Raising Hope

Raising Hope
The cover of a blue storybook, with the words 'Raising Hope' written in yellow above a picture of a house.
Genre Sitcom
Created by Greg Garcia
Starring Lucas Neff
Martha Plimpton
Garret Dillahunt
Shannon Woodward
Gregg Binkley
Cloris Leachman
Baylie and Rylie Cregut
Narrated by Lucas Neff
Martha Plimpton
Opening theme "Daddy-O" by The Freelance Economy(Kerry Smith)
Composer(s) Danny Lux
Matt Mariano
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 4
No. of episodes 88 (list of episodes)
Executive producer(s) Gregory Thomas Garcia
Mike Mariano
Joey Gutierrez
Mark Stegemann
Michael Fresco (pilot only)
Producer(s) Henry J. Lange Jr.
Kim Hamberg
Elijah Aron
Jordan Young
Audra Sielaff
Becky Mann
Dave Holstein
Cinematography Walt Fraser
Sharon Meir
Camera setup Single-camera
Running time 22 minutes
Production company(s) Amigos de Garcia Productions
Slowly I Turned Productions (season 4)
20th Century Fox Television
Distributor 20th Television
Original network Fox
Picture format SDTV 480i
HDTV 720p
Original release September 21, 2010 (2010-09-21) – April 4, 2014 (2014-04-04)

Raising Hope is an American sitcom that aired from September 21, 2010, to April 4, 2014, on Fox.[1] 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.

The fourth season premiered Friday, November 15, 2013, at 9:00 pm Eastern/8:00 pm Central with back-to-back episodes.[2] On March 10, 2014, Fox canceled Raising Hope, and the series finale aired April 4, 2014.[3]


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 daughter, Hope, after the mother is sentenced to death, Jimmy relies on his oddball but well-intentioned family for support in raising the child.

Cast and characters

Development and production

In June 2009, Fox announced it had booked a put pilot commitment with show creator Greg Garcia.[4]

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.[5][6] In March 2010, Fox decided to recast two roles from the pilot. Shannon Woodward replaced Rulin as Sabrina, Jimmy's love interest.[7] Also recast was the role of Jimmy's cousin, changing from Micucci to male actor Skyler Stone as Mike.[6] With this, Micucci's role changed from Jimmy's cousin to become Shelley, the cousin of his love interest Sabrina.[8]

Fox green-lit the pilot to series with an order in mid-May 2010 for a fall premiere in its 2010–11 television schedule.[9][10]

On January 10, 2011, Fox renewed Raising Hope for a second season.[11] On April 9, 2012, Raising Hope was renewed for a third season.[12] On March 4, 2013, Raising Hope was renewed for a fourth season.[13] On March 10, 2014, Fox announced the cancellation of the show after four seasons.


Critical reception

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."[14] Tom Gilatto of [monkeys] 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.[15]

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."[16]


Season Timeslot (ET/PT) Episodes Premiered Ended TV Season Rank Viewers
(in millions)
Date time Premiere
(in millions)
Date Finale
(in millions)
Tuesday 9:00 pm
September 21, 2010
May 17, 2011
5.40[18] 2010–2011 #85 6.45[19]
Tuesday 9:30 pm (September 20, 2011 – February 21, 2012; April 10–17, 2012)
Tuesday 8:00 pm (March 6 – April 3, 2012)
September 20, 2011
April 17, 2012
3.79[21] 2011–2012 #106 5.64[22]
Tuesday 8:00 pm
Thursday 9:00 pm (March 28, 2013)
October 2, 2012
March 28, 2013
3.28[24] 2012–2013 #106 4.56[25]
Friday 9:00 & 9:30 pm
November 15, 2013
April 4, 2014
1.52[27] 2013–2014 TBA TBA

Awards and nominations

Awards and nominations for Raising Hope
Year Award Category Recipients Outcome
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

International broadcasts

In the United Kingdom, Sky1 picked up the broadcast rights and added the show to its 2010–2011 UK & Ireland autumn schedule, beginning November 2010.[28]

In Australia, Ten originally broadcast the series before moving it to Eleven.

In Portugal, the series premiered on January 29, 2011 on Fox Life. The English title is Raising Hope.[29]

In Italy, the series premiered on February 3, 2011 on Fox. The Italian title is Aiutami Hope!.[30]

In the Czech Republic, the series broadcasts on HBO. This show premiered on February 1, 2011. The Czech title is Vychovávat Hope.[31]

In Latin America, the series broadcasts on I.Sat. The show premiered on March 2011.[32]

In Canada, the first season aired on the Global Television Network[33] 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.[34] 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 Finland, the first season aired on Sub on January 10, 2013. The Finnish title is Isän Tyttö.[35]

In Germany, the series broadcasts on RTL Nitro. This started on September 10, 2012. The English title is Raising Hope.[36]


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