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My Name is Earl: Trivia, Fun Facts and More. For Dedicated Fans Only

John Bridges is a published author of history, and politics. His doctorate is in criminal justice. He is a big fan of My Name is Earl.

Earl: Jason Lee


My Name is Earl is an American Situation Comedy filled with characters that are not only flawed, but content with how they are and have no desire to change. That is, except for Earl. Earl wins the lottery and is immediately hit by a car. While recovering he has time to think about his life and decides "Karma" wants him to make a change.

He creates a list of things he has done wrong in the past and attempts to compensate those he has wronged. He discovers that repaying some of those he has wronged, is not as easy as he had expected.

Creator and head writer Greg Garcia wrote the pilot and pitched the series to Fox, which passed on it. He approached NBC, which optioned the pilot provided a suitable cast could be assembled. Jason Lee (Earl) passed on the series twice before finally agreeing to read the pilot script. Though he liked the pilot, but did not commit until meeting with Garcia, after which he signed on to play Earl Hickey.

The show ended abruptly. Season four had ended with the caption 'To Be Continued'. In the days after the show ended, Garcia tried pitching the continuing series to various networks without luck. He then turned to his next project, Raising Hope, which took place in Nathanville and included some of the regular cast from My Name is Earl in both regular and cameo parts.

Lee was a Scientologist until recently. He has not fully left the religion but says he is no longer actively practicing it either. Greg Garcia is also a Scientologist.

Trivia Challenge Part One

For each question, choose the best answer. The answer key is below.

  1. What was Earl's first name meant to be?
    • Earl
    • Dewey
    • Carl
    • Randy
  2. What is Earl's middle name?
    • Jehoshaphat
    • Ulysses
    • Icabob
    • Dodge
  3. Why did Earl marry Joy?
    • He was in love with her for years
    • He needed a place to live
    • She got him drunk
    • She was on his list
  4. Before making My Name is Earl, Jason Lee was a(n)
    • Producer
    • Convenience store clerk
    • Professional skateboarder
    • Singer
  5. Earl is a afraid of what?
    • Flying
    • Eating day old crab at the crab shack
    • Mr. Turtle
    • Losing all his money
  6. Whenever Earl has his picture taken he...
    • Vomits
    • Laughs
    • Faints
    • Keeps his eyes closed
  7. What does Earl Junior call Earl
    • Mr. Hickey
    • Earl
    • Daddy
    • Old Daddy
  8. Who played Big Chubby on the show?
    • Ethan Suplee
    • Burt Reynoolds
    • Norm MacDonald
    • Eddie Steeples
  9. What type of car does Earl drive?
    • Subaru Brat
    • Ford Ranchero
    • GMC Caballero
    • Chevy El Camino
  10. What phrase is use once in every episode?
    • Son of a bitch
    • Oh, Snap
    • Karma, doesn't want us to win
    • Wakey wakey hands off snakey

Answer Key

  1. Carl
  2. Jehoshaphat
  3. She got him drunk
  4. Professional skateboarder
  5. Flying
  6. Keeps his eyes closed
  7. Old Daddy
  8. Burt Reynoolds
  9. Chevy El Camino
  10. Son of a bitch

Randy: Ethan Suplee


Randy Hickey was played by Ethan Suplee. Suplee and Lee had worked together on other projects including Mall Rats and Clerks. Randy is Earls dimwitted but kind brother. The two are very close and Randy idolizes Earl. Randy helps Earl in many of his efforts to right his wrongs, although Randy doesn't fully understand the purpose of the list, he is just happy to spend time with his brother.

Randy has an ongoing crush on the motel maid, Catalina. Upon first sight he called dibs. When she is deported he rushes to find her, marry her and bring her back. He does marry her but is unsure if it is a real marriage or simply for a green card. After they consummate the marriage, he determines it is just for the green card, while Catalina suddenly develops feelings for Randy. In the end they simply remain friends and go their own ways.

With a few notable exception, Randy is easy going and happy-go-lucky.

Suplee's real father played the role of Willie the One-eyed Mailman in My Name is Earl. Both of Suplee's parents acted on Broadway. He is currently married Brandy Lewis, the younger sister of actress and singer Juliette Lewis. Since leaving the show he lost over 200 pounds. He credits bike riding to his weight loss. He also states that the weight loss has also been responsible for him not getting as many acting offers as he has in the past. Suplee is a Scientologist.

Trivia Challenge Part Two

For each question, choose the best answer. The answer key is below.

  1. What is Randy's middle name?
    • Andy
    • Travis
    • Dew
    • Jackson
  2. What is Randy afraid of?
    • Marriage
    • Birds
    • His dad
    • Teachers
  3. What is Randy's favorite food?
    • Crabmeat
    • Pizza
    • Burgers
    • Bologna
  4. What is Randy's mother's name?
    • Loraine
    • Kay
    • Peg
    • Janet
  5. Where do Randy (and Earl) get a job loading and unloading trucks?
    • Waadt Appliances
    • Camden Appliances
    • Ralph's Bargain World
    • Dockers Appliance
  6. What was the name of the Camdenite girl Randy was attracted to?
    • Billie
    • Ester
    • Greta
    • Inga
  7. Randy can't taste what?
    • Sugar
    • Pepper
    • Salt
    • Moth
  8. Randy secretly plays poker with his parents, what do they use to bet?
    • Pennies
    • Poker chips
    • They do not bet
    • Mini-marshmallows
  9. When Earl's mother tells him he is bad, she refers to Randy as what?
    • Also bad
    • Worse
    • Less bad
    • Simple
  10. When Randy eats the moth, what does he say it tastes like?
    • Chicken
    • Spam
    • Paper
    • Moth

Answer Key

  1. Dew
  2. Birds
  3. Bologna
  4. Kay
  5. Waadt Appliances
  6. Greta
  7. Salt
  8. Mini-marshmallows
  9. Simple
  10. Moth

Joy: Jaime Pressly


Jaime Pressly played Joy Turner. Joy is Earl's ex-wife who divorces him in the first episode and then marries his friend, Darnell. She is cold-hearted, stubborn and vain. Joy is the mother of two boys, Dodge and Earl Jr. Although she is quite self-centered she cares deeply for her boys.

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Her catchphrases are "Oh, snap!", "What the hell", and she frequently calls both Earl and Randy "Dummy". She thinks Earl's List is stupid, and has a strong dislike for Catalina.

In real life, Pressly started living on her own at the age of 15, although her emancipation had more to do with her career than any animosity with her parents. Pressly's mother was a dance instructor. Pressly spent her childhood training as a gymnast, which led her to modeling jobs. At age 14, Pressly appeared on the cover of Teen Magazine. She later became the official spokesmodel for the International Cover Model Search. At 15, she dropped out of school and went to Japan on a modeling contract. She emancipated herself from her parents at the age so she could travel to Japan, as neither of her parents could make the trip.

Pressly is an Agnostic.

Trivia Challenge Part Three

For each question, choose the best answer. The answer key is below.

  1. What is Joy's middle name?
    • Pinky
    • Happiness
    • Marilyn
    • Farrah
  2. What is Joy's maiden name?
    • Darville
    • Castinova
    • Hickey
    • Abounds
  3. What song does Joy sing in the Prettiest Pretty Princess contest?
    • Wind Beneath My Wings
    • Joy to the World
    • Tiny Dancer
    • American Girl
  4. What is the name of Joy's trailer park?
    • Camden Arms Trailer Park
    • Pimmit Hills Trailer Park
    • Devil's Watching You Trailer Park
    • It had no name
  5. What is Joy's Mothers name?
    • Connie
    • Cathy
    • Katie
    • Carmela
  6. What do Joy's parents do for a living?
    • Sell realty
    • Gamble
    • Sell water beds
    • Sell apples
  7. What is Joy's half-sisters name?
    • Freedom
    • Truth
    • Liberty
    • Shaniqua
  8. What type of car does Joy drive?
    • Subaru Brat
    • Chevy El Camino
    • Ford Ranchero
    • Volkswagon Baja
  9. Joy named her son Dodge because she said his father...
    • Dodged his responsibilities
    • Was a dodgeball champion
    • Tried to run her over and she had to dodge from being hit
    • Drove a Ford
  10. Joy mentions having a brother (who is not on the show), what was his name?
    • KJ Darville
    • Ethan Darville
    • Buddy Darville
    • Jimbo Darville

Answer Key

  1. Farrah
  2. Darville
  3. Wind Beneath My Wings
  4. Pimmit Hills Trailer Park
  5. Connie
  6. Sell water beds
  7. Liberty
  8. Subaru Brat
  9. Drove a Ford
  10. KJ Darville

Darnell: Eddie Steeples


Darnell is a worker at the Crab Shack played by Eddie Steeples. He is friends with Earl, and after having an ongoing affair with Joy, they marry. Darnell is very smart and soft spoken. He does not try to change Joy or any of the others in town, he is just kind to them.

Darnell has a secret for much of the series. He is in the witness protection program. This is exposed and the family is instantly moved into new homes and new identities until he completes one last mission.

Darnell has a pet turtle that he speaks to as though it were a human. He grows marijuana at his Grandmother's house, but she thinks they are tomato plants. He is deeply in love with Joy, and puts up with her negative behaviors.

Steeples became nationally known as the "Rubberband Man" in a series of commercials for OfficeMax. Steeples' performance in those commercials led him to be named one of the "World's Sexiest Men" of 2004 by People magazine. Steeples was in Thailand on December 26, 2008, and survived the Asian tsunami which left approximately 230,000 people throughout the Indian Ocean region dead or missing.

Steeples is a Scientologist.

Trivia Challenge Part Four

For each question, choose the best answer. The answer key is below.

  1. What is Darnell's real name?
    • Crab man
    • Darnell Turner
    • Harry Monroe
    • Thomas Madison
  2. What is Darnell's sisters name?
    • Daniesha
    • Walanda
    • Shaniqua
    • Elouise
  3. Before his death, who owned the Crab Shack?
    • Big Chubby
    • Little Chubby
    • Senor Lo Mein
    • Ernie
  4. What is Darnell's turtle's name?
    • Pokey
    • The Rock
    • Timothy
    • Mr. Turtle
  5. Darnell Turner can identify 240 different types of what?
    • Cheese
    • Guns
    • Languages
    • Turtles
  6. Darnell is in the witness protection program because...?
    • He testified against the Mafia
    • He is a former government assassin
    • He worked in drug enforcement
    • He was a victim of identity theft
  7. Darnel speaks how many languages?
    • one
    • three
    • seven
    • Twelve
  8. Darnell is a Rhodes scholar and graduated college at what age?
    • 14
    • 16
    • 18
    • 12
  9. What instrument does Darnell play?
    • Drums
    • Piano
    • Cello
    • Tuba
  10. In on episode he claims to be...?
    • Canadian
    • An airplane pilot
    • A former child actor
    • Jamaican

Answer Key

  1. Harry Monroe
  2. Daniesha
  3. Ernie
  4. Mr. Turtle
  5. Cheese
  6. He is a former government assassin
  7. seven
  8. 14
  9. Cello
  10. Canadian

Catalina: Nadine Velazquez


Nadine Velazquez played the role of Catalina. Catalina is the beautiful motel maid whom Randy has an ongoing crush on. She details a very difficult life as a child, growing up around violence, but states it as though it just a normal occurrence. While we never see where she lives, it is disclosed in one episode that she ;lives in the motel laundry, which she shares with others.

She is kind but also street smart and looks out for herself first. She has a strong dislike for Joy, but it is never fully explained why.

Velazquez was born in Chicago, Illinois. She is of Puerto Rican descent. She does not actually speak with a Spanish accent.

Velazquez has appeared in print ads, television, and film. Her first acting role was a McDonald's commercial as a drive-through lady. In 2006, she was named in the annual Maxim Hot 100 list. Velazquez was one of the judges in the Miss Universe 2008 beauty pageant and the host for the Miss USA 2009 pageant.

In 2011 Velazquez appeared in the pilot of ABC's Charlie's Angels as Gloria Martinez, one of Charlie's hired "Angels". Her character was killed off after a few minutes of screen time and was replaced

Trivia Challenge Part Five

For each question, choose the best answer. The answer key is below.

  1. What is Catalina's last name?
    • Rodriguez
    • Garcia
    • Aruca
    • Mascapone
  2. Earl could not remember her last name, what did he say it was?
    • Tequila
    • Burrito
    • Taco
    • Tortilla
  3. In what town was Catalina born?
    • Guadelatucky
    • Mexico City
    • Ciudad Juarez
    • Tiajuana
  4. Aside for being a maid she also works where?
    • The Crab Shack
    • Club Chubby's
    • Senor Lomein
    • The CIA
  5. It is implied that she did what to her mother?
    • Killed her
    • Abandoned her
    • Turned her into the police
    • Has a close relationship with her
  6. What was Catalina's childhood nick name?
    • Chupa Chup
    • Cat Woman
    • The Jumper
    • Dreamer
  7. What is Catalina afraid of?
    • The Cartel
    • Mice
    • Snakes and rape
    • Drowning
  8. What is the name of the motel where Catalina works?
    • The Palms Hotel
    • Camden Motor Inn
    • Last Chance Motel
    • Nathanville Arms East
  9. What is Catalina's nephew's name?
    • Pedro
    • Pablo
    • Raul
    • Oscar
  10. How did Catalina get to the U.S.?
    • On a raft
    • Through a tunnel
    • In a shipping crate
    • Inside a car dashboard

Answer Key

  1. Aruca
  2. Tortilla
  3. Guadelatucky
  4. Club Chubby's
  5. Killed her
  6. Chupa Chup
  7. Snakes and rape
  8. The Palms Hotel
  9. Oscar
  10. Inside a car dashboard

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This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2021 Dr John Bridges


Dr John Bridges (author) from Portland, OR on February 04, 2021:

Thanks Brenda, it really is one of my favorite shows

BRENDA ARLEDGE from Washington Court House on February 04, 2021:

Interesting article

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