History Series / MyNameIsEarl

14th Jun '17 6:09:15 PM KJMackley
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* LamarckWasRight: A deliberate subversion in casting Beau Bridges as Earl and Randy's suburban dad. Rather than showing Earl as being a product of his upbringing, it showed he was a BlackSheep.



* RealLifeWritesThePlot : Jaime Pressly was pregnant during the second season, hence the written-in surrogate pregnancy.

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* RealLifeWritesThePlot : Jaime Pressly was pregnant during the second season, hence the written-in surrogate pregnancy. The flashbacks to a time when Joy was pregnant increased as well.
27th May '17 2:55:55 PM nombretomado
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** The local convenience store is [[TheViewaskewNiverse the Quick Stop]]. Also something of an ActorAllusion, given that both Lee and Suplee have appeared in View Askew films.

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** The local convenience store is [[TheViewaskewNiverse [[Film/TheViewAskewniverse the Quick Stop]]. Also something of an ActorAllusion, given that both Lee and Suplee have appeared in View Askew films.
23rd Apr '17 2:37:08 PM nombretomado
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* AscendedMeme: Taken to ultra-meta levels. Creator Greg Garcia started up an account on TelevisionWithoutPity under the name of whojackie, and began writing all these little bits and pieces on the ''My Name Is Earl'' forum that eventually coalesced into an actual episode of the series where whojackie is revealed to be a (very) minor character on the show. When [=TWoP=] users saw the episode they looked up Jackey's post history and saw that many of the things he posted on there {{foreshadowed}} the events of that episode, including being worried about his Murphy's (wall) Bed. After the episode aired they even had "Joy" post on the site under Jackey's name mirroring the events of the episode. All of the details are discussed in the DVDCommentary of that episode.

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* AscendedMeme: Taken to ultra-meta levels. Creator Greg Garcia started up an account on TelevisionWithoutPity Website/TelevisionWithoutPity under the name of whojackie, and began writing all these little bits and pieces on the ''My Name Is Earl'' forum that eventually coalesced into an actual episode of the series where whojackie is revealed to be a (very) minor character on the show. When [=TWoP=] users saw the episode they looked up Jackey's post history and saw that many of the things he posted on there {{foreshadowed}} the events of that episode, including being worried about his Murphy's (wall) Bed. After the episode aired they even had "Joy" post on the site under Jackey's name mirroring the events of the episode. All of the details are discussed in the DVDCommentary of that episode.
16th Apr '17 6:02:37 PM IronicMouse
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* FalseFalseAlarm: * In one episode, we see a flashback to Earl & Joy stealing a diamond ring from a jewelry store. Earl's brother Randy (pretending to be an unrelated customer) "accidentally" wanders too near the door while holding a pearl necklace in order to see it under natural light, triggering the alarm. The clerk goes to deal with Randy while Earl & Joy walk out of the store with the diamond.

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* FalseFalseAlarm: * In one episode, we see a flashback to Earl & Joy stealing a diamond ring from a jewelry store. Earl's brother Randy (pretending to be an unrelated customer) "accidentally" wanders too near the door while holding a pearl necklace in order to see it under natural light, triggering the alarm. The clerk goes to deal with Randy while Earl & Joy walk out of the store with the diamond.
16th Apr '17 6:01:14 PM IronicMouse
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* FalseFalseAlarm: * In one episode, we see a flashback to Earl & Joy stealing a diamond ring from a jewelry store. Earl's brother Randy (pretending to be an unrelated customer) "accidentally" wanders too near the door while holding a pearl necklace in order to see it under natural light, triggering the alarm. The clerk goes to deal with Randy while Earl & Joy walk out of the store with the diamond.
12th Apr '17 10:11:47 AM MrCoolioPants
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* WholePlotReference: The episode "Get a Real Job"'s "A" plot is an AffectionateParody to Rudy, with Charles S. Dutton even redoing his iconic speech.

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* WholePlotReference: The episode "Get a Real Job"'s "A" "B" plot is an AffectionateParody to Rudy, with Charles S. Dutton even redoing his iconic speech.
12th Apr '17 10:05:13 AM MrCoolioPants
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* ShapedLikeItself: Randy sees a "30 Miles to Camden" sign, and asks Earl why a mile is called a 'mile'. Earl says "If it was called a quart you wouldn't know what it was."

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* ShapedLikeItself: Randy sees a "30 Miles to Camden" sign, and asks Earl why a mile is called a 'mile'. Earl says "If it was called a quart klorp you wouldn't know what it was."
25th Mar '17 5:27:02 PM nombretomado
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* AnalogyBackfire: Earl wanted his post-marriage relationship with Joy [[AmicablyDivorced to be more civil,]] "like [[BruceWillis Bruce]] and [[Creator/DemiMoore Demi]]," so he decided to give Joy the best marriage to Darnell she could ask for. With all that good energy floating between them again they slept together in a moment of weakness. Joy accused Earl of "seducing her" but he explained the Bruce and Demi analogy. Joy replied with "Please, don't you think Bruce and Demi have a quickie once in a while..."

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* AnalogyBackfire: Earl wanted his post-marriage relationship with Joy [[AmicablyDivorced to be more civil,]] "like [[BruceWillis Bruce]] Creator/{{Bruce|Willis}} and [[Creator/DemiMoore Demi]]," Creator/{{Demi|Moore}}," so he decided to give Joy the best marriage to Darnell she could ask for. With all that good energy floating between them again they slept together in a moment of weakness. Joy accused Earl of "seducing her" but he explained the Bruce and Demi analogy. Joy replied with "Please, don't you think Bruce and Demi have a quickie once in a while..."
15th Jan '17 1:28:20 PM creader
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* IKnowMortalKombat / TaughtByTelevision: Joy has an impressive set of martial skills... learned from watching talk shows (!).

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* IKnowMortalKombat / TaughtByTelevision: IKnowMortalKombat: Joy has an impressive set of martial skills... learned from watching talk shows (!).



* IncestSubtext:
** Earl and Randy are good brothers and the motel room is small, but it's still weird that Randy pedicures Earl and knows what his nipples taste like.
** Earl and Randy sleep in the same bed. Their usual wake up routine includes Earl announcing to Randy some variation of "Wakey wakey, hands off snakey." In one episode Earl announces "Rise and shine... hands off mine!"



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* LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters - By the end of the show, the number of recurring characters was quite impressive.
* LoopholeAbuse - At one point, Joy enters a Mother/Daughter Beauty Contest. Apparently, it never states in the rules that both contestants have to be ''alive'', so Joy pretends to enter with her mother's cremated remains(actually cigarette ashes).

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* LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters - LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters: By the end of the show, the number of recurring characters was quite impressive.
* LoopholeAbuse - LoopholeAbuse: At one point, Joy enters a Mother/Daughter Beauty Contest. Apparently, it never states in the rules that both contestants have to be ''alive'', so Joy pretends to enter with her mother's cremated remains(actually cigarette ashes).



* MagneticPlotDevice - Inverted with Earl's list, but he views karma as playing it straight.
* {{Malaproper}} - Often. Earl would sometimes insult Joy about her "igelitimate" children.

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* MagneticPlotDevice - MagneticPlotDevice: Inverted with Earl's list, but he views karma as playing it straight.
* {{Malaproper}} - {{Malaproper}}: Often. Earl would sometimes insult Joy about her "igelitimate" children.


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15th Jan '17 10:34:18 AM MsChibi
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** In Season 4, one of the items on Earl's list is to get Joy a hottub, because he accidentally cost her a hottub she would have gotten as a reward for tradeshow modeling. Back in season 1, Joy requested that Earl buy her a hottub, but he refused because it would be too expensive.
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