I was lucky enough to preview the PilotÂ episode of Fox's new comedy RAISING HOPE, which introduces us to slacker Jimmy Chance, a pool cleaner who, after his dad/boss blows one too many piles of leaves into a pool he's skimming, decides he needs a life plan. He's really not sure what that plan will be until he sleeps with an attractive girl he meets during a bubble gum ice cream run and eventually ends up with a baby from the encounter. Jimmy brings home little Princess Beyonce, much to the chagrin of his family who want him to safe-drop the baby at (not outside) the fire station. Undaunted, Jimmy pawns his stuff to buy a baby-pusher thing and special seat and decides this baby is his purpose in life.
While Raising Hope isn't a how-to manual for infant care, its pilot is smart, occasionally subversive, and very funny. It's a satirical celebration of the working class, much like executive producer Greg Garcia's earlier My Name is Earl, with humor ranging from dry witticisms to hilarious visual gags that should probably require a No babies were harmed during the filming of this episodeÂ disclaimer be shown over the credits.
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