'Raising Hope' Season 2 finale: Let us never speak of this again


"Raising Hope" has built up enough goodwill over its two seasons that the occasional misstep can be forgiven. Like the one the show took with its two-part season finale, which concluded Tuesday (April 17).On one hand, you can respect the show going back to its early episodes and reminding us that the adorable Hope is the product of Jimmy's spectacularly unlucky one-night stand with a serial killer girl with a troubled past. And it's not hard to see references to "Seinfeld" and "The Simpsons," two of the greatest comedies of the past quarter-century, in the episode.But the references are to two of those shows' more reviled episodes: the "Seinfeld" series finale, with its parade of past guest stars testifying against the principal characters, and "The Principal and the Pauper," which introduced the people of Springfield to one Armin Tamzarian. The fact that the two-parter was pretty self-conscious about the mechanics of television didn't help. The...



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