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'My Name Is Earl: Season 4'
(Jason Lee, Ethan Suplee, Jaime Pressly, Nadine Velazquez, Eddie Steeples, et al / 3-Disc DVD / NR / 2009 / 20th Century Fox)

Overview: "Karma" should be a four-letter word. Just ask Earl, the lovable loser with a hilarious laundry list of dirty deeds that need undoing, from stealing a children's bookmobile to getting his babysitter pregnant—the hard way! And, while Earl’s brother Randy starts a karmic list of his own, his ex-wife, Joy, and her husband are movin' on up to the suburbs. Trouble is, you can take the girl out of the trailer park, but you can’t take the trailer park out of the girl!

DVD Verdict: Although we reviewers were only given one (1) solitary disc of this 3-disc set to review, ... Season three of "My Name is Earl" was not all it should've been. The idea of Earl in prison sounds interesting and like something that should've yieled great comedy, but, as it turns out, not so much. You could tell even the producers knew it wasn't going to work, cause they moved quickly to get Earl out of prison. Sadly, due to the problems with season three, season four's ratings were less than great, and so we have what might be the final season of this wonderful show.

If the show does go down, at least it goes down on a high note. While not as good as season one, it was as good as season two. Earl began to refocus on finishing off list items, we got the full story behind Darnell and had a fun guest appearance by Betty White, who makes everything better. We also got to see more background stories on our favorite supporting charactes, which is always good.

With characters like Earl, Randy, Crabman and Joy and everyone that plays them in top form how could anyone just cancel this show just like that. It always bugged me when I tried to get a friend to watch it and they'd just say "it's a hick show, why the hell would I watch a boring hick show". Earl was way more than just a hick show. It was a brilliant show about a low life jerk who tries to help people who he has done wrong to in the past so better things would happen to him. There's not enough shows about people helping each other, hell I think Earl was the only one.

Sadly the show ended its season on a cliffhanger. Not a good thing to do unless you know for sure the network is picking you up for the next season. Still, there is some hope. The show is produced by 20th Century Fox, so with luck the program will find a new home on Fox or possibly ABC. One can hope. Meantime, at least we'll have the DVDs of this fine season to enjoy! [JJW] This is a Widescreen presentation (1.78:1) enhanced for 16x9 TVs and comes with the Special Features of:

Gag Reel
Deleted Scenes
"2 The Max" Movie Trailer
Earl's Fan Mail Featurette

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