The beloved sitcom Home Improvement aired for eight seasons from 1991 to 1999, captivating audiences with its unique blend of family comedy and home improvement tips. The show starred Tim Allen as Tim Taylor, a family man who hosted his own home improvement program called Tool Time. Patricia Richardson played his wife, Jill Taylor, and the series finale was watched by an estimated 35 million people in the United States. But why did the show come to an end?In a recent interview, Patricia Richardson revealed that she and Tim Allen had declined an offer to return for a ninth season.
She said that after eight seasons, she was ready to move on and that money couldn't buy them back for another season. Of course, Allen went on to make a few films after Home Improvement, but none of them reached the same level of success. The show was always in the top 10 most-watched programs during its run, and the series finale had a rating of 21.2 and a 34% share. This meant that a third of all televisions were tuned into ABC to watch the series finale. Fans were sad to see the show go, as it had become known for its family dynamic and beloved characters like Jill Taylor. Fortunately, fans were able to witness a truly special crossover when Allen brought his character Tim Taylor from Home Improvement into the Last Man Standing universe.
The transition was made in a clever way, with the current scene deconstructing and collapsing into a home improvement style commercial. Viewers were thrilled to see all the references to Home Improvement throughout Last Man Standing. Unfortunately, Home Improvement is not currently available for subscription streaming, although fans can purchase episodes and seasons through Amazon or other similar platforms. And while Jonathan Taylor Thomas decided to leave Home Improvement for the last season, he didn't even bother to return for the series finale. It's hard to describe how big the home improvement phenomenon was at its height. But it's clear that Home Improvement will always be remembered as one of the most popular sitcoms of the 90s.