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Raising Hope: Season 1 (2010)

Martha Plimpton , Lucas Neff  |  PG-13 |  DVD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (91 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Martha Plimpton, Lucas Neff, Cloris Leachman, Garret Dillahunt, Shannon Woodward
  • Format: AC-3, Box set, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: English, French, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 3
  • Rated: PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Fox
  • DVD Release Date: September 20, 2011
  • Run Time: 486 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (91 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B003UD7JDA
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #33,057 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Raising Hope: Season 1" on IMDb

Special Features

Pilot commentary
Unaired Network Pilot
Don't Vote for This Episode - Extended Episode
Adorable Stars: Meet the Hopes
Moments with Mrs. Chance
Taking Chances: Shooting the Season Finale
Gag Reel
Deleted and Extended Scenes

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Sweet but dim Jimmy Chance (Lucas Neff) finds himself a father after a cute one-night stand turns out to be a serial killer. Jimmy brings their daughter Hope home, to the dismay of his parents--Virginia (Martha Plimpton), a surly housecleaner, and Burt (Garret Dillahunt), owner of a rag-tag pool-cleaning business--who already have their hands full taking care of their addled Maw Maw (Cloris Leachman), who's prone to running around topless. Can this cantankerous household, perhaps with the help of clever grocery store clerk Sabrina (Shannon Woodward), take care of Hope? From the zippy pilot to the sublimely ridiculous final episode, Raising Hope: The Complete First Season is a white trash delight. The description of the basic setup doesn't capture the tone, which is an unlikely mixture of caustic gags (when Jimmy doesn't strap down the baby seat, the seat--with the baby in it--goes tumbling across the car's back seat) and multilayered character humor (on Halloween, Burt routinely terrifies Jimmy with a scary mask… but he does it because he wants Jimmy to run home and hug him). Some critics have attacked the show's arguably cruel edge, but it's the balance of the sweet and the acidic that gives Raising Hope its unique and, if you get in its groove, delicious flavor. Plots range from baby-themed (trying to find Hope daycare, training her to sleep through the night) to pure off-the-wall (a cousin joins a polygamous cult, a faded rock star comes to town), but the interplay among the cast is always strong. Plimpton has been nominated for awards, but Neff, Dillahunt, and Woodward are all as solid, maintaining a cheerful yet sardonic tone to the proceedings. The only character who feels flat is Maw Maw; Leachman is an old pro, but the writers just use the crazy old person as an easy crutch for non sequiturs. Her infrequent moments of lucidity suggest much more interesting possibilities that, with any luck, creator Greg Garcia (who previously created My Name Is Earl) will start to pursue. The Complete First Season has only a handful of extras, but the deleted scenes are excellent and comparing the original pilot episode with the one that finally made it on the air is a study in honing a show's sensibility. All in all, an excellent first season. --Bret Fetzer

Product Description

Emmy® Award-winning creator Greg Garcia (My Name is Earl) brings you this hilarious and endearing comedy about the joys – and pains – of parenthood and a dysfunctional family. A one night stand becomes a life-long commitment when twenty-three-year-old Jimmy Chance inadvertently impregnates a wanted felon and decides to raise Hope (aka Princess Beyonce) on his own. Jimmy, together with his family, face play dates, family photo shoots, rock star dreams, vasectomies and more in the uproariously irreverent, critically acclaimed first season of Raising Hope.

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26 of 29 people found the following review helpful
Format:DVD
With the initiation of the 2010 television season, FOX was pinning its hopes and its largest advertising dollars on a couple of shows that ended up failing to strike a chord with the public. The promising serialized drama "Lone Star" was gone in two episodes and the high profile sitcom "Running Wilde" never gathered sufficient viewers and was dismissed by mid-season. Flying under the proverbial radar, however, was the wacky family of "Raising Hope." Created by the same team who made "My Name Is Earl" such a surprising success (remember how fresh Earl's early seasons were?), "Raising Hope" also balances an eccentric clan of working class heroes with clever slapstick shenanigans. But in a sitcom world populated with snappy one-liners and superficial partnerships, this program defies expectations by having a real heart. Aside from ABC's "The Middle," no other current television family seems to face the economic trials and tribulations inherent in much of America--and it is in providing recognizable moments (albeit very heightened) that "Raising Hope" stands as a true original.

There are plenty of peripheral characters on "Raising Hope"--some more successful than others--but the core family at the center of the show is its true soul. Lucas Neff plays the lead character with a gawky and understated charm and stands as a perfect centerpiece to ground the show's more lunatic aspects. In my opinion, he's a star! A single dad (to Hope), Neff still lives with his parents and is a stock boy at the local grocery store. His parents, Martha Plimpton and Garret Dillahunt, are doing the best that they can but have failed to realize the dreams of their youth. As if the house weren't crowded enough, Plimpton's sporadically lucid mother (Cloris Leachman) also meanders through the action.
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Can't wait for season 2 May 22, 2011
Format:DVD
I just watched the season finale of "Raising Hope," and I was struck by how much it seems like this show is old beyond its one year. The main cast is endearing, and the supporting characters are a delight. Well-written and funny, "Raising Hope" has the wackiness of "The Simpsons" mixed with the heart of "The Wonder Years." I'd guess that everyone on this show loves going to work. Kudos to the cast and crew on an amazing first season! I look forward to many more to come. :)
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20 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Raising Hope - First Season March 6, 2011
Format:DVD
This has got to be the FUNNIEST sit-com that has hit the airways...EVER!!! This show plays into ALL age groups, from young to old...Cloris Leachman is absolutely EPIC!!!
Can't hardly wait for FOX to release it, for purchase on DVD/Blue-Ray! :)
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Can change your outlook on life! October 26, 2011
Format:DVD
I started to watch Raising Hope right after I was notified of an impending layoff at work. I watched the entire first season this week through Netflix- during lunch hour, workout routines and right before bed- on an ipad. I've told everybody I know about it and now several family members are hooked and watching the 1st season. I also let them all know when the next show airs so they won't miss any more episodes. I hadn't even heard of it until last week (Oct 2011) since we only watch what TV we record to avoid commercials and hadn't seen any ads for this show.

I laugh out loud not only watching but at memories of the silly things that the characters do and say. I love it that Jimmy is a little naive but with the determination and love that make the most essential parts of a really great parent. He's always worried that he's not good enough and trying to do better and better for his little girl. I also love that his parents, Virginis and Bert don't think much of themselves yet stay entirely true to eachother and love eachother and Jimmy and Hope in such a warm, loving way.

Maw Maw is in a class by herself. She is so fun and so unexpected but yet her actions are probably pretty realistic for an alzheimers/dementia patient. Virginia is a loving patient caregiver and they all do a great job patiently loving Maw Maw through the uncomfortable times even when she comes at them with a shot gun blast which happens more than once.

Anyway, with a layoff coming and a house that I have to fix up and sell pretty quickly it was certainly great to have something to laugh about. Thanks to the writers and the actors for bringing the joy and warmth of this show to the masses!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
With the initiation of the 2010 television season, FOX was pinning its hopes and its largest advertising dollars on a couple of shows that ended up failing to strike a chord with the public. The promising serialized drama "Lone Star" was gone in two episodes and the high profile sitcom "Running Wilde" never gathered sufficient viewers and was dismissed by mid-season. Flying under the proverbial radar, however, was the wacky family of "Raising Hope." Created by the same team who made "My Name Is Earl" such a surprising success (remember how fresh Earl's early seasons were?), "Raising Hope" also balances an eccentric clan of working class heroes with clever slapstick shenanigans. But in a sitcom world populated with snappy one-liners and superficial partnerships, this program defies expectations by having a real heart. Aside from ABC's "The Middle," no other current television family seems to face the economic trials and tribulations inherent in much of America--and it is in providing recognizable moments (albeit very heightened) that "Raising Hope" stands as a true original.

There are plenty of peripheral characters on "Raising Hope"--some more successful than others--but the core family at the center of the show is its true soul. Lucas Neff plays the lead character with a gawky and understated charm and stands as a perfect centerpiece to ground the show's more lunatic aspects. In my opinion, he's a star! A single dad (to Hope), Neff still lives with his parents and is a stock boy at the local grocery store. His parents, Martha Plimpton and Garret Dillahunt, are doing the best that they can but have failed to realize the dreams of their youth. As if the house weren't crowded enough, Plimpton's sporadically lucid mother (Cloris Leachman) also meanders through the action.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome series
Very funny under rated series. Great show that ended too quick. Very funny must have for any collection. Can't wait for the rest to come out.
Published 1 day ago by swnls
5.0 out of 5 stars sweet and dysfunctional.
This is about a family of dysfunctional low class people. Still it's rather sweet hearted and the actors are top notch in this one. Read more
Published 10 days ago by Michael Dobey
2.0 out of 5 stars Too silly
Not really all that funny and all the smoking kind of made me sick. Would not recommend it to any one.
Published 12 days ago by Kellys Read
2.0 out of 5 stars didnt work like it should
only the first disc worked the others wouldnt load. it was a complete waste of money i cant watch it.
Published 1 month ago by D. Uhrich
1.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic series but just won't play on my player...
Saw this series online, decided to get a set to watch it at home and enjoy. No mention that there's any restriction in region or type, I have one of those all regions player YET... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Zen
5.0 out of 5 stars Love this show!
This is one of the funniest shows on television! Every episode of the first season in hilarious, and the extra features on this DVD set are fantastic. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Semper-Fi
5.0 out of 5 stars too funny
Love this show and thought it would be the perfect Christmas gift for someone with limited television channels. Since they hadn't seen the show, for them it was new. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Lena J. Mccoy
5.0 out of 5 stars Hope
Good product, would buy more if if I ever need another, as listed. A+++ this was cheap in cost but a good product.
Published 2 months ago by Fredy
4.0 out of 5 stars Hope
My family loves watching this tv series, great actors. My only complaint is that the DVDs were in a "Copy" form. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Emily Lothary
2.0 out of 5 stars LAME!!!
The problem with this show is that it just isn't funny. The jokes are very lame and unfunny. I have to watch this with my wife, so I've seen A LOT of episodes and I don't recall... Read more
Published 4 months ago by AllUpInYoGrill
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