Season Analysis: Raising Hope was not complacent in Season 3, but it never felt like it was pushing anything forward, which isn’t that big a deal because I don’t think it ever said that’s what it was trying to do.

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“Making the Band”
Reuniting the cast of one show on the creator of the old show’s new show sounds like a stunt, and in the case of reuniting the My Name is Earl cast on an episode of Raising Hope, it is a stunt, but this episode proves that that is not necessarily a bad thing.  Luckily, Jason Lee, Jaime Pressley, Ethan Suplee, and Eddie Steeles had already played guest characters on Hope, so their presence on another episode did not feel shoehorned in.  The idea that their characters (along with those of Nadine Valezquez and Tim Stack) would team up with the Chances to form a rock band that flirts with the brink of success does not make a whole lot of sense.  Honestly, though, the idea of anybody teaming up with the Chances to find success as a rock band doesn’t make sense, but who cares when the results are this fun?  Besides, when life most seems to be working out, that is when life seems to be making the least sense.  That is what “Making the Band” demonstrated.  Raising Hope is a positive show of its era, one of optimism despite (constant) hard times – that is to say, hope.

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