History Series / MyNameIsEarl

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!"



* LeftHanging

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* LeftHanging LeftHanging:



* 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.
28th Dec '16 6:27:13 PM WaveSwallow
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* LifesavingMisfortune: Earl broke the tail light of a gangster named "Hash Brown", which got him pulled over by the cops, making him late for a deal. The deal went south and ended in a shootout, that Hash survived by virtue of not being there.
24th Dec '16 12:08:10 AM thecarolinabull01
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* EyepatchOfPower: Subverted with Louie the One-Eyed Mailman. What happened was Joy was throwing Earl's things off the trailer roof, and she warned everyone to move before she threw a bowling ball on a painting. Louie was listening to music during her warning...

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* EyepatchOfPower: Subverted with Louie Willie the One-Eyed Mailman. What happened was Joy was throwing Earl's things off the trailer roof, and she warned everyone to move before she threw a bowling ball on a painting. Louie Willie was listening to music during her warning...



** Another person on Earl's list was Donny, a former violent criminal lunatic who found religion while serving two years in prison for a crime Earl committed. Donny forgave Earl almost immediately, reasoning that if he hadn't gone to jail he wouldn't have cleaned up his act.

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** Another person on Earl's list was Donny, a former violent criminal lunatic who found religion while serving two years in prison for a crime Earl committed. Donny forgave Earl almost immediately, reasoning that if he hadn't gone to jail he wouldn't have cleaned up his act.act (and that he'd have likely gone to jail anyway at the rate he was going).



* ManChild

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* ManChildManChild: Earl, Randy & Joy. Especially Randy.



* SwitchingPOV: int eh episode with the silverware, where the episode transitions between characters as they recount what they did with some stolen silverware.

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* SwitchingPOV: int eh in the episode with the silverware, where the episode transitions between characters as they recount what they did with some stolen silverware.
20th Dec '16 11:56:59 PM thecarolinabull01
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* YouWannaGetSued: Earl reads to the trailer park children, "The Adventures of [[Franchise/{{Tarzan}} Trazan the Ape-Man]]". According to Earl the Camden Library couldn't afford real classics and had to settle for the knockoffs.

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* YouWannaGetSued: Earl reads to the trailer park children, "The Adventures of [[Franchise/{{Tarzan}} Trazan the Ape-Man]]". According to Earl the Camden Library couldn't afford real classics and had to settle for the knockoffs. And ''Tarzan'' is public domain, making the joke that much better.
14th Dec '16 3:34:09 PM LarryMullen
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* CaliforniaDoubling: We really don't know [[WhereTheHellIsSpringfield where Camden is]], but most hints put it somewhere in the US southeast.
17th Oct '16 6:14:32 AM Buck
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* BlackAndGrayMorality: When Earl becomes an antihero to help people then he follows into the gray area morality whereas the villains he goes up against are far worse than he is.
14th Oct '16 2:38:56 AM KJMackley
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* AmicablyDivorced: After a rocky first half of the first season, Earl and Joy eventually became rather good friends, and in the fourth season Earl (after two brief marriages in between) fondly admitted that she was his favorite wife. They ended up starting a tradition of still celebrating their anniversary (at the least with [[ItMakesSenseInContext Joy giving Earl a corn dog).

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* AmicablyDivorced: After a rocky first half of the first season, Earl and Joy eventually became rather good friends, and in the fourth season Earl (after two brief marriages in between) fondly admitted that she was his favorite wife. They ended up starting a tradition of still celebrating their anniversary (at the least with [[ItMakesSenseInContext Joy giving Earl a corn dog).dog]]).
14th Oct '16 2:38:30 AM KJMackley
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* AmicablyDivorced: After a rocky first half of the first season, Earl and Joy eventually became rather good friends, and in the fourth season Earl (after two brief marriages in between) fondly admitted that she was his favorite wife.

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* AmicablyDivorced: After a rocky first half of the first season, Earl and Joy eventually became rather good friends, and in the fourth season Earl (after two brief marriages in between) fondly admitted that she was his favorite wife. They ended up starting a tradition of still celebrating their anniversary (at the least with [[ItMakesSenseInContext Joy giving Earl a corn dog).



* GoneHorriblyRight: Catalina deliberately disgusted Randy in order to get rid of him without hurting his feelings. She succeeded while falling for him at the same time.

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* GoneHorriblyRight: Catalina deliberately disgusted Randy in order to get rid of him without hurting his feelings. She succeeded while falling succeeded, but Randy was so good in bed she fell for him at the same time.him.



* HairTodayGoneTomorrow: The whole series is very flashback centered. Typically, all the actors playing themselves in the present and 20 years ago just get a (rather bad) black wig as a sign they are younger. Jason Lee had a giggle fit in the DVDCommentary over this trend. For the main actors, there are often some mild changes done, like Randy having a rat tail or Joy with her hair down instead of in bands.



** While the final cliffhanger is never resolved, the pilot of Greg Garcia's new show ''Raising Hope'' worked in a brief nod that indicates that Earl eventually did finish his list:

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** While the final cliffhanger is never resolved, the pilot of Greg Garcia's new following show ''Raising Hope'' ''Series/RaisingHope'' worked in a brief nod that indicates that Earl eventually did finish his list:
11th Sep '16 8:24:51 PM erforce
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* {{Homage}}: Season 3: [[spoiler:A guy gets innocently thrown into prison, improves the lives of his fellow inmates and becomes an asset for the warden. When his release from prison is in sight, the warden fucks with him to keep him inside and the guy begins to rebel and finally breaks out. Sounds familiar? Then you probably watched TheShawshankRedemption]]

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* {{Homage}}: Season 3: [[spoiler:A guy gets innocently thrown into prison, improves the lives of his fellow inmates and becomes an asset for the warden. When his release from prison is in sight, the warden fucks with him to keep him inside and the guy begins to rebel and finally breaks out. Sounds familiar? Then you probably watched TheShawshankRedemption]]''Film/TheShawshankRedemption'']].
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