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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.

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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.

  • Virginia's boss, Louise, helps groom her for the role of regional sales manager. But when Virginia sees the reality of her boss' work, she reconsiders. Meanwhile, Jimmy and Sabrina are concerned about Hope's lack of compassion when she fails to show any sadness over the death of her pet fish.

  • Burt and Virginia plan for a relaxing vacation. However the resort they booked doesn't quite meet their restful expectations. Jimmy and Sabrina want a baby.

  • Maw Maw's new love interest encourages her to engage in some reckless activity. When Virginia finds herself scolding Maw Maw, she's afraid she's become too responsible of an adult.

  • Virginia thinks that Burt is getting her a pricey anniversary gift, so she decides to take him to a dude ranch to celebrate. Unfortunately, Burt is harboring a secret and can't seem to enjoy himself.

  • It's time for the Super Bowl of Grocery Games in the aisles of Howdy's.

  • While focusing on helping Barney and Maxine's budding relationship, Burt and Virginia end up fighting. Meanwhile, Jimmy and Sabrina take up fencing in order to relieve some of the tension in their relationship.

  • Virginia signs herself and her daughter in-law up for a cooking contest when her son claims his wife's casserole is better than hers.

  • Maw Maw accidentally calls a wrong number in her contact book, bringing Virginia's cousin and nemesis, Delilah, back to town. At each other's throats, Maw Maw threatens to give everything in her will to the granddaughter who can act the most civil.

  • Then, Burt and Virginia go undercover to expose a corporate scandal that is obliterating the bees in Natesville.

  • Burt intends to get elected interim Mayor of Natesville so that Virginia will have the honor of plugging in the town Christmas tree. Unfortunately, the demands of the job turn him into a grinch.

  • Virginia and Burt fear that Jimmy and Sabrina's marriage is lackluster.

  • Burt and Virginia get new back-fence neighbors, and Burt is convinced they're up to no good.

  • Sabrina wants to officially adopt Hope as her own, but the difficult process isn't as rewarding as she imagined.

  • Howdy's gets a new owner (guest star Molly Shannon), and all employees must get creative.

  • When Sabrina finds out that Jimmy never experienced a real family vacation as a kid, she is determined to make it happen for Hope.

  • Burt and Virginia introduce Natesville to a new bartering system.

  • In the fourth season premiere, the family continues to encounter a mysterious Natesville resident.

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

  • 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 newfound heritage in anticipation of the Bar Mitzvah he never had.

  • Sabrina introduces her new friend who ironically is also Jimmy's ex-girlfriend.

  • It's party time to celebrate Hope's birthday. The "My Name is Earl" cast guest stars.

  • The Ghost of Arbor Day Past, Present and Future visits Sabrina in the middle of the night, so she decides to go green.

  • When Hope and Jimmy commence work on 'Yo Zappa Do,' the show's star makes Jimmy's life miserable; Virginia and Burt discover the contents of their storage locker are up for auction -- including an incriminating home video.

  • When Hope and Jimmy commence work on 'Yo Zappa Do,' the show's star makes Jimmy's life miserable; Virginia and Burt discover the contents of their storage locker are up for auction -- including an incriminating home video.

  • Jimmy and Sabrina say "I do" and receive their first wedding present.

  • The wedding day has finally arrived and Sabrina's mom has hired the camera crew from "Modern Family." But a series of obstacles could ruin the day.

  • Frank wants to throw Jimmy a memorable bachelor party, but Jimmy is hesitant because of the crazy things that tend to happen when he goes wild. When Sabrina persuades him to cut loose anyway, Frank reveals his true intentions for encouraging Jimmy's behavior.

  • Burt intends to buy Sabrina a nice engagement ring, even if she claims she doesn't need one, so Jimmy starts volunteering for a series of unusual medical experiments to make extra money. Meanwhile Virginia has been pawning her engagement ring for years behind Burt's back to pay for odds and ends.

  • When Jimmy and Sabrina decide to go shopping for a safer car for Hope, they discover that Jimmy has horrible credit dating back to his childhood.

  • Virginia believes the world is going to end on December 21, 2012 so she uses her mad couponing skills to stock up on supplies.

  • Jimmy confronts Sabrina about why she chooses to do "fun stuff" with hope, but avoids parenting. Sabrina tries to prove him wrong. Meanwhile, Virginia and Burt are set on capturing a squirrel that has been harassing all of the other squirrels in the neighborhood.

  • The Chance family decides to support the annual Angry Bowel Syndrome (ABS) 1K walk for Jimmy, who suffered from it as a child.

  • During Natesville's annual Thanksgiving Radish Harvest Festival, Jimmy has his sights set on selling the most candy bars around town, so that Hope can ride atop the town's Thanksgiving Day float. But when things don't go as planned, Virginia and Maw Maw have an alternate plan.

  • Jimmy comes across a photo from his childhood of him with an older boy and family he's never seen. Burt tells him that when they were teenagers, he and Virginia put him up for adoption for a period of time. Jimmy asks Sabrina to help him make a plan to meet his almost brother. Virginia and Burt wonder if they made the right choice in taking Jimmy back since the would-be adoptive parents are well off and loving.

  • Jimmy and Burt go out on the town.

  • It's a family affair for Jimmy and Sabrina when they attend a marriage retreat with a few tag alongs.

  • A social worker pays a visit to the Chance home and she starts to think there is elderly abuse going on and she threatens to take away Maw Maw.

  • In the third season opener, the Chances get acquainted with Sabrina's family. Sabrina attends her grandmother's funeral despite her mother's description of her and discovers she was filthy rich.

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Raising Hope News

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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