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Old 11-25-2010, 04:34 AM
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Raising Hope - FOX Comedy Series Worth Watching!

We really like this show!
It is stupid funny - Cloris Leachman is hysterical as maw-maw, the rest of the cast is great and the stories are well-written; even though the concept could be considered low-brow trailer-trash, the show has humor on many levels.
There is a certain charm about it that doesn't make fun of the characters - yet allows them to be more than a tad odd.

Any others watching?
If you haven't seen it, give it a try.
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Old 11-25-2010, 04:44 AM
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We watch it every week and love it.
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Old 11-25-2010, 05:15 AM
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I absolutely love this show. Made by the same people who made My Name is Earl. I especially like the songs the daycare owner sings to her charges. The one about the dogs was hilarious.

If you haven't watched it yet, give it a try. It's on right after Glee.
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Old 11-25-2010, 05:36 AM
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I absolutely love this show. Made by the same people who made My Name is Earl. I especially like the songs the daycare owner sings to her charges. The one about the dogs was hilarious.
And you can tell it's by the same guy. It has the same sort of humor, the same sort of ridiculous, stupid characters that you nonetheless love. Raising Hope made me like Garret Dillahunt, and he's played so many despicable characters so very well, I didn't think that was possible.

SUCH a good show.
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Old 11-25-2010, 10:21 AM
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I love the show. I like how they're all idiots and not the best parents, but they genuinely care for each other.

And Sabrina is such a cutie.
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Old 11-25-2010, 11:05 AM
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I like it a lot, I think I've seen every episode.
The Cloris Leachman character is my least favorite though.
Love the ukelele, singing girl. Loved the T-Giving episode and the ukelele duet with the other girl.
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Old 11-25-2010, 11:39 AM
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I especially like the songs the daycare owner sings to her charges. The one about the dogs was hilarious.
"It's just the doorbell, the freakin' doorbell"

I got hooked on Raising Hope from seeing just the first ten minutes on DVR Glee overflow (now it's got it's own series recording). I've never seen My Name is Earl, but if it's anywhere near this good, I might just have to Netflix it. Everything about this show tickles me.
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Old 11-25-2010, 12:10 PM
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Love the ukelele, singing girl. Loved the T-Giving episode and the ukelele duet with the other girl.
I give you Garfunkle and Oates

I've been watching the show since the premiere, and loving every episode. It's definitely filled the hole that My Name is Earl left. I kind of hope they bring Jason Lee on for an episode.
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Old 11-25-2010, 01:44 PM
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I love it. I always laugh when they show the baby. So cute and innocent in such perilous situations. Or maybe it's the little beanie hat.
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Old 11-25-2010, 01:44 PM
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I've been watching the show since the premiere, and loving every episode. It's definitely filled the hole that My Name is Earl left. I kind of hope they bring Jason Lee on for an episode.
Or Randy!

I love it too, but my husband went "Ewww" when Mamaw delivered her "baby" and refuses to watch with me. His loss.
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Old 11-25-2010, 05:29 PM
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In the first episode they did a shout-out to Earl. While they were watching TV, the news popped a story saying something like, "Local criminal finally finishes making amends for all the people he's wronged." I think they had a picture of Jason Lee up as well.
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Old 11-26-2010, 03:21 PM
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It's a tough nut to crack.
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Old 11-26-2010, 08:09 PM
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Nah. "Electric bye-bye chair" works for me.
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Old 11-27-2010, 09:10 AM
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I give you Garfunkle and Oates

I've been watching the show since the premiere, and loving every episode. It's definitely filled the hole that My Name is Earl left. I kind of hope they bring Jason Lee on for an episode.
Crap. There went an hour on Youtube.
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Old 11-28-2010, 09:47 AM
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I've been watching regularly from the start. I don't think it's up to the standards set on Earl, but I've been enjoying it. Shelley is a real treat (I suspect she's was a one-off character who they decided to keep), but I really don't care for grandma, who just isn't all that funny.

The "sex offender" episode was a good one.
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Old 11-28-2010, 05:25 PM
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I usually don't watch much TV, but this show is rather funny and weird. If you liked My Name Is Earl, you'll like this show as well.
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Old 11-28-2010, 06:44 PM
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Cloris Leachman's character is not working at all for me. But the rest of the show is very nice.
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Old 11-28-2010, 09:02 PM
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Just saw a commercial saying that Jason Lee will be on next week's episode. Not sure if it's gonna be Earl though.
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Old 11-28-2010, 09:03 PM
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Just saw a commercial saying that Jason Lee will be on next week's episode. Not sure if it's gonna be Earl though.
Hah, I was coming here to post the same thing. It doesn't look like Earl, though.
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Old 11-29-2010, 08:38 AM
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I think they should dial back the Maw Maw grossness and nudity. It's funny, but only when used sparingly.

But generally we're loving it. Only a week or two ago did I realize that the lyrics to the theme go, "Here we go, oh oh oh; Daddy-O, oh oh oh, Birth control, no no no . . ."

(Yesterday my younger kid reached for a sippy cup on the table. I wasn't sure if it was hers or her sister's, or how long it had been there, but I kind of shrugged and let her have it. Then it struck me that Burt and Virginia weren't bad parents, strictly, they're just parents who shrugged and let it go at every decision.)
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Old 11-29-2010, 11:50 AM
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I love the show. It's cute and quirky and I hope it makes it. The sex offender episode with the blue dots was hilarious.
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Old 11-29-2010, 02:04 PM
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In the first episode they did a shout-out to Earl. While they were watching TV, the news popped a story saying something like, "Local criminal finally finishes making amends for all the people he's wronged." I think they had a picture of Jason Lee up as well.
I totally missed that!!

Another voice in the "Love this show!" chorus. The Halloween episode (yeah, I'm behind on my DVR, suck it) was great. It's good mind-candy for the end of a long day.
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Old 11-29-2010, 05:51 PM
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And Sabrina is such a cutie.
Agreed. Shannon Woodward is the only reason I kept watching The Riches long after I started fast-forwarding through all of Eddie Izzard's scenes.
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Old 11-29-2010, 06:22 PM
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I do, indeed, love this show. It touches on all kinds of sensitive issues without being preachy.

''Insurance! Oh, insurance! Sure, we'll just have the butler fetch it from the hot air balloon!'' That line alone was worth every episode watched so far.
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Old 11-29-2010, 08:27 PM
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I love it, it's a right Love Chile of John Waters and the Coen Brothers, watered down for TV, but still lovely. And, the excellent Martha Plimpton extends the Carradine legacy up a good scotch and notch!

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Old 11-30-2010, 12:01 PM
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Loved Mom's line when son was worried about Hope being sick. "You get sick, you get better. You get sick, you get better. You get sick, you die."

And Bert scaring Jimmy every year at Halloween just to get a really good hug. How sweet is that?
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Old 11-30-2010, 01:44 PM
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I was hooked in the first 5 minutes of the pilot, when the baby's mother says "they'll never send the mother of a 6-month-old to the chair!"....and they immediately cut to the execution. And our hero puts his hand over the baby's eyes (and the baby is wearing a miniature prison jumpsuit).

Oh no they di'nt. Love this show.
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Old 11-30-2010, 02:59 PM
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As they say on another Fox show, good news, everyone. Raising Hope has been picked up for a full season.
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Old 11-30-2010, 09:11 PM
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"That's why TV shows about babies never last more than a year"

teehee!
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Old 11-30-2010, 09:50 PM
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How did I miss the "Smoke Gets in my Everywhere" Tour? I guess I was too busy with the La La's at the La La Paloosa.

I think that was the only time I heard Hope cry. She picked the perfect time. That wig on Jason was the bomb. Think I'll try to find one like it for next Halloween.
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Old 11-30-2010, 10:00 PM
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Smoke that, jerk.
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Old 12-01-2010, 11:47 AM
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It is hilarious, and I don't say that very often re: TV shows.
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Old 12-01-2010, 12:25 PM
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I tried finding the video of Burt hitting Smokey autotuned, but I couldn't. Shame.
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Old 12-01-2010, 06:57 PM
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As they say on another Fox show, good news, everyone. Raising Hope has been picked up for a full season.
Excellent news. RH was a bit of a slow burner for me. I wasn't sure at the beginning but now I am loving it.

Regarding the latest episode, despite being a Scientologist, God I love Jason Lee.
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Old 12-02-2010, 12:39 AM
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Another "this show is awesome" from me and my wife.

I don't think I can ever hear "Istambul (not constantinople)" the same way again...
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Old 12-02-2010, 03:24 AM
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I tried finding the video of Burt hitting Smokey autotuned, but I couldn't. Shame.
What?

What what?!?!
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Old 12-02-2010, 05:12 AM
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It's showing in Australia after Modern Family. Terrific comedy double - intelligent, laugh out loud funny shows with lovely human values.
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Old 12-02-2010, 01:25 PM
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Wasn't that crazy about Jason Lee's character, or the way he played him. Something just seemed not nearly as awesome as I'd hoped.
Still, it was an overall great episode! I'm definitely hooked.
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Old 12-07-2010, 10:45 AM
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Did anyone catch that Smokey (Jason Lee) called the grocery store manager Ken?

Other than the pilot, have there been any other My Name is Earl winks?
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Old 12-07-2010, 10:50 PM
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"It's Baby Sneezes!"
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Old 12-07-2010, 11:02 PM
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There was just enough evil in this week's episode to keep it from being sappy. Earl was often like that too.

Nice how it all worked out. The grocery store manager* got his doll and the church got their organ fixed. And Bert didn't let Mamaw die. It was close though!

Another Earl alumna (alumnae?) but I don't remember what Earl did to him.
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Old 12-08-2010, 04:15 AM
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One alumnus, two alumni. (Unless you're specifying the female forms, but those are obsolete. The male terms have become unisex.)
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Old 12-08-2010, 04:32 AM
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They could probably restore their profit if they stocked up on some snot cartridges.
Was that the grossest doll or what?

Have to wonder about the sermon and/or minister at that church if that's a sample of the conversations and attitudes immediately after the service. "Don't keep her on such a tight leash." and the whole conversation between the church bitch and the mom. Wow. And a Merry Christmas to you too.
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Old 12-08-2010, 11:03 AM
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Christmas episode had lots of quick bits that were very funny.
I laughed when I saw the sign in front of the church that day:
"Don't Make Me Come Down There! - God"

And how can you not love that set up for Baby Sneezes...
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Old 12-08-2010, 11:48 AM
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One alumnus, two alumni. (Unless you're specifying the female forms, but those are obsolete. The male terms have become unisex.)
I had two years of high school Latin, and this finally came to me as I lay awake last night, wondering where I went wrong.

I was surprised that the Chances were in church!
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Old 12-08-2010, 02:13 PM
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I had to pause it for a minute because I was laughing so hard at Jimmy using the nutcracker. It was funny mostly because they didn't make a huge deal out of it or have any character mention it.
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Old 12-08-2010, 11:23 PM
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Another Earl alumna (alumnae?) but I don't remember what Earl did to him.
I presume you meant Jonathan Slavin, who was more recently on the dearly departed Better off Ted. On Earl he was Joy's deaf lawyer's translator. Don't recall if Earl had to make up something for him though.
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Old 12-09-2010, 09:40 AM
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There was a really short interview with Garret Dillahunt (Burt) and Martha Plimpton (Virginia) in Entertainment Weekly about a month ago. Dillahunt made a connection between him and Plimpton that hadn't occurred to me before:

"We've been in each other's orbit for decades. Keith Carradine is her father. I killed him on Deadwood. It's weird."
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Old 12-09-2010, 10:18 AM
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And how can you not love that set up for Baby Sneezes...
Yes. It was absolute perfect -- comic writing at its best. It was there in plain sight all along, yet when it came time for the joke, it was a complete surprise.
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