Why 'Raising Hope' Is The Must-See Baby Show Of The New TV Season!

Wed, September 22, 2010 11:00am EDT by Add first Comment

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Sure there have been plenty of dysfunctional family comedies on TV, but this one is so over-the-top and hilarious that it’s our new favorite show!

Do you sometimes feel like a bad parent? Well, you’ll feel much better about your mothering skills after watching this new TV show! Take the dark humor of Little Miss Sunshine pair it with the dysfunctional family of Married With Children and you have Raising Hope, a new sitcom on FOX from My Name Is Earl creator, Greg Garcia. Here’s 5 reasons why this new fall show is must-see TV!Raising Hope tells the story of Jimmy Chance (Lucas Neff), who unknowingly sleeps with a murderer and then finds out she is pregnant with his baby while in jail and subsequently watches her execution with his little daughter, Princess Beyonce aka Hope, on his lap. A lot to take in, I know. The funniest part of the plot is that Jimmy, who at 23 still lives at home with his wed-too-young parents, ends up raising Hope with his white trash family who include mom Virginia (Martha Plimpton), dad Burt (Garrett Dillahunt) and Maw Maw (Cloris Leachman). The comedy is as bizarre as it sounds, but that is what makes it the must-see baby show of the season!

Here’s our top 5 reasons to watch Raising Hope:

1. Cloris Leachman is hysterical and absurd as Maw Maw, who thinks her grandson is her dead husband, and acts accordingly.

2. Martha Plimpton and Garrett Dillahunt as Jimmy’s parents are comedic geniuses. Let’s just say we know why Jimmy grew up to be the perpetual dope that he is.

3. Watching a family who use a shopping cart as a barbecue grill trying to raise a baby named Princess Beyonce is pretty funny.

4. Flashbacks to the 15-year-old versions of Virginia and Burt raising Jimmy mirror their son’s current situation — and make you feel better about your own missteps as a parent. At least you never forgot to actually strap in the car seat, right?

5. The most precious baby can bring a zany family together — and that will either make you roll your eyes, burst out laughing or shed a little tear.

So HollyMoms, check it out! Depending on your sense of humor, you’ll either absolutely love it… or be somewhat horrified. Catch it at 9pm EST Tuesdays — after Glee — on Fox!

–Leigh Blickley

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