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My Name Is Earl: Season 3 (2007)

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7.7 / 10 - Overall Rating

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Genres: Comedy Of Errors, Prison Show, Sitcom, TV Comedy
Earl is a low-life who buys a winning lottery ticket, only to get hit by a car, losing the ticket in the process. He then realizes in the hospital that his bad luck is the result of karma in which fate punishes him for all the rotten things he's ever done in his life; therefore, he then decides to dedicate his life to making amends to all the people he has hurt in his life. --IMDb
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Review by Chad
Added: June 19, 2012
Damn... now here is a show that went downhill, and fast. Season 1 was absolutely perfect in every way, and it only took me a couple of days to get through all of the episodes - I loved it that much. I immediately moved on to season 2, and even though I could see that the quality was starting to dip, it was still damned entertaining and it was still a great show. Naturally, I moved on to season three as soon as I could, and... well, I almost gave up a couple of times and barely made it through all of the episodes. Granted, the writer's strike may have had something to do with this, but whatever the cause, this season took a nosedive.

As you may recall from the end of season 2, Earl confessed to a crime that he did not commit in order to keep Joy out of jail. A noble move for sure, but that also means that he will have to spend two years in jail. The first half of this season revolves around him mingling with the prison population while also trying to help those in need, and eventually, Randy becomes a prison guard so that he can stay in the picture. The writers apparently realized that this was hurting the show, so they wasted no time in undoing this and getting Earl out of jail... only to have him fall into a coma. Yes, in a show called My Name is Earl, the guy named Earl is in a coma for a large chunk of the season. Sure, he appears in dream sequences (where he lives in a sitcom world and is married to Alyssa Milano), but the majority of these episodes revolve around the other characters on the show.

Honestly, there were a handful of episodes in here that turned me off to the show entirely. I would watch one and be absolutely disgusted by it and swear off the show altogether, but a few days later, I'd cave in and give it another chance. I'd get through a couple of mediocre episodes, only to be once again hit with an episode that would cause me to move on in my search of sitcom entertainment. I did eventually get through the season, as should be obvious based on this review, but it wasn't easy.

For starters, the list is all but forgotten throughout this season. It does pop up from time to time in what could almost be called cameo appearances, but it's readily obvious that the writers were trying to get rid of it for some ungodly reason. If you're new to the series, bear in mind that the list I'm referring to was the entire premise of the show for the first two seasons, and here, it's kicked to the curb. Instead, we're "treated" to episode after episode in which Earl plays with inmates and lives in a sitcom world. Yawn.

As if that wasn't bad enough, the show also breaks one of the cardinal rules of comedy sitcoms: it's rarely funny. I would have been disappointed about the list thing, but if the show had continued the trend of providing me with loads of good laughs, I could have overlooked it. Instead, we're provided with a couple of ho-hum laughs sprinkled here and there, before we are repeatedly smacked with the sitcom thing. Look, seeing Earl and the gang in a fifties-era sitcom is relatively funny... for about five minutes, and even then it's just "kind of" amusing. The writers stretched this shit out to half a season, so needless to say, it was hard to get through. This doesn't even include the other shitty episodes, such as the "creative writing" episode where the characters live out their fantasies: Randy becomes a superhero, Catalina stars in a Mexican soap opera, Darnell is a dancer, and so on. It's as awful as it sounds.

I will say that even though the actors had to know that the scripts were complete and utter trash, they still put on their game faces and made the best of it. They're certainly not as enthusiastic here as in the previous seasons, but you really can't complain about them either. There are still a handful of good moments as a result, but it's nowhere near as consistent as it was in previous years. As for this season's cameo appearances, we've got Dee Wallace, Howie Mandel, Paris Hilton, and the cast of American Chopper. Yeah, the season didn't fare much better in that regard either.

Honestly, it almost felt like the creators of the show were trying to kill it off for some unknown reason. Sure, season two took a small dip in quality, but falling to these lows? I simply can't see how this could have happened unless someone had a reason for it. There are a small amount of quality episodes here and there's a sprinkling of decent laughs in other episodes, but as a whole, this season was nowhere near as good as the previous ones. 4/10.
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