Starring Jason Lee, Jamie Pressly, Nadine Velazquez, Ethan Suplee, Eddie Steeples
Studio: 20th Century Fox
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I got hooked on My Name is Earl when I got the first season DVD to review, and I thankfully got the full second season set to watch now. I never really watch a TV show from start to finish but I did so with this set. My Name Is Earl is definitely up there as one of the funniest sitcoms on TV today.
The second season has 2 continuing storylines throughout the season. Joy getting arrested a bunch of times and having to go on trial and Catalina getting deported and having to marry Randy to get back into the country. Those two storylines took up a lot of the episodes. Other My Name is Earl episodes include having the group being featured on COPS, having multiple points of view on what happened to some stolen silverware, Earl drives a mean lady to become a nun, Randy goes out with a girl who treats him like a cat, Earl and Randy had a classic rock band back in the day and the finale had Earl pleading guilty for Joy in the stolen truck incident. There’s too many good episodes to talk about so you’ll just have to take my word that this season is really good.
I thought the second season for My Name Is Earl was great and even better than the first season. The first season was good, but this one you knew what to expect from the characters. They had all the backstory developed and they could move on with some funny storylines. There was a lot of funny cameos and supporting acting this season as well. Norm MacDonald plays Burt Reynolds’ brother, which is pretty much his impression of Burt in his Smokey and the Bandit days. Roseanne plays a mean nun lady, Amy Sedaris plays a creepy cat lover, John Waters is a weird funeral director, Jenny McCarthy plays a hot gym instructor (a stretch I know), and Christian Slater plays a stoner. I thought the best episodes of Earl aired back to back from each other. First was when Earl, Randy, Joy and Crabman and other Crabshack regulars were featured on an episode of Cops. It’s funny because each storylines co-exists with the other plus the episode isn’t exactly Earl-centric. The other episode is about stolen silverware, and each person has their side of the story. Each of them has their own take on the silverware because each of them stole or ran into it one way or another. It’s a creative way to tell the story and different from the other episodes. What I love about Earl is the subtle jokes, and that there isn’t a laugh track or studio audience. Most of the comedies that don’t have laughing on it tend to be the funniest comedies out there today like The Office. Plus the acting is top notch, and even Jamie Pressly surprisingly adds to the humor. She even just won Best Actress in a Comedy at the Emmy Awards. Besides her acting, her and Nadine Velaz bring the hot factor by appearing in sexy bikinis and other types of clothing. Seeing Nadine jump and down in a bikini should certainly be worth the DVD purchase alone. FREEZE FRAME! Besides the hot women on the show, Jason Lee and Ethan Suplee make a great duo and are quite funny & dumb. Even Eddie Steeples is a lot more funnier this season as well. If there was ever going to be a Bob Marley biopic, Eddie is a perfect choice for Bob’s earlier days, before he had dreads.
My Name is Earl extras are okay and should satisfy most fans. The Stoner Files featurette goes into how the show is made and shows some behind the scenes stuff. The blooper reel is long and funny, but it’s pretty standard. The rest of the extras include audio commentary on some episodes with Jason Lee, Greg Garcia and Ethan Suplee, and one minute funny web cam segments. The web cam stuff was funny because it featured the characters from the show.
My Name is Earl season 2 is really good and even better than the first season. If you’re a fan of the show, DVD is probably the best way to watch the show. You got no commercials and you can watch a lot of episodes in an evening. I know I did.
Audio Commentary on Selected Episodes
The Stoner Files
The Web Cam
ENGLISH: Dolby Digital 5.1 CC
Widescreen 1.78:1 Color
English, Spanish, French
Favorite Scenes: Jump For joy, Larceny Of A Kitty Cat, Van Hickey, Made A Lady Think I Was God, Mailbox, South of the Border, Our ‘Cops’ is On, Buried Treasure,Harassed A Reporter, Get a Real Job
Running Time: 598 minutes