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.
  • 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.
  • Ear Worm: Watch episode three. Get "Istanbul" stuck in your head for the following week.
  • "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.
  • 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).
  • 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.