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Hope and Faith



Wacky, sometimes edgy sitcom best for older kids.

What parents need to know

Positive messages

Younger sister Faith and oldest daughter Sydney are ditzy and self-absorbed, but Hope and younger daughter Hayley are the moral compasses of the show.

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Occasional sexual jokes. The season three premiere features jokes about orgasms and Faith pretending to have sex with her soon-to-be ex-husband.


An occasional "hell" or "damn."

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Drinking, drugs, & smoking
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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that the show includes some sexual humor and antisocial behavior, mostly from Faith. While Hope balances out Faith's shallow, narcissistic behavior, Faith is definitely the more glamorous character and might therefore be more appealing to younger viewers.

What's the story?

ABC's HOPE AND FAITH revolves around the lives of two sisters: Hope (Faith Ford), a married mother of three living in the Ohio suburbs, and Faith (Kelly Ripa), a narcissistic former soap opera actor. After her character is killed off on "The Sacred and the Sinful," Faith moves in with Hope, much to the consternation of Hope's husband, Charley (Ted McGinley). What follows each week is a series of madcap situations in which Faith gets into mischief, and Hope tries to rein her in and make her grow up. Meanwhile, Faith often tries to enlist the help of Hope's three kids, especially boy-crazy Sydney, in her schemes, while Charley hatches plans to get rid of Faith and have his normal life back.

Is it any good?


Full of wacky situations and goofball comedy, Hope and Faith is likely to be enjoyed by parents and older kids alike, the sitcom falls in the same vein as other shows featuring twosomes, like Laverne and Shirley and Perfect Strangers.

While Hope and Faithisn't particularly poignant or thought-provoking television, it's a light comedy that is likely to appeal to many age ranges. Featuring the underlying current of sisterly love and the dynamic of Hope as the straight man to Faith's over-the-top antics, the show is pleasant viewing. By and large, the show is a standard family sitcom, but there is some sexual humor that would make it inappropriate for younger viewers.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about how the show features both positive and negative role models. Would Faith's conduct be tolerated in the real world? How would the consequences of her actions be different? Hope's older daughter Sydney is portrayed as boy-crazy and ditzy. How do you think her aunt influences her as a role model? Parents might want to call more attention to socially aware Hayley and her mom Hope, especially since it's likely that Faith and Sydney, the more exciting and glamorous characters, might overshadow them.

TV details

Premiere date:September 26, 2003
Cast:Faith Ford, Kelly Ripa, Ted McGinley
Networks:ABC, Syndicated
TV rating:TV-PG
Available on:DVD, Streaming

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Teen, 13 years old Written byLoveOwenWilson September 17, 2010


It is a bit iffy in the terms of crude humour..otherwise it's bang on funny! Faith is a total moron and such an air'head.. a typical blonde, unlike Hope....it's awesome when Charlie insults her (no bad words...just mean jokes!!) love Megan Fox in it also!! i say it's a funny and cute show!!
What other families should know
Too much sex
Great role models
Adult Written bymatthewc February 15, 2015

A bit risque, and at times feel good

"Hope & Faith" tells the story of a former soap opera actress who was killed off her show. Now she lives with her sister and her family in a small Ohio city. Faith played by Kelly Ripa is a selfish and antisocial character, while Hope is the mature and grounded character. Hope is considered Faith's foil. Some may say it's terrible but it's like a modern day take on Lucy and Ethel. Now for the content, strong sexual innuendo and scenes that hint intercourse. Language is a tad much use of ass, bitch, crap, damn, hell and one or two sluts and piss. Violence rarely occurs but if there's any it's slapstick. Charley (Ted McGinley) is seen to be a social drinker. A tearjerker Thanksgiving episode may upset some. The show does however show Hope trying to be a good role model and set an example for her kids, even if she goes along with Faith on her get rich quick schemes and misadventures. If you're looking for a good ABC sitcom for kids I suggest "8 Simple Rules" because it's clean.
What other families should know
Great role models
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
Teen, 17 years old Written byDramaDitz June 12, 2010

Love it

I absolutely love this show. It's funny and entertaining and i love the dysfunctional but endearing relationship between Hope and Faith. One of my faves. A good watch.