Home Improvement was a popular sitcom that aired in the 90s, starring Tim Allen as Tim Taylor and Patricia Richardson as his wife. The show was a hit with viewers, and it was no surprise when the network wanted to extend it for a ninth season. But how much did the cast of Home Improvement make per episode? When Home Improvement first aired in 1991, Tim Allen was already a well-known actor in Hollywood. He had previously starred in films such as The Santa Clause and Toy Story, and he was paid handsomely for his role in Home Improvement.
According to reports, Allen earned around $1.25 million per episode for the show's eighth season. The other main cast members of Home Improvement also earned impressive salaries. Patricia Richardson, who played Allen's wife, earned around $450,000 per episode. Jonathan Taylor Thomas, who played their son Randy, earned around $100,000 per episode.
Richard Karn, who played Al Borland, earned around $30,000 per episode. Mixing up cast members this late in the game isn't uncommon for networks looking for the ultimate winning formula. In fact, Frances Fisher was originally chosen to play Allen's wife but was dismissed after test hearings with ABC. The pilot was re-filmed with Richardson in the role instead.
The ratings for Home Improvement were so out of the ordinary that its producers considered taking the show to the big screen. However, this never happened and the show ended after eight seasons in 1999. Home Improvement has been in syndication since 1995 and can still be seen on various channels today. Now Tim Allen is a well-known actor in Hollywood, but it all started with his starring role as Tim Taylor in Home Improvement in 1991. And while modern audiences may be more familiar with him as a movie star, the eight seasons of Home Improvement stack up to be Allen's most lucrative affair. Although fans look back fondly on Jonathan Taylor Thomas' time on Home Improvement, it's evident that he's nowhere near as famous as everyone thought he would be after the show ended. The same year he left Home Improvement, JTT appeared in two films, and the following year he appeared in two more films. In conclusion, the cast of Home Improvement made impressive salaries per episode during its run from 1991 to 1999. Tim Allen earned around $1.25 million per episode while Patricia Richardson earned around $450,000 per episode and Jonathan Taylor Thomas earned around $100,000 per episode.