Greg Garcia, who also created My Name is Earl, explained that he doesn't agree with comments that suggest he treats middle Americans as fools.
"That's certainly not my intent at all," he told New York Magazine. "Everyone's entitled to their opinions, but I don't get that. It's comedy - you're going to make some people dumb, whether they have money or not. It's always my intent to just kind of laugh with people and to keep it as real as I possibly can."
Garcia also suggested that networks might be "a little scared" of putting more blue-collar shows on television.
"Everybody loves glamour and glitz," he said. "When they see a dirty house with just normal people, they worry maybe that people won't want to sit down and watch that. They want more fantasy in their lives, to watch something that's nicer than what they have. But for me, I'd rather go home and look in the window of that family than the window of some family with money that has it all together. It just seems more interesting to me."
Raising Hope returns for a new episode on November 9 at 9/8c on Fox.