Invest in Raising Hope. You won’t regret it. It wasn’t too long ago that I was ignorant of this Fox series. I figured it was about a stupid baby, and I didn’t have time for another mediocre show. But then I watched an episode. And I realized the baby wasn’t stupid, and the show wasn’t mediocre. Now I have a love affair with this series. The only thing better than watching it all for the first time is watching it for the second time – with special features.

Raising Hope Review of Season 1 on DVD

Raising Hope season 1 on DVD is now available from Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment. The DVD has exclusive featurettes, deleted scenes, extended scenes, a gag reel, commentaries and even the un-aired pilot. Buy it on Amazon today.

Raising Hope Cast

The Emmy nominated Raising Hope stars Martha Plimpton, Lucas Neff, Cloris Leachman, Garrett Dillahunt, Shannon Woodward and the awesome Kate Micucci.

Raising Hope Summary

Life at the Chance’s will never be the same when Jimmy comes home with an unexpected gift. Follow one ill-equipped family as they navigate through the pleasures and annoyances of raising a baby.

A one night stand becomes a life-long commitment when 23-year-old Jimmy Chance inadvertently impregnates a wanted felon and decides to raise Hope (aka Princess Beyonce) on his own. Jimmy, together with his family – his Maw Maw (Cloris Leachman), his mother Virginia (Martha Plimpton), and his father Burt (Garret Dillahunt) – face play dates, amusing family photo shoots, rock star dreams, vasectomies and much more in this uproariously irreverent, critically acclaimed first season of Raising Hope.

Created by Emmy Award winner Greg Garcia, Raising Hope stars Lucas Neff, Martha Plimpton, Garret Dillahunt and Shannon Woodward. Cloris Leachman guest-stars as Maw Maw.

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Emmy Nominations

2011 Emmy Award nominations for Raising Hope include Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series for Martha Plimpton and Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series for Cloris Leachman

Raising Hope DVD Special Features

There are plenty of Raising Hope DVD Special Features. I especially loved the Adorable Stars: Meet the Hopes feature that talks about the two babies (sisters Riley and Baylie) who played Hope in season 1. The cast has really bonded with them and think they’re the best actors on set. “They’re two delightful puddles of goo,” Lucas Neff said. It’s not all saccharine sweetness and compliments, though. Cause that’d be boring! My favorite part is having the cast talk sarcastically about the babies. “They never forget their lines and they never break character,” for instance. Shannon Woodward says they have Ferrari’s already and are a little spoiled. Anyway, you get learn about which is the stunt baby and which is the “Meryl Streep” of babies who does the sensitive work. As someone who doesn’t love babies in general (they’re smelly), I love these babies.

In Moments with Mrs. Chance we get an upclose look at Martha Plimpton’s best moments on screen.

The Pilot Commentary has Greg Garcia, Lucas Neff, Martha Plimpton and Garret Dillahunt (possibly my favorite)! They are self-deprecating and just plain hilarious. What do they talk about? Stunts, the last cigarette on TV, time travel, kissing Cloris Leachman and even a reference to Edward Fortyhands – something recently used on How I Met Your Mother. So, apparently that’s a real thing? Weird. Anyway, they don’t stop laughing and I didn’t stop smiling while I listened.

List of Extras

Pilot commentary
Unaired Network Pilot
Don’t Vote for This Episode – Extended Episode
Adorable Stars: Meet the Hopes
Moments with Mrs. Chance
Taking Chances: Shooting the Season Finale
Gag Reel
Deleted and Extended Scenes

A copy of the DVD was provided for review.