My Name Is Earl: Pilot (2005)

Genres - Comedy  |   Sub-Genres - Comedy of Manners, Sitcom [TV]  |   Run Time - 30 min.  |   Countries - USA  |  
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Earl (Jason Lee) is the unkempt guy whom you always kept your distance from as he stood at the convenience store counter purchasing beer, cigarettes, and lottery tickets. A selfish and none-too-smart sort who doesn't think twice about stealing from his best friends and is rarely seen without his lazy brother Randy (Ethan Suplee), Earl goes on a weekend bender in Las Vegas only to discover upon sobering up that he is now married to pregnant blonde Joy (Jaime Pressly). Before Earl knows what's happening, Joy gives birth to a child that is clearly not his, and it begins to look as if the hapless ne'er-do-well has been roped into fathering two little monsters he didn't even help to conceive. One day, while purchasing his usual scratch-off ticket, Earl is ecstatic to discover that he has just won 100,000 dollars. But fate had other plans in store for Earl, because upon running into the street to celebrate a car promptly runs him over and the winning ticket blows away in the wind. Subsequently rushed to the nearest hospital and drugged up on painkillers, Earl is served divorce papers by Joy (who now plans to marry Crab Shack owner Darnell [Eddie Steeples]) and zones out to the television. Up on the tube, Carson Daly explains the cosmic workings of karma and Earl is soon inspired to turn his life around. Upon his release, Earl moves into a hotel with his brother Randy, who immediately takes a shine to pretty housekeeper Catalina (Nadine Velazquez). Now, Earl begins making a list of everything he has ever done wrong and everyone he has hurt in the process. In the spirit of good karma, Earl plans on righting every one of his past wrongs. The first order of business is to pay a visit to Kenny James (Gregg Binkley), the kid Earl used to torment back in school. Kenny is a timid boy who has grown into a lonely man, and if Earl can only find his old target a fitting partner, he can begin his walk down the path of redemption. Unfortunately Kenny has a secret that could prove too much for Earl to handle.

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