The BEST episodes of Raising Hope

Every episode of Raising Hope ever, ranked from best to worst by thousands of votes from fans of the show. 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.

Last Updated: 9/30/2023Network: FOXStatus: Ended
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Jimmy's Fake Girlfriend
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8.56
1005 votes

#1 - Jimmy's Fake Girlfriend

Season 2 - Episode 14 - Aired 2/14/2012

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

Directors: Rebecca Asher
Writer: Bobby Bowman
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Credit Where Credit Is Due
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8.10
623 votes

#2 - Credit Where Credit Is Due

Season 3 - Episode 11 - Aired 1/8/2013

Jimmy learns that Burt and Virginia ruined his credit when he was a child.

Directors: Eyal Gordin
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Thrilla in Natesvilla
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8.06
491 votes

#3 - Thrilla in Natesvilla

Season 4 - Episode 13 - Aired 1/24/2014

Burt and Virginia argue while Jimmy and Sabrina turn to fencing as their form of fighting.

Directors: Rick Kelly
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Sheer Madness
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8.06
790 votes

#4 - Sheer Madness

Season 2 - Episode 15 - Aired 2/21/2012

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.

Directors: Phil Traill
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Don't Vote for this Episode
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8.01
1118 votes

#5 - Don't Vote for this Episode

Season 1 - Episode 22 - Aired 5/17/2011

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.

Directors: Greg Garcia
Writer: Greg Garcia
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Henderson, Nevada-Adjacent Baby! Henderson, Nevada-Adjacent!
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8.00
934 votes

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

Season 2 - Episode 4 - Aired 10/5/2011

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.

Directors: Daniel Attias
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Throw Maw Maw from the House (2)
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7.92
784 votes

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

Season 3 - Episode 3 - Aired 10/16/2012

The Chances devise a plan to break Maw Maw out of the nursing facility.

Directors: Eyal Gordin
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Not Indecent, but Not Quite Decent Enough Proposal
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7.92
881 votes

#8 - Not Indecent, but Not Quite Decent Enough Proposal

Season 3 - Episode 1 - Aired 10/2/2012

The Chance family meets Sabrina's mother.

Directors: Greg Garcia
Writer: Greg Garcia
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Squeak Means Squeak
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7.91
663 votes

#9 - Squeak Means Squeak

Season 3 - Episode 9 - Aired 12/4/2012

Sabrina tries to prove her parenting skills while babysitting Hope.

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Candy Wars
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7.89
636 votes

#10 - Candy Wars

Season 3 - Episode 7 - Aired 11/20/2012

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

Directors: Michael Fresco
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Prodigy
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7.88
1084 votes

#11 - Prodigy

Season 2 - Episode 1 - Aired 9/20/2011

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.

Directors: Eyal Gordin
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Baby Phat
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7.87
494 votes

#12 - Baby Phat

Season 4 - Episode 17 - Aired 3/7/2014

Virginia and Burt go to a resort for a vacation and Sabrina and Jimmy want to have a baby.

Directors: Garret Dillahunt
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Mother's Day
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7.87
583 votes

#13 - Mother's Day

Season 3 - Episode 22 - Aired 3/28/2013

The Chances visit Maw Maw's childhood home and find that her mother is still alive.

Directors: Rick Kelly
Writer: Greg Garcia
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Hey There, Delilah
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7.86
523 votes

#14 - Hey There, Delilah

Season 4 - Episode 11 - Aired 1/10/2014

Virginia clashes again with her cousin Delilah, but Maw Maw promises to leave everything to the one who can be the more civil.

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Single White Female Role Model
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7.86
778 votes

#15 - Single White Female Role Model

Season 2 - Episode 16 - Aired 3/6/2012

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.

Directors: Eyal Gordin
Writer: Bobby Bowman
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Extreme Howdy's Makeover
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7.86
662 votes

#16 - Extreme Howdy's Makeover

Season 4 - Episode 5 - Aired 11/29/2013

A business innovator takes over Howdy's and the employees devise ideas to change the store.

Directors: Jay Karas
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Mrs. Smartypants
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7.85
997 votes

#17 - Mrs. Smartypants

Season 2 - Episode 11 - Aired 1/17/2012

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.

Directors: Eyal Gordin
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Lord of the Ring
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7.85
574 votes

#18 - Lord of the Ring

Season 3 - Episode 12 - Aired 1/15/2013

Jimmy participates in medical experiments to raise money for an engagement ring.

Directors: Daniel Attias
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How I Met Your Mullet
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7.84
445 votes

#19 - How I Met Your Mullet

Season 4 - Episode 21 - Aired 4/4/2014

Jimmy and Sabrina inherit a maid from Sabrina's late grandmother.

Directors: Rick Kelly
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Jimmy and the Kid
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7.84
1016 votes

#20 - Jimmy and the Kid

Season 2 - Episode 6 - Aired 11/8/2011

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.

Directors: Eyal Gordin
Writer: Bobby Bowman
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Sabrina's New Jimmy
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7.84
808 votes

#21 - Sabrina's New Jimmy

Season 2 - Episode 20 - Aired 4/3/2012

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.

Directors: Matt Shakman
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Tarot Cards
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7.83
977 votes

#22 - Tarot Cards

Season 2 - Episode 13 - Aired 2/7/2012

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.

Writer: Amy Hubbs
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Burt's Parents
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7.80
1017 votes

#23 - Burt's Parents

Season 2 - Episode 7 - Aired 11/15/2011

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

Directors: Eyal Gordin
Writer: Sean Conaway
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Poking Holes in the Story
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7.79
813 votes

#24 - Poking Holes in the Story

Season 2 - Episode 18 - Aired 3/20/2012

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.

Directors: Eyal Gordin
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Kidnapped
star
7.78
993 votes

#25 - Kidnapped

Season 2 - Episode 3 - Aired 10/4/2011

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.

Directors: Mike Marino
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