Monday, April 21, 2014

Raising Hope

 Me - Raising Hope, wow! Raising Hope was one of my favorite shows. I am sad that it ended. Why do they keep ending all my favorite shows? Hope was so cute! I wished that they had used her as more than a prop. She hardly did anything until the last couple episodes and by then it was ending. I think that they should have wrapped up things more in the last episode. It just ended with everybody dancing at a wedding. On the last episode, they had Kenny Loggins singing Danny's Song which since than has become my second favorite song after Let It Go. In the show, the characters of Burt and Virginia had a baby when they were teenagers, and yet they loved each other so much. They stayed together and were happy together and supported each other. They hardly ever even fought. However, they were not always so nice to their son, Jimmy. Jimmy got a serial killer pregnant when he was a teenager, and that's how he ended up with Hope. The show starts with Jimmy getting custody of Hope. The whole show Jimmy is in love with a girl that he works with, Sabrina. At first, she had a boyfriend named Wyatt. Later, she does end up getting married but not to Wyatt. Maw Maw, Virginia's grandmother is really funny. She is always getting confused about everything. Sabrina's cousin, Shelly was really funny too. She was Hope's daycare teacher. She sang funny songs she made up. One of my favorite episodes of the show was called Bro-Gurt, Raising Hope Season 2 [HD]. It was a spoof of The Wizard of Oz. It was really funny. The whole show was really funny. I will miss it.

Mom - Recently two of my favorite shows ended. One of them was How I Met Your Mother for more about that go to http://saysmesaysmom.blogspot.com/2014/04/how-i-met-your-mother.html. The other was Raising Hope. Raising Hope was never one of the most popular shows on television, but everyone in our family loved it. It was definitely one of the funniest shows that probably not a lot of people ever saw. It was about Jimmy Chance who had a one night stand with a girl who turns out to be a serial killer and as a result is left with a daughter to raise on his own. Believe, me it plays a lot better than it sounds. It is really a hilarious show and not creepy at all. Jimmy take his baby daughter, Hope and goes home to his Mom and Dad who are not much older or experienced than he is. They had him when they were only fifteen. I love that even though Jimmy's parents Burt and Virginia married young and have never had a lot of money (or luck), they are portrayed as a loyal loving couple who really care about each other. Let's face it, loyal loving couples who don't fight a lot or pick on each other or put each other down all the time are rare on TV. The other member of the Chance household is MawMaw, Virginia's grandmother. She is played by the always hilarious, Cloris Leachman. One of the funniest running jokes of the whole show is that in the opening credits it says " and introducing Cloris Leachman" even though she is the most experienced of the whole cast having starred in at least two previous TV series Mary Tyler Moore and Phyllis and movies as well including The Last Picture Show and Young Frankenstein. The character of Sabrina starts out as Jimmy's unattainable crush, but their relationship develops as they show goes on. I like that although Sabrina is Jimmy's dream girl she is not a perfect golden girl. She has flaws just like everybody else. When the show started, Hope was just a baby and didn't do much. However, even as she got older, she still didn't do much. In fact, quite often she was more like a prop than a character in the show even though the show was called Raising Hope. She finally seemed to be getting to do and say more in the last few episodes. It is too bad she was not given much to do until the show was almost over because, after all, the show is called Raising Hope, and the twins who played Hope were very cute. The final episode of Raising Hope was okay. It was not the best final episode I have seen, but it was not the worst. It didn't really give closure in  a way that some other shows do. No great life change occurred for the Chances. They didn't really change from the beginning to the end of the show. They weren't any richer. They weren't any smarter. They were, however, still the same close loving family they had always been, and maybe that is enough. Sometimes, life just goes on and that's a good thing.

And that's our view. What show are you most sorry to see end this year?



 
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