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Raising Hope

All Episodes 2011 - 2014

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  • Ended
  • FOX
  • 2010-09-22T01:30:00Z
  • 22 mins
  • 1 day, 8 hours, 13 mins (88 episodes)
  • United States
  • English
  • Comedy, Family
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James "Jimmy" Chance is a clueless 24-year-old who impregnates a serial killer during a one-night-stand. Earning custody of his daughter after the mother is sentenced to death, Jimmy relies on his oddball but well-intentioned family for support in raising the child.
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89 episodes

Special 1 Unaired Network Pilot

  • 2011-09-21T01:30:00Z — 22 mins

When Jimmy watches a home video of himself as a thirteen-year-old, he discovers that he was a musical prodigy with a promising career as a singer and pianist until a horrible accident involving a golf putter rendered him talentless. Jimmy recruits Burt, Virginia and Maw Maw to help him rediscover his lost abilities.

1x01 Pilot

  • Series Premiere

    2010-09-22T01:30:00Z — 23 mins

A 23-year-old man must enlist his family to help him raise a baby that is the result of a one-night stand with a wanted felon.

1x02 Dead Tooth

  • 2010-09-29T01:30:00Z — 21 mins

Jimmy asks Sabrina's cousin to baby-sit Hope so he can return to work. Burt tries to persuade Virginia to quit smoking.

1x03 Dream Hoarders

  • 2010-10-06T01:30:00Z — 21 mins

The family baby-proofs the house as Hope learns to crawl. Jimmy visits the grocery store in hopes of seeing Sabrina.

1x04 Say Cheese

  • 2010-10-13T01:30:00Z — 21 mins

Jimmy realizes that he has no family photos that include Hope, so he organizes a family photo shoot.

1x05 Happy Halloween

  • 2010-10-27T01:30:00Z — 21 mins

When Sabrina's boyfriend can't make it to the deli guy's Halloween party, Jimmy offers to put on his costume and go in his place. Virginia takes Maw Maw, who is dressed as a cat, trick-or-treating while Burt plots ways to play tricks on Jimmy.

1x06 Family Secrets

  • 2010-10-27T01:30:00Z — 21 mins

When a box containing videos of Hope's mother arrives from prison, Jimmy must decide whether or not to let Hope see them. Virginia explains that children need to be protected from the truth, leading Jimmy to question what exactly his parents have been keeping from him.

1x07 The Sniffles

  • 2010-11-10T02:30:00Z — 21 mins

When Hope catches a cold, Jimmy panics because the family does not have health insurance. Jimmy figures out a way to get a second job at Sabrina's grocery store so he can afford to take Hope to the pediatrician.

1x08 Blue Dots

  • 2010-11-17T02:30:00Z — 21 mins

Jimmy decides to put Hope in an expensive daycare center, but meets an obstacle in the form of an old record from Burt's past, so the family decides to take matters in their own hands and deal with the law.

1x09 Meet the Grandparents

  • 2010-11-24T02:30:00Z — 21 mins

Instead of sleeping in and ordering pizza, per his normal Thanksgiving custom, Jimmy invites Hope's other grandparents, Dale and Margine, to join the Chances for a more traditional holiday dinner. The Chances soon realize that the apple doesn't fall far from the tree when Dale and Margine kidnap Hope, and it's up to them to get her back.

1x10 Burt Rocks

  • 2010-12-01T02:30:00Z — 21 mins

A washed-up rock star who is hired as the lead act at 'Grocery-Palooza', a rock concert at the supermarket where Sabrina works. Smokey was once Burt's musical idol, and Burt hopes to relive his rock-star years by playing backup for him at the concert.

1x11 Toy Story

  • 2010-12-08T02:30:00Z — 21 mins

Jimmy finds out about his father's annual Christmas scheme where he sells the most wanted toy for a lot of money, which always left Jimmy disappointed when he was a child. Virginia wants the family to be a part of the living nativity scene at their church to gain the respect of the members.

1x12 Romeo and Romeo

  • 2011-02-09T02:30:00Z — 21 mins

Jimmy hasn't had any time to socialize or make friends since Hope was born, so when he meets another single dad at the grocery store, he immediately sets up a play date. But when Jimmy finds out that Virginia is his new friend's housekeeper, Virginia insists that Jimmy cancel the outing. In an effort to keep the peace, Jimmy and his friend arrange a dinner at the Chance house.

1x13 A Germ of a Story

  • 2011-02-16T02:30:00Z — 21 mins

When Sabrina points out to Jimmy just how many germs are lurking around his house, the Chance family becomes obsessed with cleanliness. Finding it impossible to keep Maw Maw clean, they move her to the backyard greenhouse, but after watching some old family movies, they discover a surprising secret that has kept them healthy all these years.

1x14 What Up, Cuz?

  • 2011-02-23T02:30:00Z — 21 mins

Virginia's cousin Delilah, who struggles to make ends meet, pays a visit to the Chance family unannounced, determined to claim her share of Maw Maw's - whom she thinks died years ago - estate. Further tension builds when Delilah admits she still has a crush on Burt. Meanwhile, Jimmy babysits Maw Maw and panics when she takes off on Sabrina's moped.

1x15 Snip Snip

  • 2011-03-02T02:30:00Z — 21 mins

When Virginia and Sabrina discover secrets about each other, Sabrina blackmails Virginia into keeping her mouth shut. Meanwhile, Jimmy takes Burt to get a vasectomy after a family vote.

1x16 The Cultish Personality

  • 2011-03-09T02:30:00Z — 21 mins

Mike returns after going through a spiritual quest with a wife and her other three husbands in tow. Burt attempts to fix the relationship between his brother and Mike.

1x17 Mongooses

  • 2011-03-16T01:30:00Z — 21 mins

The Chance family goes to see a lawyer to get their wills done, and Burt is insulted when Jimmy chooses Sabrina over him. Meanwhile, Sabrina is overcome with emotion by the news, while Maw Maw thinks mongooses are infesting the household.

1x18 Cheaters

  • 2011-04-20T01:30:00Z — 21 mins

Maw Maw has a crush on a man she meets at Shelley's daycare. Jimmy takes Sabrina to see Wyatt after she suspects he might be cheating on her, and he resorts to drastic measures to win her back.

1x19 Sleep Training

  • 2011-04-27T01:30:00Z — 21 mins

When Burt is introduced to a book on sleep-training, he and Virginia decide to try it on baby Hope. Meanwhile, Jimmy's wild new girlfriend introduces him to a special beverage that takes him on a scary trip.

When Burt's flirtatious ways are exposed, the entire family begins to experiment with flirting. Jimmy and Sabrina compete to be Barney's favorite employee, Maw Maw gives away her treasures and Virginia is stalked by a coffee shop employee.

1x21 Baby Monitor

  • 2011-05-11T01:30:00Z — 21 mins

Burt and Virginia try to help a couple they heard arguing on Hope's baby monitor.

The Chances reminisce about the year Jimmy turned 18 - when Maw Maw kicked them out of the house, when a goth Jimmy took up residence in the grocery store and when Burt and Virginia finally figured out how to be adults.

2x01 Prodigy

  • Season Premiere

    2011-09-21T01:30:00Z — 21 mins

When Jimmy watches a home video of himself as a thirteen-year-old, he discovers that he was a musical prodigy with a promising career as a singer and pianist until a horrible accident involving a golf putter rendered him talentless. Jimmy recruits Burt, Virginia and Maw Maw to help him rediscover his lost abilities.

2x02 Sabrina Has Money

  • 2011-09-28T01:30:00Z — 21 mins

When Burt discovers that Sabrina is the daughter of his wealthy new client, he lets the family in on her secret. Embarrassed by her family’s wealth she reluctantly introduces the Chance family to her father, Cap. Meanwhile Jimmy decides Hope should have rich friends and begs Sabrina to take him to her sister’s party where Sabrina’s insecurities become apparent.

2x03 Kidnapped

  • 2011-10-05T01:30:00Z — 21 mins

When a ponytailed hippie named Jack who kidnapped Burt twenty years ago unexpectedly pays the Chance family a visit, they discover that Burt's disappearance wasn't all it appeared. Meanwhile Jimmy's jealousy creeps out when Sabrina anxiously awaits a text from her boyfriend Wyatt.

Virginia, Burt, Jimmy and Sabrina go to Las Vegas when Delilah plans a big wedding, but Virginia is jealous of her cousin's fancy ceremony because she never had one. Meanwhile, Jimmy hopes his luck with Sabrina will improve in Sin City.

2x05 Killer Hope

  • 2011-11-02T01:30:00Z — 20 mins

After discovering that Hope hit a boy at daycare, the family becomes worried that Hope is following in her mother's footsteps. Meanwhile, the Chances run into some problems when they camp out in tents due to their home being fumigated for termites.

2x06 Jimmy and the Kid

  • 2011-11-09T02:30:00Z — 21 mins

A thirteen-year-old kid makes a run for Sabrina, which drives Jimmy absolutely crazy. Meanwhile, Maw Maw swallows her gold tooth and Burt and Virginia contemplate retrieving it.

2x07 Burt's Parents

  • 2011-11-16T02:30:00Z — 21 mins

Burt and Virginia borrow a house in an effort to impress Burt's visiting parents, but things to awry when the homeowners return early.

2x08 Bro-gurt

  • 2011-11-30T02:30:00Z — 21 mins

Virginia encourages the family to submit their own inventions in the National Invention Convention Extravaganza, so they could win the cash prize. Burt and Andrew team up to create unusual flavored yogurt, while Sabrina and Jimmy create a new baby mop.

2x09 The Men of New Natesville

  • 2011-12-07T02:30:00Z — 21 mins

After being encouraged to be more of a daredevil by Burt, Jimmy jumps at the chance of showing off his bolder side at a party at Frank's house. Frank and Jimmy realize they have shared a common high school bully, and when they try to take him down, they realize their old bully has changed.

2x10 It's a Hopeful Life

  • 2011-12-14T02:30:00Z — 21 mins

In this "It's a Wonderful Life" themed episode, Jimmy is transported into a cinematic dreamlike state and watches on at a world where he never met Lucy. When he returns to reality he realizes that if Hope had never been born, his life wouldn't be as good. Meanwhile, Virginia, Burt and Maw Maw see a movie that bares a striking resemblance to their day-to-day lives.

2x11 Mrs. Smartypants

  • 2012-01-18T02:30:00Z — 21 mins

When Hope shows signs of being a baby genius, the family pits themselves against one another to earn their GEDs. While attempting to secure his GED, Jimmy finds out that his old high school teacher, Mr. Swift, is teaching the class.

2x12 Gambling Again

  • 2012-02-01T02:30:00Z — 21 mins

When Burt starts gambling again to try and win back the items he lost 20 years ago, Jimmy and Virginia get addicted to gambling themselves, which causes them to forget about Shelley's play that Sabrina wrote and Hope stars in.

2x13 Tarot Cards

  • 2012-02-08T02:30:00Z — 21 mins

Burt hires Barney to help him with his receipts during corporate tax season, and while caught up in the stress Burt accidentally makes a mean comment about Virginia's job, so she decides to change careers and become a tarot card reader. Meanwhile, Sabrina contemplates moving to Africa with Wyatt, upsetting Jimmy.

2x14 Jimmy's Fake Girlfriend

  • 2012-02-15T02:30:00Z — 21 mins

Jimmy's new friend from an improvisational class agrees to pretend to be his girlfriend to make Sabrina jealous.

2x15 Sheer Madness

  • 2012-02-22T02:30:00Z — 21 mins

Jimmy and Sabrina continue building their relationship by learning more about their strange habits and childhood fears. Meanwhile, Virginia learns more about a habit Burt has been hiding from her for years.

Sabrina is arrested at a protest for civil disobedience, but her two-week sentence in jail is made even worse by a prison attendant who claims that they're old friends. Meanwhile, Virginia saves the Natesville mayor from a public scandal, but Jimmy's political encounter could threaten Sabrina's freedom.

2x17 Spanks Butt, No Spanks

  • 2012-03-14T01:30:00Z — 21 mins

When a raccoon decides to take residency under the Chance's porch, Virginia and Sabrina work together to try and lure the critter out. Meanwhile, Hope's misbehavior has become such an issue that Virginia and Burt suggest that it might be time for Jimmy to spank her.

2x18 Poking Holes in the Story

  • 2012-03-21T01:30:00Z — 21 mins

Virginia agrees to be a live-in house sitter for her client and look after a troublesome teenage girl. Meanwhile, Maw Maw once again confuses Jimmy with her late husband Wilfrid, so Jimmy and Sabrina play along.

2x19 Hogging All the Glory

  • 2012-03-28T01:30:00Z — 21 mins

When attention-seeking Sarah Louise announces her plans to run for another term as chairperson of the Natesville church group, Burt decides to run against her.

2x20 Sabrina's New Jimmy

  • 2012-04-04T01:30:00Z — 21 mins

When Jimmy finds out Sabrina has a new attractive study partner, Virginia convinces him that they are doing more than just studying. Meanwhile, Burt develops an obsession with a wall figurine.

2x21 Inside Probe (1)

  • 2012-04-11T01:30:00Z — 21 mins

Nancy Grace examines the "real story" of Hope's mom, serial killer Lucy Carlisle, resulting in the Chance family learning some shocking things about her.

Following the revelations of the "Inside Probe" expose of their family history, the Chances are put on trial in a fight to retain custody of Hope.

3x01 Not Indecent, But Not Quite Decent Enough Proposal

  • Season Premiere

    2012-10-03T01:30:00Z — 21 mins

At the funeral for Sabrina's grandmother, Nana, the Chance family meets Tamara (Melanie Griffith), Sabrina's mother; Nana's last will and testament has a significant impact on Sabrina and Jimmy's relationship.

A visiting social worker sees how the Chances take care of Maw Maw and suspects elder abuse; Sabrina asks Jimmy to get rid of a beloved t-shirt.

The Chance family devises a plan to break Maw Maw out of the nursing facility; Jimmy worries about his future sanity.

When Jimmy and Sabrina go on a marriage retreat, Virginia and Burt and Tamara and her lover tag along; Barney baby-sits Maw Maw.

Virginia becomes suspicious when Burt starts spending a lot of time at a local gay bar.

3x06 What Up, Bro?

  • 2012-11-14T02:30:00Z — 23 mins

When Jimmy learns his parents briefly gave him up for adoption, he asks Sabrina to help him befriend the man who would have been his brother. Burt and Virginia wonder if Jimmy would have been better off with other parents.

3x07 Candy Wars

  • 2012-11-21T02:30:00Z — 23 mins

Jimmy tries to win a candy-selling contest so Hope can ride on a float in the Thanksgiving Day parade.

3x08 The Walk for the Runs

  • 2012-11-28T02:30:00Z — 23 mins

The family participates in a 1K walk; Virginia and Burt feel the effects of aging; Jimmy has a difficult time supporting Sabrina when she gets into a fight with her ex-boyfriend.

3x09 Squeak Means Squeak

  • 2012-12-05T02:30:00Z — 23 mins

When Jimmy leaves Hope with Sabrina for the day, Sabrina tries to prove her parenting skills. Virginia and Burt try to catch a squirrel bully.

3x10 Last Christmas

  • 2012-12-12T02:30:00Z — 23 mins

Convinced that the world will end on Dec. 21, 2012, Virginia stocks up on supplies and makes her family train for the apocalypse. Jimmy tries to make Hope's Christmas special.

3x11 Credit Where Credit Is Due

  • 2013-01-09T02:30:00Z — 23 mins

When Jimmy and Sabrina decide to buy a new car, they learn Burt and Virginia ruined Jimmy's credit when he was a child.

3x12 Lord of the Ring

  • 2013-01-16T02:30:00Z — 23 mins

Jimmy participates in medical experiments to raise money for an engagement ring; when Jimmy finds the perfect ring at a pawn shop, it ends up being Virginia's.

Frank wants to throw Jimmy a memorable bachelor party, but Jimmy resists the idea, citing the crazy things that tend to happen when he goes wild (such as impregnating serial killers). But, when Sabrina convinces him to cut loose, things get a little out of control and Frank reveals an ulterior motive for encouraging Jimmy’s outlandish behavior.

3x14 Modern Wedding

  • 2013-01-30T02:30:00Z — 24 mins

Burt and Virginia lose an embarrassing video to another couple when their storage locker is up for auction; Sabrina investigates Jimmy's sleepwalking habit.

3x15 Yo Zappa Do (Part 1)

  • 2013-01-30T02:30:00Z — 24 mins

The whole family goes on a road trip to Los Angeles for a taping of Hope's favorite show, "Yo Zappa Do"; Virginia and Burt let Ricardo stay at their place, but their house guest quickly wears out his welcome.

3x16 Yo Zappa Do (Part 2)

  • 2013-02-06T02:30:00Z — 23 mins

Sabrina is visited by the Ghost of Arbor Day Past, Present and Future in the middle of the night when she clashes with the Chances over their observation of the eco-friendly holiday

3x17 Sex, Clown, and Videotape

  • 2013-02-06T02:30:00Z — 23 mins

It's a "My Name is Earl" reunion as the Chances throw a birthday party for Hope. Jason Lee reprises his guest-star role as former rock star Smokey Floyd, and he is joined by guest stars Jaime Pressly, Ethan Suplee, Nadine Velazquez and Eddie Steeples as Natesville locals who all band together to save the party.

3x18 Arbor Daze

  • 2013-02-20T02:30:00Z — 23 mins

After Sabrina objects to the way the Chance family celebrates Arbor Day, she is visited by the ghosts of Arbor Day Past, Present and Future.

3x19 Making the Band

  • 2013-02-27T02:30:00Z — 23 mins

It's a "My Name is Earl" reunion as the Chances throw a birthday party for Hope. Jason Lee reprises his guest-star role as former rock star Smokey Floyd, and he is joined by guest stars Jaime Pressly, Ethan Suplee, Nadine Velazquez and Eddie Steeples as Natesville locals who all band together to save the party.

3x20 The Old Girl

  • 2013-02-27T02:30:00Z — 23 mins

Sabrina is excited to introduce her new friend, Rachel (Hilary Duff), to the family, but Virginia and Burt are shocked when they realize Rachel is the girl who once broke Jimmy's heart.

3x21 Burtmizvah – The Musical

  • 2013-03-29T01:30:00Z — 23 mins

After learning that he is Jewish, Burt prepares for the bar mitzvah he never had.

3x22 Mother's Day

  • 2013-03-29T01:30:00Z — 23 mins

When Burt and Barney travel to Maw Maw's childhood home, they learn that her mother may still be alive.

4x01 Déja Vu Man

  • Season Premiere

    2013-11-16T02:30:00Z — 23 mins

Burt and Virginia decide to investigate a when strange man keeps popping up in the Chances' lives; Maw Maw reveals a secret about Virginia's past.

4x02 Burt Bucks

  • 2013-11-16T02:30:00Z — 24 mins

Burt and Virginia learn about the economy when they try to introduce a new bartering system to Natesville; Jimmy questions his masculinity after Sabrina saves his life.

4x03 Ship Happens

  • 2013-11-23T02:30:00Z — 23 mins

When Sabrina learns Jimmy never went on a family vacation, she decides to take Hope on a trip and prove to Burt and Virginia that family vacations aren't necessarily stressful.

4x05 Extreme Howdy's Makeover

  • 2013-11-30T02:30:00Z — 23 mins

Howdy's gets business innovator Maxine as its new owner, and all employees must come up with a big idea to change the store.

4x06 Adoption

  • 2013-11-30T02:30:00Z — 23 mins

Sabrina wants to officially adopt Hope as her own, but the official adoption process doesn't give her the "Motherhood Moment" for which she was hoping.

4x07 DysfunctionFunction

  • 2013-12-07T02:30:00Z — 23 mins

Virginia and Burt fear that Jimmy and Sabrina's marriage has lost its spark, so they use their own relationship experiences to try and shake things up.

4x08 Murder, She Hoped

  • 2013-12-07T02:30:00Z — 23 mins

Burt and Virginia get new back-fence neighbors, and Burt is convinced that there is something suspicious about them.

Burt wants to be elected the interim Mayor of Natesville so that Virginia will have the honor of plugging in the town Christmas tree. But being mayor turns Burt into a Grinch.

4x10 Bee Story

  • 2013-12-14T02:30:00Z — 23 mins

Burt and Virginia go undercover to expose a corporate scandal that is killing all the bees in Natesville.

4x11 Hey There, Delilah

  • 2014-01-11T02:30:00Z — 23 mins

The bickering between Virginia and her visiting cousin leads Maw Maw to threaten to leave everything to the one who acts the most civil; Jimmy and Sabrina have difficulty finding a baby sitter.

4x12 Hot Dish

  • 2014-01-18T02:30:00Z — 23 mins

When Jimmy says Sabrina's casserole is better than his mom's, Virginia enters them both in a cooking competition; Burt invites his mother to participate in the contest.

4x13 Thrilla in Natesvilla

  • 2014-01-25T02:30:00Z — 23 mins

Burt and Virginia get in a fight while trying to help Barney and Maxine's relationship; Jimmy and Sabrina try fencing to reduce stress in their relationship.

4x14 Road to Natesville

  • 2014-02-01T02:30:00Z — 23 mins

When Howdy's hosts contestants from around the world in the International Grocery Games, the American team is embroiled in a scandal and Burt and Virginia must take their place.

Maw Maw has found a new love, Hubert, who encourages her to engage in some reckless activity. When Virginia finds herself scolding Maw Maw, she fears she's become a lame adult and wants Burt to do more risk-taking activities with her. Jimmy and Sabrina follow suit when they find themselves spying on their own babysitter.

4x17 Baby Phat

  • 2014-03-08T02:30:00Z — 23 mins

Burt and Virginia are in desperate need of a vacation and, at Barney's suggestion, head to a resort for a little R&R. But the "resort" turns out to be a different kind of place than they were hoping for. Meanwhile, Jimmy and Sabrina decide they want to have a baby.

4x18 Dinner with the Tropes

  • 2014-03-15T01:30:00Z — 23 mins

Virginia's boss Louise begins grooming her for the role of regional sales manager. But when Virginia sees what her boss' job is really like, she has second thoughts. Meanwhile, Jimmy and Sabrina are worried about Hope's lack of compassion when she feels no sadness over the death of her pet fish, and Burt and Virginia perform at the Natesville Telethon.

4x19 Para-Natesville Activity

  • 2014-03-22T01:30:00Z — 23 mins

Virginia stops believing in magical things, but second guesses herself when a ghost appears in their house. When Burt discovers that Jim Hughes has secretly been living in their house's bomb shelter, Burt and Jim play along with Virginia's antics in order to make her believe in the paranormal again. Meanwhile, Burt and Virginia learn some news about Jim that scares them straight.

4x20 Man's Best Friend

  • 2014-03-29T01:30:00Z — 23 mins

When Virginia and Burt realize they are suffering from "empty nest syndrome," Sabrina suggests they adopt a dog. But when they are turned down by the pound, they are given a trial period as dog owners with Michael, who ends up overstaying his welcome at the Chance's home. Meanwhile, Jimmy tries to prove to Sabrina that he's still a ladies man, even when he doesn't have Hope with him to attract women.

4x21 How I Met Your Mullet

  • 2014-04-05T01:30:00Z — 23 mins

Jimmy and Sabrina get a surprise when they learn that Sabrina's late grandmother has left them the family maid, who has a lifetime contract with the family. Meanwhile, Virginia gets a promotion at work that allows Burt to retire and pursue his passion – even if he doesn't know what his passion is.

4x22 The Father Daughter Dance

  • 2014-04-05T01:30:00Z — 23 mins

In the series finale, Virginia's father Arnold returns to Natesville seeking help in planning his upcoming wedding. But Arnold surprises everyone when he reveals that the wedding Virginia has planned is really for her and Burt – the dream wedding they never got to have as teen parents.

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