Although Jason Lee and Ethan Suplee had worked together before, producer Gregory Thomas Garcia didn't discover Suplee because of that; he discovered him while watching the DVD version of Without a Paddle (2004), because another actor in it had been recommended to him. What convinced Garcia to bring Suplee in for an audition were comments about him he heard on the DVD's commentary track. One of the actors in the commentary told the story of a dispute between director Steven Brill and Suplee. The scene the actor described was one in which Suplee's character was supposed to be pointing a gun at some people Suplee and others had captured. The commentary noted that Suplee had insisted that he shouldn't point his gun at them after all, since in his mind, it had taken so long to capture the people that it had given the character time to rethink his motives. Suplee got his way in the scene, over Brill's objections. The fact that Suplee would think so much about such a small detail was enough to get him an audition. Garcia and the show's writers have subsequently used Suplee's attention to detail to the show's advantage, in various "pestered by a bee" background activities that Suplee's character does in various scenes. The first such scene was an improvisation in the pilot, where Suplee is looking up at the ceiling with his mouth open.
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 realised I had to ...
In the series, it is established that Darnell "Crabman" Turner was once a Canadian immigrant named Harry Monroe and was placed into the Witness Protection Program by the FBI and moved to Camden to start his new life. However, in the Season 2 episode "Our 'COPS' is on" which flashes back to Earl's criminal days and when he was still married to Joy, Darnell is living with his grandmother in Camden and is caught by the police growing marijuana in her apartment.
The "Amigos de Garcia" production company card in the closing credits features a different friend of Executive Producer 'Gregory Thomas Garcia' every week.
The streaming versions of the show restore the original soundtrack (the DVD releases had a bunch of music changed) but three episodes are edited that were uncut on DVD. Pilot and Number One from season 1 originally aired as super-sized episodes that ran 24 minutes and 27 minutes respectively. South of the Border from season 2 aired as an hour long episode split into two parts for syndication. All of these episodes use their syndication edits for streaming meaning Pilot and Number One are cut down to 21 minutes and South of the Border is presented in two parts. South of the Border didn't have as much footage cut as Pilot and Number One, but the second half of the episode had about a minute of footage removed in the two part edit.