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Raising Hope: Trivia, Fun Facts and More. For Dedicated Fans Only

John Bridges is a published author of history, and politics. His doctorate is in criminal justice. He is a fan of Raising Hope.

Jimmy Chance: Lucas Neff

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Raising Hope is an American sitcom. It stars Lucas Neff as Jimmy Chance. Jimmy Chance lives in the surreal fictional town of Natesville. Jimmy impregnates a serial killer during a one-night stand. Jimmy must raise his illegitimate daughter, Hope, after the mother is sentenced to death. He is helped by well-intentioned but highly dysfunctional friends and family.

Natesville is the next town over from Camden, where My Name is Earl takes place. While it is not a continuation of that show, there are many cross over references, it is written in the same style and there are cameos from most of the regular cast of My Name is Earl.

Neff started acting when he was mistakenly assigned to the performing arts department at University of Illinois Chicago. He found he enjoyed it and upon graduation began searching for commercial work to start his career. Neff financed himself by cleaning houses.

Neff was the first choice to play the role of Jimmy, but he was still required to participate in all of the auditions. This was his first major role. Neff was pleasantly impressed by the gentle, good-natured scripts written for the show and happy to join the show.

Neff currently stars in the show Carol's Second Act alongside comedic powerhouse, Patricia Heaton. He is married to Australian actress Caitlin Stasey.

Quiz

For each question, choose the best answer. The answer key is below.

  1. What is Jimmy's middle name?
    • Bon Jovi
    • Elvis
    • Gilligan
    • James
  2. During his rebellious days, Jimmy has a goth alter-ego named what?
    • Lord Fenton
    • Damien Blaze
    • Hawk Reznor
    • Drakkar Noir
  3. Where does Jimmy meet Sabrina?
    • Howdy's Market
    • A bus stop
    • A frat party where she drinks too much
    • A germaphobe anonymous meeting
  4. What did hope's mother originally name her?
    • Princess Diana
    • Princess Beyonce
    • Princess Aurora
    • Princess Jasmine
  5. What was Hope's mother's name?
    • Lucy
    • Ethyl
    • Cindy
    • Demonica
  6. When Jimmy was an infant, he was...
    • Always crying
    • Always quiet
    • Always hungry for pancakes
    • Put up for adoption
  7. As a child, Jimmy's parents tell him a lie which he believes, what was the lie?
    • The Internet tubes have not reach their part of town yet
    • An eel lives in his butt
    • He is allergic to all fruit
    • All of the above
  8. Hope was born in jail and was given the inmate number 46664, that number is the same as whose?
    • Her mother
    • Nelson Mandela
    • Al Capone
    • Charles Manson
  9. The original name of the show was...
    • What Next?
    • Taking Chances
    • Keep Hope Alive
    • Baby in the House

Answer Key

  1. Bon Jovi
  2. Drakkar Noir
  3. Howdy's Market
  4. Princess Beyonce
  5. Lucy
  6. Put up for adoption
  7. All of the above
  8. Nelson Mandela
  9. Keep Hope Alive

Sabrina Collins: Shannon Woodward

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Shannon Woodward plays Jimmy's love interest and eventual wife on the show. Jimmy is often intimidated by her, thinking she is out of her league. As the show progresses we find out that Sabrina was raised in a wealthy family, we also find out that she is just as quirky as anyone in the Chance family, but she manages to hide her quirks from others.

Woodward's first on-screen acting job came when she was only seven and played the a recurring on Nickelodeon's television series Clarissa Explains It All. Her most recent role was that of Elsie Hughes on the HBO series Westworld.

Shannon plays violin, guitar and sings. She is a supporter of Planned Parenthood. Woodward claims when people recognize her, they have a hard time placing her and will stare until she says, " I'm Not Ellen Page."

Quiz

For each question, choose the best answer. The answer key is below.

  1. What is Sabrina's bosses name?
    • Kenny
    • Barney
    • Frank
    • Ernie
  2. How did Jimmy meet Sabrina's mother?
    • At his and Sabrina's wedding
    • At Howdy's market
    • She was one of Virginia's clients
    • He had a one night stand with her when he was a minor
  3. When Jimmy meets Sabrina, who is she dating?
    • Frank
    • Barney
    • Wyatt
    • Trevor
  4. Sabrina is afraid of what?
    • Hot Dogs
    • Spiders
    • Garden Gnomes
    • Animals dressed in human clothing
  5. The alphabet blocks Hope plays with in the opening credits spell out what word?
    • Hope
    • Chance
    • Block
    • Help
  6. Which veteran actor portrayed Sabrina's mother?
    • Dianne Keaton (Annie Hall)
    • Faye Dunaway (King Kong)
    • Melanie Griffith (Body Double)
    • Mariel Hemingway (Manhattan)
  7. Which veteran actor played Sabrina's (deceased) grandmother?
    • Tippi Hedren (The Birds)
    • Lee Remick (Rearview Mirror )
    • Janet Leigh (Psycho)
    • Anne Bancroft (The Graduate)

Answer Key

  1. Barney
  2. He had a one night stand with her when he was a minor
  3. Wyatt
  4. Spiders
  5. Help
  6. Melanie Griffith (Body Double)
  7. Tippi Hedren (The Birds)

Virginia Chance: Martha Plimpton

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Martha Plimpton plays Virginia Chance; Jimmy's well meaning but clueless mother. She had Jimmy when she was 16. She works hard but tries to find (often bizarre) ways to cut corners and get ahead.

Plimpton is the daughter of actor Keith Carradine (Kung Fu) and actor Shelly Plimpton (Hair). Martha Plimpton has extensive acting credentials on stage, screen and television. Martha began her career at age 8, when her mom had a friend of hers, composer Elizabeth Swados, enroll her in an actors' workshop. At age 10, she got a small part in Rollover, and also made a series of Calvin Klein commercials.

Plimpton is an abortion rights campaigner who has lobbied Congress on behalf of Planned Parenthood and is on the board of directors of the women's rights organization "A Is For". She has also advocated for LGBT rights causes.

She donates her time and efforts to the "52nd Street Project" which is dedicated to matching inner-city children with professional theater artists to create original theater, through writing, directing and performing their own plays.

Quiz

For each question, choose the best answer. The answer key is below.

  1. What is Virginia's middle name?
    • Georgia
    • Mississippi
    • Slims
    • Ham
  2. What is Virginia's maiden name?
    • Templeton
    • Thomas
    • Thompson
    • Trebek
  3. Where did Virginia give birth to Jimmy?
    • In a taxi
    • At a rodeo
    • At a county fair
    • At her junior prom
  4. During her teen year's Virginia had what affliction?
    • Mono
    • Irritable Bowel Syndrome
    • Scoliosis
    • Hyperactive acne
  5. What does Virginia collect?
    • Stamps
    • Foreign coins
    • Porkchester pig figurines
    • Vintage toasters
  6. As a child, Plimpton acted in which movie?
    • E.T.
    • The Goonies
    • Daddy Daycare
    • Karate Kid
  7. what does Virginia hit Lucy over the head with to subdue her ?
    • A frying pan
    • A baseball Bat
    • A television
    • A boom box

Answer Key

  1. Slims
  2. Thompson
  3. At her junior prom
  4. Scoliosis
  5. Porkchester pig figurines
  6. The Goonies
  7. A television

Burt Chance: Garret Dillahunt

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Garret Dillahunt played Burt Chance, Jimmy's dimwitted but kind fathers. Burt treats Jimmy more as a friend than a father, and admitted during the series that he purposefully got Virginia pregnant by poking holes in his condom, because he feared she would leave him. He owns a landscaping business and is proud of his work.

Dillahunt grew up in Yakima, Washington. Dillahunt graduated from the University of Washington with a B.A. in journalism and from New York University with an M.F.A. in acting. He has appeared on stage, screen and television. Dillahunt is married to actor Michelle Hurd (Law and Order), the daughter of Hugh Lincoln Hurd, an American actor and civil rights activist.

He actively supports campaigns like Black Lives Matter, Stand Up 2 Cancer and other charities created for development of education.

Quiz

For each question, choose the best answer. The answer key is below.

  1. Burt had a dog when he was a child, what was the dog's name?
    • Jimmy
    • Burt
    • Spot
    • Doggo
  2. What is Burt's middle name?
    • Ebenezer
    • Ichabod
    • Jebediah
    • James
  3. Burt sees a home movie when Maw Maw was young, he comments that she looks like...
    • Virginia
    • Ginger from Gilligan's Island, if Ginger had a hump
    • The horny neighbor on the Mary Tyler Moore show
    • Mary Kay Letourneau
  4. What is Burt short for?
    • Engelburt
    • Burtholemew
    • Burt (just Burt)
    • Burtrum
  5. What is Burt's more favored brother's name?
    • Bryce
    • Bruce
    • Bennie
    • Billy
  6. What is Burt's father name?
    • Randall
    • Rupert
    • Ralph
    • Rudolph
  7. What actor played Burt's father?
    • Gregory Harrison (Trapper John, MD)
    • Lee Majors (Six Million Dollar Man)
    • Randolph Mantooth (Emergency)
    • Gil Gerard (Buck Rogers in the 25th Century)
  8. What actor played Burt's mother?
    • Marion Ross (Happy Days)
    • June Lockhart (Lost in Space)
    • Florence Henderson (Brady Bunch)
    • Shirley Jones (Partridge Family)

Answer Key

  1. Burt
  2. Jebediah
  3. The horny neighbor on the Mary Tyler Moore show
  4. Engelburt
  5. Bruce
  6. Ralph
  7. Lee Majors (Six Million Dollar Man)
  8. Shirley Jones (Partridge Family)

Maw Maw: Cloris Leachman

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Legendary star, Cloris Leachman played Maw Maw. Maw Maw suffers from dementia and has rare moments when she is lucid. Maw Maw has lived a full life and when she is lucid she mentions some amazing life experiences that she has had, much to the amazement of her family.

She won many accolades, including eight Primetime Emmy Awards from 22 nominations. She shares the tile of most awarded actress in Emmy history with Julia Louis-Dreyfus. Her vast acting career lasted of 70 years on stage, screen and television. Many of her roles have become iconi9c in American culture. She also competed in the Miss America in 1946. She won a a scholarship in the Miss America pageant which allowed her to attend the Actors Studio in New York City.

Leachman was married to Hollywood director George Englund. Her former mother-in-law was character actress Mabel Albertson, who played Darrin's mother on Bewitched. She lived next door to Judy Garland during Garland's most difficult days. Rather than judging the Garland/Luft family, Leachman prepared food for the children and made sure they knew they had a safe place to stay when needed.

Leachman received a Lifetime award from PETA for he lifelong passion for animal rights.

Quiz

For each question, choose the best answer. The answer key is below.

  1. What's Maw Maw's name?
    • Norma Jean
    • Norma June
    • Barbara June
    • Barbara Ann
  2. Maw Maw is Hope's...
    • Grandmother
    • Great Grandmother
    • Great Great Grandmother
    • Great Great Great Grandmother
  3. What is Maw Maw's mother's name?
    • Norma Rae
    • Norma Jean
    • Norma June
    • Maw Maw Maw
  4. What is Maw Maw's maiden name?
    • Oswald
    • Mussolini
    • Johnson
    • Mayfair
  5. She was once a cheerleader for...
    • Woodrow Wilson Junior High
    • Natesville Hardware and Surplus Supply Company
    • Walter's Canned Fruit Emporium
    • The Baltimore Colts
  6. She was once crowned...
    • Miss Natesville
    • Miss Camden County
    • Miss Rhode Island
    • Miss Acme Tool and Die Company, West
  7. She once worked as...
    • Ronald Reagan's dog walker
    • A swimsuit model
    • An understudy for Bette Davis
    • A secretary at the day old cheese outlet
  8. What is the name of the nursing home the state takes Maw Maw to?
    • Shady Pines
    • Natesville Acres
    • Camden shores
    • Earl J. Hickey Memorial Nursing Home
  9. Virginia took Maw Maw trick-or-treating. What, or who, was Maw Maw dressed as?
    • A witch
    • An angel
    • A devil
    • A cat

Answer Key

  1. Barbara June
  2. Great Great Grandmother
  3. Norma June
  4. Mayfair
  5. The Baltimore Colts
  6. Miss Natesville
  7. A swimsuit model
  8. Earl J. Hickey Memorial Nursing Home
  9. A cat

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