The show was set in Detroit. However, the series was filmed in Burbank, California. It was mentioned that the program was in Detroit. Starting in Season 2, Home Improvement began each episode with a cold opening, which features the series' logo during the teaser.
Each episode includes the Binford-sponsored Home Improvement program, called Tool Time, a program within a program. While Home Improvement viewers longed to get a glimpse of Wilson's full face, it never happened until the end of the series, and only then during the curtain call. Home Improvement and Tool Time were staged in front of a studio audience, some of those fans appearing in episodes as a result of cameras panning attendees. Richardson earned many stage credits before joining Home Improvement, including working as a stand-in in Angela Lansbury's production of Gypsy on Broadway.
This popular phrase would not be uttered after the seventh season of Home Improvement, until Tim's last line in the series finale, which are the last two words spoken. Home Improvement has been in syndication since 1995, with repeats on Nick at Nite, TBS, TV Land, The Hallmark Channel and Disney Channel. The all-time favorite episode of Home Improvement, according to a fan poll, is “Love's Labor's Lost” The title, taken from a Shakespeare play, is part comedy, part drama as Jill faces hysterectomy surgery. Home Improvement originally chose Frances Fisher, then girlfriend of Hollywood giant Clint Eastwood, as Allen's wife.
Tim Allen's Home Improvement character joined Bill Cosby and Bob Saget (Full House) on TV Guide's list of the best TV parents of all time. The show presented by Tim Taylor in the Home Improvement shooting script was still called Hammer Time when the first pilot with Frances Fisher was filmed in April 1991.In Germany and Austria, Home Improvement has been shown in dubbing under the title Hör mal, wer da hämmert (Listen who is hammering). By the time ABC committed to the project in early 1991, Allen and his team had already changed the title to Home Improvement. Home Improvement was also a must-see for on-campus television, especially in Michigan, where comedy was set.
Richard Karn's biggest television role after Home Improvement ended was presenting Family Feud (2002-2003), joining Richard Dawson, Ray Combs, Louie Anderson, John O'Hurley and Steve Harvey on the Feud alumni board. Home Improvement, based on Tim Allen's comedy routines, premiered on April 17, 1991 and was an instant audience jewel.