The Best Episodes of Raising Hope

Last Updated: Feb 15, 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.

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 8.56
301 votes
Directors: Rebecca Asher
Writers: Bobby Bowman
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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 8.46
242 votes
Directors: Greg Garcia
Writers: Greg Garcia
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I Want My Baby Back, Baby Back, Baby Back (2)

#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.

star 8.24
257 votes
Directors: Eyal Gordin
Writers: Bobby Bowman
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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 8.24
248 votes
Directors: Phil Traill
Writers: Josh Wolf, Greg Garcia
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Prodigy

#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.

star 8.23
267 votes
Directors: Eyal Gordin
Writers: Christine Zander
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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 8.16
247 votes
Directors: Eyal Gordin
Writers: Paul A. Kaplan, Mark Torgove
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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 8.12
250 votes
Directors: Greg Garcia
Writers: Alan Kirschenbaum, Tim Stack
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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 8.12
266 votes
Directors: Troy Miller
Writers: Michael Pennie
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Poking Holes in the Story

#9 - 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 8.10
247 votes
Directors: Eyal Gordin
Writers: Matthew W. Thompson
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Mother's Day

#10 - 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 8.10
294 votes
Directors: Rick Kelly
Writers: Greg Garcia
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Bro-gurt

#11 - 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 8.09
231 votes
Directors: Mike Mariano
Writers: Michael Pennie
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Modern Wedding

#12 - 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 8.08
258 votes
Directors: Rebecca Asher
Writers: Sean Conaway
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Throw Maw Maw From the House (2)

#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.

star 8.08
272 votes
Directors: Eyal Gordin
Writers: Elijah Aron, Jordan Young
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Kidnapped

#14 - 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 8.07
254 votes
Directors: Mike Marino
Writers: Elijah Aron, Jordan Young
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The Men of New Natesville

#15 - 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 8.07
250 votes
Directors: Michael Fresco
Writers: Matthew W. Thompson
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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 8.06
241 votes
Directors: Michael Fresco
Writers: Ralph Greene, Tim Stack
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Making the Band

#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.

star 8.06
263 votes
Directors: Mike Mariano
Writers: Sean Conaway
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Single White Female Role Model

#18 - 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 8.06
235 votes
Directors: Eyal Gordin
Writers: Bobby Bowman
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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 8.06
251 votes
Directors: Eyal Gordin
Writers: Sean Conaway
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Baby Monitor

#20 - Baby Monitor

Season 1 - Episode 21

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

star 8.06
230 votes
Directors: Eyal Gordin
Writers: Bobby Bowman
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Snip Snip

#21 - 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 8.04
238 votes
Directors: Chris Koch
Writers: Mike Mariano
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Mrs. Smartypants

#22 - 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 8.04
263 votes
Directors: Eyal Gordin
Writers: Alan Kirschenbaum, Mike Mariano
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The Thrilla in Natesvilla

#23 - 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.

star 8.03
315 votes
Directors: Rick Kelly
Writers: Shelly Gossman
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Henderson, Nevada-Adjacent Baby! Henderson, Nevada-Adjacent!

#24 - 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 8.02
256 votes
Directors: Dan Attias
Writers: Alan Kirschenbaum, Mike Mariano
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If a Ham Falls in the Woods

#25 - If a Ham Falls in the Woods

Season 3 - Episode 4

When Jimmy and Sabrina go on a marriage retreat, Virginia and Burt and Tamara and her lover tag along. Barney baby-sits Maw Maw.

star 8.02
277 votes
Directors: Eyal Gordin
Writers: Mark Stegemann
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