YMMV / Raising Hope

  • Big Lipped Alligator Moment: "Burt Mitzvah - The Musical" is Exactly What It Says on the Tin. People break out into songs and choreographed dancing at the drop of a hat. Somewhat explained when other people who hear about it are skeptical.
    Burt/Virginia: Well, that's how I remember it.
  • Base Breaker: Lucy. Not the character herself but how she was utilized in the show due to the fact that she was revealed to be Not Quite Dead twice.
  • Broken Base: The season 2 2-parts finale. It was heavily debated among the fandom whether or not the twist that Lucy survived her execution is a good idea or not and how well it was handled, not to mention her Villain Ball moment of trying to murder Sabrina and (supposed) death at the end (no matter how funny the scene in question was).
  • Crowning Music of Awesome: "You Can't Always Get What You Want" for the season 2 finale. Perfect for both the Tear Jerker of Lucy winning custody of Hope over the Chances and the Awesome Moment of Lucy getting hit by a bus.
    • Also both instances of "Danny's Song."
    • All three songs in Burt Mitzvah- The Musical.
  • Designated Hero: Jimmy during the early seasons when he pined for Sabrina. Instead of Dogged Nice Guy he can come off as more of a emotionally manipulative creep that was deliberately wanting and hoping for a couple to break up just so he could have Sabrina.
  • Designated Villain: Wyatt, the victim of Jimmy and his family constantly pushing Jimmy and Sabrina together and pushing him under the bus.
  • Ear Worm: Watch episode three. Get "Istanbul" stuck in your head for the following week.
  • Ensemble Darkhorse: Frank for his creepy behavior and Hidden Depths. Shelly is also one even after she was Demoted to Extra.
  • Family-Unfriendly Aesop: The "Dream Hoarders" episode says you have to have dreams to get by in life. The problem with that is Virginia and Burt's dream of getting rich was to buy lottery tickets and horde away furniture for their dream home, essentially wastes of money and a horrible hoarding obsession, respectively.
  • "Funny Aneurysm" Moment: Burt and Virginia tried to get Maw Maw into a nursing home, but none of them would take her. One episode has her get sent to one when she is taken away by Social Services.
  • Growing the Beard: The second half of season 1 is agreed to be the point that the show truly growing on its own and the humor getting less cliche and inconsistent.
  • Harsher in Hindsight: In "Say Cheese", Sabrina stated that all of her family pictures have been called fake. This sentence just took on a whole new harsher meaning after her family background was explored in later seasons.
  • Heartwarming in Hindsight: Every single scene of the Chances with Maw Maw from the first season became strangely touching when it was revealed that they are eventually managed to live on their own but chose not to so they can took care of her when she began to have dementia and even fought to stay with her.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: In a episode of Garcia's last series, it had Earl trying to made amends to his former teenage babysitter and her boyfriend who got pregnant when Earl poked holes in the guys condom. When he visits them, he finds out they got married pretty young and actually have a happy marriage, even with a slacker son who lives with them. This pretty much describe the grandparent Chancesnote .
    • There was also the episode of Earl helping Randy find a girl he had a summer romance with when he was a kid. Its then turns out it was Joy. Those two would then quest-star as a married couple.
  • Moe: Shelley (she is, after all, played by Kate Micucci).
  • Nightmare Fuel: Jimmy's nightmare about Hope killing Virginia and Burt is really surreal. Especially the part where Burt has a Jack-In-The-Box crank in his ear and a clown puppet pops out of his mouth.
  • Paranoia Fuel: Both in-universe and out, the idea of spiders entering your ear and laying eggs while you sleep.
  • Shipping Bed Death: Humorously referenced by Burt and Virginia when Jimmy and Sabrina get together, wondering if their relationship will be as interesting now that the UST is resolved. Burt jokes that there is a girl at the copy place with a boyfriend, so he can transfer that same pattern somewhere else. To the shows credit, Jimmy/Sabrina was never a mainstay of the shows plots and that same episode went out of its way to demonstrate that there is still plenty of story to tell between the two.
  • Squick: The beginning of the second episode has a scene where Jimmy walks in on Maw Maw attempting to breastfeed Hope. To say nothing of her french-kissing her great grandson in the pilot, believing him to be her long-dead husband.
    • This is pretty much Maw Maw's entire shtick. Another "great" example is the episode where she thinks she's in labor (and Jimmy's dad ends up helping deliver... something.)
    • Burt giving his son Jimmy a several second-long kiss on the lips, then requesting he take off his pants.
  • Suspiciously Similar Song: From "Burt Mitzvah - The Musical," we have "Rock the Torah," which seems to be the St. Elmo's Fire theme with different lyrics.
  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Plot: Sabrina found out that Jimmy is the goth guy that she has a crush when she first worked at Howdy could have been a good plot for an episode or atleast a Running Gag. Instead, she never say anything even there's evidence that she found out about this off-screen.
    • While understandable because she is a dangerous psychopath, Lucy's prison life and her eventual execution could have been explored, not to mention the fact that she is Hope's biological mother is reduced to a plot device rather than any genuine development. Instead, the writers have to constantly have her survived with increasingly contrived reasons in order to justify her later appearances.
  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Character: Shelly. She has several connection to many character in the show (a former worker at Howdy, Sabrina's cousin, Jimmy's one night stand, running a daycare that has Hope in it etc.) and was a major supporting character in the first season. However, she was Demoted to Extra in later seasons and never got a Day In The Lime Light episode of her own, despite her connection to Sabrina.
  • Villain Sue: Lucy became this in her return in "I Want My Baby Back, Baby Back, Baby Back". To recap: she survived her execution, fooled everyone to think that she has changed and got the custody to Hope despite being a serial killer. The only thing that stopped her is being ran over with a bus. Her next appearance in "Modern Wedding" subverted this as it was revealed that she suffered brain damage and thought she return to being 8 years old.