The BEST Episodes of Raising Hope

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

Last Updated: Dec 9, 2019

Network: FOX

At 23 years old, Jimmy Chance is going nowhere in life. He skims pools for a living, parties every night and still lives at home with his family, including his parents and his cousin, Mike. Jimmy's life takes a drastic turn when a chance romantic encounter with Lucy goes awry once he discovers she is a wanted felon. Months later, when Jimmy pays a visit to the local prison, he discovers Lucy gave birth to their baby, who he is now charged with raising.

Jimmy's Fake Girlfriend

#1 - Jimmy's Fake Girlfriend

Season 2 - Episode 14

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

star 8.59
1,011 votes
Directors: Rebecca Asher
Writers: Bobby Bowman
The Thrilla in Natesvilla

#2 - The Thrilla in Natesvilla

Season 4 - Episode 13

In trying to help Barney and Maxine's budding relationship, Burt and Virginia wind up getting in a fight. Meanwhile, Jimmy and Sabrina decide to start fencing in order to relieve some of the tension in their relationship.

star 8.13
508 votes
Directors: Rick Kelly
Writers: Shelly Gossman
Credit Where Credit Is Due

#3 - Credit Where Credit Is Due

Season 3 - Episode 11

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

star 8.12
629 votes
Directors: Eyal Gordin
Writers: Mark Torgove, Paul A. Kaplan
Sheer Madness

#4 - Sheer Madness

Season 2 - Episode 15

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.

star 8.07
796 votes
Directors: Phil Traill
Writers: Greg Garcia, Josh Wolf
Don't Vote for this Episode

#5 - Don't Vote for this Episode

Season 1 - Episode 22

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.

star 8.02
1,113 votes
Directors: Greg Garcia
Writers: Greg Garcia
Henderson, Nevada-Adjacent Baby! Henderson, Nevada-Adjacent!

#6 - Henderson, Nevada-Adjacent Baby! Henderson, Nevada-Adjacent!

Season 2 - Episode 4

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.

star 8.01
938 votes
Directors: Dan Attias
Writers: Alan Kirschenbaum, Mike Mariano
Throw Maw Maw From the House (2)

#7 - Throw Maw Maw From the House (2)

Season 3 - Episode 3

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

star 7.96
790 votes
Directors: Eyal Gordin
Writers: Elijah Aron, Jordan Young
Baby Phat

#8 - Baby Phat

Season 4 - Episode 17

At Barney's suggestion, Virginia and Burt go to a resort for a vacation; Sabrina and Jimmy want to have a baby.

star 7.95
512 votes
Writers: Mark Stegemann
Squeak Means Squeak

#9 - Squeak Means Squeak

Season 3 - Episode 9

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.

star 7.95
672 votes
Writers: Stephnie Weir
Mother's Day

#10 - Mother's Day

Season 3 - Episode 22

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

star 7.95
595 votes
Directors: Rick Kelly
Writers: Greg Garcia
Candy Wars

#11 - Candy Wars

Season 3 - Episode 7

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

star 7.93
641 votes
Directors: Michael Fresco
Writers: Fred Schafferman, Ralph Greene
Not Indecent, But Not Quite Decent Enough Proposal

#12 - Not Indecent, But Not Quite Decent Enough Proposal

Season 3 - Episode 1

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.

star 7.93
896 votes
Directors: Greg Garcia
Writers: Greg Garcia
Extreme Howdy's Makeover

#13 - Extreme Howdy's Makeover

Season 4 - Episode 5

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

star 7.92
676 votes
Directors: Jay Karas
Writers: Matthew W. Thompson
Prodigy

#14 - Prodigy

Season 2 - Episode 1

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.

star 7.90
1,083 votes
Directors: Eyal Gordin
Writers: Christine Zander
Hey There, Delilah

#15 - Hey There, Delilah

Season 4 - Episode 11

Maw Maw accidentally calls a wrong number in her contact book, bringing Virginia's cousin, Delilah, back to town. When the two rivals fight nonstop, Maw Maw threatens to give everything in her will to the granddaughter who can be the most civil. Meanwhile, Jimmy and Sabrina have trouble finding a babysitter for Hope.

star 7.90
541 votes
How I Met Your Mullet

#16 - How I Met Your Mullet

Season 4 - Episode 21

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.

star 7.90
461 votes
Directors: Rick Kelly
Writers: Matthew W. Johnson, Timothy Stack
Lord of the Ring

#17 - Lord of the Ring

Season 3 - Episode 12

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.

star 7.89
577 votes
Directors: Dan Attias
Writers: Timothy Stack
Single White Female Role Model

#18 - Single White Female Role Model

Season 2 - Episode 16

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.

star 7.88
780 votes
Directors: Eyal Gordin
Writers: Bobby Bowman
Sabrina's New Jimmy

#19 - Sabrina's New Jimmy

Season 2 - Episode 20

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.

star 7.86
807 votes
Directors: Matt Shakman
Writers: Elijah Aron, Jordan Young
Mrs. Smartypants

#20 - Mrs. Smartypants

Season 2 - Episode 11

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.

star 7.86
998 votes
Directors: Eyal Gordin
Writers: Alan Kirschenbaum, Mike Mariano
Jimmy and the Kid

#21 - Jimmy and the Kid

Season 2 - Episode 6

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.

star 7.85
1,017 votes
Directors: Eyal Gordin
Writers: Bobby Bowman
Tarot Cards

#22 - Tarot Cards

Season 2 - Episode 13

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.

star 7.84
976 votes
Writers: Amy Hubbs
The Father Daughter Dance

#23 - The Father Daughter Dance

Season 4 - Episode 22

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.

star 7.84
483 votes
Directors: Mike Mariano
Writers: Mike Mariano
The One Where They Get High

#24 - The One Where They Get High

Season 4 - Episode 16

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

star 7.83
486 votes
Writers: Joey Gutierrez
Poking Holes in the Story

#25 - Poking Holes in the Story

Season 2 - Episode 18

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.

star 7.82
817 votes
Directors: Eyal Gordin
Writers: Matthew W. Thompson