The Best Episodes of My Name Is Earl

Last Updated: Jun 3, 2019

Earl Hickey's life has been full of poor choices and mistakes, and 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, thanks to Carson Daly, who attributes his success to doing good for others. A light bulb goes on in Earl's dim head, and he sets out to right every wrong he has done, starting with a geek he tormented in grade school.

Dodge's Dad

#1 - Dodge's Dad

Season 4 - Episode 27

When Dodge tells Joy he doesn't want Darnell to speak at career day, she enlists Earl to pretend to be his father. Things don't go well and Earl realizes Dodge needs to know his real dad. Despite Joy's protests, Earl enlists Randy and Catalina to help him hunt down the deadbeat dad, but what they discover is worse than they could have imagined.

star 7.97
220 votes
Directors: Chris Koch
Writers: Alan Kirschenbaum, Danielle Sanchez-Witzel
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Number One

#2 - Number One

Season 1 - Episode 24

In the season finale, Earl decides to cross off the first number on his karma list, “Stole ten dollars from a guy at the Camden Market.” Earl to his dismay finds out that he owes much more than ten dollars, in fact he must surrender all his lotto winnings. Earl now ponders when karma is going to help him with his misfortunes.

star 7.96
245 votes
Directors: Greg Garcia
Writers: Greg Garcia
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South of the Border (1)

#3 - South of the Border (1)

Season 2 - Episode 10

In the first half of this special one hour episode, Earl and Randy face problems in their quest to take Catalina off Earl's list and bring her home after she was deported because of Earl. Joy's friendly attitude causes the neighbors to get closer and Darnell doesn't like it at all.

star 7.94
242 votes
Directors: Michael Fresco
Writers: Michael Pennie
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The Professor

#4 - The Professor

Season 1 - Episode 16

Earl's nervous about returning a laptop computer he stole from a college professor, mostly because he's uncomfortable around smart people. When the professor turns out to be a beautiful woman, he feels even more ill at ease, until she flatters him and asks him to speak about his list in front of her class. Meanwhile, Randy experiences fraternity life---and absolutely loves it.

star 7.93
266 votes
Directors: Marc Buckland
Writers: Danielle Sanchez-Witzel
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The Trial

#5 - The Trial

Season 2 - Episode 23

Things are finally looking up for Earl with a GED, a job, a new apartment and love interest however it may all come crashing down during Joy's trial date. Earl's shocking testimony could help Joy but at what cost?

star 7.93
216 votes
Directors: Michael Fresco
Writers: Vali Chandrasekaran, Mike Mariano, Timothy Stack
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South of the Border (2)

#6 - South of the Border (2)

Season 2 - Episode 11

In the second half of this special one hour episode, Earl and Randy face problems in their quest to take Catalina off Earl's list and bring her home after she was deported because of Earl. Joy's friendly attitude causes the neighbors to get closer and Darnell doesn't like it at all.

star 7.91
123 votes
Directors: Marc Buckland
Writers: Danielle Sanchez-Witzel
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Buried Treasure

#7 - Buried Treasure

Season 2 - Episode 13

In classic whodunit fashion, Earl must determine who took his stolen "treasure" so he can cross it off his list. Joy, Darnell and Randy all give their own version of what happened to the buried treasure.

star 7.90
249 votes
Directors: Eyal Gordin
Writers: Patrick McCarthy, Erika Kaestle
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Dad's Car

#8 - Dad's Car

Season 1 - Episode 18

It's Mother's Day again when Earl remembers that he has never given his mother a Mother's Day gift Just as he and Randy are about to finish carrying out his long overdue gift his mother decides her repayment should include Earl doing something for his father.

star 7.88
259 votes
Directors: Chris Koch
Writers: Brad Copeland, Barbie Adler
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Sticks & Stones

#9 - Sticks & Stones

Season 2 - Episode 3

Earl decides to cross off number ninety-one on his list "Made fun of Maggie Lester for having a moustache." Earl and Randy visit Maggie who is now working for a carnival as "The Amazing Bearded Woman" meanwhile Joy has a run in with the law.

star 7.87
255 votes
Directors: Marc Buckland
Writers: Danielle Sanchez-Witzel
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Get a Real Job

#10 - Get a Real Job

Season 2 - Episode 22

When Earl decides to get his first real job at an appliance store, he experiences 'growing pains'. Meanwhile, Joy makes another irrational decision when the forthcoming trial continues to get to her.

star 7.86
211 votes
Directors: Ken Whittingham
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Pilot

#11 - Pilot

Season 1 - Episode 1

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 #64--Kenny James, a boy he picked on in elementary school. Recap When we meet Earl Hickey, he describes himself as "that guy you see going into the convenience store when you stop off in that little town on the way to Grandma's house--sorta shifty looking fellow who buys a pack of smokes, a couple lotto scratchers and a tallboy at 10 in the morning." He's a petty thief who proceeds to steal some CDs and a flag from a van parked outside of the aforementioned convenience store. Earl's narration introduces us to Joy, his unfaithful wife of, presumably, six years. He also introduces his two children (neither of which he fathered), Dodge and Earl Jr, and his brother Randy. The narration montage also introduces Darnell, an employee at Ernie's Crab Shack and also the father of Earl Jr. This all brings us to three weeks ago. Earl gets his due in the form of a $100,000 scratch off ticket... only to promptly lose it when he runs into traffic and gets hit by a car. He wakes up in a hospital with an injured leg and neck, a morphine drip, and divorce papers from Joy. While flipping channels on the television, Earl stops on Carson Daly's late night talk show. Carson recites his philosophy on karma and it inspires an epiphany in Earl. After he's released, he and Randy get set up in a motel room, where Randy quickly makes nice with the maid, Catalina. Earl decides that he will write out a list of all of the bad things he's done and sets out to right his wrongs. He starts with #136, being a litterbug. Right after throwing away garbage in the motel parking lot, the winning lottery ticket appears at his feet. "Son of a bitch, it's working!" Earl makes his way down to #64, Kenny James. He had picked on Kenny relentlessly in elementary school and has set out to make it up to him. After an incident with Kenny's parents, Randy finds out Kenny's address and the two drive off to see what they can do for him. They discover that although he has "a good job as an assistant manager of the CopyHut, a powder blue LeCar he took pride in and the nicest house on the block," he has no one to share it with. Naturally, Earl sets out to get Kenny laid. Earl pays Patty, a daytime hooker, to go to Kenny's house and have sex with him. Under the ruse of Greenpeace, Patty goes to work, only to be rejected. Earl and Randy go inside to see what the deal is, only to discover that Kenny is gay. Earl flees from Kenny's house and marks him off the list due to "special circumstances." Right after he marks Kenny off the list, his ex-wife Joy hits him over the head with a telephone in his motel room. Joy threatens him, demanding half of his $100,000 prize money. Earl writes it off as karma again and decides to take another crack at helping Kenny. Earl settles on taking Kenny to a gay bar in the city to boost his confidence. Once the three (Randy went along because Earl didn't want to be the only straight guy in a gay bar) went into the club and Kenny saw someone he liked, he realized that if Earl, the one person he's been most terrified of, will accept him for who he is then everyone else should, too. He leaves with his confidence fully intact and Earl leaves with one more entry marked off his list.

star 7.86
563 votes
Directors: Marc Buckland
Writers: Greg Garcia
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Pinky

#12 - Pinky

Season 4 - Episode 22

Earl helps Randy find his first love, Pinky.

star 7.85
217 votes
Directors: Greg Garcia
Writers: Greg Garcia
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Jump For Joy

#13 - Jump For Joy

Season 2 - Episode 2

In order to help a friend Earl has to raise a lot of money. He goes to Richard Chubby (Burt Reynolds), owner of Club Chubby a local strip club. He agrees to loan Earl the money if Earl can convince his most popular dancer to come back and work for him.

star 7.84
268 votes
Directors: Chris Koch
Writers: Vali Chandrasekaran
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Our 'Cops' is On

#14 - Our 'Cops' is On

Season 2 - Episode 12

It's a trip down memory lane for Earl, Randy, Joy, Darnell and the Crab Shack regulars when they remember their fifteen minutes of fame watching a 2003 repeat of the TV show "Cops," which was filmed in Camden County.

star 7.83
243 votes
Directors: Ken Wittingham
Writers: Timothy Stack
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The Birthday Party

#15 - The Birthday Party

Season 2 - Episode 17

Earl wants to use his birthday to look back on all the good he's done over the past year, but at his party, everyone seems to want to talk about his past misdeeds instead.

star 7.83
221 votes
Directors: Eyal Gordin
Writers: Hilary Winston
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G.E.D.

#16 - G.E.D.

Season 2 - Episode 21

Earl tries to apply for a credit card but is declined because he doesn't have a job or a proper place to live, so he goes back to school to receive a diploma, where he realizes how hard it is for teachers to put up with badly behaved kids - just like the one he used to be.

star 7.83
214 votes
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Y2K

#17 - Y2K

Season 1 - Episode 19

When Earl is attempting to cross number 24 ("Stole a red 'Take-a-number' machine” ) off his list, Randy tries to get Earl to back down by trying to make him remember, through a flashback, how they got the machine around New Year’s Eve 1999. Darnell convinces the gang to believe that Y2K will signal the end of the world and they, happily, will be the last people on Earth.

star 7.83
265 votes
Directors: Marc Buckland
Writers: Hilary Winston
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Born a Gamblin Man

#18 - Born a Gamblin Man

Season 2 - Episode 9

Earl tackles number 146 on his list. He decides to make 274 bologna sandwiches for Kenny because he stole them from him in school when they were kids. While delivering the sandwiches, Earl moves onto a new mission, to teach Kenny how to gamble but has trouble stopping. Joy goes to group therapy for her anger management issues.

star 7.82
243 votes
Directors: Chris Koch
Writers: Victor Fresco
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Midnight Bun

#19 - Midnight Bun

Season 3 - Episode 10

Joy enlists the help of Darnell to expediate the baby's birth. Meanwhile, Frank escapes from prison when Randy takes the convicts out for ice cream. Elsewhere, Catalina baby-sits Dodge and Earl Jr.

star 7.81
243 votes
Directors: Eyal Gordin
Writers: Hilary Winston
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Darnell Outed (2)

#20 - Darnell Outed (2)

Season 4 - Episode 16

In the aftermath of having his cover blown, Darnell must pack up and leave Camden. Meanwhile, Earl, Randy and Catalina discover a devastating truth within the post office.

star 7.81
202 votes
Directors: Eyal Gordin
Writers: Hunter Covington, Matt Ward, Alan Kirschenbaum, Jessica Goldstein, Chrissy Pietrosh
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Joy's Wedding

#21 - Joy's Wedding

Season 1 - Episode 8

Darnell and Joy decided to tie the knot while Earl learns thru Randy’s invitation that he is not invited. To make things worse Joy has scheduled the wedding on Earl’s birthday so that all of their friends will be unable to celebrate with him. A drunken Earl crashes the party accidentally breaking Joy’s nose and now is forced to add “ruined Joy’s wedding” to his list.

star 7.80
317 votes
Directors: Marc Buckland
Writers: Greg Garcia
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The Bounty Hunter

#22 - The Bounty Hunter

Season 1 - Episode 21

Number forty-five "Ditched Jessie to Marry Joy" is next on the list when Jessie, Earl's ex-girlfriend returns to town seeking revenge. Earl must protect Joy in a lakeside retreat while Randy fights not to reveal their location to Jessie.

star 7.79
249 votes
Directors: Marc Buckland
Writers: Hunter Covington III
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Camdenites (1)

#23 - Camdenites (1)

Season 3 - Episode 21

When relational problems arise between Earl and Billie, he is forced to choose between Karma and her.

star 7.79
179 votes
Directors: Michael Fresco
Writers: Michael Pennie , Hilary Winston
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Frank's Girl

#24 - Frank's Girl

Season 3 - Episode 6

It's conjugal visiting day at the prison and since no one is visiting Earl, Frank wants Earl to explain to his girlfriend why he cannot see her today. Things don't go as planned and Frank's girlfriend dumps him because of Earl. Earl is blames himself and vows to get them back together.

star 7.79
238 votes
Directors: Eyal Gordin
Writers: Danielle Sanchez-Witzel
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Broke Joy's Fancy Figurine

#25 - Broke Joy's Fancy Figurine

Season 1 - Episode 6

In order to replace a fancy figurine that he broke, Earl lends a hand to help Joy's former adversary and her daughter win a mother/daughter beauty pageant . However, Joy enters the pageant also with her "dead" mother trying to win that same figurine, hoping to trade it for a hot tub. Recap: The episode begins with Randy sitting down at the bar. Earl walks in and hands a cereal box to Randy. He looks very happy. Earl tells Randy no more generic cereal for him. He only gets the best now. When Earl and Randy get back to the apartment, Joy is there digging through all of their stuff. Earl tells Joy she isn't getting any of his money. She tells him that all she really wants his a hot tub. Earl looks on his list and sees that Joy his on it. He tells her that he will fix that so she'll leave him alone. It says that he blew up Joy's Trophy but he can't really remember what it was for. Later that night he dreams about it. Randy and him are using firecrackers to blow stuff up. They run out of things so Earl brings Joy's trophy. It is a little girl sitting on a lawnmower with the companies name on it. The next day Earl goes to the company and asks if he can have one of the trophies. The lady there tells him that the trophies are given out to the winners of the Lawn Mower companies Mother and Daughter beauty pageant. The lady remembers when Joy won. The next year a new mother and daughter entered and that family has won every year since. Their name is the Stokers. Earl goes to the mother and daughter and asks if he can have one of their trophies. They make a deal that if Earl helps them win this year, they will give him the trophy. Earl tells Joy he is going to enter and win her a trophy. She doesn't want him to so she is going to enter, too. The beauty pageant is also has a talent show part. The reason this family has won every year is because they have a "gift" in which they can throw knives with amazing accuracy. Earl is placed on a large circle which spins around while Ms. Stoker and her daughter throws knives at him. Earl finds out that the daughter, Candy, has been practicing with plastic knives and she hasn't discovered her "gift" yet. This greatly worries Earl. Ms. Stoker gives Candy real knives and has her try it. She does perfectly, a great relief to Earl. Later, when Earl is alone with Candy, she tells him that she really wants to become a doctor and not enter these beauty pageants. Earl convinces her that she has to do it for him. Meanwhile, Joy goes out and tries to adopt a child, with little luck. So she calls her mother and asks if she will enter with her, but has no luck either. Joy gets an idea. Crabman and her smoke a ton of cigarettes and fill up a urn. She convinces the judges at the pageant it is her mother's ashes and they allow her to enter. While all this is going on, Randy and Catalina hang out and get to know each other better. The pageant begins and the competition is fierce. After a first couple of groups go, Joy comes out. She is wearing a skimpy two-piece swimsuit carrying her mother's urn. She sings some songs and even starts tap dancing. She really wants to win this pageant. The Stoker family is about to come out and Earl is getting ready. Backstage, he sees Candy and she looks depressed. He talks to her and sees that she is unhappy. He tells her to hit him in the leg with the knife. The Stoker family comes out along with Earl. Ms. Stoker goes first and does a perfect job. Candy steps up, throws the knife and it flies right in to Earl's leg! Earl gives Candy a thumbs up to let her know he's ok, aside from a knife in his leg. He tells her he is ok and that he has been stabbed by plenty of girls. The judges come out and announce that Joy is the winner. She gets a trophy and Earl realizes that he did the right thing. Joy got her trophy back and he can cross her off his list.

star 7.79
339 votes
Directors: Lev L. Spiro
Writers: Danielle Sanchez-Witzel
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