Fifteen years after NBC pulled the rug out from under My Name Is Earl fans, series vets Jason Lee, Ethan Suplee and Jaime Pressly are back together again.
The stars of the mid-aughts comedy reunited at MEGACON Orlando over the weekend, and Pressly documented their reunion for those who couldn’t be there in person.
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“Had the best time ever being back with my boys this weekend!” she wrote on Instagram. See photos below:
For the uninitiated: My Name Is Earl premiered on NBC in 2005, and ran for a total of four seasons. The single-camera sitcom hailed from Greg Garcia, and centered on Lee’s Earl Hickey, a small-time thief who learned to embrace the power of karma and spent his days trying to make amends for everything — and everyone — he’d ever done wrong.
Rounding out the cast were Suplee as Earl’s dimwitted brother Randy; Pressly, who earned an Emmy for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series for her turn as Earl’s ex-wife Joy; Eddie Steeples as Joy’s new husband Darnell; and Nadine Velazquez as hotel maid Catalina.
The Season 4 finale, which was never intended to serve as a series finale, revealed that 1) Earl was Dodge’s biological father and 2) Darnell was not Earl Jr.’s father, as previously assumed. Alas, Earl Jr.’s real dad was not disclosed. The words “to be continued…” appeared at the bottom of the screen — and five days later, Earl was cancelled.
One year later, Garcia addressed the series’ abrupt cancellation on his next series, Fox’s Raising Hope. In the pilot episode, a TV news reporter could be heard saying that “a small-time crook with a long list of wrongs he was making amends for has finally finished, and you’ll never guess how it ended!” (In another episode, Garret Dillahunt’s character Burt Chance kicked an NBC executive in the crotch and proclaimed, “That’s for cancelling My Name Is Earl!“)
All four seasons of My Name Is Earl are streaming on Hulu. Peep the reunion photos above, then hit the comments and tell us if you’re still upset about its cancellation, all these years later.
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