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Hope & Faith 

Hope, a down-to-earth, happily married mom of three in Glen Falls, Ohio, had her tidy world up-ended by the arrival of her celebrity sister, Faith. Faith was living the high life in ... See full summary »

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Joanna Johnson
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Nominated for 1 Primetime Emmy. Another 5 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Series cast summary:
Faith Ford ...  Hope Shanowski 74 episodes, 2003-2006
Kelly Ripa ...  Faith Fairfield 74 episodes, 2003-2006
Macey Cruthird ...  Hayley Shanowski 74 episodes, 2003-2006
Ted McGinley ...  Charley Shanowski 73 episodes, 2003-2006
Paulie Litt ...  Justin Shanowski 72 episodes, 2003-2006
Megan Fox ...  Sydney Shanowski 48 episodes, 2004-2006
Nicole Paggi ...  Sydney Shanowski 25 episodes, 2003-2004
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Storyline

Hope, a down-to-earth, happily married mom of three in Glen Falls, Ohio, had her tidy world up-ended by the arrival of her celebrity sister, Faith. Faith was living the high life in Hollywood as a daytime soap opera star until her soap's character, Ashley Storm, was suddenly and unceremoniously killed off on "The Sacred and the Sinful" by her evil twin. After a year under her roof wreaking occasional havoc, Hope can attest that you can kill the diva off on the daytime drama, but you can't take the drama out of the diva. Written by Anonymous

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

26 September 2003 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Hope i Faith See more »

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Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

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1.33 : 1
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Trivia

Filmed in New York City where Kelly Ripa daily co-hosted "Live with Regis and Kelly." See more »

Quotes

Hayley: What happened to the curtains?
Faith: Oh! I got rid of them. And you're welcome!
Hope: I made those curtains!
Faith: Oh, good. Then they weren't worth anything.
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Remade as Troublesome Sister-in-law (2005) See more »

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TGIF is back and with "Hope & Faith" it can be just as stupid as ever
14 May 2004 | by liquidcelluloid-1See all my reviews

Network: ABC; Genre: Sitcom; Average Content Rating: TV-PG; Classification: Contemporary (star range: 1 - 4);

Season Reviewed: Season 1+

ABC's TGIF line-up is back and if this show is any indication, it's exactly as we remember it. 'Hope & Faith' is a quintessential "stupid sitcom" with simple, recycled plots, bubble-headed characters and duh-duh humor that brazenly recalls the 'Full House'/'Family Matters' era. And I actually rooted for ABC to bring this idea back- I would much rather deal with this than another reality show.

I understand the niche for this type of simple show. It's Friday night, the kids are excited over the weekend and it's time to just kick back and watch some escapism. So it goes almost without saying that 'Hope' is mind-numbing, but it manages to be even worse than those low expectations. The stories barely make sense from minute to minute and every joke has a blinking neon sign hanging around it. It's also -surprisingly - toward the crude side of generic as we can see the lowered bar of TV standards has even infiltrated TGIF. The show is almost epically stupid from the directing and writing down to the lighting and visceral look. Where we aren't just not laughing, we feel embarrassed for the actors.

The actor I don't feel embarrassed for is Kelly Ripa. Ripa is a gorgeous girl and on 'Hope and Faith' we certainly get to see her with great hair and in a vast wardrobe of attractive outfits. But the series is clearly designed for those who can't get enough of her acting stupid on 'Live with Regis and Kelly' in the morning and want to see her acting stupid in the evening as well. And Ripa hams it up big time here. Meanwhile, we get the sense that everyone else in the cast is trying to tell us they know they can do better. Poor Faith Ford (so good playing a naive ditz on 'Murphy Brown' and now saddled as Ripa's straight man) looks like she's just barely trying to keep up with Ripa in the embarrass-yourself department. Jump the Shark patron saint Ted McGinley is probably the best thing about this show. Most of the time we can find McGinley happily off to the side, away from the blast, filling reactionary shots with a look of amazement at whatever chicanery is going on between the sisters. Elsewhere we find the stock obnoxious kids, also in the periphery as to not divert any power from the gleaming spotlight on Ripa.

This whole affair is the type of obnoxious, bottom-of-the-barrel awfulness that give sitcoms a bad name. It's purpose is to be an escape, but it just might give you a migraine. This was all foretold from the beginning where the show must have set a land-speed record to the bottom by resorting to a food fight in the first episode. A food fight. Of all the sitcom clichés that need to be put a moratorium on, I'd trade them all just to get food fights off the air for good.

* / 4


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