Is My Name is Earl Going Downhill?

Discussion in 'Now Playing - TV Show Talk' started by danielhart, Jan 23, 2006.

Is My Name is Earl Going Downhill?

Poll closed Jan 28, 2006.
  1. Yes- definitely not as funny as it was

    21 vote(s)
    11.5%
  2. No- it's about the same

    95 vote(s)
    52.2%
  3. No- it's funnier than ever

    48 vote(s)
    26.4%
  4. I always thought it sucked

    11 vote(s)
    6.0%
  5. I don't watch the show

    7 vote(s)
    3.8%
  1. danielhart

    danielhart Nerp Nerp

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    This has been my favorite new show - but both my wife and I have been underwhelmed since the move to Thursday nights. What do you other Earl watchers think?
     
  2. mrcoaster

    mrcoaster Tivomaniac

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    I don't know that a couple of eps that aren't as funny means the show is going downhill, but I do agree that the last couple of eps haven't been that amusing.
     
  3. Jeeters

    Jeeters Registered Snoozer

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    I tried watching the first couple shows but didn't find them all that funny. Tried again around xmas (maybe it was repeat? no idea) due to all the hype and it still just left me cold. I don't think the show is bad; I just don't laugh at it. When I watch a comedy, I want it to make me laugh out loud at least occassionally; Earl doesn't do it for me. But that's OK.
     
  4. Warren

    Warren Wild Hair

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    I love it.
     
  5. abobrow

    abobrow New Member

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    I felt this way from the beginning - that it's destined to go downhill because they're stuck with that very limited framing device. If one episode of a sitcom were about a character trying to fix his karma that would be interesting. But if every episode is about that damn list it's destined to start feeling formulaic.
     
  6. MickeS

    MickeS Active Member

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    The latest episode was the funniest in the series so far. So no, definitely not going downhill.
     
  7. stivovance

    stivovance New Member

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    I've noticed the same thing, prior to Thurs, it was very funny, since the move, not as funny. It still is a funny show, but not as great as it was.
     
  8. TBDigital

    TBDigital B. Meisterburger

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    I dunno...I keep seeing Crab Man bite into that hotdog, finding the toe, and freaking out like a little girl. This show consistantly makes me lol.
     
  9. balboa dave

    balboa dave well rounded

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    OMG, an episode or two you don't like, and you think the show's going downhill? Puhleeze. Are you a FOX executive?
     
  10. appleye1

    appleye1 Active Member

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    I thought the 1/19 episode was great. I'm not expecting finely crafted comedic genius out of this show. A few good (intelligent) jokes and some good slapstick is all I ask for.
     
  11. bengalfreak

    bengalfreak Active Member

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    During the current episode (about the hot dog stand), my wife and I laughed until we cried. No, it hasn't gone downhill. Its freakin' hilarious. I don't know how long it will last, but right now its funny as heck.
     
  12. Hunter Green

    Hunter Green Curmudgeon

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    I thought the last two episodes were a little weaker than the ones before them, but I don't think that means anything about "going downhill", just that it happens to be a few weaker ones after a few stronger ones. I don't even know if we're seeing them in production order, after all.
     
  13. Agatha Mystery

    Agatha Mystery Well-Known Member

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    Earl has been renewed for a second season. However, filming has been shut down for a couple of weeks because Jason Lee has the chicken pox.
     
  14. SparkleMotion

    SparkleMotion New Member

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    Best new show of the year, bar none.
     
  15. kiljoy

    kiljoy Active Member

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    The one with Jon Favreau is probably my second favorite after the pilot. OTOH, I do feel a general decline in quality as the show has moved on. The one with Brett Butler was horrible, IMO. I think it's more that I'm acquainted with the show and therefore less surprised. It's easily the best new show of the year and I'm sure with a while to think about it over the off-season, it will get a bit better in season 2.

    Tony
     
  16. dsb411

    dsb411 Member

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    Oh C'mon, seeing Crabman doin the Rubberbandman thing with the office supply cart was freakin hi-larious! :) :up: :)
     
  17. Bob_Newhart

    Bob_Newhart My Custom User Title

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    Maybe some folks don't find it funny because there is no laugh track. If the show doesn't explicitly tell them where a joke has been inserted and a laugh is now required, then it leaves them cold.

    Just a theory I happen to agree with... :eek:
     
  18. markymark_ctown

    markymark_ctown Well-Known Member

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    They've had a weak episode or three, but all in all, it's still one of the best comedies on tv - must see tv for me...at least for now.

    still not as good as the office, which is consistently LOL funny.
     
  19. DougF

    DougF Well-Known Member

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    I think it's as good as it ever was. I love it and still watch same-night every week.
     
  20. bdlucas

    bdlucas Right side up again.

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    Consistently good, maybe getting better. The last few episodes have been great. Randy's a hoot.
     

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