Needless to say, no new book this week. I'm still working on Miss Peregrine's, and I'm hopeful I'll have my act together by next week. So instead of talking about what I'm reading, I thought I'd tell you about what I'm watching.
I would have started with Community, but apparently NBC has it out for the best show on TV right now (yeah, I said it). So instead, I'm going to talk about one of my other favorite shows, Raising Hope.
The show follows the Chances, a lower, lower, lower middle class family (their description). At the center is son Jimmy (Lucas Neff) who, through a ridiculous turn-of-events, had a one-night stand with a serial killer and is now a single dad to daughter Hope. His parents, Burt (Garret Dillahunt) and Virginia (Martha Plimpton), are just as clueless about raising a little girl, but like Jimmy, they are doing their best to build a happy home filled with love. And then there's Maw-Maw (Cloris Leachman), Jimmy's great-great grandmother who suffers from "old-timer's" disease and is constantly confusing reality with her own crazy imagination.
Raising Hope has a lot of heart and is filled with quirky charm. It will make you laugh, but in a very good way. The Chances may not have much ("Health insurance? Let me go get the butler - I think he left it in the hot air balloon!"), but they make the most of every situation and share a lot of laughs along the way. They encounter some bumps - Hope gets trapped in the storage shed where Virginia hoards all of her junk, Burt has to seduce a long-lost relative, and their best family photo was taken when they ran a red light - but through it all, the Chances stick together and still manage to find joy. They may be downright crazy, but they're also loveable and endearing. You can't help but root for them!
Oh, and did I mention they have a cousin who joins a reserve-gender polygomy cult? Nothing says funny like "brother husbands." And yes, they totally sing a song about brother husbandly love.
And if that's not enough to convince you, check out this look at season two:
What TV shows are you watching these days? Any good recommendations? Is anyone else as enamored with the quirky Chance family as I am?