The BEST Episodes of Raising Hope
Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!
Last Updated: Sep 15, 2021
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.
#1 - Jimmy's Fake Girlfriend
Season 2 - Episode 14 - Aired Feb 14, 2012
Jimmy's new friend from an improvisational class agrees to pretend to be his girlfriend to make Sabrina jealous.
#2 - Credit Where Credit Is Due
Season 3 - Episode 11 - Aired Jan 8, 2013
When Jimmy and Sabrina decide to buy a new car, they learn Burt and Virginia ruined Jimmy's credit when he was a child.
#3 - The Thrilla in Natesvilla
Season 4 - Episode 13 - Aired Jan 24, 2014
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.
#4 - Sheer Madness
Season 2 - Episode 15 - Aired Feb 21, 2012
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.
#5 - Don't Vote for this Episode
Season 1 - Episode 22 - Aired May 17, 2011
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.
#6 - Henderson, Nevada-Adjacent Baby! Henderson, Nevada-Adjacent!
Season 2 - Episode 4 - Aired Oct 5, 2011
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.
#7 - Throw Maw Maw from the House (2)
Season 3 - Episode 3 - Aired Oct 16, 2012
The Chance family devises a plan to break Maw Maw out of the nursing facility. Jimmy worries about his future sanity.
#8 - Baby Phat
Season 4 - Episode 17 - Aired Mar 7, 2014
At Barney's suggestion, Virginia and Burt go to a resort for a vacation; Sabrina and Jimmy want to have a baby.
#9 - Squeak Means Squeak
Season 3 - Episode 9 - Aired Dec 4, 2012
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.
#10 - Mother's Day
Season 3 - Episode 22 - Aired Mar 28, 2013
When Burt and Barney travel to Maw Maw's childhood home, they learn that her mother may still be alive.
#11 - Candy Wars
Season 3 - Episode 7 - Aired Nov 20, 2012
Jimmy tries to win a candy-selling contest so Hope can ride on a float in the Thanksgiving Day parade.
#12 - Not Indecent, but Not Quite Decent Enough Proposal
Season 3 - Episode 1 - Aired Oct 2, 2012
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.
#13 - Adoption
Season 4 - Episode 5 - Aired Nov 29, 2013
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.
#14 - Prodigy
Season 2 - Episode 1 - Aired Sep 20, 2011
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.
#15 - Hey There, Delilah
Season 4 - Episode 11 - Aired Jan 10, 2014
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.
#16 - Lord of the Ring
Season 3 - Episode 12 - Aired Jan 15, 2013
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.
#17 - How I Met Your Mullet
Season 4 - Episode 21 - Aired Apr 4, 2014
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.
#18 - Single White Female Role Model
Season 2 - Episode 16 - Aired Mar 6, 2012
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.
#19 - Mrs. Smartypants
Season 2 - Episode 11 - Aired Jan 17, 2012
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.
#20 - Sabrina's New Jimmy
Season 2 - Episode 20 - Aired Apr 3, 2012
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.
#21 - Jimmy and the Kid
Season 2 - Episode 6 - Aired Nov 8, 2011
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.
#22 - Tarot Cards
Season 2 - Episode 13 - Aired Feb 7, 2012
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.
#23 - The Father Daughter Dance
Season 4 - Episode 22 - Aired Apr 4, 2014
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.
#24 - Poking Holes in the Story
Season 2 - Episode 18 - Aired Mar 20, 2012
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.
#25 - Murder, She Hoped
Season 4 - Episode 7 - Aired Dec 6, 2013
Burt and Virginia get new back-fence neighbors, and Burt is convinced that there is something suspicious about them.