl's crime against that person lead to other problems which Earl feels he must help resolve, usually to Randy's dismay.
The writing is excellent, unique, sharp, intelligent, tongue in cheek, very witty & sometimes dark.
Earl and Randy are the main characters but there is also Joy (Earl's Ex wife and mother of his child*), Joy's new husband Darnell and Catalina (The latin (her country of oringin is not disclosed until later) maid who works at the motel where Earl & Randy live)
* You will have to watch a few episodes to find out!
Camden County is the fictional US location where the show is set.
The main locations in the show are Earl & Randy’s ‘home’ which is a single room in a run down motel, the trailer park where Joy & Darnell live, the ‘Crabshack’ where they all drink and ‘Chubbys’ strip club.
Earl Hickey (Jason Lee)
Earl Hickey is a career criminal until he wins the lottery and then gets hit by a car straight afterwards, during his recovery in hospital he watches a TV show where he sees Carson Daly talking about ‘Karma’, believing it is his creation. He comes to the conclusion that everything bad that has happened to him is a result of the bad things he has done, the lottery win and car accident being the most recent. During his convalescence he makes a list of all the bad things he has done and once out of hospital begins to make amend for them.
Earl is the older brother of Randy, the other main character who lives with him at the Motel and this is also where they meet Catalina who works there as a maid.
Randy Hickey (Ethan Suplee)
Randy Hickey is Earl’s loyal younger brother and spends most of his time helping Earl to tick things off his list. He idolised Earl and is constantly trying to get Catalina's attention, which in the end works, kind of.
Before Earl discovered Karma Randy was Earl's partner in crime, and although he doesn't fully understand Karma, 'the list' and if often reluctant to help those people on 'the list' he does it regardless to help his brother Earl.
Randy’s character is, well, you’ll just have to watch an episode and see him in action.
Joy Turner (Jaime Pressly)
Joy is Earl’s ex wife and mother to his child. She is a ‘stay at trailer mom’ and lives with her children and husband Darnell at the local trailer park. Her character in the show is rude, annoying, disrespectful, patriotic and very entertaining.
Jaime Pressly is a successful American actress, appearing in over twenty movies and model with appearances in Playboy and other magazines including FHM, Stuff and Maxim to name a few.
Darnell Turner (Eddie Steeples)
Darnell Turner played by Eddie Steeples is Joy’s husband. He works at the Crab Shack as a ‘Crabman’ which is also his nickname, he, however, hasn’t always been a crabman, but you’ll have watch a few episode to find out what he did before.
He is a bit of a fish out of water in Camden and his smart observations are often lost on the locals.
Catalina Aruca (Nadine Velazquez)
Catalina played by Nadine Velazquez is the latin (her home country is a bit of a mystery) motel maid where Earl and Randy live and she also works at the local strip club Chubby’s. Randy loves her and Joy hates her.
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