A 20 something single man must raise his infant daughter, conceived from a one-night stand, with the help of his flawed family after the baby’s mother (who has killed multiple boyfriends) is given a death sentence and executed when the baby is only six months old. – Amazon
I didn’t want to love this show. I really didn’t. Tumblr and my friend actually swayed me towards watching it. Here is a pretty unknown fact about me (haha. Joking, it’s known) I don’t like babies. I am not a baby person one bit. But the baby who plays Hope? ADORABLE. Plus this cast gets along beautifully and you can tell they have fun.
Raising Hope is the story of Jimmy, played by Lucas Neff, who is a sort of failure at life, who has a one-night stand with a serial killer, who of course ends up pregnant. Having a baby changes Jimmy’s life. And his parents, who had him quite early in life. His parents, played by Martha Plimpton and Garret Dillahunt, are fabulous. They play their roles fabulously well. No, really they do. This show could go many ways and Plimpton and Dillahunt, fairly major people on the show makes sure that the show stays funny and has heart. Which is awesome. Plus, Jimmy’s Maw Maw (Grandmother) is played by Cloris Leechman who is hilarious as always. Maw Maw rarely has a “good” day and is known to take her top off. Which causes many laughs.
Jimmy even has a love interest in Sabrina, played by Shannon Woodward. They both work in the neighborhood grocery store, and their backgrounds could not be more different, but Jimmy is drawn to Sabrina, and Sabrina, understands Jimmy’s family is a little crazy but she loves them anyway.
Neff was once interviewed in the LA Times and said “it has really good values at its core. It’s a very sweet-hearted, kind show, and it places family first and doing the right thing first. You don’t see a lot of that in TV or movies. We celebrate a lot of fancy heroes and fancy criminals and infidelity and, generally, just a lot of bad behavior. It’s nice to be part of a show that celebrates decency and being good to one another.” And I think that’s what I like about this show. At its heart it’s about being good to people.