Raising Hope

2010 NR 1 season

Raising Hope

2010 NR 1 season
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Slacker Jimmy suddenly finds himself a father after a one-night stand with a murderer, but his eccentric family -- including his dim-bulb father, sarcastic mother and addled great-grandmother -- reluctantly pitches in to help with the new arrival.
Lucas Neff, Martha Plimpton, Garret Dillahunt, Shannon Woodward, Cloris Leachman, Gregg Binkley, Todd Giebenhain, Kate Micucci
  • SEASON  1

Summary of Season 1 (2010) - 3 discs

Fate deals young Jimmy Chance (Lucas Neff) an unexpected challenge when he discovers that he's the father of an infant and that the mother (Bijou Phillips) is now serving time in prison, leaving him as the sole caregiver for their child. The radical re-ordering of Jimmy's priorities isn't made any easier by the fact that he's still living at home, and his family isn't showing a great deal of enthusiasm for the new resident in their midst.
Widescreen 1.78:1
English, French, Spanish (Neutral)
English: Dolby Digital 5.1
NR - Not rated. This movie has not been rated by the MPAA.
age 14+
Common Sense rating OK for kids 14+
age 14+

Common Sense Note

Parents need to know that this quirky sitcom from the creator of My Name Is Earl deals with single fatherhood (resulting from unprotected sex), exploring them within the context of family bonds and learning life lessons. Some of the humor is based on stereotypes about lower-income families, and there's a fair bit of sexual innuendo (as well as shots of characters in their underwear or partially naked -- though no sensitive body parts are shown) and cigarette smoking. References are also made to murder and capital punishment; fantasy violence is also visible. Despite all of this, the series ultimately sends positive messages about both parenthood and family.

Sexual Content

Some strong sexual innuendo. Hope was a result of unprotected sex (not shown). People are shown in their underwear. The terms "weiner" and "balls" are used to refer to male genitals. Maw-Maw sometimes wanders around topless (shown from the back).


Hope's mom was a murderer and was executed for her crimes (an electric chair is visible in the first episode); Maw-Maw often attempts to kill family members (but she's never successful). People are occasionally hit with things like TV sets, but no injuries are visible. Baby Hope is sometimes seen flying through the air and/or involved in other mishaps, but she's unharmed.


Words like "pissed," "ass," and "bitch" are frequent.

Social Behavior

Despite the fact that it sometimes relies on blue-collar stereotypes for laughs and issues like teen parenthood and dementia for humor, the series ultimately offers positive messages about the importance of fatherhood, family, friendship, and commitment.


Occasional notable placement of books like David Sedaris' Naked and other products.

Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol

Early episodes feature members of the Chance family (especially Virginia) smoking, but they're pressured to quit for Hope's health. Beer and other drinks are occasionally consumed; Hope sometimes drinks milk/juice from containers usually reserved for alcohol. Giving Maw-Maw her medication is often a challenge.

  • Age appropriate
  • Not an issue
  • Depends on your child and your family
  • Parents strongly cautioned
  • Not appropriate for kids of the age

This information for parents is provided by Common Sense Media, a non-profit organization dedicated to improving kids' media lives.

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