History Series / RaisingHope

26th Mar '17 5:44:17 PM themisterfree
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* AscendedExtra: Barney was a minor character that added some flavor to Sabrina's boring job at Howdy's, the grocery store. Once Jimmy starts working there too, Barney becomes a bit of a parental figure, eventually getting credited as main cast since the second season.

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* AscendedExtra: Barney was a minor character that added some flavor to Sabrina's boring job at Howdy's, the grocery store. Howdy's. Once Jimmy starts working there too, Barney becomes a bit of a parental figure, eventually getting credited as joining the main cast since for the second season.
17th Jan '17 10:30:38 AM MsChibi
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%%* RunningGag: A ton, starting with Burt's problem not thinking of the word "think." Also, Dancin' Dan.

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%%* * RunningGag: A ton, starting with Burt's problem not thinking of the word "think." Also, Dancin' Dan.


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* SocialServicesDoesNotExist: Played straight during Jimmy's childhood. Subverted, however, with Maw-Maw, when a social worker ends up taking her to a state-run nursing home.
14th Jan '17 1:48:48 AM The_Glorious_SOB
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** Maw-Maw "going French" for the non-existant swimsuit part of a Grandmother-Granddaughter pageant (which had already been decided) results in Virginia covering her eyes and Burt pouring hot sauce into his.

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** Maw-Maw "going French" for the non-existant non-existent swimsuit part of a Grandmother-Granddaughter pageant (which had already been decided) results in Virginia covering her eyes and Burt pouring hot sauce into his.



* FunSize: Many people in the series joke around that Sabrina is actually more shorter than Jimmy, although it's not ''funny'' to her.

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* FunSize: Many people in the series joke around that Sabrina is actually more shorter than Jimmy, although it's not ''funny'' to her.
14th Jan '17 1:35:31 AM The_Glorious_SOB
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** The end of Burt and Virginia's first "date".

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** The end of Burt and Virginia's first "date"."date."



* BarrierBustingBlow: Performed by Maw Maw at the end of "The Sniffles".

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* BarrierBustingBlow: Performed by Maw Maw at the end of "The Sniffles".Sniffles."



** Burt is seen as the BlackSheep of his family since he didn't live according to his parents' expectatives, as he got Virginia pregnant when they were teenagers, and they didn't end up as rich as them. His own parents are ''[[KissingCousins third-cousins]]'', and his nephew, Mike, used to live in their house for a while before joining a cult.
** Virginia's side of her family is ''off''. She was lied about what [[DidNotDieThatWay truly happened to her mom]] (who is supposed to be dead), and was [[RaisedByGrandparents raised by Maw Maw]], while the rest of her family (especially her cousin, Delilah) traited her as a ButtMonkey.

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** Burt is seen as the BlackSheep of his family since he didn't live according to his parents' expectatives, expectations, as he got Virginia pregnant when they were teenagers, and they didn't end up as rich as them. His own parents are ''[[KissingCousins third-cousins]]'', and his nephew, Mike, used to live in their house for a while before joining a cult.
** Virginia's side of her family is ''off''. She was lied about what [[DidNotDieThatWay truly happened to her mom]] (who is supposed to be dead), and was [[RaisedByGrandparents raised by Maw Maw]], while the rest of her family (especially her cousin, Delilah) traited treated her as a ButtMonkey.
8th Jan '17 5:31:18 AM mangamanic
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** C. Went on to become his wife. While he did technically do the crime his lawyer treats him like he is a stereotypical sex offender.

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** C. The minor he slept with Went on to become his wife.wife and the only person he's 'ever' slept with. While he did technically do the crime his lawyer treats him like he is a stereotypical sex offender.
20th Dec '16 5:59:18 PM SuperMaxIsHere
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* CreditsGag: Every episode's opening credits[[note]]from Season 2 on[[/note]] features the phrase "{{And introducing}} Cloris Leachman as Maw Maw."
5th Dec '16 5:54:42 AM themisterfree
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A series by Greg Garcia, the creator of ''Series/MyNameIsEarl'', that was aired from 2010 to 2014.

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A series by Greg Garcia, the creator of ''Series/MyNameIsEarl'', that was aired from 2010 to 2014.
2014 on Creator/{{Fox}}.
16th Nov '16 5:34:02 PM nombretomado
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** Burt's news report on him clobbering Smokey Floyd is [[AutoTuneTheNews auto-tuned and turned into a viral hit.]] There's also a ShoutOut to ''Series/MyNameIsEarl'' when Smokey Floyd calls Barney "Kenny."

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** Burt's news report on him clobbering Smokey Floyd is [[AutoTuneTheNews [[WebVideo/AutoTuneTheNews auto-tuned and turned into a viral hit.]] There's also a ShoutOut to ''Series/MyNameIsEarl'' when Smokey Floyd calls Barney "Kenny."
5th Nov '16 8:00:04 PM Bulby08
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** In addition, Lucy wouldn't have been released from prison just because the electric chair failed, or because she was injured by the guards. She still would've been executed some other way, or had her sentence commuted to life in prison, but she wouldn't have been freed.
4th Nov '16 6:26:46 AM kirara19
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* TheBabyTrap: Inverted ''and'' played sympathetically. [[spoiler: Burt poked a hole in a condom because he wanted to purposely knock Virginia up, since he thought she was out of his league. By the time she finds out, she can't get upset about it because she's pretty happy with the end result.]]

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* TheBabyTrap: Inverted ''and'' played sympathetically. [[spoiler: Burt poked a hole in a condom because he wanted to purposely knock Virginia up, since he thought she was out of his league. By the time she finds out, she can't get upset about it because she's pretty happy with the end result.]]



** Virginia's side of her family is ''off''. She was lied about what [[DidNotDieThatWay truly happened to her mom]] (who is supposed to be dead), and was [[RaisedByGrandparents raised by Maw-Maw]], while the rest of her family (especially her cousin, Delilah) traited her as a ButtMonkey.

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** Virginia's side of her family is ''off''. She was lied about what [[DidNotDieThatWay truly happened to her mom]] (who is supposed to be dead), and was [[RaisedByGrandparents raised by Maw-Maw]], Maw Maw]], while the rest of her family (especially her cousin, Delilah) traited her as a ButtMonkey.



* CharacterDevelopment: Burt and Virginia get much nicer during later part of the first season.

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* %%* CharacterDevelopment: Burt and Virginia get much nicer during later part of the first season.



* ContinuitySnarl: The show couldn't seem to make up its mind on whether or not ''Series/MyNameIsEarl'' was in the same universe or a TV show too. Among other things, there has been a poster of TheMovie in one episode, there has been a TV commercial for the show... but Patty (the Daytime Hooker) has appeared as [[TheCameo a cameo]], and in ThePilot, a news anchor even mentions that "a small-time crook with a long list of wrongs he was making amends for has finally finished".
* CringeComedy: Jimmy's drunk piano performance in "Prodigy"

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* ContinuitySnarl: The show couldn't doesn't seem to make up its mind on whether or not ''Series/MyNameIsEarl'' was is in the same universe universe, or that it is a TV show too. show. Among other things, there the series has been referenced through a poster of TheMovie in one episode, there has been [[TheMovie movie]] poster, and a TV commercial for the show... but Patty (the Daytime Hooker) has appeared as [[TheCameo shown up a cameo]], couple of times, and in ThePilot, a TV news anchor even very briefly mentions that "a small-time crook with a long list of wrongs he was making amends for for, has finally finished".
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finished" in ThePilot.
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CringeComedy: Jimmy's drunk piano performance in "Prodigy"



** With ''Series/MyNameIsEarl'', Patty the Daytime Hooker appeared as a gambling addict counselor in "Gambling Again". And in ThePilot, after the news reported about Lucy being a serial killer, the news anchor begins to do a lighter side story about "a small-time crook with a long list of wrongs he was making amends for has finally finished, and [[LeftHanging you'll never guess how it ended!]]"

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** With ''Series/MyNameIsEarl'', since Patty the Daytime Hooker appeared as a gambling addict counselor in "Gambling Again". And in ThePilot, after the news reported about Lucy being a serial killer, the news anchor begins to do a lighter side story about "a small-time crook with a long list of wrongs he was making amends for has finally finished, and [[LeftHanging you'll never guess how it ended!]]"



* DemotedToExtra: Shelly, Sabrina's cousin. She is an important supporting character in the first season but was reduced to pretty much a named extra in later seasons.

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* DemotedToExtra: Shelly, Sabrina's cousin. She Shelly is reduced to a minor role after being an important supporting character in the first season but was reduced season. It gets worse once Sabrina moves out from their shared apartment, as she gets married with Jimmy and moves to pretty much the house she inherited from her grandma, and Shelly is only seen a named extra couple of times the whole gang reunites in later seasons.any important ZanyScheme they end up doing.



* FakeGuestStar: Cloris Leachman was credited as a guest star for the first season despite being prominently featured throughout the show, in the opening credits, and in all promotional material because of contractual issues. In later seasons, she gets [[CreditGag credited]] as "And introducing Cloris Leachman" most likely as a reference to this situation.

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* FakeGuestStar: Cloris Leachman was credited as a guest star for the first season despite being prominently featured throughout the show, in the opening credits, and in all promotional material because of contractual issues. In later seasons, she gets [[CreditGag [[CreditsGag credited]] as "And introducing Cloris Leachman" most likely as a reference to this situation.



* FanDisservice: Maw Maw running around topless is a RunningGag.
* ForgottenChildhoodFriend: Sabrina finds herself at the mercy of one (played by Shannon Woodward's [[IWantYouToMeetAnOldFriendOfMine real life best friend]] Music/KatyPerry, no less) when she's arrested. The ending of the episode, however, implies that [[spoiler: Sabrina never knew her and the guard does that with pretty much everybody.]]

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* FanDisservice: Maw Maw running [[RunningGag usually walks around topless topless]] (mostly when she is a RunningGag.
"not-lucid"), as she doesn't seem to care at all what others may think of her. Cue the [[BrainBleach understandable moments]] where many characters have to stop her of doing so in public.
* ForgottenChildhoodFriend: Sabrina finds herself at the mercy of one (played by Shannon Woodward's [[IWantYouToMeetAnOldFriendOfMine real life best friend]] Music/KatyPerry, no less) when she's arrested. The ending of the episode, however, implies that [[spoiler: Sabrina never knew her and the guard [[DrunkWithPower just does that that]] with pretty much everybody.everyone.]]



* GRatedDrug: As part of getting more sales during the "Candy Wars" episode, Maw-Maw makes custom chocolate candy bars, which are addictive for anyone who eats them. The Chances even set up a "laboratory" to make the reference more ''obvious''.

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* GRatedDrug: As part of getting more sales for Thanksgiving Day, during the events of the "Candy Wars" episode, Maw-Maw Maw Maw makes custom chocolate candy bars, which are addictive for anyone who eats them. The Chances even set up a "laboratory" laboratory on their kitchen to make the reference more ''obvious''.



* IdiotSavant: About half the family. When Maw-Maw is lucid, she's a great mechanic and has many other skills and piercing insight. Burt, who never finished High School, got a 1540 on his SAT. Apparently he's good at filling in bubbles.
** When he was a teenager, Jimmy was a highly skilled piano player and had a beautiful singing voice...until he got nailed in the head with a putter. [[spoiler: That Burt threw.]]



* ItsAWonderfulPlot: Season two's ChristmasEpisode (aptly titled [[LampshadeHanging It's A Hopeful Life]]), in which Jimmy hallucinates what his life would be like if he hadn't had that fateful meeting with Lucy. Turns out it would be pretty bad. Played with when Jimmy realizes that this is very similar to a movie he watched...

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* ItsAWonderfulPlot: Season two's ChristmasEpisode (aptly titled [[LampshadeHanging "[[LampshadeHanging It's A Hopeful Life]]), Life]]"), in which Jimmy hallucinates what his life would be like if he hadn't had that fateful meeting with Lucy. Turns out it would be pretty bad.''awful''. Played with when Jimmy realizes that this is very similar to a movie he watched...



* MorallyAmbiguousDoctorate: Lucy's father. He's a psychiatrist, Lucy's mother was a patient of his, and they did kidnap Hope twice but did go to jail for it. [[spoiler: In "Modern Wedding", he's been released on good behavior, but his wife is still in jail and he had to smuggle a still-alive but heavily brain-damaged Lucy home and spends most of his time caring for her. He genuinely loves his psychotic daughter, but has questionable methods of reining her in.]]

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* MorallyAmbiguousDoctorate: Lucy's father. He's a psychiatrist, Lucy's mother was a patient of his, and they did kidnap kidnapped Hope twice but did go until they went to jail for it. [[spoiler: In "Modern Wedding", he's been released on good behavior, but his wife is still in jail and he had to smuggle a still-alive but heavily brain-damaged Lucy home and spends most of his time caring for her. He genuinely loves his psychotic daughter, but has questionable methods of reining her in.]]



* SharedUniverse: Zig-zagged. We have seen a few characters from ''Series/MyNameIsEarl'' (most prominently one appearance from Patty the Daytime Hooker) and there are frequent references to other characters and Camden, but there are a few moments that say [[RecursiveCanon the TV show "My Name Is Earl"]] exists in this world as well. The humor and characters are similar in tone (although this show is slightly more sedated), but it also doesn't help that many of the same actors have [[YouLookFamiliar notable parts in this show]], including a pseudo ReunionShow featuring those characters taking on similar roles to ''Earl''.

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* SharedUniverse: Zig-zagged. We have seen a few characters from ''Series/MyNameIsEarl'' (most prominently one appearance from (such as a couple of [[TheCameo cameos]] by Patty the Daytime Hooker) and there are frequent references to other characters from the show and Camden, but Camden. However, there are also a few moments that say suggest that the [[RecursiveCanon the TV show "My Name Is Earl"]] Show]] still exists in inside this world as well. The Not only the humor and characters are share a similar in tone (although this show is slightly more sedated), tone, but it also doesn't help that many of the same actors have [[YouLookFamiliar notable parts parts]] in this show]], show, including a pseudo ReunionShow pseudo-ReunionShow featuring those characters taking on similar roles to ''Earl''.



* WholeEpisodeFlashback: "Don't Vote for this Episode" showed what the characters were doing five years ago -- the Chances had just been tossed out by Maw-Maw, Jimmy was going through a goth phase, Sabrina was a braces-wearing geek with a huge crush on goth Jimmy, Barney was a fatty, Shelly worked at the market, and Lucy was dating the first of her boyfriends/victims.

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* WholeEpisodeFlashback: "Don't Vote for this Episode" showed what the characters were doing five years ago -- the Chances had just been tossed out by Maw-Maw, Maw Maw, Jimmy was going through a goth phase, Sabrina was a braces-wearing geek with a huge crush on goth Jimmy, Barney was a fatty, Shelly worked at the market, and Lucy was dating the first of her boyfriends/victims.
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