Trivia / My Name Is Earl

  • Actor Allusion:
    • Burt Reynolds played Chubby and Norm MacDonald played his son Little Chubby, doing his Burt Reynolds impression from Saturday Night Live.
    • In an episode where Earl sets out to hold a real job, he goes from warehouse dock worker to dreaming of being a salesman. Especially towards the end, the episode turns into an Affectionate Parody of Rudy, which is made all the more funny because one of the salesmen who tortures Earl is played by Sean Astin, and Charles Dutton lampoons his Magical Negro role from that movie as well. "You're six-foot something, a hundred and something..."
    • In an episode featuring Danny Glover he had to say "I'm getting too old for this crap."
    • In an episode Earl and Randy take a test where you fill in the bubbles. Randy uses the bubbles to make a sailboat.
    • One episode saw Darnell dancing around and handing out office supplies, which the actor previously had done in a series of OfficeMax commercials as "The Rubberband Man".
    • Mindy Sterling playing Seth Green's mom.
    • Earl's dad makes a joke about Harvard in "No Heads and a Duffle Bag." Jason Lee starred in Stealing Harvard in 2002.
    • Season 2 Episode 3 has Earl learning to ride a skateboard from a circus performer. Jason Lee was a professional skateboarder before he became an actor.
  • The Danza: One of Earl's list entries, a depressed veteran named Jerry, is played by Jerry van Dyke.
  • Executive Meddling: As with most NBC shows of the time, NBC forced an episode airing on a particular week to have an environmentalist message. As with a number of other shows, in "Randy In Charge", the writers used the opportunity to take some potshots at the executives forcing it on them.
  • Screwed by the Network: Italian network "Italia Uno" ("Italy One") has changed the show's timeslot from late evening to early afternoon. And bowdlerisation wasn't even considered. Ironically, they actually managed to show the entire series uncensored and without a single complaint. Not a bad thing for the fans of the show.
    • Greg Garcia asked NBC if it was okay to end Season Four on a cliffhanger and they told him it was okay to do so.
  • Real-Life Relative: Willie the One-Eyed Mailman is played by Bill Suplee, Ethan Suplee's real-life dad.
  • Throw It In: Never in the script, but Eddie Suplee frequently works with the director to have Randy doing some sort of Funny Background Event that is entirely within his character while Earl is busy with his list item (jumping on a trampoline, trying out the stripper pole, etc).
    • In the COPS episode one the scrawny police officer accidentally clipped his face with the squad car door when rushing inside the convenience store Randy and Earl were held up in. The actor didn't miss a beat and went on with the scene.
    • Willie the One-Eyed Mailman was played by Ethan Suplee's actual dad. Greg Garcia said when they met the guy and saw his mustache, they knew they had to work him into the show.
  • What Could Have Been: Greg Garcia has explained that he never intended for Earl to finish the list. Had the show had a proper finale, it would about Earl having trouble completing an item on his list and beginning to worry that he would never finish it. He would then meet someone who had wronged him in the past, but Earl's actions had inspired the man to make a list of his own and put Earl on it. Seeing that he was inspiring other people to make lists and become better people, Earl realized that he had finally put more good into the world than bad. He would then tear up the list, free to live his life with good karma.
    • Earl Jr.'s father was going to be a celebrity who came to town on tour and had a one night stand with Joy.
    • The show was going to have a comic book tie-in produced by Oni Press. It was even advertised in the Season One DVD set. However, no issues were ever released.
    • A Greek remake of the show was reported to be in production at one point.
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