The Best Episodes of Raising Hope

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 8.65
272 votes
Directors: Rebecca Asher
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Don't Vote for this Episode

#2 - 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 8.52
225 votes
Directors: Greg Garcia
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Prodigy

#3 - 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 8.31
242 votes
Directors: Eyal Gordin
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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 8.30
226 votes
Directors: Phil Traill
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I Want My Baby Back, Baby Back, Baby Back (2)

#5 - I Want My Baby Back, Baby Back, Baby Back (2)

Season 2 - Episode 22

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.

star 8.28
238 votes
Directors: Eyal Gordin
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Credit Where Credit Is Due

#6 - 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 8.22
228 votes
Directors: Eyal Gordin
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Inside Probe (1)

#7 - Inside Probe (1)

Season 2 - Episode 21

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.

star 8.18
227 votes
Directors: Greg Garcia
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Sabrina Has Money

#8 - Sabrina Has Money

Season 2 - Episode 2

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.

star 8.18
241 votes
Directors: Troy Miller
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Single White Female Role Model

#9 - 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 8.15
211 votes
Directors: Eyal Gordin
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Poking Holes in the Story

#10 - 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 8.14
228 votes
Directors: Eyal Gordin
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Mother's Day

#11 - 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 8.14
274 votes
Directors: Rick Kelly
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Bro-gurt

#12 - Bro-gurt

Season 2 - Episode 8

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.

star 8.14
212 votes
Directors: Mike Mariano
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Making the Band

#13 - Making the Band

Season 3 - Episode 19

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.

star 8.13
240 votes
Directors: Mike Mariano
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Modern Wedding

#14 - Modern Wedding

Season 3 - Episode 14

Sabrina's mom hires the camera crew from "Modern Family" to film Jimmy and Sabrina's nuptials; when Maw Maw and Reverend Bob butt heads, Burt and Virginia work to save the ceremony without Jimmy and Sabrina being the wiser.

star 8.13
234 votes
Directors: Rebecca Asher
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Baby Monitor

#15 - Baby Monitor

Season 1 - Episode 21

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

star 8.12
208 votes
Directors: Eyal Gordin
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Killer Hope

#16 - Killer Hope

Season 2 - Episode 5

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.

star 8.11
223 votes
Directors: Michael Fresco
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Kidnapped

#17 - Kidnapped

Season 2 - Episode 3

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.

star 8.11
227 votes
Directors: Mike Marino
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Throw Maw Maw From the House (2)

#18 - 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 8.10
249 votes
Directors: Eyal Gordin
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Burt's Parents

#19 - Burt's Parents

Season 2 - Episode 7

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

star 8.10
229 votes
Directors: Eyal Gordin
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The Men of New Natesville

#20 - The Men of New Natesville

Season 2 - Episode 9

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.

star 8.10
228 votes
Directors: Michael Fresco
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A Germ of a Story

#21 - A Germ of a Story

Season 1 - Episode 13

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.

star 8.09
230 votes
Directors: Phil Traill
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Snip Snip

#22 - Snip Snip

Season 1 - Episode 15

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.

star 8.09
218 votes
Directors: Chris Koch
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Sabrina's New Jimmy

#23 - 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 8.08
218 votes
Directors: Matt Shakman
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Mrs. Smartypants

#24 - 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 8.07
238 votes
Directors: Eyal Gordin
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Henderson, Nevada-Adjacent Baby! Henderson, Nevada-Adjacent!

#25 - 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 8.07
233 votes
Directors: Dan Attias
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