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  • Series Premiere Date: Sep 21, 2010
  • Season #: 1 , 2 , 3 , 4
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Generally favorable reviews- based on 128 Ratings

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  • Summary: A young pool boy named Jimmy Chance (Lucas Neff) discovers he has a baby he has to take care of.
  • Genre(s): Comedy
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 19 out of 23
  2. Negative: 1 out of 23
  1. 100
    Raising Hope already has a little place in my heart. There's something about the downwardly mobile family unit (see: "Malcolm in the Middle," "The Middle," "Raising Arizona") that's just funnier and sweeter than anything else on TV.
  2. Reviewed by: Diane Werts
    Garcia's single-camera editing amplifies the comedy inherent, rather than being a crutch to create it. And the casting here is as good as "Earl," which is saying something--even if Leachman goes a bit off the rails as wacked-out "mamaw."
  3. The original title, "Keep Hope Alive," is funnier, but Raising Hope better suits a very funny sitcom that leavens its satire with sympathy.
  4. Reviewed by: Matt Roush
    I'm already sold. Plimpton is sensational as Jimmy's tough-as-nails mom, who'd just as soon drop the baby at the fire station, but we soon learn she has a way with a lullaby. Leachman is a riot, Garret Dillahunt scores as Jimmy's proudly immature dad, and special props go to the stunt babies.
  5. 75
    Hope, however, has more going for it than a good heart and some good lines. It has a very good cast, with Neff and Dillahunt sure to be welcome weekly presences.
  6. 70
    Raising Hope is low in concept, lower in class and lowest of all in shame--but relatively high in laughs, so long as you keep your living room curtains closed so no one can see you watching.
  7. The tacked-on attempt to give the show some heart ("See, they're just crazy, mixed-up regular folks with good intentions!") was so disappointingly cynical and contrived. It was a transparent attempt to give depth to something that had so vociferously lacked it.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 22 out of 26
  2. Negative: 3 out of 26
  1. Oct 17, 2010
    Raising Hope basically defines smart and hilarious. The best new show of the season, and better than most returning shows. If you do not like Raising Hope, than you should see a doctor, because not only is it hilarious, it has a wonderful concept and near-perfect acting. I'm looking forward to this show being the new Malcolm In The Middle. Expand
  2. nbc
    Oct 27, 2010
    I love this show. The whole cast is great and the show is very sweet. I especially love Shannon Woodward as the sarcastic but cute cashier. I enjoy everything about this show. Expand
  3. May 11, 2011
    This show is hilarious! My wife and I watch it together and we die of laughter every single episode and go around quoting it all the time! This is definitely one of the funniest shows on TV right now! Expand
  4. Sep 22, 2010
    I was pleasantly surprised by this season premier. I'm an old school Raising Arizona fan, so perhaps I'm just being sentimental, but the laughs came thick and fast and the quirkiness was riding high. The moment of the not strapped in car seat was genius, as was the flashback to the mom herself being equally unprepared were total highlights - don't fall through the hole! I think I'll be back next week to see if it can continue this momentum! Expand
  5. Mar 19, 2012
    I watched the first episode of the show and I didn't like it but I still gave it a second chance. And I'm really glad that I did. The show progressed brilliantly throughout every episode and I enjoyed it more and more. Expand
  6. Nov 17, 2010
    Sometimes hysterically funny and it is original-although sometimes over the top. "Raising Hope" (a baby whose actual name is "Hope Chance"--both of which I hope this show has). it's certainly something new in showing lives of the uneducated but surviving working poor, who really are in this case people with heart.. (Vague echoes of "Roseanne" as far as showing the working class, but there's less realism in "Raising Hope"). The single dad is so naive, sincere, and well-meaning that he makes my teeth hurt sometimes, but his educated and nicely snarky would-be girlfriend and brings him back to reality at times. His dad is a dimwit (but a funny one--played by an actor who more frequently played evil monsters--which shows that Garret Dillahunt has range). Martha Plimpton was an interesting choice to play the mother--uneducated but street smart and she really does care about her family. Unusual casting works here (although put on a bra, Cloris/Maw-Maw! once may have been funny, but it doesn't work as a running bit). This is funnier, more original, and has much more heart than the dismal and unfunny "Better with You" which is apparently getting better ratings for some unfathomable reasons. Expand
  7. Oct 4, 2010
    I love this show! I don't think it is getting as much publicity and attention as it should. I loved My Name is Earl, so I decided to watch Raising Hope and I fell in love. This dysfunctional family makes me smile and laugh out loud! The characters and actors are amazing. I have recommended this to a lot of people because of the relentless humor, and everyone has agreed and loved it. I hope I can some how help this show stay on the air! I give it a 10! Expand

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