Recently my fiance and I have been making our way through the series "My Name is Earl."
It's a pretty funny show and I'm only sorry we didn't watch it when it was actually airing on TV because now it's cancelled and I think that sort of sucks.
But what I like about this show is that despite it's crude humor and general white-trashiness, it's really about being a good person.
And who can argue with a premise like that?
It is sort of preachy in an un-preachy way, if that makes sense.
It's a good message wrapped in an entertaining package.
It's like eating something that's good for you, but seems like it should be bad for you - you know, like you're getting away with something.
There's been some debate about the way karma is defined in the show ("Do good things and good things will happen to you") and the influence of Scientology (Jason Lee, who plays Earl, and Ethan Suplee, who plays Earl's brother Randy, are both Scientologists).
(Note: I'm not quite sure how much stock I'd put in the link provided above because I found several misspellings on the site that concerned me, but it's the only one I found that tackled these connections. If you find a better one, let me know!)
But despite an overly simplified view of karma and those potential connections with Scientology, the moral of the show is that people can change if they really want to and that it's good to be a good person.
I think beyond the "do good and good things will happen to you" is also how often Earl talks about how good it makes him feel after he crosses an item off his list.
It's not just about good things happening to you, but about feeling good.
Just like exercising and eating right make you feel physically better, practicing Earl's form of karma is like a work out for the soul.
This isn't anything I didn't know before watching the show, but it's good to see the combination of awesomely trashy characters like Joy (Jaime Pressly, my fiance's favorite character - Oh snap!) and a strong positive "do-good" message.