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Cheat sheet: Joy (Jaime Pressly) was untrue to Earl (left, Jason Lee). She is mostly true to new mate, Darnell (Eddie Steeples), except that one time right before their wedding.
Cheat sheet: Joy (Jaime Pressly) was untrue to Earl (left, Jason Lee). She is mostly true to new mate, Darnell (Eddie Steeples), except that one time right before their wedding. 20th Century Fox
My Name is Earl (20th Century Fox, $49.98)
The first season of NBC's semi-hit sitcom tells the painfully funny story of Earl Hickey's slow redemption after a life of bad deeds. Hit by a car just after he nabs a winning $100,000 lottery ticket, Earl figures karma is out to get him — unless he atones for years of bad behavior. Which isn't easy for a guy who didn't pay taxes, broke his ex-wife's fancy skater figurine and stole beer from a golfer, to mention a few sins. If karma really worked, Emmys would go to Jason Lee as Earl and to the stellar supporting cast — especially Earl's trashy ex ("karma this, you dummy") and his sublimely moronic brother, who ponders life's imponderables: "Being alive is kinda hard, but I think it's definitely better than being dead."
Extras: Must-see TV! An entertaining behind-the-scenes documentary, commentary from show creator Greg Garcia (who sort of based Earl on his own step dad), and best of all: a DVD-only episode called Bad Karma, which reworks the series premise. Introduced by Jason "Earl" Lee in the garb of a British nobleman, this bizarro pilot features an Earl who seeks retribution, not redemption.