Raising Hope : Season 1

  • Network: FOX
  • Series Premiere Date: Sep 21, 2010
Season #: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5
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Generally favorable reviews- based on 134 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Negative: 10 out of 134

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  1. Sep 26, 2010
    Disappointing. Good cast with Dellahunt and Plimpton. And a few really, really good comedic moments almost makes watching all the crud worthwhile, but there aren't enough of those good comedic momemts. It's not that much of the humour is low-brow, nothing wrong with that, it's that there is so little humour. Lots of quirkiness, great, but much of the quirkiness here isn't funny.
  2. Sep 23, 2010
    A surprisingly decent new Comedy. I wasn't thinking much of it during the first couple of minutes, but as it progressed it became funnier. It's not comparable to Arrested Development, premise - or quality-wise. But it might make a good comedy on its own. Let's just see how it pans out.

Generally favorable reviews - based on 23 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 19 out of 23
  2. Negative: 1 out of 23
  1. Reviewed by: Heather Havrilesky
    Oct 22, 2010
    Martha Plimpton and Garret Dillahunt as the dumb dad's parents really make this one impossible to ignore completely. And even though we've already got "Oh no the ugly chick likes me" jokes and "You're right, the baby's limbs could get amputated this way" jokes and other material that might make you smile but never laugh, there's also a slightly disturbed tone here that's hard to match on sitcoms about yuppies having bad hair days.
  2. The show's astringent tone, its excursions into low comedy--scenes like the one where everybody trying to diaper the baby ends up throwing up on her, and similarly stomach-churning fun--all work to counter the sentimentality of themes like this one. They work only in part here, and in this case that's all to the good. The show is meant to be a comedy, and it is--a smart and witty one--but there's no missing, either, under all that grotesquerie, its hard-core sweetness.
  3. Reviewed by: James Poniewozik
    There are at least the slivers of promise that the show could get better. Neff is amiably charming, Dillahunt and Plimpton give their characters a realism that belies the pilot's often-contemptuous jokes, and maybe 20% of the first episode shows a sweet-heartedness that rises above the easy white-trash humor.