Skip Nav
American Horror Story
7 Compelling Theories For American Horror Story Season 7
The Bachelor
The Bachelor: The Ladies Who Are Still Competing For Nick Viall
Chris Pratt
There Are Pictures of Chris Pratt and Anna Faris Making Out on Mom and We're Hyperventilating

Review of Pilot For Raising Hope, Fall 2010 Fox Comedy

Pilot Scoop: Raising Hope

As your resident TV expert, I'm giving you the info on the new Fall TV series that you should know about. After my new show spotlights and TCA coverage, I'm now reviewing the pilots for each show to get you up to speed. Today's offering? Fox comedy Raising Hope.

What it's about: Newcomer Lucas Neff is Jimmy Chance, a young man in his early 20s who impregnates a female criminal after a one-night stand. When she's put in prison, he's left to raise the baby. Along for the ride? His unstable family, which includes Martha Plimpton and Garret Dillahunt as his parents, who didn't necessarily do the greatest job raising him (as evidenced by the fact that he still lives at home . . . and impregnated a female criminal). Cloris Leachman also stars as his great-grandmother, as does Shannon Woodward, who plays a grocery store clerk mildly horrified with Jimmy's fatherly skills — and his eventual love interest.

Where it works: The series is from the same creator of My Name Is Earl, and the humor and aesthetic are largely the same for Raising Hope. If you like irreverent humor — and this show is chock-full of it — you're the audience for the show. I found myself laughing out loud a few times during the pilot, which is always a great sign.

ADVERTISEMENT

Where it doesn't: The heart that was in My Name Is Earl isn't really present here yet. The bigger issue is that it's obvious that the edgy baby jokes will begin to get tired — the show needs to prove that it can find comedy from more than just infant-in-danger scenarios.

Am I hooked? The way I feel about this show is similar to the way Woodward's character, Sabrina, feels about the Chance family: concerned, but willing to stick it out to see if something good will come out of it.

To see some photos and a preview, just

.


Image

Image

Image

Photos courtesy of Fox

Around The Web
Join The Conversation
New Girl Season 3 Renewal
Christmas TV Episode Pictures 2012
Best Parenting Show of 2011
Best New TV Show of 2010
Lone Star, Raising Hope, and Fox Executive Session 2010 TCA Panels
Preview Clip of Fox Comedy Raising Hope Starring Martha Plimpton
Photos and Video From New ABC Show The Whole Truth, Starring Maura Tierney

POPSUGAR, the #1 independent media and technology company for women. Where more than 75 million women go for original, inspirational content that feeds their passions and interests.

From Our Partners
Latest Entertainment
All the Latest From Ryan Reynolds