Over the past few months, Shell and I have been watching through the four seasons of My Name is Earl from Netflix. We both enjoyed it immensely. It was a simple show, not flashy, and hilarious as heck. For those not familiar with the show, Jason Lee stars as Earl. Earl was a petty thief and overall low-life, until one day he wins the lotto and gets hit by a car. As he recovers, he begins to believe in karma, in that if you do good things, good things will come to you. On that note, he turns over a new leaf, and makes a list of all the bad things he has done in his life. Each episode generally focuses on Earl selecting one of the list items, meeting up with the people he wronged, and finding a way to make it up to them.
There are four seasons of My Name is Earl. Unfortunately, the cast and crew did not know this, and expected to continue making seasons. At the end of season four, NBC (who was airing the show) dropped them. The show attempted to get picked up somewhere else, but that never happened. Thus, the series finale ends with a huge cliff hanger that will never be answered.
I was extremely disappointed when I realized this. The show really was great, and its a cryin’ shame that they didnt get a chance to end it with some form of closure. I hate when shows do this. Two in particular were Carnival and Jericho. Granted, Jericho got a second season after fans of the show petitioned the studio by flooding it with packages of peanuts (a reference from the show), but both Carnival and Jericho were in their first season, so its understandable. My Name is Earl was a solid comedy with a great starring and supporting cast, and they were in the midst of the series. It really sucks that NBC decided to pull the plug on the show without giving them a definite final season and the dignity of a proper series finale.
It just ended last year, so there is always the off-chance that the show could be resurrected on another network, and if it did, that would be great. The series definitely deserved a final season to bring everything together. I would have liked to have seen how Earl would have acted once he finished up his list.
At least in my heart, the mustache will always live on!