Every time Erin and I watch this show, we laugh. Out loud. And yet we never plan on watching it.

And its way better than MY NAME IS EARL, created by the folks doing RAISING HOPE. Earl was moderatly funny, but if you’d seen one, you’d kind of seen 90% of them. Sure, sitcoms are like that in general, so it makes me wonder what makes RAISING HOPE different. It seems better plotted (some great gun on the mantle piece moments), with stronger actors (the psycho from DEADWOOD SEASON TWO finally plays a nice guy!), and characters (who are goofy and occasionally one note, but are often richer than anything I saw on EARL, which was almost a cartoon come to life). Could be that I have a soft spot for weird families, too. And pound for pound, it’s funnier, weird funny, sometimes gross funny, but funnier than Earl’s story never was.

I hope it doesn’t enter the Fox tomb of fun shows too soon.




About ridlerville

Jason S. Ridler is a historian, writer, and improv actor. He is the author of A TRIUMPH FOR SAKURA, BLOOD AND SAWDUST, the Spar Battersea thrillers and has published over sixty stories in such magazines and anthologies as The Big Click, Beneath Ceaseless Skies, Out of the Gutter, and more. He also writes the column FXXK WRITING! for Flash Fiction Online. A former punk rock musician and cemetery groundskeeper, Mr. Ridler holds a Ph.D. in War Studies from the Royal Military College of Canada. He lives in Richmond, CA. Visit him on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/jason.ridler.56
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