Raising Hope : Season 1

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  • Series Premiere Date: Sep 21, 2010
Season #: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5
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75

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8.1

Universal acclaim- based on 138 Ratings

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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. A serial killer, a state execution, slapstick involving a baby--Fox's new Raising Hope is deliciously demented and easily the funniest new show of fall.
  3. 90
    There may be a smaller number of top-notch newbies this season, but Raising Hope, a celebration of parenthood and childhood, of small joys and big struggles, is certainly one of them.
  4. Overall, Hope feels like a very new take on an old, old story.
  5. Raising Hope works on two levels, the absurdist gags about dysfunctional families and lower-class values that populated "Earl," and the never-too-saccharine sweetness that Jimmy brings to the world. If Garcia can keep up this mix, Fox may have itself a non-animated comedy hit.
  6. 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.
  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 27
  2. Negative: 3 out of 27
  1. Oct 17, 2010
    10
    Raising Hope basically defines smart and hilarious. The best new show of the season, and better than most returning shows. If you do not likeRaising 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
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    Oct 27, 2010
    10
    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. II 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
    10
    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 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
    8
    I thought that the first episode was good fun and the baby was sooooo cute! I'm the father of a baby about the same age and the experiencesI thought that the first episode was good fun and the baby was sooooo cute! I'm the father of a baby about the same age and the experiences that the young dad was going through were so real. Expand
  5. Sep 24, 2010
    8
    This show didn't get a lot of pre-air hype so I almost missed it. Easily one of the best new sitcoms of the year.
  6. Feb 15, 2014
    7
    Raising hope shows that a comedy does not have to be super raunchy to be good. I loved and enjoyed every episode so far, and intend to keepRaising hope shows that a comedy does not have to be super raunchy to be good. I loved and enjoyed every episode so far, and intend to keep watching as it goes on. Expand
  7. Oct 4, 2010
    0
    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 watchI 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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