Raising Hope

2010 • FOX
4.8
613 reviews
TV-14
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Season 1 episodes (22)

1 Pilot
9/21/10
When well-meaning 23-year-old Jimmy Chance has a one-night stand with a wanted felon (guest star Bijou Phillips), he ends up being a dad to a bouncing baby girl. Inspired to do the right thing by his daughter, he has to convince his less-than-enthusiastic parents and great-grandmother (guest star Cloris Leachman) to help him raise her.
2 Dead Tooth
9/28/10
When Jimmy returns to work, he hires Sabrina's cousin Shelley (guest star Kate Micucci) -- a/k/a "Dead Tooth" -- to babysit Hope. Meanwhile, Burt tries to get Virginia to quit smoking.
3 Dream Hoarders
10/5/10
When Jimmy "teaches" Hope to crawl, the family must baby-proof the house and find new places to store their belongings. It's soon revealed that Virginia is a hoarder and has been saving junk in the storage shed, which becomes Hope's favorite new hiding place. This leads Virginia to realize that she may have to change her ways. Meanwhile, Jimmy makes frequent unnecessary trips to the grocery store to see Sabrina.
4 Say Cheese
10/12/10
When Sabrina visits Jimmy at home for the first time, she comes across a photo album that makes Jimmy realize he doesn't have any family photos that include Hope. Although past family photo shoots have been filled with chaos and stress, Jimmy decides to organize a family photo shoot.
5 Happy Halloween
10/26/10
When Sabrina's boyfriend can't make it to the deli guy's Halloween party, Jimmy offers to put on his costume and go in his place. Virginia takes Maw Maw, who is dressed as a cat, trick-or-treating while Burt plots ways to play tricks on Jimmy.
6 Family Secrets
10/26/10
When a box containing videos of Hope's mother arrives from prison, Jimmy must decide whether or not to let Hope see them. Virginia explains that children need to be protected from the truth, leading Jimmy to question what exactly his parents have been keeping from him.
7 The Sniffles
11/9/10
When Hope catches a cold, Virginia goes into panic mode because the family doesn't have health insurance, so she locks Maw Maw in her bedroom to avoid getting sick. However, when Jimmy realizes that he can't afford to take Hope to a doctor without insurance, he figures out a way to secure a second job at the grocery store where Sabrina works.
8 Blue Dots
11/16/10
When Hope starts imitating the dogs at her day care, Jimmy decides to enroll her in an expensive, high-end center. But the blemish on Burt's record needs to be expunged before Hope has any chance of getting accepted. However, when trying to turn Burt's past around the rest of the family ends up in a bind of their own and must pull together to straighten things out with the law.
9 Meet the Grandparents
11/23/10
Instead of sleeping in and ordering pizza, per his normal Thanksgiving custom, Jimmy invites Hope's other grandparents, Dale (guest star Greg Germann) and Margine (guest star Valerie Mahaffey), to join the Chances for a more traditional holiday dinner. The Chances soon realize that the apple doesn't fall far from the tree when Dale and Margine kidnap Hope, and it's up to them to get her back.
10 Burt Rocks
11/30/10
Burt gave up on his teenage dreams of being a rock star because he was a parent. Jimmy feels so guilty for ruining his father's dream that he gets Burt a second chance to relive his rock fantasy with his music idol, Smokey Floyd (guest star Jason Lee), at the upcoming Grocery-Palooza concert.
11 Toy Story
12/7/10
When Jimmy was a kid, every year Burt would get the season's hottest toy and sell them off for money, leaving Jimmy disappointed and without the coolest toys. This year, Burt lets Jimmy in on his scheme, but Jimmy makes him promise to save one toy for Hope. Meanwhile, Virginia signs up the family to participate in the church's living nativity scene in order to gain respect from the church members.
12 Romeo and Romeo
2/8/11
Jimmy hasn't had any time to socialize or make friends since Hope was born, so when he meets another single dad at the grocery store, he immediately sets up a play date. But when Jimmy finds out that Virginia is his new friend's housekeeper, Virginia insists that Jimmy cancel the outing. In an effort to keep the peace, Jimmy and his friend arrange a dinner at the Chance house.
13 A Germ of a Story
2/15/11
When Sabrina points out to Jimmy just how many germs are lurking around his house, the Chance family becomes obsessed with cleanliness. Finding it impossible to keep Maw Maw clean, they move her to the backyard greenhouse, but after watching some old family movies, they discover a surprising secret that has kept them healthy all these years.
14 What Up Cuz
2/22/11
Virginia's cousin Delilah (guest star Amy Sedaris), who struggles to make ends meet, pays a visit to the Chance family unannounced, determined to claim her share of Maw Maw's -- whom she thinks died years ago -- estate. Further tension builds when Delilah admits she still has a crush on Burt. Meanwhile, Jimmy babysits Maw Maw and panics when she takes off on Sabrina's moped.
15 Snip/Snip
3/1/11
When Virginia and Sabrina discover secrets about each other, Sabrina blackmails Virginia into keeping her mouth shut. Meanwhile, Jimmy takes Burt to get a vasectomy after a family vote.
16 Cultish Personality
3/8/11
Cousin Mike visits the Chance family after a six-month spiritual quest and brings his new wife, Tanya, and his three brother-husbands with him. Meanwhile, Burt tries to patch a strained father-son relationship between his brother and Mike, but winds up getting himself in trouble.
17 Mongooses
3/15/11
When the Chance family visits a lawyer to prep their wills and assign guardianship for Hope, Burt's feelings are hurt when Jimmy chooses Sabrina over him. Meanwhile, Sabrina feels overwhelmed by her new responsibility, and Maw Maw is convinced that mongooses are infesting the house.
18 Cheaters
4/19/11
Maw Maw becomes smitten with a man she meets at Dead Tooth's daycare. Meanwhile, Jimmy takes Sabrina to visit her college boyfriend, Wyatt, whom she suspects is cheating on her. Things go completely awry when Wyatt, desperate to win back Sabrina's love, takes Sabrina and Jimmy on a very scary ride.
19 Sleep Training
4/26/11
When Burt is introduced to a book on sleep-training, he and Virginia decide to try it on Hope. Meanwhile, Jimmy's wild new girlfriend introduces him to a special beverage that takes him on a scary trip.
20 Everyone Flirts Sometimes
5/3/11
When Burt's flirtatious ways are exposed, the entire family begins to experiment with flirting. Jimmy and Sabrina compete to be Barney's favorite employee, Maw Maw gives away her treasures and Virginia is stalked by a coffee shop employee.
21 Baby Monitor
5/10/11
When Hope's baby monitor picks up their neighbors' conversations, Burt and Virginia go out of their way to meet the troubled couple (guest stars Jaime Pressly and Ethan Suplee) and try to help their marriage. Meanwhile, Howdy's Market has the entire community, including baby Hope and Maw Maw, involved in a commercial competition with a rival store.
22 Don't Vote for this Episode
5/17/11
The Chances reminisce about the year Jimmy turned 18 -- when Maw Maw kicked them out of the house, when a goth Jimmy (a/k/a "Drakkar Noir") took up residence in the grocery store and when Burt and Virginia finally figured out how to be adults.

About this show

Raising Hope is a new family comedy from Emmy® Award winner Greg Garcia (My Name Is Earl) that follows the Chance family as they find themselves adding an unexpected new member into their already terribly flawed household.
4.8
613 reviews
Earl Johnson Jr
April 10, 2015
A hilariously funny family sitcom about a lower middle class family who you sometimes have to wonder how they survive. Family unity is the answer. They help keep each other going and get into some very funny situations while looking out for themselves and the friends they make and interact with in order to make it through life. All this has at the center of it a child growing up whose name is Hope. Of course.
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Christina Sabia
December 26, 2015
I like how the little girl Hope grows up and the family is always meeting new people. I like how Jimmy is always figuring out what secrets that his parents are hiding from him. I also like this because it is like my name is earl.
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Kalynda Tilges
March 10, 2017
Most fun and cute show I've seen in a long time. Brought me back to 1/2 hr. sitcoms again. Please bring it back! Whaaaaaa! I miss it!
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