Why Did Home Improvement Get Kicked Off the Air?

The show ended after eight seasons in 1999, when the two main stars declined an offer to continue the series.

Home Improvement

was a comedy about a family man who hosted his own home improvement program called Tool Time, and it became one of the most watched series of the 90s. It helped launch the careers of several actors, including a pair of child stars. After going off the air in 1999, most of the cast continued to act and guest star on shows, while others left the spotlight forever. The series, which launched Tim Allen's television career, ran for eight seasons and was nominated for seven Primetime Emmy Awards.

Jonathan Taylor Thomas, whose career took off while the show aired, left during season eight to go to school. Patricia Richardson, who once starred as beloved matriarch Jill Taylor in 'Home Improvement', said she doesn't regret leaving the hit series behind in a new interview. If you're not a 90s kid, it's hard to describe how big the home improvement phenomenon was at its height. Home Improvement ran from 1991 to 1999, however, after eight seasons Richardson was ready to leave the show. It also gave Allen a film career, and he starred in Toy Story and The Santa Clause - which is receiving a television sequel - while making the sitcom.

During its run, Home Improvement always finished in the top 10 most-watched programs, and 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. Allen felt that Thomas' refusal to return for another season was due to him being upset with him for questioning his motives for leaving Home Improvement. Home Improvement debuted on ABC in 1991 and became one of the most important comedies of the decade. The 30-minute comedy followed Tim “The Toolman Taylor” (Tim Allen) as he presented a home improvement program titled “Tool Time”, even though he is not a handyman at all. Of course, this was after Jonathan Taylor Thomas decided to leave Home Improvement for the last season and he didn't even bother to return for the series finale. Of course, he also made a few films after Home Improvement, but it never reached the level of success that he could easily have had. By the time Season 8 of Home Improvement was wrapping up production, ABC and the show's production team wanted to bring everyone back for another season.

However, Taylor revealed that she wanted to focus on college and education, and the workload of Home Improvement wouldn't have allowed that. While Last Man Standing has just finished, Tim Allen will continue to be best known for his role as Tim 'The Tool Man' Taylor on Home Improvement. They say money can't buy happiness and it certainly can't buy Home Improvement co-stars Tim Allen and Patricia Richardson back together.

Philip Hojnacki
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