The BEST Episodes of Raising Hope

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

Last Updated: Apr 19, 2021

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.

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Jimmy's Fake Girlfriend

#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.

star 8.59
1,020 votes
Directors: Rebecca Asher
Writers: Bobby Bowman
The Thrilla in Natesvilla

#2 - 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.

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

#3 - 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.

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

#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.

star 8.08
804 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 - 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.

star 8.02
1,127 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 - 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.

star 8.01
950 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 - 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.

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

#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.

star 7.95
519 votes
Writers: Mark Stegemann
Squeak Means Squeak

#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.

star 7.94
685 votes
Writers: Stephnie Weir
Mother's Day

#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.

star 7.94
603 votes
Directors: Rick Kelly
Writers: Greg Garcia
Candy Wars

#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.

star 7.93
651 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 - 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.

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

#13 - Extreme Howdy's Makeover

Season 4 - Episode 5 - Aired Nov 29, 2013

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 7.91
686 votes
Directors: Jay Karas
Writers: Matthew W. Thompson

#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.

star 7.90
1,094 votes
Directors: Eyal Gordin
Writers: Christine Zander
Hey There, Delilah

#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.

star 7.90
550 votes
How I Met Your Mullet

#16 - 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.

star 7.89
467 votes
Directors: Rick Kelly
Writers: Matthew W. Johnson, Timothy Stack
Lord of the Ring

#17 - 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.

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

#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.

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

#19 - 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.

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

#20 - 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.

star 7.86
1,006 votes
Directors: Eyal Gordin
Writers: Alan Kirschenbaum, Mike Mariano
Jimmy and the Kid

#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.

star 7.85
1,028 votes
Directors: Eyal Gordin
Writers: Bobby Bowman
Tarot Cards

#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.

star 7.85
985 votes
Writers: Amy Hubbs
The Father Daughter Dance

#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.

star 7.83
490 votes
Directors: Mike Mariano
Writers: Mike Mariano
The One Where They Get High

#24 - The One Where They Get High

Season 4 - Episode 16 - Aired Feb 28, 2014

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 7.82
493 votes
Writers: Joey Gutierrez
Poking Holes in the Story

#25 - 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.

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