The End of Home Improvement: A Look Back

It's been 16 years since the last episode of Home Improvement aired, and it's time to take a look back at the beloved sitcom. The show, starring Tim Allen as Tim Taylor, was a hit from the start. It featured the Binford-sponsored home improvement program, Tool Time, and was broadcast in Germany and Austria under the title Hör mal, wer da hämmert (Listen who is hammering).The series finale was watched by an estimated 35 million people in the United States with a rating of 21.2 and a 34% share. It's no surprise that Home Improvement was so popular - it was a show that resonated with viewers of all ages.

From Tim's signature flannel to mini Al running around, it was a show that brought families together. The catalyst for the renaming of the series was to represent the problem solving aspect within family and family life, as well as the use of mechanics and tools. Each episode included the Binford-sponsored home improvement program, called Tool Time, a program within a program. The theme music of Tool Time, an instrumental rock melody from the early 60s dominated by the saxophone, was sometimes used as the closing theme of Home Improvement. The incredibly popular cable home improvement program ventures off set to watch more location episodes (some with the recently introduced Tool Time Van) and keeps famous guest stars to a minimum. Home Improvement episodes did not air in order of production code number or original air date.

Beginning with Season 2, Home Improvement began each episode with a cold opening, which features the series' logo during the teaser. The 25-disc collection includes all 204 episodes of the series, as well as all the special features contained in the previously released seasonal sets; it comes in a special collectible package, a home improvement toolbox with a Binford All-In-One Tool measuring tape. It's been hinted that a Home Improvement meeting is never going to happen, but in the event that it does, there are some questions that definitely need answers. If you're not a 90s kid, it's hard to describe how big the home improvement phenomenon was at its height. Now that they're getting back together at Last Man Standing, I think it's definitely time for a real Home Improvement meeting.

Philip Hojnacki
Philip Hojnacki

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