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When the Fox network first introduced Raising Hope it looked like a typical, cute sitcom about a dysfunctional family trying to raise a baby. The show does revolve around a family with many quirks but is not solely cute. Raising Hope uses a mix of tender moments and dark comedy to draw in viewers.

The Chance family are a group of low income screw ups who enjoy the simple pleasures in life because they cannot afford anything else. Virginia (Martha Plimpton) and Burt Chance (Garret Dillahunt) both work menial service jobs while supporting their grown up son Jimmy (Lucas Neff). They all stay with Virgina's mother Maw Maw (Cloris Leachman) against her will. However, she suffers from dementia and often does know what her will is or what decade she is in. Jimmy is content mooching off his family and slacking off until an encounter with a serial killer changes his life.

Jimmy thinks his luck has reversed when he meets a beautiful woman one night. It is soon revealed that she murders all her boyfriends. Jimmy survives the encounter but is surprised nine months later when he meets his daughter Princess Beyonce. The mother is on death row and the baby goes to Jimmy. This leads Jimmy to realize that his life is leading nowhere. Instead of dropping the baby at the fire station like many young dads in his area do, he thinks that raising his daughter may give him a purpose. He changes the girl's name to Hope and embarks on the journey to fatherhood with reluctant help from his family.

Sinister humor is always present because of a serial killer girlfriend, unflinching jokes about the true hardships of being poor, Maw Maw's mental issues and more. The blunt nature of these jokes are offset by the sweetness of the Chances as they fall in love with Hope and begin to raise her. They are all committed to ensuring she has more opportunities than them even if they have no clue how to give her said opportunities. Sabrina (Shannon Woodward) comes from a wealthy background and tries to help them. She is a sweet yet sarcastic girl that rounds out the cast as Jimmy's love interest.

Anyone who likes oddball situations and wants to add a unique show to their viewing lineup will love Raising Hope. The strong cast, adorable infant and outlandish comedy continues to interest fans and draw new viewers to the show.

4 Seasons, 89 Episodes - Canceled/Ended
September 21, 2010
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Raising Hope Full Episode Guide

  • Arnold surprises Virginia and Burt with the dream wedding they never got to have as teen parents.

  • Jimmy and Sabrina are surprised by a gift her late grandmother has left. Meanwhile, Burt is able to quit his job to pursue his passion in life, or at least figure it out.

  • Virginia and Burt try to fill the void of being "empty nesters" with a dog.

  • Virginia stops believing in magical things, but then reconsiders when a ghost appears in their house. When Burt discovers that Jim Hughes has secretly been living in their house's bomb shelter, Burt and Jim pretend to believe in Virginia's antics in order to make her believe in the paranormal again.

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FOX Cancels 'Raising Hope'

After it renewed four of its series last week, FOX seemed to be in a generous mood. The generosity only stretched so far, though, and "Raising Hope" was out of luck on Monday.

'Raising Hope' Season 3, Episode 22: 'Mother's Day' Recap

In Part 2 of the season finale, Barney and Burt travel to Maw Maw's childhood home and make a shocking discovery.

'Raising Hope' Season 3, Episode 21: 'Burt Mitzvah: The Musical' Recap

In Part 1 of the season finale, Burt's parents visit and reveal he is actually Jewish. So Burt takes a musical crash course in his new found heritage in anticipation of the Bar Mitzvah he never had. Guest starring Shirley Jones and Lee Majors.

'Raising Hope' Season 3, Episode 20: 'The Old Girl' Recap

Sabrina is excited to introduce her new friend Rachel to the family. Hilary Duff guest stars.

'Raising Hope' Season 3, Episode 19: 'Making the Band' Recap

The Chances throw a birthday party for Hope. Watch as the cast of 'My Name is Earl' reunites in this musical episode.

'Raising Hope' Season 3, Episode 18: 'Arbor Daze' Recap

Sabrina is visited by the Ghost of Arbor Day Past, Present and Future (Luke Perry) in the middle of the night when she clashes with the Chances over their observation of the eco-friendly holiday.

'Raising Hope' Season 3, Episode 17: 'Sex, Clown and Videotape' Recap

When Burt and Virginia realize their sex tape may fall into the wrong hands, they go to extremes to get it back. What are they willing to sacrifice? And what TV family makes a surprising appearance?

'Raising Hope' Season 3, Episode 16: 'Yo Zappa Do, Part 2' Recap

Hope becomes the star of the hit show 'Yo Zappa Do', but will Trevor allow someone to steal his spotlight? Virginia and Sabrina fight over child celebrities, Maw Maw gets revenge, and Burt realizes his dream as a Hollywood landscaper.

'Raising Hope' Season 3, Episode 15: 'Yo Zappa Do, Part 1' Recap

Barney pays to send newlyweds Jimmy and Sabrina on their dream honeymoon and tags along to babysit Hope. But things are never easy for the Chance family.

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