Raising Hope: Season 1
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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.Read more ›
When Jimmy gets in a van with an escaped serial killer, they have intercourse. The next day, Virginia hits her over the head with a television set while watching the morning news. Nine months later in prison, Princess Beyonce is born on death row. At 7 months old, Jimmy and his baby watch the execution. Their state is not so forgiving. After all the mother was a female serial killer who targeted men.
Anyway that is how the show begins and I can't imagine my Tuesday nights without them. The cast is first rate and the writing is also well-done. My question is where are the awards for this show and the recognition it deserves. Award shows always tend to favor the unusual but this show is blue collar and aimed for a mainstream audience in the country. A lot more people will relate to the woes and heartbreak of the Chance family than any other show on television.
Cloris Leachman should get another Emmy for best supporting actress. She is a scene stealer as Maw Maw and please give her full credit.
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!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
My latest binge watch. I needed a break from series binging "24". Raising Hope is lots of chuckles , black humor, and the occasional guffaw. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Birder Girl
One of my favorite half-hour comedies. They need to release the later seasons on "real" DVD/Blu-ray.Published 2 months ago by PGP