These are what we call the 'YMMV items.' Things that some people find in this work. We call them 'your mileage might vary' because not everyone sees these things in the same way. This starts discussions in the trope lists, a thing we don't want. Please use the discussion page if you'd like to discuss any of these items.
YMMV: My Name Is Earl
Angst? What Angst?: 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.
Author's Saving Throw: 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.
Incest Subtext: 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.
Karma Houdini: Billie commits various felonies, subjects Earl and Randy to what is arguably physical, emotional, and financial abuse, and never shows any remorse for it... right up until the end of Season 3, when she sees the error of her ways and rather abruptly decides to spend the rest of her life with the Camdenites.
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 Chronic Villainy, or sheer callousness. The character and his antics are usually more annoying than amusing.
Tear Jerker: 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.
The Woobie: 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.
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 Dog.
Unfortunate Implications: The Right Choice Ranch had a tendency to come up with slogans that invoked this. By the current timeline, they finally settled on "We Don't Do Anything Inappropriate to the Boys".