The BEST Episodes of My Name Is Earl

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

Last Updated: Sep 26, 2019

Network: NBC

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 7.96
227 votes
Directors: Chris Koch
Writers: Alan Kirschenbaum, Danielle Sanchez-Witzel
South of the Border (1)

#2 - 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 7.93
251 votes
Directors: Michael Fresco
Writers: Michael Pennie
Number One

#3 - 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 7.92
257 votes
Directors: Greg Garcia
Writers: Greg Garcia
The Trial

#4 - 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 7.92
223 votes
Directors: Michael Fresco
Writers: Vali Chandrasekaran, Mike Mariano, Timothy Stack
Buried Treasure

#5 - 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 7.91
257 votes
Directors: Eyal Gordin
Writers: Patrick McCarthy, Erika Kaestle
The Professor

#6 - 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 7.90
279 votes
Directors: Marc Buckland
Writers: Danielle Sanchez-Witzel
South of the Border (2)

#7 - 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 7.89
131 votes
Directors: Marc Buckland
Writers: Danielle Sanchez-Witzel
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 7.86
270 votes
Directors: Chris Koch
Writers: Brad Copeland, Barbie Adler

#9 - 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
580 votes
Directors: Marc Buckland
Writers: Greg Garcia
Our 'Cops' is On

#10 - 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 7.85
254 votes
Directors: Ken Wittingham
Writers: Timothy Stack
Get a Real Job

#11 - 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 7.85
220 votes
Directors: Ken Whittingham
Sticks & Stones

#12 - 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 7.83
266 votes
Directors: Marc Buckland
Writers: Danielle Sanchez-Witzel

#13 - Pinky

Season 4 - Episode 22

Earl helps Randy find his first love, Pinky.

star 7.82
224 votes
Directors: Greg Garcia
Writers: Greg Garcia

#14 - 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 7.82
222 votes
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 7.81
231 votes
Directors: Eyal Gordin
Writers: Hilary Winston
Jump For Joy

#16 - 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 7.81
279 votes
Directors: Chris Koch
Writers: Vali Chandrasekaran

#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 7.81
278 votes
Directors: Marc Buckland
Writers: Hilary Winston
Midnight Bun

#18 - 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 7.80
253 votes
Directors: Eyal Gordin
Writers: Hilary Winston
Darnell Outed (2)

#19 - 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 7.80
208 votes
Directors: Eyal Gordin
Writers: Hunter Covington, Matt Ward, Alan Kirschenbaum, Jessica Goldstein, Chrissy Pietrosh
Joy's Wedding

#20 - 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 7.79
328 votes
Directors: Marc Buckland
Writers: Greg Garcia
Born a Gamblin Man

#21 - 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 7.79
255 votes
Directors: Chris Koch
Writers: Victor Fresco
My Name is Alias

#22 - My Name is Alias

Season 4 - Episode 19

Danny Glover guest stars as Darnell's father who comes looking for him in Camden only to raise Earl and Randy's suspicions. However, a family reunion leads to father and son partaking in one last undercover mission.

star 7.78
210 votes
Directors: Eyal Gordin
Writers: Matthew W. Thompson
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 7.77
184 votes
Directors: Michael Fresco
Writers: Michael Pennie , Hilary Winston
Stole P's HD Cart

#24 - Stole P's HD Cart

Season 1 - Episode 13

Earl crosses another number off the list when he returns Pops’ Weiner Hot Dog cart he and Ralph (Giovanni Ribisi) stole in his youth. The good deed does not last long as Ralph, who works for a competing franchise sets fire to Pops cart. Earl now must set things right with a bizarre plan while recruiting Randy, Joy, Catalina and Darnell to assist him. Recap: After going out to eat, Earl remembers that he and Ralph stole Pop's Wiener Hot Dog cart because the competing fast food restaurant manager pay then to do it. So he decided to take it of his list. Earl when to the place where he hide the cart and went to Pop's house to returned and ask for forgiveness, Pop agree to forgive him. But it was not enough because now people are used to go to the fast food restaurant and nobody goes to Pop's anymore. Earl decided to advertise Pop's to get him back to business and he succeeds. But after Pop's got back to business Ralph burns Pop's cart because once again he got paid by the competing franchise. Earl decided that now he owe Pop a new cart so now he had to get money to buy one. He decided to get the gang together once more to plan for a new hit. While planning Ralph came up with the idea of cutting his finger and put it in the food of a restaurant and sue them, Earl dismiss the idea. He planned to get them all work in a company and steal all they could from it to get the money. Thanks to Kenny, Earl makes all the gang look qualify for the job (Kenny exchange his test with them making him look bad and them good). After all got the job, they hide and wait for the night to act. At night, they started to steal everything but then Ralph came up with stealing a huge copy machine everybody didn't wanted to do it but Earl thought that the machine would make the money quicker and decided to go for it. They went inside the room with the huge machine and try to carry it through the door but it was to big to fit, Ralph insisted in pushing it harder but it got them trap inside the small room. The next morning they all were fired. Earl was about to give up when Ralph again brings up the idea of the finger, but this time he brought the finger too, so Earl decided to go for it. Joy was in charge of finding the finger and sue the restaurant, she quickly got the money and give it to Earl, she didn't care about the money, she was happy that the gang was together again, Pop's got his cart again and Earl could write it off his list.

star 7.77
283 votes
Directors: Chris Koch
Writers: J. B. Cook
Faked My Own Death

#25 - Faked My Own Death

Season 1 - Episode 4

When Earl meets a tough biker chick at a Halloween party, it looks like a match made in heaven--but when the costumes come off, the mismatch becomes apparent and Earl takes drastic measures to get out of the relationship. Now, years later, Earl must find a way to make amends for deceiving the girl.

star 7.76
382 votes
Directors: Tamra Davis
Writers: Hilary Winston