Raising Hope is an American sitcom that aired from September 21, 2010, to April 4, 2014, on Fox. Following its first season, the show received two nominations at the 63rd Primetime Emmy Awards. Martha Plimpton was nominated for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series, and Cloris Leachman was nominated for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series. Plimpton also won the 2011 Satellite Award for Best Actress in a Comedy Series.
|Created by||Greg Garcia|
|Narrated by||Lucas Neff|
|Opening theme||"Daddy-O" by The Freelance Economy (Kerry Smith)|
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of seasons||4|
|No. of episodes||88 (list of episodes)|
|Executive producers||Gregory Thomas Garcia|
Michael Fresco (pilot only)
|Producers||Henry J. Lange Jr.|
|Running time||30 minutes|
|Production companies||Amigos de Garcia Productions|
Slowly I Turned Productions
20th Century Fox Television
|Picture format||SDTV 480i|
|First shown in||Fox|
|Original release||September 21, 2010 –|
April 4, 2014
The fourth season premiered Friday, November 15, 2013, at 9:00 pm Eastern/8:00 pm Central with back-to-back episodes. On March 10, 2014, Fox canceled Raising Hope, and the series finale aired April 4, 2014.
James "Jimmy" Chance is a 23-year-old living in the surreal fictional town of Natesville who impregnates a serial killer during a one-night stand. Earning custody of his illegitimate daughter, Hope, after the mother is sentenced to death, Jimmy relies on his unorthodox but well-intentioned family for support in raising her.
Cast and charactersEdit
- Lucas Neff as James "Jimmy" Bon Jovi Chance, Hope's father. A good-natured, wide-eyed 23-year-old who is clueless about raising a child and everything else. Jimmy works at Howdy's Market in Natesville, where he meets Sabrina.
- Martha Plimpton as Virginia Slims Chance. Hope's paternal grandmother, Jimmy's mother, and Burt's wife. Virginia became pregnant with Jimmy at age fifteen, delivering him when she was sixteen. Virginia works as a maid, cleaning houses of upper-class people while the Chances appear to live just above the poverty line.
- Garret Dillahunt as Engleburt “Burt” Jebbidiah Chance. Hope's paternal grandfather, Jimmy's father, and Virginia's husband. Burt conceived Jimmy with Virginia when he was seventeen. He has a lawn care/pool cleaning business with Jimmy as his assistant.
- Shannon Woodward as Sabrina Chance (née Collins), Jimmy's coworker and eventual wife and Hope's adoptive mother.
- Cloris Leachman as Barbara June "Maw Maw" Thompson (recurring season 1, starring seasons 2–4), Virginia's 84-year-old grandmother, Jimmy's great-grandmother, and Hope's great-great-grandmother. Her dementia is a plot line of several episodes and forces her granddaughter to have to take care of her, while Virginia and Burt live in Maw Maw's house rent free.
- Gregg Binkley as Barney Hughes (recurring season 1, starring seasons 2–4), Manager of the store where Jimmy and Sabrina work.
- Baylie and Rylie Cregut as Hope Chance (born Princess Beyonce Carlyle), James and Lucy's illegitimate daughter, Virginia and Burt's granddaughter and Maw Maw's great-great-granddaughter.
|First aired||Last aired|
|1||22||September 21, 2010||May 17, 2011|
|2||22||September 20, 2011||April 17, 2012|
|3||22||October 2, 2012||March 28, 2013|
|4||22||November 15, 2013||April 4, 2014|
Development and productionEdit
Actress Olesya Rulin was originally cast as Sabrina, the love interest for Jimmy, and Kate Micucci was added to the cast as Jimmy's cousin. The pilot was filmed in December 2009. In March 2010, Fox decided to recast two roles from the pilot. Shannon Woodward replaced Rulin as Sabrina. Also recast was the role of Jimmy's cousin, changing from Micucci to male actor Skyler Stone as Mike. With this, Micucci's role changed from Jimmy's cousin to become Shelley, Sabrina's cousin.
On January 10, 2011, Fox renewed Raising Hope for a second season. On April 9, 2012, Raising Hope was renewed for a third season. On March 4, 2013, Raising Hope was renewed for a fourth season. On March 10, 2014, Fox announced the cancellation of the show after four seasons.
Raising Hope has received positive reviews from critics. The show's first season received an average score of 75 out of 100 on Metacritic, meaning it received "generally favorable reviews." Tom Gilatto of People Weekly called the show the best new sitcom of the season, favorably comparing it to Malcolm in the Middle. Mary McNamara of the Los Angeles Times was lukewarm towards the show, stating that "Raising Hope is funny, sweet, occasionally provocative, and occasionally over-the-top in a regrettable way." James Poniewozik of Time Magazine was upbeat, stating that "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." While not all of the reviews were positive, they were mostly positive by the end of the first season. Much of the show's praise went to the performances of Martha Plimpton and Garret Dillahunt.
The second season of Raising Hope premiered on September 20, 2011 on Fox, moving to 9:30 pm from its original 8:00 pm time slot, due to the acquisition of New Girl. The second season received similar positive reviews to the first, with Matt Roush of TV Guide calling it "A treat for anyone who loves a good call-back to classic sitcoms."
|Season||Timeslot (ET/PT)||Episodes||Premiered||Ended||TV Season||Rank||Viewers|
Tuesday 8:00 pm (March 6 – April 3, 2012)
Thursday 9:00 pm (March 28, 2013)
Awards and nominationsEdit
|2010||Satellite Awards||Best Television Series – Comedy or Musical||Raising Hope||Nominated|
|Jamison Awards||Favorite Avery Laugh Award||Won|
|2011||Casting Society of America||Outstanding Achievement in Casting – Television Pilot – Comedy||Dava Waite||Won|
|Emmy Awards||Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series||Martha Plimpton||Nominated|
|Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series||Cloris Leachman||Nominated|
|People's Choice Awards||Favorite New TV Comedy||Raising Hope||Nominated|
|Satellite Awards||Best Actress in a TV series – Comedy or Musical||Martha Plimpton||Won|
|Teen Choice Awards||Choice TV – Breakout Show||Raising Hope||Nominated|
|Television Critics Association Awards||Outstanding Achievement in Comedy||Nominated|
|Critics' Choice Television Award||Best Actress in a Comedy Series||Martha Plimpton||Nominated|
|Young Artist Awards||Best Performance in a TV Series – Recurring Young Actress 11–16||Kelly Heyer||Nominated|
|2012||Motion Picture Sound Editors||Best Sound Editing – Music for Short Form Television||Sharyn M. Tylk and Susan Ham||Won|
|Young Artist Awards||Best Young Actress Recurring in a Television Series||Kelly Heyer||Nominated|
|Critics' Choice Television Award||Best Comedy Actress||Martha Plimpton||Nominated|
|Best Comedy Actor||Garret Dillahunt||Nominated|
|Emmy Awards||Outstanding Original Music and Lyrics||Matthew Thompson||Nominated|
|2013||GLAAD Media Awards||Outstanding Individual Episode (in a series without a regular LGBT character)||Raising Hope||Won|
In Brazil, the series premiered on September 22, 2010 on FOX.
In Canada, the first season aired on the Global Television Network at the same time as Fox in the United States. In 2011, City bought rights from the Global Television Network, and began broadcasting the show. On the morning show that City airs, Breakfast Television, they announced on May 29, 2011 that the series will start airing at 8:00 pm on Tuesdays instead of 9:30 pm on Tuesdays due to other Fox series Glee moving to Thursdays at 9:00pm. This started on September 18, 2012.
In Bosnia, Serbia and Croatia series was broadcast on Fox Adria. In January, 2018 RTL 2 picked up series for Croatia.
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