TV Show You Should Watch: ‘Raising Hope’

The cast of a new comedy, Raising Hope: Martha Plimpton, Shannon Woodward, Lucas Neff, and Garret Dillahunt. Photo: Couch Time with Jill

The half-hour comedy is just as funny as Modern Family, if not more, then definitely wackier. It’s easily one of my new favorite series! To give you a better idea of the show’s sense of humor, it’s brought to us by Greg Garcia, creator of My Name is Earl (which was super wacky, in case you didn’t know).

Raising Hope is about Jimmy Chance (newcomer Lucas Neff), a young single dad who grapples with the day-to-day problems of taking care of his daughter. He has some help from his lower class family: his great great grandmother (Cloris Leachman) and his parents who also had him at a young age (Garret Dillahunt from The Sarah Connor Chronicles and Martha Plimpton from The Goonies).

Not only do Dillahunt and Emmy nominee Plimpton portray a sweet married couple, but there’s also love story between Jimmy and his crush, played by Shannon Woodward (The Riches). It’s definitely a relationship that you’ll be rooting for.

On its second season, the quirky comedy has had notable guest stars like JK Simmons (Juno), Amy Sedaris (Maid in Manhattan), Bijou Phillips (Almost Famous), Greg Germann (Ally McBeal) and basically, the entire My Name is Earl cast: Jaime Pressly, Jason Lee, Ethan Suplee, and Eddie Steeples.

Every episode brings on the laughs, but some stood out so much so that I’m re-watched them recently, namely Blue Dots; Meet the Grandparents; Snip, Snip; Sabrina Has Money; and possibly my fave thus far, Mongooses. It was funny and though every episode is sweet, this one really showed some heart as the family tries to figure out who should be the baby’s guardians if they die.

Here are a few clips to give you an even better idea of the show’s adorability:

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