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MY NAME IS EARL

PostPosted: Tue Jan 10, 2006 9:41 am
by Icarus
I liked it...love the cheek of the creators as well "One down, just 258 more to go". how's that for putting your marker down in this age of mythological multi-season character arcs! Best line? difficult to say, though "I even showed him my good one (boob)" has to be a contender. Another reason to look forward to Fridays!

PostPosted: Tue Jan 10, 2006 10:43 am
by dark wesley
yeah, i watched it, liked where its going, but i think it could be funnier, but ill wait and see what happens, i wonder how many episodes were ordered ?

Give it a few weeks I reckon

PostPosted: Tue Jan 10, 2006 10:47 am
by Icarus
1st episodes are tough...they've got a lot going on which gets in the way a bit. They've got to do all the introducing of characters, setting up of premise etc....and a lot of the time you can feel the pitch the producers made to the studio getting in there too. I reckon by week 3 it'll have the legs enough to run.....I just finished watching the first ever episode of SCRUBS again....maaaan, I love that show, but the first episode was really rough in comparison an Elliot Read's character in that was hitting all the wrong notes - by B Lawrence's own admission too.....by episode 3 though it was up up and away....

PostPosted: Wed Jan 11, 2006 11:15 am
by wildwildwild
watched it, liked it, got the rest of the series off a mate. love the way that old characters make brief inconsequenetial (?) cameos later in the series. think C4 shouldnt have scheduled it on a friday nite though.

another great show that just premiered was life on mars on BBC 1, amazed no-one else on here is talking about it...

PostPosted: Wed Jan 11, 2006 11:22 am
by Lupe
I really enjoyed it. We saw the adverts and were like "meh, lets give it a go" and really liked it. We'll try a couple of episodes to see where it goes.

I think on the subject of funny, its not really a comedy, there are some very funny moments but its more on that "funny surreal drama" edge, stuff between "dead like me" and "Malcolm in the middle"

PostPosted: Thu Jan 12, 2006 9:46 am
by Icarus
I missed life on Mars - any good? I tried Dead Like Me - nice to see them trying something new but I couldn't stick with it. I've played both Faust and his "mate" at cards enough times...and won...but even my black soul couldn't get away from the fact these people were dying. I watched just two episodes - so I'm sure I gave up on it too soon...but thems my reasons all the same

PostPosted: Thu Jan 12, 2006 10:23 am
by Lupe
Did you notice they cancelled BB last night and reshowed the first episode ?
Looks like its getting positive vibes and they're trying to increase viewing figures for Friday.

PostPosted: Thu Jan 12, 2006 10:27 am
by Icarus
Yeh - Im saw that and was glad too. Having issues over BB - I can't stand Jodi Marsh - 99% of what she is complaining about is only a result of what she is perpetuating herself anyway (back on topic in a few more words) but everyone I know is really coming out in sympathy for Barrymore. Was I the only one to read the news only but a couple of years ago? That poor kids parents is all. Anyhoo - quite a few people are telling me to watch my step with Earl...that it gets pretty saccharine - but I'm loving what I've seen so far so I'm going with it regardless. Kevin Smith helped put Jason Lee on the map....who am I to take him off again! 8)

PostPosted: Thu Jan 12, 2006 10:41 am
by Lupe
I read the news. The thing about Barrymore is that he was brought in for questioning, no charges were ever brought against him and he was considered by the justice system to be innocent on all counts.

We can speculate but as far as the law is concerned, he threw a party and some kid took a shit load of drugs and died in his swimming pool.

He was put on trial by the press and left the country. Frankly if I'd had a kid die in my swimming pool and the press decided it was my fault, I'd leave the country too.

I personally don't like the guy ( and yeah I've worked with him ) but the fact is he's not guilty of any crime.

PostPosted: Thu Jan 12, 2006 10:58 am
by Icarus
I know I know.. its only fair to abide by the outcome. Unfortunately with the exception of the deceased all the evidence was circumstantial. He's clearly troubled and if he's innocent then I wish him well - it must be a horrible sitch to be in if wrongfully accused.

Never thought I'd speak in favour - sort of - of Marsh. The world keeps turning and the surprises keep coming. didn't know you were an industry man dude - hope you didn't read me wrong Lupe!

Keep it real....

PostPosted: Thu Jan 12, 2006 11:05 am
by Lupe
I'm not industry, or rather I am, but I'm strictly freelance. I just do bits and bobs here and there. With Barrymore it was a theatre job. I didn't like him simply because he seemed very uncomfortable being him. One moment he'd be nice as pie, next he'd be bitching and moaning, the guy was obviously lost inside himself, insecure but needing to present what he thought was his public face, to be honest the prevading feeling I had was pity.

PostPosted: Sun Jan 15, 2006 3:52 pm
by John-Locke
I watched the latest US episode of Earl today, I have to say this was one of the best yet, lots of good gags, it was nice to see Favs on form and the message was nice too.

Anyway I was thinking, how many people are actually changing the way they behave as a result of this show?

I personally have always tried to believe in Karma and since this show started I think I have slowly become more aware of my actions and the way they effect others.

To me Karma isn't like a Godly power or anything, it's more that people should respond to kindness & honesty with the same, if they don't well I know better than to place the trust again (I know, this is kinda inspired by Lupe's generosity thread too) and if they want to go on projecting negativity they will be unhappy and things generally even out in the end. At least I hope it does (although Governments' seem to be exempt from Karma, or it takes longer to work out)

As a result of watching Earl I think I now realise more quickly when I have done bad things and try to be honest with people about my shortcomings (hell I'm only human, nobody's perfect).

So anyone else finding this show inspirational? I was finding it a tad sugary at first but I'm past that now (well it is funnier now) and the message is soothing to the soul.

Surely this show has the potential to make the world a better place which surely can't be a bad thing.

Any thoughts?

PostPosted: Sun Jan 15, 2006 4:20 pm
by tapehead
Just been looking at the 'Generousity gone wrong' thread as well. With Earl it's real simple notion of Karma that he got from Carson Daly - no notion of reincarnation or 'evolution of the soul' - except his repeated mantra "I'm just trying to be a better person". I think the thing that is so amusing and attractive about the idea is that Earl doesn't see it as being universal - ie he is specifically concerned with the people he has wronged, not people in general or all people, although if he does feel he does any wrong, then it goes on his list - I really like the way he treats his brother - it's a little bit 'Of Mice and Men', but always hits a nice sympathetic note without being saccharine - (SPOILER) when he rented the bandit car to make up for not taking him to the 'bear-awesome' fair was a real cool brotherly love moment.

PostPosted: Mon Jan 16, 2006 5:09 am
by Doc Holliday
John-Locke wrote:As a result of watching Earl I think I now realise more quickly when I have done bad things and try to be honest with people about my shortcomings (hell I'm only human, nobody's perfect).

So anyone else finding this show inspirational? I was finding it a tad sugary at first but I'm past that now (well it is funnier now) and the message is soothing to the soul.

Surely this show has the potential to make the world a better place which surely can't be a bad thing.

Any thoughts?


I know what you mean, but I'm still wayyyy behind you in terms of actually putting it into practice too much...I'm always disappointed at how quickly the cut and thrust of the day takes over and how easily I revert to learned responses to recognisable situations, instead of stopping, thinking and generally putting myself in other people's shoes. Just ask Johnny Ringo.

Just to help anyone who recognises the long-winded style...ICARUS is dead. I shot him. Thought he was a Buzzard.

Born-again-GLIB. How lewd.

Back to topic - reminds me of a Haley Joel Osmont movie - Pay It Forward - anyone seen it? I want to - very simple premise....if you yourself do a good deed to someone then they in turn will visit a good deed on someone else. If we all did 3 good deeds in one day, ALL of us, then surely the world will be a better place. Sounds sickly - but I hear its a good little film that makes its point well....

PostPosted: Mon Jan 16, 2006 5:24 am
by Pops Freshenmeyer
I'm not a big fan but I did like this last one with Favreau. Overall, it's simple minded but sometimes it delivers. Ironic that's it'scheduled right next to The Office, probably the best written live action sitcom ever.

PostPosted: Mon Jan 16, 2006 5:41 am
by Shane
This shit has got to be the best sitcom since Sanforn and Son, which is still the best sitcom of all time.

PostPosted: Mon Jan 16, 2006 5:43 am
by Doc Holliday
Pops Freshenmeyer wrote:I'm not a big fan but I did like this last one with Favreau. Overall, it's simple minded but sometimes it delivers. Ironic that's it'scheduled right next to The Office, probably the best written live action sitcom ever.


The Favs effect! Only reason I watched The Replacements was cos he was in it....and he was chiefly the reason I enjoyed that lil flick too.

Know what you mean about Earl...but its the half the reason I like it..at the end of a week I like me my telly thats not too demanding - just something to flump down in front of and just be around, rather than watch intently. Earl for me joins those past bastions of Friday night entertainment in years gone by......Cheers, Roseanne, Home Improvement and so on. And no, I'm not suggesting Earl is on a par with Cheers - or even Roseanne when it was at its best....but that for me is the category it belongs to. Home Improvement for Trailer Trash if you like. Just no Wilson..for the love of god.

An easy watch that makes me laugh and leaves me feeling all warm inside. I like to save my cynicism for Sunday evenings....

PostPosted: Mon Jan 16, 2006 6:58 am
by John-Locke
Pops Freshenmeyer wrote:I'm not a big fan but I did like this last one with Favreau. Overall, it's simple minded but sometimes it delivers. Ironic that's it'scheduled right next to The Office, probably the best written live action sitcom ever.


Yeah, I don't dig the show quite as much as I dig the message and the fact it's being conveyed to a large audience who might benefit a little if they look at their actions differently.

The US Office on the other hand is simply supurb, last weeks episode was the funniest yet, I was laughing so hard I was crying at times. I've never worked with anyone that much like David Brent, Michael Scott on the other hand is just like one of my old bosses, remember a few weeks ago when Pam was saying about how Micheal turns into a different person when he's wearing jeans? That was my boss, all the girls hated it, he would frequently stand over them with his crotch just behind their head as he checked on their work or made conversation. This week with the foot, well he was a cyclist who acted in a similar manner when he had come off his bike, wanting extra attention from everyone and being disgusting at the same time, I unfortunately had the misfortune of being treated similar to Ryan the temp (although I was Staff) always having to cater for his needs, what a demanding gentleman he was.

The UK version I guess will always be lauded as the better of the two but I have always felt more comfortable watching the NBC one, Micheal is more human than David in many ways, I think both Gervais and Carell put a lot of themselves into the character and I at the end of the day for me Carell is a nicer person that seems more innocent in his actions, his flaws are more realistic and he doesn't seem as egotisticle as Gervais.

PostPosted: Mon Jan 16, 2006 7:03 am
by Doc Holliday
I have two guns....one for each of them.

PostPosted: Mon Jan 16, 2006 8:45 pm
by Bob Samonkey
You’re a Daisy if you do? ^^?

PostPosted: Tue Jan 17, 2006 5:28 am
by Gheorghe Zamfir
So there I was, sitting in a gas station restroom waiting for some guy to come in and drop his pants so I could give him a surprise.

Heh.

I was pretty lukewarm to this when it started, I'm liking it a bit more now though, hopefully it continues to find its stride. It still makes me feel terribly guilty to enjoy a show from the same guy that brought us (brings us) Yes, Dear.

PostPosted: Tue Jan 24, 2006 12:37 pm
by jgraphix
Currently taking a couple of weeks hiatus due to Lee's CHICKEN POX..LOL


http://www.cnn.com/2006/SHOWBIZ/TV/01/24/people.jasonlee.ap/index.html

PostPosted: Tue Jan 24, 2006 12:41 pm
by MadCapsule
jgraphix wrote:Currently taking a couple of weeks hiatus due to Lee's CHICKEN POX..LOL


http://www.cnn.com/2006/SHOWBIZ/TV/01/24/people.jasonlee.ap/index.html


Holy crap! I thought I caught chicken pox late! I think I was 17.

PostPosted: Tue Jan 24, 2006 4:56 pm
by MasterWhedon
I really, really dig this show.

Best line thus far was from Joy in the one where Earl has to repair the camp he burned down. She grabs her two kids, who are misbehaving--one black, one white--and says, "If you two don't knock it off, I'm gonna hit you so hard you'll switch colors!"

That is some funny shit right there.

By the by, Lee slips into some of his Earl while bullshitting with Kevin Smith and Jason Mewes in the newest video clip over at the Clerks 2 site. You can download is directly Train Wreck Clip]HERE.