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Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Raising Hope Pilot Review

The premise of Raising Hope is simple: a young man has a one-night stand and ends up with a baby. Although his family encourages him to drop the baby at a fire station, he decides to keep it and raise it. He also names it Hope, which is better than the name choice of the mother (Princess Beyonce). The main character has a pair of screwball parents and a crazy grandmother. Once, this blogger’s sister asked her to give her an example of a stereotyped old person on TV, and it is too bad this woman wasn’t yet on air to give as an example. But the stereotype of the senile old bat IS funny on this show.

The young man only met the mother because his family ran out of ice cream, and they had a rule where if you were the last to touch your nose, you had to do it. This blogger’s siblings do that, only it’s more annoying because they shout “NOSE GOES” when they do it.

Other than that relatable moment, the show started out slow and unfunny until the mother showed up. If you haven’t seen it yet, we won’t ruin it for you, but the backstory with the mother is really funny. The supporting cast is good, and this was a pretty funny look at the kid’s first day raising another kid under his parents’ roof.

Many of the jokes come from how unintelligent these family members are. In real life, this would be worrying. On a show, it is just hilarious. This is good for fans of comedies like “The Waterboy” and My Name is Earl.

Episode Grade: B-

Watch the pilot here:

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