The BEST Episodes of Raising Hope
Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!
Last Updated: Aug 9, 2019
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
Jimmy's new friend from an improvisational class agrees to pretend to be his girlfriend to make Sabrina jealous.
#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.
#3 - 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.
#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.
#5 - 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.
#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.
#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.
#8 - 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.
#9 - 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.
#10 - 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.
#11 - 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.
#12 - 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.
#13 - 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.
#14 - 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.
#15 - 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.
#16 - 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.
#17 - 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.
#18 - 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.
#19 - 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.
#20 - Baby Monitor
Season 1 - Episode 21
Burt and Virginia try to help a couple they heard arguing on Hope's baby monitor.
#21 - 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.
#22 - 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.
#23 - 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.
#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.
#25 - 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.