* AngstWhatAngst: Despite the fact that he was doing his wife behind his back, and she eventually left Earl for him, Earl and Darnell are best buds, once even bonding over a shared naked dance from Joy. Darnell was hiding in the closet.
* AuthorsSavingThrow: The pilot episode glossed over the circumstances of Joy's infidelity with Darnell and Earl's reaction to seeing "his" child turn out black, which mostly played it for laughs. "Look What's Coming Out Of Joy" showed that Joy did regret cheating on him and genuinely hoped the baby was Earl's, Darnell wasn't entirely an absent father and still sought to be in his kid's life secretly, and Earl was devastated when he finally realized the truth and would have left Joy if his father didn't encourage him to stay just for the kid's sake.
* AwesomeMusic: If you like classic rock, you'll like this show. [[AwesomeMusic/MyNameIsEarl See the sub-page]].
* BizarroEpisode: As [[DVDBonusContent bonus content]] on the season 1 DVD, there is an "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2MfMvc7Z4xE alternate first episode]]" where Earl sees [[FamilyGuy Stewie Griffin]] talk about {{revenge}} instead of Carson Daly talking about karma, and he decides to go on a RoaringRampageOfRevenge. Until he gets killed by his friends and wills the show to Randy. Also a nice use of ActingForTwo with Jason Lee as a transvestite prostitute.
* FetishRetardant: Catalina tries to use this to make herself unappealing to Randy. It works, too. Unfortunately for her, it turned out that Randy was a nigh-on MemeticSexGod.
* HilariousInHindsight: Following this series' cancellation, Mike O'Malley's next recurring role is in ''Series/{{Glee}}'', where his main interaction is with his CampGay son.
** Patty once worked for a pimp named [[JerseyShore Snookie]]
* IncestSubtext: Earl and Randy are good brothers and the motel room is little, but it's still weird that Randy pedicures Earl and knows what his nipples taste like.
* ItWasHisSled: Darnell is a former super-spy in Witness Protection.
* MartyStu: The boringly perfect Darnell.
* MemeticBadass: Erik Estrada in his [[ShowWithinAShow game show]] "''Estrada or Nada''".
* MemeticSexGod: Randy, apparently.
* TheScrappy:
** Billie is not very well liked by the fandom. While no more flawed than any other character in the series, Earl's obsession with her and Earl's bad karma being blamed for her behavior (rather than blaming ''her'' for her behavior) left a bad taste.
** Ralph is an obnoxious thug whose primary purpose is to make life harder for Earl through either ChronicVillainy, or sheer callousness. The character and his antics are usually more annoying than amusing.
* {{Squick}}:
** Only this series can take sex with [[Series/DharmaAndGreg Jenna Elfman]] ''as a highly flexible cheerleader'', and turn it into ''this''.
** Little Chubby's batting cage scene.
** Joel's disfigured hand, which he aptly describes as a "spastic hunk of meat".
* TastesLikeDiabetes: Natalie from "Faked My Own Death".
* TearJerker: Randy crying over Earl's comatose body wondering if he "crossed enough off his list to get into heaven".
** Earl's reaction to seeing Earl Jr. in "Guess Who's Coming Out of Joy" counts, even more so since up to that point, he was incredibly excited about having his own son.
** The sequence with Earl taking the fall for Joy and going to jail at the end of season 2 is thoroughly depressing. The commentary points out one particularly sad moment: when Earl is led off, Randy instinctively follows him only to be sent back.
* TheWoobie: Most of the characters at various points (Joy when she loses her dream of fame, Randy when Earl tells him he doesn't stand a chance with Catalina, Earl and his dad when they go on a crying jag over their adulterous wives, and so on), but most often? Joy's kids.
* TheyWastedAPerfectlyGoodPlot:
** The fact that Catalina longed for Randy after their night together and Randy was no longer in love with her wasn't picked up after the episode "Foreign Exchange Student." The following episode had a brief nod when Catalina smelled his hair affectionately, but it never went anywhere beyond that.
** When Joy fled to Mexico, a bounty hunter was sent after her. Instead of Jessie (who still had a bone to pick with her) they used [[Series/DogTheBountyHunter Dog]].