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Petty crook Earl decides he's got bad karma, and tries to turn his life around by righting all the wrongs from his past. But it's a long list - and things don't always pan out as planned...

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Petty crook Earl decides he's got bad karma, and tries to turn his life around by righting all the wrongs from his past. But it's a long list - and things don't always pan out as planned...

Series 1 Summary

You know the kind of guy who does nothing but bad things and then wonders why his life sucks? Well, that was Earl. Every time something good happened to him, something bad was waiting round the corner. Karma.

Things had to change. So he's made a list of everything bad he'd ever done and, one-by-one, he's going to make up for all his mistakes...

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    Episode 1 - Pilot

    Pilot: Earl (Jason Lee) is a small time crook but after winning the lottery, he decides to change his ways and atone for his past sins in this comedy hit.

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    Episode 2 - Quit Smoking

    Quit Smoking: Earl tackles two items on his karma list: making up for all the second-hand smoke he's inflicted on the world, and confessing to a crime he committed.

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    Episode 3 - Randy's Touchdown

    Randy's Touchdown: During their high school days, Earl ruined Randy's chance to score a touchdown during a key football game, so Earl tries to figure out a way to make things right.

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    Episode 4 - Faked My Own Death

    Faked His Own Death: Earl decides to come clean to a former girlfriend with whom he split up by faking his own death. But his plan backfires...

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    Episode 5 - Teacher Earl

    Teacher Earl: Earl decides to teach English as a second language so that he can cross 'Made fun of people with accents' off of his karma list.

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    Episode 6 - Broke Joy's Fancy Figurine

    Broke Joy's Fancy Figurine: Earl tries to win a beauty pageant trophy for Joy to make up for breaking one that she had won. So he enlists the help of her former nemesis...

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    Episode 7 - Stole Beer from a Golfer

    Stole Beer from a Golfer: Earl attempts to help Scott get over his preoccupation with golf, an obsession caused when he and Randy started fixing Scott's golf game to get free beer.

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    Episode 8 - Joy's Wedding

    Joy's Wedding: Earl's list of misdeeds grows when Joy makes it very clear that he's not welcome at her wedding to Darnell.

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    Episode 9 - Cost Dad the Election

    Cost Dad the Election: Earl sets out to mend his relationship with his father Carl (guest star Beau Bridges).

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    Episode 10 - White Lie Christmas

    White Lie Christmas: As the festive season approaches, Earl tries to win Joy a car to make up for all the times he ruined her Christmas.

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    Episode 11 - Barn Burner

    Barn Burner: Joy's application to enrol her children into the Right Choice Ranch for troubled youth is blocked because of a barn burning incident at the hands of a younger Earl.

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    Episode 12 - O Karma, Where Art Thou?

    O Karma, Where Art Thou?: Earl tries to atone for stopping a young couple from going on honeymoon together by returning the wallet he stole from them and filling in for the groom at work.

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    Episode 13 - Stole Pop's Hot Dog Cart

    Stole P's HD Cart: Earl decides to return a hot dog cart that he and Ralph stole. But Ralph (guest star Giovanni Ribisi) has other, incendiary, ideas.

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    Episode 14 - Monkeys in Space

    Monkeys in Space: When one of Earl's friends is arrested he decides to make amends for number 18 on his list: "told an inappropriate story at Hank Lange's party."

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    Episode 15 - Something to Live For

    Something to Live For: Car trouble inspires Earl to atone for regularly siphoning petrol out of strangers' cars.

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    Episode 16 - The Professor

    The Professor: Earl's nervous about returning a laptop computer he stole from a college professor, mostly because he's uncomfortable around smart people.

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    Episode 17 - Didn't Pay Taxes

    Didn't Pay Taxes: Earl faces a battle with government bureaucracy when he tries to make up for not paying taxes, and his efforts to atone leave him on the wrong side of the law.

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    Episode 18 - Dad's Car

    Dad's Car: It's Mother's Day and Earl is feeling particularly disgusted with himself for never having given his mother a Mother's Day gift.

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    Episode 19 - Y2K

    Y2K: Earl wants to return the ticket machine he stole from the Bargain Bag. But Randy doesn't want to give it back because it brings back happy memories.

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    Episode 20 - Boogeyman

    Boogeyman: Earl decides to remove 'Made a kid scared of the boogeyman' from his list, and discovers the lasting effect he had on the boy in question.

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    Episode 21 - The Bounty Hunter

    The Bounty Hunter: Number 45, 'Ditched Jessie to marry Joy', is next on Earl's list when his ex-girlfriend Jessie (Juliette Lewis) returns to town seeking revenge.

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    Episode 22 - Stole a Badge

    Stole a Badge: While he's looking for stuff in the storm drain, Randy finds a badge Earl stole from a cop's shoe at the bowling alley.

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    Episode 23 - BB

    BB: Earl attempts to cross out number 147 on his list: 'Shot Gwen Waters with a BB Gun'. To make things right he must reunite Gwen with her estranged father.

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    Episode 24 - Number One

    Number One: Earl decides to cross number one off his list - stole ten dollars from a guy at Camden market - but realises he now owes him much more than ten dollars.

My Name Is Earl synopsis

Petty crook Earl decides he's got bad karma, and tries to turn his life around by righting all the wrongs from his past. But it's a long list - and things don't always pan out as planned...

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