Raising Hope

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  • TV-PG
  • 2010
  • 4 Seasons
  • 8.1  (40,551)

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.

Raising Hope is a series that is currently running and has 4 seasons (89 episodes). The series first aired on September 21, 2010.

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The Father Daughter Dance
22. The Father Daughter Dance
April 4, 2014
Arnold surprises Virginia and Burt with the dream wedding they never got to have as teen parents.
How I Met Your Mullet
21. How I Met Your Mullet
April 4, 2014
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.
Mana's Best Friend
20. Mana's Best Friend
March 28, 2014
Virginia and Burt try to fill the void of being "empty nesters" with a dog.
Para-natesville Activity
19. Para-natesville Activity
March 21, 2014
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.
Dinner With Tropes
18. Dinner With Tropes
March 14, 2014
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.
Baby Phat
17. Baby Phat
March 7, 2014
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.
The One Where They Get High
16. The One Where They Get High
February 28, 2014
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.
Anniversary Ball
15. Anniversary Ball
February 7, 2014
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.
Road To Natesville
14. Road To Natesville
January 31, 2014
It's time for the Super Bowl of Grocery Games in the aisles of Howdy's.
Thrilla In Natesvilla
13. Thrilla In Natesvilla
January 24, 2014
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.
Hot Dish
12. Hot Dish
January 17, 2014
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.
Hey There, Delilah
11. Hey There, Delilah
January 10, 2014
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.
Bee Story
10. Bee Story
December 13, 2013
Then, Burt and Virginia go undercover to expose a corporate scandal that is obliterating the bees in Natesville.
The Chance Who Stole Christmas
9. The Chance Who Stole Christmas
December 13, 2013
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.
Dysfunction Function
8. Dysfunction Function
December 6, 2013
Virginia and Burt fear that Jimmy and Sabrina's marriage is lackluster.
Murder, She Hoped
7. Murder, She Hoped
December 6, 2013
Burt and Virginia get new back-fence neighbors, and Burt is convinced they're up to no good.
6. Adoption
November 29, 2013
Sabrina wants to officially adopt Hope as her own, but the difficult process isn't as rewarding as she imagined.
Extreme Howdy's Makeover
5. Extreme Howdy's Makeover
November 29, 2013
Howdy's gets a new owner (guest star Molly Shannon), and all employees must get creative.
4. Hi-Def
November 23, 2013
Then, Virginia loves the clarity her new prescription glasses provide, until she starts to notice every tiny imperfection around the house.
Ship Happens
3. Ship Happens
November 22, 2013
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 Bucks
2. Burt Bucks
November 15, 2013
Burt and Virginia introduce Natesville to a new bartering system.
Deja Vu Man
1. Deja Vu Man
November 15, 2013
In the fourth season premiere, the family continues to encounter a mysterious Natesville resident.
Where to Watch Raising Hope
Raising Hope is available for streaming on the FOX website, both individual episodes and full seasons. You can also watch Raising Hope on demand at Amazon Prime, Amazon, Hulu, Vudu, Microsoft Movies & TV, Google Play and Apple TV.
  • Premiere Date
    September 21, 2010
  • IMDB Rating
    8.1  (40,551)