Is ‘My Name Is Earl’ Making a Comeback? Jason Lee Spills the Beans


When My Name Is Earl aired its final episode on May 14, 2009, fans were literally left hanging when the episode ended with a cliffhanger, saying, “To Be Continued…” –and it never continued.

Jason Lee, who starred as the title character, Earl Hickey, has now given fans hope that a My Name Is Earl comeback might actually be a possibility.

Jason Lee at a party to launch new season of My Name is Earl

Why Did ‘My Name Is Earl’ End So Abruptly?

My Name Is Earl is an American sitcom filled with hapless, yet endearing blue-collar figures living in a Southern state. Each episode of Season 1 began with Earl introducing himself, saying:

“You know the kind of guy who does nothing but bad things and then wonders why his life sucks? Well, that was me. Every time something good happened to me, something bad was always waiting around the corner: karma.

That’s when I realized that I had to change. So, I made a list of everything bad I’ve ever done and one by one, I’m gonna make up for all my mistakes.

I’m just trying to be a better person. My name is Earl.”

The show continued for four seasons, with the last one ending in a cliffhanger. The series producer wanted to continue with Season 5, but terms were unable to be met without “seriously undermining the artistic integrity of the series.”

Jason Lee Wants to Make More ‘My Name Is Earl’

When Jason Lee sat down with JoBlo for a recent interview, he made it very clear that he’d love to revive the role of Earl Hickey. When asked whether there was a chance that a My Name Is Earl revival might happen, Lee replied:

“We would be, we’ve talked about it, yeah. At least like, even a little three-part series to wrap up the list or something, we’ve talked about it, yeah.”

He was then asked if anyone had spoken to Netflix or a similar streaming service about the possibility, and he said, “You should talk to Greg Garcia about that. But yeah, that’s definitely on the list, no pun intended, to try to wrap up that universe if we can.”

Jason Lee ended the interview urging fans to take action if they really wanted to see the series come back to life.

“Start a petition. Everybody asks me, ‘What happened, what happened, what happened?’ I get that question probably more than any other question. My answer to that is, ‘I hope we do.’”