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All 88 Episodes Of "Raising Hope" Ranked From Worst To Best

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88. "Anniversary Ball"

Written By: Mike MarianoDirected By: Timothy StackEpisode Number: 4x15Why It’s Number 88: There’s something about this episode. It’s missing something. I’m not sure what it is, but it just doesn’t feel like Raising Hope. It has its moments, but it’s mostly absent of what the show is usually made of. The best part is how cute Burt’s ears look in a cowboy hat.Best Line: “How am I supposed to give him a coupon to clip his toenails after he’s just given me jewelry created by the world’s top diamond scientists?”
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Written By: Mike Mariano

Directed By: Timothy Stack

Episode Number: 4x15

Why It’s Number 88: There’s something about this episode. It’s missing something. I’m not sure what it is, but it just doesn’t feel like Raising Hope. It has its moments, but it’s mostly absent of what the show is usually made of. The best part is how cute Burt’s ears look in a cowboy hat.

Best Line: “How am I supposed to give him a coupon to clip his toenails after he’s just given me jewelry created by the world’s top diamond scientists?”

87. "How I Met Your Mullet"

Written By: Tim Stack and Matthew W. ThompsonDirected By: Rick KellyEpisode Number: 4x21Why It’s Number 87: Burt finds out his true passion is what he’s been doing all his life with a little help from a bounty hunter named Mullet. That’s even ridiculous for Raising Hope. Besides, the episode aired just days after the highly controversial series finale of How I Met Your Mother, and it was a little too soon for a reminder.
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Written By: Tim Stack and Matthew W. Thompson

Directed By: Rick Kelly

Episode Number: 4x21

Why It’s Number 87: Burt finds out his true passion is what he’s been doing all his life with a little help from a bounty hunter named Mullet. That’s even ridiculous for Raising Hope. Besides, the episode aired just days after the highly controversial series finale of How I Met Your Mother, and it was a little too soon for a reminder.

86. "Hot Dish"

Written By: Kevin HendersonDirected By: Rebecca AsherEpisode Number: 4x12Why It’s Number 86: What even happened in this episode besides two women fighting over a man’s taste buds? Even at the bitter end, this show could have produced better.Best Line: “Be sure to save a little room because there’s squid ink apple pie in the freezer.”
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Written By: Kevin Henderson

Directed By: Rebecca Asher

Episode Number: 4x12

Why It’s Number 86: What even happened in this episode besides two women fighting over a man’s taste buds? Even at the bitter end, this show could have produced better.

Best Line: “Be sure to save a little room because there’s squid ink apple pie in the freezer.”

85. "Thrilla in Natesvilla"

Written By: Shelly GossmanDirected By: Rick KellyEpisode Number: 4x13Why It’s Number 85: Everything in this episode is overshadowed by Burt and Virginia electroshock kissing on a shag carpet. Everything.Best Line: “Do you remember the things we use to do on that rug?”
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Written By: Shelly Gossman

Directed By: Rick Kelly

Episode Number: 4x13

Why It’s Number 85: Everything in this episode is overshadowed by Burt and Virginia electroshock kissing on a shag carpet. Everything.

Best Line: “Do you remember the things we use to do on that rug?”

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84. "The One Where They Get High"

Written By: Joey GutierrezDirected By: Victor Nelli, Jr.Episode Number: 4x16Why It’s Number 84: Maw Maw acting like a teenager and dating Tommy Chong is a win. Jimmy and Sabrina acting like old people is not. Burt and Virginia kissing on top of the tower trumps all of this.Best Line: “What’s she doing under blankets, Sabrina? She’s having THE SEX while our daughter watches!”
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Written By: Joey Gutierrez

Directed By: Victor Nelli, Jr.

Episode Number: 4x16

Why It’s Number 84: Maw Maw acting like a teenager and dating Tommy Chong is a win. Jimmy and Sabrina acting like old people is not. Burt and Virginia kissing on top of the tower trumps all of this.

Best Line: “What’s she doing under blankets, Sabrina? She’s having THE SEX while our daughter watches!”

83. "Hey There, Delilah"

Written By: Tim StackDirected By: Jeffrey WalkerEpisode Number: 4x11Why It’s Number 83: Thank god the whole Delilah versus Virginia conflict was finally wrapped up, but it took long enough. The episode earns major points for “Burt Island.”Best Line: “Some of you are easy; some of you are too good for me.”
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Written By: Tim Stack

Directed By: Jeffrey Walker

Episode Number: 4x11

Why It’s Number 83: Thank god the whole Delilah versus Virginia conflict was finally wrapped up, but it took long enough. The episode earns major points for “Burt Island.”

Best Line: “Some of you are easy; some of you are too good for me.”

82. "Dysfunction Function"

Written By: Mark StegemannDirected By: Rick KellyEpisode Number: 4x08Why It’s Number 82: Wyatt did not need to return. This would have been so much better had there been no Wyatt. He was a bigger baby than Hope.Best Line: “Jimmy, I raised you never to have that kind of money.”
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Written By: Mark Stegemann

Directed By: Rick Kelly

Episode Number: 4x08

Why It’s Number 82: Wyatt did not need to return. This would have been so much better had there been no Wyatt. He was a bigger baby than Hope.

Best Line: “Jimmy, I raised you never to have that kind of money.”

81. "Adoption"

Written By: Elijah Aron and Jordan YoungDirected By: Rebecca AsherEpisode Number: 4x06Why It’s Number 81: Sabrina officially adopting Hope and caring so much about it was great, but the rebirthing ceremony was a little too disgusting for the episode to warrant a higher rank.Best Line: “Jimmy and I were very, very serious about… baby birth.”
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Written By: Elijah Aron and Jordan Young

Directed By: Rebecca Asher

Episode Number: 4x06

Why It’s Number 81: Sabrina officially adopting Hope and caring so much about it was great, but the rebirthing ceremony was a little too disgusting for the episode to warrant a higher rank.

Best Line: “Jimmy and I were very, very serious about… baby birth.”

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80. "Sleep Training"

Written By: Bobby Bowman and Sean ConawayDirected By: Eyal GordinEpisode Number: 1x19Why It’s Number 80: Raising Hope’s first season is perfect for the most part, but then there’s this episode. Something about it doesn’t sit well with me. I do like the Crazy Dog Head man, however.Best Line: “You’ve been on ‘Hang out till 10:00, start crying, then make us come pick you up’ overs.”
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Written By: Bobby Bowman and Sean Conaway

Directed By: Eyal Gordin

Episode Number: 1x19

Why It’s Number 80: Raising Hope’s first season is perfect for the most part, but then there’s this episode. Something about it doesn’t sit well with me. I do like the Crazy Dog Head man, however.

Best Line: “You’ve been on ‘Hang out till 10:00, start crying, then make us come pick you up’ overs.”

79. "Extreme Howdy's Makeover"

Written By: Matthew W. ThompsonDirected By: Jay KarasEpisode Number: 4x05Why It’s Number 79: Molly Shannon is extremely welcome and hilarious, but at this point, it felt like we were spending a little too much time in the grocery store. Bonus points for Hope dressed up like a ventriloquist dummy.Best Line: “’Maxinemize’ isn’t just a word I made up. It’s a word I made up and a philosophy I made up.”
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Written By: Matthew W. Thompson

Directed By: Jay Karas

Episode Number: 4x05

Why It’s Number 79: Molly Shannon is extremely welcome and hilarious, but at this point, it felt like we were spending a little too much time in the grocery store. Bonus points for Hope dressed up like a ventriloquist dummy.

Best Line: “’Maxinemize’ isn’t just a word I made up. It’s a word I made up and a philosophy I made up.”

78. "Para-Natesville Activity"

Written By: Jordan Young and Elijah AronDirected By: Melissa KosarEpisode Number: 4x19Why It’s Number 78: Burt is, once again, the perfect husband when he tries to get Virginia to believe in the supernatural all over again. But was the sex tape guy really dead the whole time? I need to know!Best Line: “Look, I will say the way you starch my Foghat T-shirt is otherworldly. But you can’t just be spying on us and pretending to be a ghost.”
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Written By: Jordan Young and Elijah Aron

Directed By: Melissa Kosar

Episode Number: 4x19

Why It’s Number 78: Burt is, once again, the perfect husband when he tries to get Virginia to believe in the supernatural all over again. But was the sex tape guy really dead the whole time? I need to know!

Best Line: “Look, I will say the way you starch my Foghat T-shirt is otherworldly. But you can’t just be spying on us and pretending to be a ghost.”

77. "Man's Best Friend"

Written By: Ralph GreeneDirected By: Richie KeenEpisode Number: 4x20Why It’s Number 77: This episode is weird as hell. Burt and Virginia decide to get a dog and are tricked into thinking they have to watch a fake dog and a man before they can adopt, all the while realizing they’re not dog people. It’s so weird. But somehow, it works.Best Line: “Oh, are you two new volunteers?” / “Oh, no, we’re not crazy. We’re happy to hang out for a bit, read to the kids, maybe play some games.” / “Yeah, we could even come back and make it a regular thing.” / “But we’re not volunteers. Only idiots work without getting paid.”
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Written By: Ralph Greene

Directed By: Richie Keen

Episode Number: 4x20

Why It’s Number 77: This episode is weird as hell. Burt and Virginia decide to get a dog and are tricked into thinking they have to watch a fake dog and a man before they can adopt, all the while realizing they’re not dog people. It’s so weird. But somehow, it works.

Best Line: “Oh, are you two new volunteers?” / “Oh, no, we’re not crazy. We’re happy to hang out for a bit, read to the kids, maybe play some games.” / “Yeah, we could even come back and make it a regular thing.” / “But we’re not volunteers. Only idiots work without getting paid.”

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76. "Hi-Def"

Written By: Matthew W. ThompsonDirected By: Mike MarianoEpisode Number: 4x04Why It’s Number 76: I’m a sucker for Burt and Virginia growing old together, but I’m halfway convinced the introduction of smartphones to this show tainted everything.Best Line: “My after-breakfast eye twitch is sometimes lasting all the way till lunch. No matter how much coffee I drink to relax myself, it just doesn’t stop!”
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Written By: Matthew W. Thompson

Directed By: Mike Mariano

Episode Number: 4x04

Why It’s Number 76: I’m a sucker for Burt and Virginia growing old together, but I’m halfway convinced the introduction of smartphones to this show tainted everything.

Best Line: “My after-breakfast eye twitch is sometimes lasting all the way till lunch. No matter how much coffee I drink to relax myself, it just doesn’t stop!”

75. "Lord of the Ring"

Written By: Tim StackDirected By: Dan AttiasEpisode Number: 3x12Why It’s Number 75: I love the amount of effort the Chance men put in to impress the women in their lives. What I don’t love is the pawnshop. Once was probably enough.Best Line: “I keep track of my reps by reading off the names of tapes. Children of the Corn. Halloween. I arrange them by ferocity of the killer. Friday the 13th."
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Written By: Tim Stack

Directed By: Dan Attias

Episode Number: 3x12

Why It’s Number 75: I love the amount of effort the Chance men put in to impress the women in their lives. What I don’t love is the pawnshop. Once was probably enough.

Best Line: “I keep track of my reps by reading off the names of tapes. Children of the Corn. Halloween. I arrange them by ferocity of the killer. Friday the 13th."

74. "Ship Happens"

Written By: Sean ConawayDirected By: David KatzenbergEpisode Number: 4x03Why It’s Number 74: Leave it to Burt and Virginia to trick Jimmy into thinking he was well traveled by giving him cold medicine. That stuffed animal museum was terrifying.Best Line: “Jimmy was happy, well traveled, and ignorant, and you just took away two of those things.”
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Written By: Sean Conaway

Directed By: David Katzenberg

Episode Number: 4x03

Why It’s Number 74: Leave it to Burt and Virginia to trick Jimmy into thinking he was well traveled by giving him cold medicine. That stuffed animal museum was terrifying.

Best Line: “Jimmy was happy, well traveled, and ignorant, and you just took away two of those things.”

73. "Don't Ask, Don't Tell Me What to Do"

Written By: Matthew W. ThompsonDirected By: Eyal GordinEpisode Number: 3x05Why It’s Number 73: This episode has really good points, like Burt and Virginia in the gay bar, but Jimmy’s cluelessness about homosexuality is a little annoying and out of character for the show. Hope in that Dorothy costume gives me life.Best Line: “Aren’t you a cashier at a grocery store?” / “Yeah, but I do that ironically.”
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Written By: Matthew W. Thompson

Directed By: Eyal Gordin

Episode Number: 3x05

Why It’s Number 73: This episode has really good points, like Burt and Virginia in the gay bar, but Jimmy’s cluelessness about homosexuality is a little annoying and out of character for the show. Hope in that Dorothy costume gives me life.

Best Line: “Aren’t you a cashier at a grocery store?” / “Yeah, but I do that ironically.”

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72. "Baby Phat"

Written By: Mark StegemannDirected By: Garret DillahuntEpisode Number: 4x17Why It’s Number 72: I wish I could rank this episode higher. But while Burt and Virginia are flawless as struggling fat camp members, the subplot about Jimmy and Sabrina making a baby gets really stressful and we’ll never know if it was resolved.Best Line: “I can’t wait to eat some good food sold to me by a clown, a king, or a plantation owner.”
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Written By: Mark Stegemann

Directed By: Garret Dillahunt

Episode Number: 4x17

Why It’s Number 72: I wish I could rank this episode higher. But while Burt and Virginia are flawless as struggling fat camp members, the subplot about Jimmy and Sabrina making a baby gets really stressful and we’ll never know if it was resolved.

Best Line: “I can’t wait to eat some good food sold to me by a clown, a king, or a plantation owner.”

71. "Killer Hope"

Written By: Ralph Greene and Tim StackDirected By: Michael FrescoEpisode Number: 2x05Why It’s Number 71: I just don’t like the fact that Hope might turn out like Lucy! Virginia peeing in the front yard earns a special place in my heart, however.Best Line: “Remember Son of Sam? At one point, Sam was walking around saying, ‘This is my brand new baby!’”
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Written By: Ralph Greene and Tim Stack

Directed By: Michael Fresco

Episode Number: 2x05

Why It’s Number 71: I just don’t like the fact that Hope might turn out like Lucy! Virginia peeing in the front yard earns a special place in my heart, however.

Best Line: “Remember Son of Sam? At one point, Sam was walking around saying, ‘This is my brand new baby!’”

70. "Squeak Means Squeak"

Written By: Stephnie WeirDirected By: Lee Shallat ChemelEpisode Number: 3x09Why It’s Number 70: Nothing especially awesome happens in this episode except for Burt’s apparent feminism and Barney thinking he’s found a human foot in the dumpster. Still, like most episodes, it’s very decent.Best Line: “I’m so glad I’m not really part of this story.”
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Written By: Stephnie Weir

Directed By: Lee Shallat Chemel

Episode Number: 3x09

Why It’s Number 70: Nothing especially awesome happens in this episode except for Burt’s apparent feminism and Barney thinking he’s found a human foot in the dumpster. Still, like most episodes, it’s very decent.

Best Line: “I’m so glad I’m not really part of this story.”

69. "Jimmy and the Kid"

Written By: Bobby BowmanDirected By: Eyal GordinEpisode Number: 2x06Why It’s Number 69: Trevor, you little jerk. Camden Garcia plays him perfectly – so annoying he’s fantastic. The poo sifting subplot is funny yet unsettling.Best Line: “And just remember, if you’re honest and work hard, you’ll be mocked and ridiculed by all the other employees.”
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Written By: Bobby Bowman

Directed By: Eyal Gordin

Episode Number: 2x06

Why It’s Number 69: Trevor, you little jerk. Camden Garcia plays him perfectly – so annoying he’s fantastic. The poo sifting subplot is funny yet unsettling.

Best Line: “And just remember, if you’re honest and work hard, you’ll be mocked and ridiculed by all the other employees.”

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68. "What Up, Bro?"

Written By: Mike MarianoDirected By: Mike MarianoEpisode Number: 3x06Why It’s Number 68: This show only set out to make one group of people look bad – racists. That’s what they did here, and that’s this episode’s strongest point.Best Line: “I still say ‘pasketti,’ and I don’t know why, or how to fix it.”
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Written By: Mike Mariano

Directed By: Mike Mariano

Episode Number: 3x06

Why It’s Number 68: This show only set out to make one group of people look bad – racists. That’s what they did here, and that’s this episode’s strongest point.

Best Line: “I still say ‘pasketti,’ and I don’t know why, or how to fix it.”

67. "Déjà Vu Man"

Written By: Mike MarianoDirected By: Mike MarianoEpisode Number: 4x01Why It’s Number 67: The opening song is super cute, but it struck fear in my heart that this was the last season of Raising Hope. It was good that we got to see Virginia’s dad and that he was George Bluth. And congratulations to Raising Hope for being accepting of all people once again.Best Line: [about sushi] “It’s like the ocean sneezed in my mouth!”
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Written By: Mike Mariano

Directed By: Mike Mariano

Episode Number: 4x01

Why It’s Number 67: The opening song is super cute, but it struck fear in my heart that this was the last season of Raising Hope. It was good that we got to see Virginia’s dad and that he was George Bluth. And congratulations to Raising Hope for being accepting of all people once again.

Best Line: [about sushi] “It’s like the ocean sneezed in my mouth!”

66. "Baby Monitor"

Written By: Bobby BowmanDirected By: Eyal GordinEpisode Number: 1x21Why It’s Number 66: The couples foil in this episode is discouraging, but it can be entertaining too. Burt perching himself on the mantle so as to spy on Andrew and Donna is a cute gag.Best Line: “Relax. I saw this on Modern Family and countless other sitcoms.”
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Written By: Bobby Bowman

Directed By: Eyal Gordin

Episode Number: 1x21

Why It’s Number 66: The couples foil in this episode is discouraging, but it can be entertaining too. Burt perching himself on the mantle so as to spy on Andrew and Donna is a cute gag.

Best Line: “Relax. I saw this on Modern Family and countless other sitcoms.”

65. "Everybody Flirts Sometimes"

Written By: Christine ZanderDirected By: Jerry LevineEpisode Number: 1x20Why It’s Number 65: While it’s fun to see Burt as a sexy Santa, it’s unsettling to think of him flirting with the clients. Virginia’s encounters with “Gary Barista” are awesome, particularly the fact that she doesn’t know his name isn’t Barista.Best Line: “I’m not that smart, I’m not that bright, and I don’t have a lot of intelligence.”
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Written By: Christine Zander

Directed By: Jerry Levine

Episode Number: 1x20

Why It’s Number 65: While it’s fun to see Burt as a sexy Santa, it’s unsettling to think of him flirting with the clients. Virginia’s encounters with “Gary Barista” are awesome, particularly the fact that she doesn’t know his name isn’t Barista.

Best Line: “I’m not that smart, I’m not that bright, and I don’t have a lot of intelligence.”

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64. "Yo Zappa Do (Part 2)"

Written By: Elijah Aron and Jordan YoungDirected By: Lee Shallat ChemelEpisode Number: 3x16Why It’s Number 64: The portrayal of diva kids and the end, where they’re all sitting around in silence as though they’re not on TV, are the best parts of this episode. The bearded woman is a little much but still funny.Best Line: “Come on, kid, that’s your cue. Give ‘em the raspberry. Drew Barrymore could’ve done this drunk at your age.”
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Written By: Elijah Aron and Jordan Young

Directed By: Lee Shallat Chemel

Episode Number: 3x16

Why It’s Number 64: The portrayal of diva kids and the end, where they’re all sitting around in silence as though they’re not on TV, are the best parts of this episode. The bearded woman is a little much but still funny.

Best Line: “Come on, kid, that’s your cue. Give ‘em the raspberry. Drew Barrymore could’ve done this drunk at your age.”

63. "A Germ of a Story"

Written By: Tim StackDirected By: Phil TraillEpisode Number: 1x13Why It’s Number 63: Nobody likes a germ freak. Luckily, the moral of the story is that some germs are good.Best Line: “I mean, thou shalt not spy. That’s like one of the Declarations of Independence.”
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Written By: Tim Stack

Directed By: Phil Traill

Episode Number: 1x13

Why It’s Number 63: Nobody likes a germ freak. Luckily, the moral of the story is that some germs are good.

Best Line: “I mean, thou shalt not spy. That’s like one of the Declarations of Independence.”

62. "Spanks Butt, No Spanks"

Written By: Michael PennieDirected By: Rebecca AsherEpisode Number: 2x17Why It’s Number 62: To spank or not to spank? Who cares? Jimmy’s the one who ends up getting punished in the end, and it’s horrible, but that’s what makes it amazing.Best Line: “That’s probably why I can’t fall asleep without thinking of things that make me go 'mmm.'”
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Written By: Michael Pennie

Directed By: Rebecca Asher

Episode Number: 2x17

Why It’s Number 62: To spank or not to spank? Who cares? Jimmy’s the one who ends up getting punished in the end, and it’s horrible, but that’s what makes it amazing.

Best Line: “That’s probably why I can’t fall asleep without thinking of things that make me go 'mmm.'”

61. "Dead Tooth"

Written By: Greg GarciaDirected By: Michael FrescoEpisode Number: 1x02Why It’s Number 61: While it’s still a great intro episode to the even greater series, its immediately preceding and succeeding episodes are a little superior. Shelley’s first appearance is golden no matter what.Best Line: “Anyway, I can’t go jump off a bridge. I got a baby now.”
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Written By: Greg Garcia

Directed By: Michael Fresco

Episode Number: 1x02

Why It’s Number 61: While it’s still a great intro episode to the even greater series, its immediately preceding and succeeding episodes are a little superior. Shelley’s first appearance is golden no matter what.

Best Line: “Anyway, I can’t go jump off a bridge. I got a baby now.”

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60. "Sex, Clown and Videotape"

Written By: Deweyne LaMar LeeDirected By: Rebecca AsherEpisode Number: 3x17Why It’s Number 60: How weird and amazing is it that people were able to convert Burt and Virginia’s sex tape into an educational video for good relationships? Take that, Kim.Best Line: “I want your Swiney Todd, the Demon Butcher of Meat Street, wanted for multiple hamicides.”
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Written By: Deweyne LaMar Lee

Directed By: Rebecca Asher

Episode Number: 3x17

Why It’s Number 60: How weird and amazing is it that people were able to convert Burt and Virginia’s sex tape into an educational video for good relationships? Take that, Kim.

Best Line: “I want your Swiney Todd, the Demon Butcher of Meat Street, wanted for multiple hamicides.”

59. "Credit Where Credit Is Due"

Written By: Paul A. Kaplan and Mark TorgoveDirected By: Eyal GordinEpisode Number: 3x11Why It’s Number 59: THE. CAR. That’s the best part of this otherwise average (so still good) episode.Best Line: “You know that movie The Butterfly Effect?” / “Yeah.” / “We’d have to sit through it twice.”
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Written By: Paul A. Kaplan and Mark Torgove

Directed By: Eyal Gordin

Episode Number: 3x11

Why It’s Number 59: THE. CAR. That’s the best part of this otherwise average (so still good) episode.

Best Line: “You know that movie The Butterfly Effect?” / “Yeah.” / “We’d have to sit through it twice.”

58. "Family Secrets"

Written By: Bobby BowmanDirected By: Randall EinhornEpisode Number: 1x06Why It’s Number 58: Lucy’s videos from beyond the alleged grave are, of course, hilariously upsetting, but it’s just a little heartbreaking that Virginia thinks her mom is dead when she really just doesn’t care. How could you abandon Virginia?Best Line: “The best way to a man’s heart is through his stomach, so push your blade in and up for a definite kill.”
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Written By: Bobby Bowman

Directed By: Randall Einhorn

Episode Number: 1x06

Why It’s Number 58: Lucy’s videos from beyond the alleged grave are, of course, hilariously upsetting, but it’s just a little heartbreaking that Virginia thinks her mom is dead when she really just doesn’t care. How could you abandon Virginia?

Best Line: “The best way to a man’s heart is through his stomach, so push your blade in and up for a definite kill.”

57. "Single White Female Role Model"

Written By: Bobby BowmanDirected By: Eyal GordinEpisode Number: 2x16Why It’s Number 57: Katy Perry and Virginia’s closing monologue to The Head and the Heart’s “Lost in My Mind” make this episode. Season 2 had the best soundtrack.Best Line: “The mayor is the most powerful woman in this town. And she has to do whatever I tell her to. You know what that makes me? The most-est powerful woman.”
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Written By: Bobby Bowman

Directed By: Eyal Gordin

Episode Number: 2x16

Why It’s Number 57: Katy Perry and Virginia’s closing monologue to The Head and the Heart’s “Lost in My Mind” make this episode. Season 2 had the best soundtrack.

Best Line: “The mayor is the most powerful woman in this town. And she has to do whatever I tell her to. You know what that makes me? The most-est powerful woman.”

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56. "Poking Holes in the Story"

Written By: Matthew W. ThompsonDirected By: Eyal GordinEpisode Number: 2x18Why It’s Number 56: As creepy as it is to watch Jimmy pretend to be Paw Paw, it’s equally adorable to watch Burt and Virginia still love each other after everything.Best Line: “Now we don’t have to make it quick so you could be home in time for Alf.”
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Written By: Matthew W. Thompson

Directed By: Eyal Gordin

Episode Number: 2x18

Why It’s Number 56: As creepy as it is to watch Jimmy pretend to be Paw Paw, it’s equally adorable to watch Burt and Virginia still love each other after everything.

Best Line: “Now we don’t have to make it quick so you could be home in time for Alf.”

55. "Sabrina's New Jimmy"

Written By: Elijah Aron and Jordan YoungDirected By: Matt ShakmanEpisode Number: 2x20Why It’s Number 55: So annoyed with Sabrina’s perfectionist sensibilities at this point. So proud of Burt and Virginia’s snooping skills. They should have been spies. Maybe they were.Best Line: “I gotta keep Hope off the pole. And she’s not watching Toddlers and Tiaras anymore, either.”
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Written By: Elijah Aron and Jordan Young

Directed By: Matt Shakman

Episode Number: 2x20

Why It’s Number 55: So annoyed with Sabrina’s perfectionist sensibilities at this point. So proud of Burt and Virginia’s snooping skills. They should have been spies. Maybe they were.

Best Line: “I gotta keep Hope off the pole. And she’s not watching Toddlers and Tiaras anymore, either.”

54. "The Sniffles"

Written By: Mike MarianoDirected By: Eyal GordinEpisode Number: 1x07Why It’s Number 54: Jimmy starts working at the grocery store, and Hope looks cute when she snots, but it’s only a normal-funny episode.Best Line: [about health insurance] “I’ll just have the butler get it out of the hot air balloon!”
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Written By: Mike Mariano

Directed By: Eyal Gordin

Episode Number: 1x07

Why It’s Number 54: Jimmy starts working at the grocery store, and Hope looks cute when she snots, but it’s only a normal-funny episode.

Best Line: [about health insurance] “I’ll just have the butler get it out of the hot air balloon!”

53. "Kidnapped"

Written By: Elijah Aron and Jordan YoungDirected By: Mike MarianoEpisode Number: 2x03Why It’s Number 53: How dare Maw Maw try to break up Burt and Virginia? Duckface from Full House as the cop is beautiful, however.Best Line: “We were nicer, more cooperative. Like poor, white Cosbys.”
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Written By: Elijah Aron and Jordan Young

Directed By: Mike Mariano

Episode Number: 2x03

Why It’s Number 53: How dare Maw Maw try to break up Burt and Virginia? Duckface from Full House as the cop is beautiful, however.

Best Line: “We were nicer, more cooperative. Like poor, white Cosbys.”

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52. "The Men of New Natesville"

Written By: Matthew W. ThompsonDirected By: Michael FrescoEpisode Number: 2x09Why It’s Number 52: Frank is really creepy with his dolls, but somehow, it works. Watching Jimmy get beat up is always a treat. Plus, the episode doesn’t portray its transgender character as the brunt of the joke. That’s successful.Best Line: [Jimmy to Hope, adorably] “This is so much cuter now that I took the waist in!”
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Written By: Matthew W. Thompson

Directed By: Michael Fresco

Episode Number: 2x09

Why It’s Number 52: Frank is really creepy with his dolls, but somehow, it works. Watching Jimmy get beat up is always a treat. Plus, the episode doesn’t portray its transgender character as the brunt of the joke. That’s successful.

Best Line: [Jimmy to Hope, adorably] “This is so much cuter now that I took the waist in!”

51. "Bee Story"

Written By: Mark Torgove and Paul A. KaplanDirected By: Ken WhittinghamEpisode Number: 4x10Why It’s Number 51: Burt and Virginia go undercover to expose the environmental evils of a kazoo factory. Why does Natesville even have a kazoo factory? For the most part, this episode is pretty solid. The office gossip is good for more than a few laughs.Best Line: “If a ragtag bunch of police recruits can take down a ring of jewel thieves in a fifth sequel that’s so bad, even Steve Guttenberg refused to be in it, then we could stand up to a kazoo factory!”
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Written By: Mark Torgove and Paul A. Kaplan

Directed By: Ken Whittingham

Episode Number: 4x10

Why It’s Number 51: Burt and Virginia go undercover to expose the environmental evils of a kazoo factory. Why does Natesville even have a kazoo factory? For the most part, this episode is pretty solid. The office gossip is good for more than a few laughs.

Best Line: “If a ragtag bunch of police recruits can take down a ring of jewel thieves in a fifth sequel that’s so bad, even Steve Guttenberg refused to be in it, then we could stand up to a kazoo factory!”

50. "The Road to Natesville"

Written By: Mark StegemannDirected By: Rebecca AsherEpisode Number: 4x14Why It’s Number 50: I wish there was actually a channel just for supermarkets. It’s a good one for all you Frank and Shelley shippers, if you ever existed. But there’s the glaring inconsistency that Howdy’s wasn’t Howdy’s until 2010, something that writers at home can’t get over.Best Line: “Finally, Natesville will be known for something other than being that town with the weird hum no one can track down.”
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Written By: Mark Stegemann

Directed By: Rebecca Asher

Episode Number: 4x14

Why It’s Number 50: I wish there was actually a channel just for supermarkets. It’s a good one for all you Frank and Shelley shippers, if you ever existed. But there’s the glaring inconsistency that Howdy’s wasn’t Howdy’s until 2010, something that writers at home can’t get over.

Best Line: “Finally, Natesville will be known for something other than being that town with the weird hum no one can track down.”

49. "Mrs. Smartypants"

Written By: Alan Kirschenbaum and Mike MarianoDirected By: Eyal GordinWhy It’s Number 49: Oh, Chance family, you really are smart. But the fact that they spend so much time thinking they’re just plain dumb is disheartening. This episode might be ranked a little higher if it wasn’t also the last appearance of Cameron Moulene, who played Teenage Burt.Best Line: “No PBS, and no smart NBC sitcoms.”
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Written By: Alan Kirschenbaum and Mike Mariano

Directed By: Eyal Gordin

Why It’s Number 49: Oh, Chance family, you really are smart. But the fact that they spend so much time thinking they’re just plain dumb is disheartening. This episode might be ranked a little higher if it wasn’t also the last appearance of Cameron Moulene, who played Teenage Burt.

Best Line: “No PBS, and no smart NBC sitcoms.”

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48. "Tarot Cards"

Written By: Amy HubbsDirected By: Lee Shallat ChemelEpisode Number: 2x13Why It’s Number 48: Burt is an out-of-character jerk when it comes to Virginia’s job, but she makes up for it in her manipulative tarot card skills. Also, Wyatt is in this one and dresses stupidly, so that’s going to knock it down a few places, even if Virginia is consistently awesome.Best Line: “I was the treasurer of the accounting club in high school, which, in the accounting club, is a higher office than the president.”
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Written By: Amy Hubbs

Directed By: Lee Shallat Chemel

Episode Number: 2x13

Why It’s Number 48: Burt is an out-of-character jerk when it comes to Virginia’s job, but she makes up for it in her manipulative tarot card skills. Also, Wyatt is in this one and dresses stupidly, so that’s going to knock it down a few places, even if Virginia is consistently awesome.

Best Line: “I was the treasurer of the accounting club in high school, which, in the accounting club, is a higher office than the president.”

47. "Gambling Again"

Written By: Deweyne LaMar LeeDirected By: Rebecca AsherEpisode Number: 2x12Why It’s Number 47: There are some great pronunciation flubs, and the feminist play is great. Good flashbacks, solid plot twist. Sabrina and Hope make a good Rosie and Hillary, respectively.Best Line: “Way to go, Jeffrey! You kick their asses! I didn’t mean to say asses. Asses is a no-no word!”
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Written By: Deweyne LaMar Lee

Directed By: Rebecca Asher

Episode Number: 2x12

Why It’s Number 47: There are some great pronunciation flubs, and the feminist play is great. Good flashbacks, solid plot twist. Sabrina and Hope make a good Rosie and Hillary, respectively.

Best Line: “Way to go, Jeffrey! You kick their asses! I didn’t mean to say asses. Asses is a no-no word!”

46. "What Happens at Howdy's Doesn't Stay at Howdy's"

Written By: Gina GariDirected By: Eyal GordinEpisode Number: 3x13Why It’s Number 46: Jimmy falling kind of in love with Frank was disturbing and endearing. Then again, so is this entire show.Best Line: “Frank, this doesn’t need to be recorded.” / “You could say that about every Matthew McConaughey movie ever made, but that didn’t stop Hollywood, and it won’t stop us.”
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Written By: Gina Gari

Directed By: Eyal Gordin

Episode Number: 3x13

Why It’s Number 46: Jimmy falling kind of in love with Frank was disturbing and endearing. Then again, so is this entire show.

Best Line: “Frank, this doesn’t need to be recorded.” / “You could say that about every Matthew McConaughey movie ever made, but that didn’t stop Hollywood, and it won’t stop us.”

45. "The Chance Who Stole Christmas"

Written By: Dave HolsteinDirected By: Mike MarianoEpisode Number: 4x09Why It’s Number 45: The rhyming narrative is perfect. Burt should just always be Mayor of Natesville. Plus, who isn’t a sucker for a Grinch parody, and who's better at parodies than Raising Hope?Best Line: [about rehab] “We’re getting a celebrity. Please be a Baldwin. Please be a Baldwin!”
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Written By: Dave Holstein

Directed By: Mike Mariano

Episode Number: 4x09

Why It’s Number 45: The rhyming narrative is perfect. Burt should just always be Mayor of Natesville. Plus, who isn’t a sucker for a Grinch parody, and who's better at parodies than Raising Hope?

Best Line: [about rehab] “We’re getting a celebrity. Please be a Baldwin. Please be a Baldwin!”

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44. "Cheaters"

Written By: Elijah Aron and Jordan YoungDirected By: Dan AttiasEpisode Number: 1x18Why It’s Number 44: It’s just a regular old sitcom episode until Burt and Virginia promise they’re it for each other forever. Which fictional couples are we supposed to look up to now?Best Line: “You’re it for me forever,” obviously.
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Written By: Elijah Aron and Jordan Young

Directed By: Dan Attias

Episode Number: 1x18

Why It’s Number 44: It’s just a regular old sitcom episode until Burt and Virginia promise they’re it for each other forever. Which fictional couples are we supposed to look up to now?

Best Line: “You’re it for me forever,” obviously.

43. "Sheer Madness"

Story By: Josh WolfTeleplay By: Greg GarciaDirected By: Phil TraillWhy It’s Number 43: I was a little disappointed when I found out Sabrina was on medication, but the pantyhose over the head made up for it. Burt shaving his feet was also incredible.Best Line: “He shaves his feet? Burt, he shaves his feet. His feet! And how gross is it that his feet are so hairy that he has to SHAVE THEM?”
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Story By: Josh Wolf

Teleplay By: Greg Garcia

Directed By: Phil Traill

Why It’s Number 43: I was a little disappointed when I found out Sabrina was on medication, but the pantyhose over the head made up for it. Burt shaving his feet was also incredible.

Best Line: “He shaves his feet? Burt, he shaves his feet. His feet! And how gross is it that his feet are so hairy that he has to SHAVE THEM?”

42. "Not Indecent, but Not Quite Decent Enough Proposal"

Written By: Greg GarciaDirected By: Greg GarciaEpisode Number: 3x01Why It’s Number 42: While Maw Maw stealing a corpse’s dress and Jimmy being almost as cute and thoughtful as Burt was wonderful, Jimmy and Sabrina getting engaged as quickly as they did still catches me off guard. But the real proposal, honestly, was perfect.Best Line: “Is it me, or is he saying ‘I made out with your mother’ a lot more than he should?”
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Written By: Greg Garcia

Directed By: Greg Garcia

Episode Number: 3x01

Why It’s Number 42: While Maw Maw stealing a corpse’s dress and Jimmy being almost as cute and thoughtful as Burt was wonderful, Jimmy and Sabrina getting engaged as quickly as they did still catches me off guard. But the real proposal, honestly, was perfect.

Best Line: “Is it me, or is he saying ‘I made out with your mother’ a lot more than he should?”

41. "Burt Bucks"

Written By: Joey GutierrezDirected By: Rebecca AsherEpisode Number: 4x02Why It’s Number 41: An effective and somewhat obvious commentary on the economic state of our country, Raising Hope makes it work the best way it knows how… turning the Chances into the wisest people in the United States. This is probably an accurate statement.Best Line: “Well, it’s a good thing people smarter than us are running the real government.” Nobody’s smarter than you, Virginia.
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Written By: Joey Gutierrez

Directed By: Rebecca Asher

Episode Number: 4x02

Why It’s Number 41: An effective and somewhat obvious commentary on the economic state of our country, Raising Hope makes it work the best way it knows how… turning the Chances into the wisest people in the United States. This is probably an accurate statement.

Best Line: “Well, it’s a good thing people smarter than us are running the real government.” Nobody’s smarter than you, Virginia.

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40. "Modern Wedding"

Written By: Sean ConawayDirected By: Rebecca AsherEpisode Number: 3x14Why It’s Number 40: Nothing better than Raising Hope making digs at Modern Family. Both shows are good; both deserved equal respect. Reverend Bob singing “Big Girls Don’t Cry” is my spirit animal. Classic appearance by Lucy “Gregory Rasputin” Carlyle.Best Line: “We thought maybe our wedding gift to you would be picking up the cake.”
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Written By: Sean Conaway

Directed By: Rebecca Asher

Episode Number: 3x14

Why It’s Number 40: Nothing better than Raising Hope making digs at Modern Family. Both shows are good; both deserved equal respect. Reverend Bob singing “Big Girls Don’t Cry” is my spirit animal. Classic appearance by Lucy “Gregory Rasputin” Carlyle.

Best Line: “We thought maybe our wedding gift to you would be picking up the cake.”

39. "Mother's Day"

Written By: Greg GarciaDirected By: Rick KellyEpisode Number: 3x22Why It’s Number 39: Hashtag Virginia is awesome. Reply all! Burt and Barney finding Maw Maw’s mother and convincing her they were angels was creepy and hilarious, in a way only this show could handle. But then they played that really sappy mom song at the end that makes everyone cry.Best Line: “Well, Burt, I don’t think the little guy from Lord of the Rings would lie, so I think we should be on our way.”
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Written By: Greg Garcia

Directed By: Rick Kelly

Episode Number: 3x22

Why It’s Number 39: Hashtag Virginia is awesome. Reply all! Burt and Barney finding Maw Maw’s mother and convincing her they were angels was creepy and hilarious, in a way only this show could handle. But then they played that really sappy mom song at the end that makes everyone cry.

Best Line: “Well, Burt, I don’t think the little guy from Lord of the Rings would lie, so I think we should be on our way.”

38. "The Last Christmas"

Written By: Greg GarciaDirected By: Greg GarciaEpisode Number: 3x10Why It’s Number 38: Classic Virginia, thinking the world would end in 2012. But the episode aired BEFORE we were sure the world didn’t end, so that was a little stressful.Best Line: [after hanging a sign that says “Attention Aliens: Homeowner Is Armed"] “Oh, hi, Mr. and Mrs. Gutierrez! This is not for you!”
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Written By: Greg Garcia

Directed By: Greg Garcia

Episode Number: 3x10

Why It’s Number 38: Classic Virginia, thinking the world would end in 2012. But the episode aired BEFORE we were sure the world didn’t end, so that was a little stressful.

Best Line: [after hanging a sign that says “Attention Aliens: Homeowner Is Armed"] “Oh, hi, Mr. and Mrs. Gutierrez! This is not for you!”

37. "Arbor Daze"

Written By: Ralph Greene and Tim StackDirected By: Eyal GordinEpisode Number: 3x18Why It’s Number 37: Once again, Burt and Virginia prove to be adorable and loving when they celebrate the “minor” holidays, and Sabrina gets overdramatic. But who cares because LUKE PERRY is the ghost of Arbor Day in her Christmas Carol-esque dream.Best Line: [about 90210] “Oh, a lady I cleaned for gave us the whole second season on VHS. We got hooked immediately.” / “Moody Dylan, sweet Brandon, smoking Brenda. Didn’t want to spend a holiday without ‘em.”
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Written By: Ralph Greene and Tim Stack

Directed By: Eyal Gordin

Episode Number: 3x18

Why It’s Number 37: Once again, Burt and Virginia prove to be adorable and loving when they celebrate the “minor” holidays, and Sabrina gets overdramatic. But who cares because LUKE PERRY is the ghost of Arbor Day in her Christmas Carol-esque dream.

Best Line: [about 90210] “Oh, a lady I cleaned for gave us the whole second season on VHS. We got hooked immediately.” / “Moody Dylan, sweet Brandon, smoking Brenda. Didn’t want to spend a holiday without ‘em.”

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36. "Burt's Parents"

Written By: Sean ConawayDirected By: Eyal GordinEpisode Number: 2x07Why It’s Number 36: Iconic sitcom tropes ensue when Burt and Virginia squat in a house that isn’t theirs to appear wealthy to Burt’s secretly broke parents. Seeing them dance around the lie is perfect, especially when they sing “My Country 'Tis of Thee” to drown out the answering machine.Best Line: “Wow, two malapropos in a row. God, I love this family.” / “Yeah, they are malapropos, but they’re also his parents.”
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Written By: Sean Conaway

Directed By: Eyal Gordin

Episode Number: 2x07

Why It’s Number 36: Iconic sitcom tropes ensue when Burt and Virginia squat in a house that isn’t theirs to appear wealthy to Burt’s secretly broke parents. Seeing them dance around the lie is perfect, especially when they sing “My Country 'Tis of Thee” to drown out the answering machine.

Best Line: “Wow, two malapropos in a row. God, I love this family.” / “Yeah, they are malapropos, but they’re also his parents.”

35. "Henderson, Nevada-Adjacent, Baby! Henderson, Nevada-Adjacent!"

Written By: Alan Kirschenbaum and Mike MarianoDirected By: Dan AttiasEpisode Number: 2x04Why It’s Number 35: BURT “STEALS” A WEDDING FOR VIRGINIA. But the altogether cruelness of Delilah must knock the episode down a few pegs.Best Line: “We took the bus. Flying bus! Which is what we call planes.”
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Written By: Alan Kirschenbaum and Mike Mariano

Directed By: Dan Attias

Episode Number: 2x04

Why It’s Number 35: BURT “STEALS” A WEDDING FOR VIRGINIA. But the altogether cruelness of Delilah must knock the episode down a few pegs.

Best Line: “We took the bus. Flying bus! Which is what we call planes.”

34. "Romeo and Romeo"

Written By: Ralph Greene and Tim StackDirected By: Eyal GordinEpisode Number: 1x12Why It’s Number 34: Love the coinciding scenes between the family dinners. Love Jimmy rerecording his messages to his new friend, Justin. Hate the fact that his new friend Justin turned into a Sabrina-stealing jerk.Best Line: “I can’t remember the last time I had a spark with a potential guy friend. I thought I had a spark with a guy at the post office. Locked his keys in the car, and I was helping him out. Chatting up a storm. Got the door open, he hands me five bucks and takes off.” / “I know. You told me that story.”
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Written By: Ralph Greene and Tim Stack

Directed By: Eyal Gordin

Episode Number: 1x12

Why It’s Number 34: Love the coinciding scenes between the family dinners. Love Jimmy rerecording his messages to his new friend, Justin. Hate the fact that his new friend Justin turned into a Sabrina-stealing jerk.

Best Line: “I can’t remember the last time I had a spark with a potential guy friend. I thought I had a spark with a guy at the post office. Locked his keys in the car, and I was helping him out. Chatting up a storm. Got the door open, he hands me five bucks and takes off.” / “I know. You told me that story.”

33. "Snip, Snip"

Written By: Mike MarianoDirected By: Chris KochEpisode Number: 1x15Why It’s Number 33: Jimmy has to shave Burt’s private areas, and it’s both a disgusting fail and a heartwarming win at the same time. Only Raising Hope could ever pull that off.Best Line: “Hey, Jimmy! Remember that time when you shaved me?” / “Yes. Because I’m still doing it.”

Written By: Mike Mariano

Directed By: Chris Koch

Episode Number: 1x15

Why It’s Number 33: Jimmy has to shave Burt’s private areas, and it’s both a disgusting fail and a heartwarming win at the same time. Only Raising Hope could ever pull that off.

Best Line: “Hey, Jimmy! Remember that time when you shaved me?” / “Yes. Because I’m still doing it.”

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32. "Throw Maw Maw From the House (Part 2)"

Written By: Elijah Aron and Jordan YoungDirected By: Eyal GordinEpisode Number: 3x03Why It’s Number 32: The “tune in next week” part was still pretty good, just not as good. Burt and Virginia dressing up like old people to sneak Maw Maw out of the nursing home was iconic and definitely the highlight.Best Line: “I’ll be honest. A balance beam accident left me with a tilted uterus and now Muffin is the closest to a child I’ll ever have!”
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Written By: Elijah Aron and Jordan Young

Directed By: Eyal Gordin

Episode Number: 3x03

Why It’s Number 32: The “tune in next week” part was still pretty good, just not as good. Burt and Virginia dressing up like old people to sneak Maw Maw out of the nursing home was iconic and definitely the highlight.

Best Line: “I’ll be honest. A balance beam accident left me with a tilted uterus and now Muffin is the closest to a child I’ll ever have!”

31. "Throw Maw Maw From the House (Part 1)"

Written By: Greg Garcia and Fred SchaffermanDirected By: Eyal GordinEpisode Number: 3x02Why It’s Number 31: There’s the introduction of “Easter Joe,” which may have been genius. Jenny Slate guest stars! But the fact that they took Maw Maw away for like two seconds will never stop being sad!Best Line: “Fine. I’ll see the doctor. But I just know he’s gonna tell me I’m pregnant. I’m 480 months late.”
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Written By: Greg Garcia and Fred Schafferman

Directed By: Eyal Gordin

Episode Number: 3x02

Why It’s Number 31: There’s the introduction of “Easter Joe,” which may have been genius. Jenny Slate guest stars! But the fact that they took Maw Maw away for like two seconds will never stop being sad!

Best Line: “Fine. I’ll see the doctor. But I just know he’s gonna tell me I’m pregnant. I’m 480 months late.”

30. "The Father Daughter Dance"

Written By: Mike MarianoDirected By: Mike MarianoEpisode Number: 4x22Why It’s Number 30: The semi-unplanned series finale to Raising Hope is probably this low on the list because it shouldn’t have been canceled. It adequately wrapped things up but didn’t cheese it up. Coming full circle with “Danny’s Song” was sweet. And come on – Burt and Virginia finally got the wedding they deserved.Best Line: “Virginia, you are the coolest girl I’ve ever known. If anyone ever hurts you, I’ll punch them in the face.”
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Written By: Mike Mariano

Directed By: Mike Mariano

Episode Number: 4x22

Why It’s Number 30: The semi-unplanned series finale to Raising Hope is probably this low on the list because it shouldn’t have been canceled. It adequately wrapped things up but didn’t cheese it up. Coming full circle with “Danny’s Song” was sweet. And come on – Burt and Virginia finally got the wedding they deserved.

Best Line: “Virginia, you are the coolest girl I’ve ever known. If anyone ever hurts you, I’ll punch them in the face.”

29. "Making the Band"

Written By: Sean ConawayDirected By: Mike MarianoEpisode Number: 3x19Why It’s Number 29: This is SUCH an accurate portrayal of parents in this decade. They, in fact, do it all for the Vine. Burt and Virginia in a children’s band with Smokey Floyd is perfect, and I wish they’d actually kept making a living at this.Best Line: “And when you make toast, don’t use a knife to fish it out.”
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Written By: Sean Conaway

Directed By: Mike Mariano

Episode Number: 3x19

Why It’s Number 29: This is SUCH an accurate portrayal of parents in this decade. They, in fact, do it all for the Vine. Burt and Virginia in a children’s band with Smokey Floyd is perfect, and I wish they’d actually kept making a living at this.

Best Line: “And when you make toast, don’t use a knife to fish it out.”

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28. "The Old Girl"

Written By: Joey GutierrezDirected By: Eyal GordinEpisode Number: 3x20Why It’s Number 28: HILARY DUFF GUEST STARS. Burt and Virginia stir up conflict to try and keep Jimmy from getting his heart broken again. They pretend to be college students. It’s a big thing.Best Line: “Clinically insane? Or… clinically insane like a fox?”
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Written By: Joey Gutierrez

Directed By: Eyal Gordin

Episode Number: 3x20

Why It’s Number 28: HILARY DUFF GUEST STARS. Burt and Virginia stir up conflict to try and keep Jimmy from getting his heart broken again. They pretend to be college students. It’s a big thing.

Best Line: “Clinically insane? Or… clinically insane like a fox?”

27. "Hogging All the Glory"

Written By: Mike MarianoDirected By: Mike MarianoEpisode Number: 2x19Why It’s Number 27: The Chance family takes in a rescue pig, and they fall in love with it before Maw Maw turns it into dinner. Typical. They buy a new pig and accidentally end up training it. Even more typical. Plus, Virginia makes the family act out the Sunday funnies, and it’s beautiful.Best Line: “Today, Beth tries on gown number seven while her sister Tanya still can’t find a bridesmaid’s dress that doesn’t make her hip look big." / "Hang in there, Tanya! Beth found her Mr. Right; you’ll find your Mr. Left.”
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Written By: Mike Mariano

Directed By: Mike Mariano

Episode Number: 2x19

Why It’s Number 27: The Chance family takes in a rescue pig, and they fall in love with it before Maw Maw turns it into dinner. Typical. They buy a new pig and accidentally end up training it. Even more typical. Plus, Virginia makes the family act out the Sunday funnies, and it’s beautiful.

Best Line: “Today, Beth tries on gown number seven while her sister Tanya still can’t find a bridesmaid’s dress that doesn’t make her hip look big." / "Hang in there, Tanya! Beth found her Mr. Right; you’ll find your Mr. Left.”

26. "Toy Story"

Written By: Bobby BowmanDirected By: Michael FrescoEpisode Number: 1x11Why It’s Number 26: Hope looks insanely cute as the baby Jesus. The fact that the hot toy is a doll that produces its own snot is just so typical America. Pageant-obsessed Virginia is one of the best incarnations of Virginia.Best Line: “I am fine with an Asian Jesus, but let’s be real here. That’s a 3-year-old fat kid. Nowhere in the Bible does it say the Three Wise Men brought gifts to a 3-year-old fat kid.”
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Written By: Bobby Bowman

Directed By: Michael Fresco

Episode Number: 1x11

Why It’s Number 26: Hope looks insanely cute as the baby Jesus. The fact that the hot toy is a doll that produces its own snot is just so typical America. Pageant-obsessed Virginia is one of the best incarnations of Virginia.

Best Line: “I am fine with an Asian Jesus, but let’s be real here. That’s a 3-year-old fat kid. Nowhere in the Bible does it say the Three Wise Men brought gifts to a 3-year-old fat kid.”

25. "If a Ham Falls in the Woods"

Written By: Mark StegemannDirected By: Eyal GordinEpisode Number: 3x04Why It’s Number 25: Burt and Virginia’s adorable compatibility game skills. The bear attack is classic. Reverend Bob is a trip. Maw Maw and Barney’s great adventure is hilarious, especially near its end. It’s the show at its most typical and, therefore, awesome.Best Line: “Sits backwards on the toilet when she poops.”
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Written By: Mark Stegemann

Directed By: Eyal Gordin

Episode Number: 3x04

Why It’s Number 25: Burt and Virginia’s adorable compatibility game skills. The bear attack is classic. Reverend Bob is a trip. Maw Maw and Barney’s great adventure is hilarious, especially near its end. It’s the show at its most typical and, therefore, awesome.

Best Line: “Sits backwards on the toilet when she poops.”

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24. "Candy Wars"

Written By: Ralph Greene and Fred SchaffermanDirected By: Michael FrescoEpisode Number: 3x07Why It’s Number 24: Everybody’s a sucker for good flashbacks and parallelism, even when the parallelism is really obvious and slightly redundant. The meth lab/candy lab metaphor was timely, too.Best Line: “The festival also offers small business owners who are afraid of the internet the opportunity to advertise.”
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Written By: Ralph Greene and Fred Schafferman

Directed By: Michael Fresco

Episode Number: 3x07

Why It’s Number 24: Everybody’s a sucker for good flashbacks and parallelism, even when the parallelism is really obvious and slightly redundant. The meth lab/candy lab metaphor was timely, too.

Best Line: “The festival also offers small business owners who are afraid of the internet the opportunity to advertise.”

23. "Cultish Personality"

Written By: Matthew W. ThompsonDirected By: Phil TraillEpisode Number: 1x16Why It’s Number 23: Cousin Mike’s brother-husbands and wife are just perfect. The show doesn’t even try to shame their decisions; it just regards them as different from the Chances. A plus. Jimmy’s Gollum impression impresses, and Kate Micucci on the ukulele is always welcome.Best Line: “I’m a second Chance! I’m Mike Chance! Recently, I was a member of a cult. It was really weird.”
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Written By: Matthew W. Thompson

Directed By: Phil Traill

Episode Number: 1x16

Why It’s Number 23: Cousin Mike’s brother-husbands and wife are just perfect. The show doesn’t even try to shame their decisions; it just regards them as different from the Chances. A plus. Jimmy’s Gollum impression impresses, and Kate Micucci on the ukulele is always welcome.

Best Line: “I’m a second Chance! I’m Mike Chance! Recently, I was a member of a cult. It was really weird.”

22. "It's a Hopeful Life"

Written By: Ralph Greene and Tim StackDirected By: Tucker GatesEpisode Number: 2x10Why It’s Number 22: It’s a Christmas cliché – the alternate universe trope. But this is Raising Hope, and they’re entirely unapologetic about their ripping off, which is why it works… and works brilliantly. To the “normal” eye, Jimmy’s life is terrible the way it is, but then in the dream, Burt and Virginia break up, Lucy lives, Maw Maw dies, and Jimmy doesn’t have Hope. This parody works because it doesn’t shame the kind of family the media usually works so hard to shame. It’s wonderful, it’s sweet, and it’s another episode that encompasses the message of the series.Best Line: “At least I’m not sitting on the couch all day having a threesome with Ben and Jerry!”
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Written By: Ralph Greene and Tim Stack

Directed By: Tucker Gates

Episode Number: 2x10

Why It’s Number 22: It’s a Christmas cliché – the alternate universe trope. But this is Raising Hope, and they’re entirely unapologetic about their ripping off, which is why it works… and works brilliantly. To the “normal” eye, Jimmy’s life is terrible the way it is, but then in the dream, Burt and Virginia break up, Lucy lives, Maw Maw dies, and Jimmy doesn’t have Hope. This parody works because it doesn’t shame the kind of family the media usually works so hard to shame. It’s wonderful, it’s sweet, and it’s another episode that encompasses the message of the series.

Best Line: “At least I’m not sitting on the couch all day having a threesome with Ben and Jerry!”

21. "Murder, She Hoped"

Written By: Audra Sielaff and Becky MannDirected By: Rebecca AsherEpisode Number: 4x07Why It’s Number 21: This was a better Rear Window spoof than was the one on Castle because, once again, it let itself feel spoofy. The crazy cinematography and the reasoning behind Virginia’s Grace Kelly outfits are just so Hope, so out of this world, and yet so believable. Plus, everybody loves the misadventures of Burt and Virginia.Best Line: "My days of doing 'This Guy' jokes would be over!"
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Written By: Audra Sielaff and Becky Mann

Directed By: Rebecca Asher

Episode Number: 4x07

Why It’s Number 21: This was a better Rear Window spoof than was the one on Castle because, once again, it let itself feel spoofy. The crazy cinematography and the reasoning behind Virginia’s Grace Kelly outfits are just so Hope, so out of this world, and yet so believable. Plus, everybody loves the misadventures of Burt and Virginia.

Best Line: "My days of doing 'This Guy' jokes would be over!"

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20. "Dinner With the Tropes"

Written By: Paul A. Kaplan and Mark TorgoveDirected By: Rebecca AsherEpisode Number: 4x18Why It’s Number 20: The best episode of Hope’s weakest season, which was still pretty strong, is another cheeky parody. But, again, it works. The show is so aware of its sitcom-y-ness that it’s not embarrassed to accentuate all its tropes. Raising Hope had guts, and it wasn’t afraid to use them, even down to the last episodes.Best Line: “She thinks I could climb all the way to the top. Apparently, there’s a beautiful glass ceiling up there.”
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Written By: Paul A. Kaplan and Mark Torgove

Directed By: Rebecca Asher

Episode Number: 4x18

Why It’s Number 20: The best episode of Hope’s weakest season, which was still pretty strong, is another cheeky parody. But, again, it works. The show is so aware of its sitcom-y-ness that it’s not embarrassed to accentuate all its tropes. Raising Hope had guts, and it wasn’t afraid to use them, even down to the last episodes.

Best Line: “She thinks I could climb all the way to the top. Apparently, there’s a beautiful glass ceiling up there.”

19. "Bro-gurt"

Written By: Michael PennieDirected By: Mike MarianoEpisode Number: 2x08Why It’s Number 19: It’s an audience favorite. Everybody loves a good Wizard of Oz parody.Best Line: “What about a TV channel just for news? Wait, they’ll have too fill up too many hours and resort to sensationalizing nonissues and stirring up partisan bickering. Scratch that idea. It sucks.”
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Written By: Michael Pennie

Directed By: Mike Mariano

Episode Number: 2x08

Why It’s Number 19: It’s an audience favorite. Everybody loves a good Wizard of Oz parody.

Best Line: “What about a TV channel just for news? Wait, they’ll have too fill up too many hours and resort to sensationalizing nonissues and stirring up partisan bickering. Scratch that idea. It sucks.”

18. "Yo Zappa Do (Part 1)"

Written By: Amy HubbsDirected By: Eyal GordinWhy It’s Number 18: The better part of two, this episode details the Chances’ trip to L.A. so Hope can watch a taping of her favorite kids’ TV show. It’s adorable, and the awkward Jimmy and Sabrina honeymoon scenes are great. Plus, the end where Burt gets really stressed out about it being a two-part episode is the second best episode conclusion – second only to the end of “Yo Zappa Do (Part 2).”Best Line: “Oh, excuse me, where is the office to sign up to become famous, like Mel Gibson or the Ocho Mama?”
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Written By: Amy Hubbs

Directed By: Eyal Gordin

Why It’s Number 18: The better part of two, this episode details the Chances’ trip to L.A. so Hope can watch a taping of her favorite kids’ TV show. It’s adorable, and the awkward Jimmy and Sabrina honeymoon scenes are great. Plus, the end where Burt gets really stressed out about it being a two-part episode is the second best episode conclusion – second only to the end of “Yo Zappa Do (Part 2).”

Best Line: “Oh, excuse me, where is the office to sign up to become famous, like Mel Gibson or the Ocho Mama?”

17. "Prodigy"

Written By: Christine ZanderDirected By: Eyal GordinEpisode Number: 2x01Why It’s Number 17: Jimmy as a musical prodigy is hilarious. The way they try to get his talent back is perfect. Flashbacks excellently executed. Just a peachy season opener.Best Line: “He might not have been a Michael. But he could have been a Reggie… or a Tito!”
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Written By: Christine Zander

Directed By: Eyal Gordin

Episode Number: 2x01

Why It’s Number 17: Jimmy as a musical prodigy is hilarious. The way they try to get his talent back is perfect. Flashbacks excellently executed. Just a peachy season opener.

Best Line: “He might not have been a Michael. But he could have been a Reggie… or a Tito!”

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16. "Happy Halloween"

Written By: Dan CoscinoDirected By: Greg GarciaEpisode Number: 1x05Why It’s Number 16: HE DID IT FOR THE HUGS. And the Batman costumes.Best Line: “She looks like a transvestite ninja.”
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Written By: Dan Coscino

Directed By: Greg Garcia

Episode Number: 1x05

Why It’s Number 16: HE DID IT FOR THE HUGS. And the Batman costumes.

Best Line: “She looks like a transvestite ninja.”

15. "Sabrina Has Money"

Written By: Michael PennieDirected By: Troy MillerEpisode Number: 2x02Why It’s Number 15: This is the first episode of any sitcom, ever, to make me cry. Why? It’s the perfect episode for us insane Type A’s to watch. Sometimes, your inadequacies make you into a bully that you hate, but you have to be comfortable with yourself. Through Sabrina, the show does this perfectly.Best Line: “Burt, are you jealous of the toilet?” / “Of course I am! You love it!”
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Written By: Michael Pennie

Directed By: Troy Miller

Episode Number: 2x02

Why It’s Number 15: This is the first episode of any sitcom, ever, to make me cry. Why? It’s the perfect episode for us insane Type A’s to watch. Sometimes, your inadequacies make you into a bully that you hate, but you have to be comfortable with yourself. Through Sabrina, the show does this perfectly.

Best Line: “Burt, are you jealous of the toilet?” / “Of course I am! You love it!”

14. "Meet the Grandparents"

Written By: Elijah Aron and Jordan YoungDirected By: Jace AlexanderEpisode Number: 1x09Why It’s Number 14: Lucy’s parents might be the best guest stars the show ever saw, particularly her mother. They’re insane. Easily the parents of a serial killer with a college degree. If it were a line, Lucy’s mother’s distress noise would win all the awards.Best Line: “We just need to get through one meal a year with these people, and then we can spend the rest of the year making fun of them.”
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Written By: Elijah Aron and Jordan Young

Directed By: Jace Alexander

Episode Number: 1x09

Why It’s Number 14: Lucy’s parents might be the best guest stars the show ever saw, particularly her mother. They’re insane. Easily the parents of a serial killer with a college degree. If it were a line, Lucy’s mother’s distress noise would win all the awards.

Best Line: “We just need to get through one meal a year with these people, and then we can spend the rest of the year making fun of them.”

13. "I Want My Baby Back, Baby Back, Baby Back"

Written By: Bobby BowmanDirected By: Eyal GordinEpisode Number: 2x22Why It’s Number 13: The second best of the season finales, this episode is classic. The trial over who gets custody of Hope is an awesome summary of the show and features some of the best guests. Lucy getting run over by a blind guy was a nice touch. And the witness testimonies are all flawless. Every single one of them.Best Line: “I personally believe that U.S. Americans in our nation are unable to do so because some parents in America out there are not having Wet-Naps… so I believe that our wiping products, like such as, in South Africa, and the in the Iraq…” – epitome of 2012
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Written By: Bobby Bowman

Directed By: Eyal Gordin

Episode Number: 2x22

Why It’s Number 13: The second best of the season finales, this episode is classic. The trial over who gets custody of Hope is an awesome summary of the show and features some of the best guests. Lucy getting run over by a blind guy was a nice touch. And the witness testimonies are all flawless. Every single one of them.

Best Line: “I personally believe that U.S. Americans in our nation are unable to do so because some parents in America out there are not having Wet-Naps… so I believe that our wiping products, like such as, in South Africa, and the in the Iraq…” – epitome of 2012

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12. "Dream Hoarders"

Written By: Ralph GreeneDirected By: Michael FrescoEpisode Number: 1x03Why It’s Number 12: Iconic moments, like Maw Maw playing Jenga with Virginia’s storage shed. Hope getting stuck in the storage shed. The show advocating dreams and fun instead of dwelling on the reality we’re watching this show to escape. It’s a great intro episode.Best Line: “If you stop dreaming, you’re really just sleeping.”
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Written By: Ralph Greene

Directed By: Michael Fresco

Episode Number: 1x03

Why It’s Number 12: Iconic moments, like Maw Maw playing Jenga with Virginia’s storage shed. Hope getting stuck in the storage shed. The show advocating dreams and fun instead of dwelling on the reality we’re watching this show to escape. It’s a great intro episode.

Best Line: “If you stop dreaming, you’re really just sleeping.”

11. "Mongooses"

Written By: Bobby BowmanDirected By: Eyal GordinEpisode Number: 1x17Why It’s Number 11: This episode reaches perfection when Burt describes his morning routine. It’s probably the show’s best example of physical comedy. Virginia absorbing the shock of the iron with a wooden spoon in her mouth is priceless.Best Line: “Then I iron your work clothes for the day because you guys are so scared of getting shocked when the iron shorts out.”
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Written By: Bobby Bowman

Directed By: Eyal Gordin

Episode Number: 1x17

Why It’s Number 11: This episode reaches perfection when Burt describes his morning routine. It’s probably the show’s best example of physical comedy. Virginia absorbing the shock of the iron with a wooden spoon in her mouth is priceless.

Best Line: “Then I iron your work clothes for the day because you guys are so scared of getting shocked when the iron shorts out.”

10. "Pilot"

Written By: Greg GarciaDirected By: Michael FrescoEpisode Number: 1x01Why It’s Number 10: This pilot has very few errors. Aside from the impregnated serial killer, this family is immediately portrayed as actually relatable. The song at the end has made me cry for four years.Best Line: “Paper towels, paper towels! I need paper towels! I threw up on the baby!”
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Written By: Greg Garcia

Directed By: Michael Fresco

Episode Number: 1x01

Why It’s Number 10: This pilot has very few errors. Aside from the impregnated serial killer, this family is immediately portrayed as actually relatable. The song at the end has made me cry for four years.

Best Line: “Paper towels, paper towels! I need paper towels! I threw up on the baby!”

9. "Jimmy's Fake Girlfriend"

Written By: Bobby BowmanDirected By: Rebecca AsherEpisode Number: 2x14Why It’s Number 9: Jimmy and Sabrina finally get together after a year and a half of pining. Ashley Tisdale is excellent as Jimmy’s fake girlfriend. The play Jimmy writes to tell Sabrina he loves her is adorable and just made by the cast singing “You Light Up My Life.” Just adorable, but some might argue too soon to put those two together.Best Line: “I think she has to look like Lara Croft.” / “Who?” / “Angela Jolly.”
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Written By: Bobby Bowman

Directed By: Rebecca Asher

Episode Number: 2x14

Why It’s Number 9: Jimmy and Sabrina finally get together after a year and a half of pining. Ashley Tisdale is excellent as Jimmy’s fake girlfriend. The play Jimmy writes to tell Sabrina he loves her is adorable and just made by the cast singing “You Light Up My Life.” Just adorable, but some might argue too soon to put those two together.

Best Line: “I think she has to look like Lara Croft.” / “Who?” / “Angela Jolly.”

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8. "Burt Rocks"

Written By: Alan KirschenbaumDirected By: Jace AlexanderEpisode Number: 1x10Why It’s Number 8: Burt plays guitar, and he’s adorable at it. Jason Lee’s guest appearance as '80s fictional one-hit-wonder Smokey Floyd is incredible. When Burt hits him on the head with the guitar after Smokey is mean to his family, it’s iconic and just so BURT. Why did they cancel this show??Best Line: “Babies are cool until you’ve done everything there is to do with them. Then you get bored. That’s why TV shows about babies never last more than a year.”
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Written By: Alan Kirschenbaum

Directed By: Jace Alexander

Episode Number: 1x10

Why It’s Number 8: Burt plays guitar, and he’s adorable at it. Jason Lee’s guest appearance as '80s fictional one-hit-wonder Smokey Floyd is incredible. When Burt hits him on the head with the guitar after Smokey is mean to his family, it’s iconic and just so BURT. Why did they cancel this show??

Best Line: “Babies are cool until you’ve done everything there is to do with them. Then you get bored. That’s why TV shows about babies never last more than a year.”

7. "Say Cheese"

Written By: Greg GarciaDirected By: Eyal GordinWhy It’s Number 7: An adorable episode that I think we can all relate to, no matter where we come from. All of our families are pretty crazy, but it’s mostly because we want the best for each other. That’s why Virginia needs to take the perfect family portrait and get all weird about it. It’s hilarious, and it’s sweet. The scene where they finally get their best picture is the epitome of Raising Hope.Best Line: “We had this amazing conversation about Shrinky Dinks, and the whole time I’m thinking, ‘I’ve met my soulmate.’”
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Written By: Greg Garcia

Directed By: Eyal Gordin

Why It’s Number 7: An adorable episode that I think we can all relate to, no matter where we come from. All of our families are pretty crazy, but it’s mostly because we want the best for each other. That’s why Virginia needs to take the perfect family portrait and get all weird about it. It’s hilarious, and it’s sweet. The scene where they finally get their best picture is the epitome of Raising Hope.

Best Line: “We had this amazing conversation about Shrinky Dinks, and the whole time I’m thinking, ‘I’ve met my soulmate.’”

6. "Blue Dots"

Written By: Liz AstrofDirected By: Eyal GordinEpisode Number: 1x08Why It’s Number 6: This episode is just so ridiculous it’s perfect. It has some of the best gags in the show’s history, like Burt compressing the bottles for bottle return with his breath and then passing out, or Burt sleep-eating and sleep-exercising, or Virginia when she really has to pee, or Sabrina when she makes fun of Jimmy’s use of exclamation points. “IS THIS MORE EXCITING? OR DOES IT JUST SEEM LIKE I’M WEIRD?” is perhaps Shannon Woodward’s finest moment on the show.Best Line: “A few years ago, I slipped on a wig and did my wife’s community service when she got arrested for spousal abuse.” – The cleverest and most horrifying line of the series. Hands down.
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Written By: Liz Astrof

Directed By: Eyal Gordin

Episode Number: 1x08

Why It’s Number 6: This episode is just so ridiculous it’s perfect. It has some of the best gags in the show’s history, like Burt compressing the bottles for bottle return with his breath and then passing out, or Burt sleep-eating and sleep-exercising, or Virginia when she really has to pee, or Sabrina when she makes fun of Jimmy’s use of exclamation points. “IS THIS MORE EXCITING? OR DOES IT JUST SEEM LIKE I’M WEIRD?” is perhaps Shannon Woodward’s finest moment on the show.

Best Line: “A few years ago, I slipped on a wig and did my wife’s community service when she got arrested for spousal abuse.” – The cleverest and most horrifying line of the series. Hands down.

5. "Burt Mitzvah — The Musical"

Written By: Paul A. Kaplan and Mark TorgoveDirected By: Eyal GordinEpisode Number: 3x21Why It’s Number 5: It’s a musical episode. All the best shows have musical episodes. Burt looks adorable the entire time and then some. It’s clever, it’s surprisingly not overdone, and any Burt-centric episode is OK by me because he is the human equivalent of rainbow sprinkles. The only mistake is you can’t buy the soundtrack on iTunes.Best Line: “I haven’t had a healthy stool since your mother changed religions.”
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Written By: Paul A. Kaplan and Mark Torgove

Directed By: Eyal Gordin

Episode Number: 3x21

Why It’s Number 5: It’s a musical episode. All the best shows have musical episodes. Burt looks adorable the entire time and then some. It’s clever, it’s surprisingly not overdone, and any Burt-centric episode is OK by me because he is the human equivalent of rainbow sprinkles. The only mistake is you can’t buy the soundtrack on iTunes.

Best Line: “I haven’t had a healthy stool since your mother changed religions.”

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4. "The Walk for the Runs"

Written By: Joey GutierrezDirected By: Rebecca AsherEpisode Number: 3x08Why It’s Number 4: This episode is literally about pooping your pants. That’s it. If there weren’t a couple of better episodes, it would have been all too appropriate to put this as number two. But it’s hilarious. The fact that it’s not irritable bowels, but angry bowels, is genius. Jimmy having juvenile angry bowel syndrome (JABS) is beautiful. And the whole subplot of Burt and Virginia wanting to be younger is just further proof that they’re the best fictional couple of all time.
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Written By: Joey Gutierrez

Directed By: Rebecca Asher

Episode Number: 3x08

Why It’s Number 4: This episode is literally about pooping your pants. That’s it. If there weren’t a couple of better episodes, it would have been all too appropriate to put this as number two. But it’s hilarious. The fact that it’s not irritable bowels, but angry bowels, is genius. Jimmy having juvenile angry bowel syndrome (JABS) is beautiful. And the whole subplot of Burt and Virginia wanting to be younger is just further proof that they’re the best fictional couple of all time.

3. "Inside Probe"

Written By: Alan Kirschenbaum and Tim StackDirected By: Greg GarciaEpisode Number: 2x21Why It’s Number 3: THE ADORABLE BABY PHOTOS. The fact that it’s a pretty great parody of crazy reality television without getting too in-your-face with the commentary. And there was that plot twist where Lucy was still alive. Sometimes they keep you on the couch for good reason.Best Line: “If a show’s got letters in it, I am so there.”
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Written By: Alan Kirschenbaum and Tim Stack

Directed By: Greg Garcia

Episode Number: 2x21

Why It’s Number 3: THE ADORABLE BABY PHOTOS. The fact that it’s a pretty great parody of crazy reality television without getting too in-your-face with the commentary. And there was that plot twist where Lucy was still alive. Sometimes they keep you on the couch for good reason.

Best Line: “If a show’s got letters in it, I am so there.”

2. "What Up, Cuz?"

Written By: Bobby BowmanDirected By: Rebecca AsherEpisode Number: 1x14Why It’s Number 2: This episode is close to absolute perfection. The flashbacks to Virginia’s childhood are absolute aces, and Tom Jones crooning “Delilah” in the background doesn’t hurt a bit. Amy Sedaris as Virginia’s passive-aggressive cousin Delilah is pure perfection. Maw Maw as a greeter at the grocery store has some of the show’s best ever material. Basically, this is just great work by the ensemble and shows off just how actually admirable the Chance family really is… even if they lie for years and say somebody’s grandma died.Best Line: “My relationship to the stock market is like a tiny ant’s relationship to… the stock market.”
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Written By: Bobby Bowman

Directed By: Rebecca Asher

Episode Number: 1x14

Why It’s Number 2: This episode is close to absolute perfection. The flashbacks to Virginia’s childhood are absolute aces, and Tom Jones crooning “Delilah” in the background doesn’t hurt a bit. Amy Sedaris as Virginia’s passive-aggressive cousin Delilah is pure perfection. Maw Maw as a greeter at the grocery store has some of the show’s best ever material. Basically, this is just great work by the ensemble and shows off just how actually admirable the Chance family really is… even if they lie for years and say somebody’s grandma died.

Best Line: “My relationship to the stock market is like a tiny ant’s relationship to… the stock market.”

1. "Don't Vote for This Episode"

Written By: Greg GarciaDirected By: Greg GarciaEpisode Number: 1x22Why It’s Number 1: This is an awesome origin story. Maw Maw still has most of her marbles, and she can do a backflip. Sabrina is a dorky kid with braces who has a thing for dark princes. Barney is still obese, and we see him get inspired to get gastric bypass surgery. Lucy becomes the Boyfriend Killer, and her boyfriend is HYDE (Danny Masterson). Frank is the one who kills Shelley’s tooth. Burt and Virginia are super freaking cute when they get kicked out of the house. And, best of all, Jimmy is dressed like a horrible goth named “Drakkar Noir” and lives in the grocery store for a week. But then they go back to the present, and everything is adorable, and they dance to “Home” by Edward Sharpe in the most 2011 way, and it’s just the greatest episode of Hope.Best Line: “Maw Maw, we just begged a 7-year-old to make us French toast sticks! Let us in!”
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Written By: Greg Garcia

Directed By: Greg Garcia

Episode Number: 1x22

Why It’s Number 1: This is an awesome origin story. Maw Maw still has most of her marbles, and she can do a backflip. Sabrina is a dorky kid with braces who has a thing for dark princes. Barney is still obese, and we see him get inspired to get gastric bypass surgery. Lucy becomes the Boyfriend Killer, and her boyfriend is HYDE (Danny Masterson). Frank is the one who kills Shelley’s tooth. Burt and Virginia are super freaking cute when they get kicked out of the house. And, best of all, Jimmy is dressed like a horrible goth named “Drakkar Noir” and lives in the grocery store for a week. But then they go back to the present, and everything is adorable, and they dance to “Home” by Edward Sharpe in the most 2011 way, and it’s just the greatest episode of Hope.

Best Line: “Maw Maw, we just begged a 7-year-old to make us French toast sticks! Let us in!”

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