Will home improvement come back?

Tim “The Tool Man Taylor” may have gone off the air in 1999, but home improvement fans have been waiting for his return ever since. The beloved Home Improvement character made his long-awaited return to television when he appeared on Last Man Standing Thursday night. Tim Allen took on two of his most iconic roles at the same time, playing Tim Taylor and Mike Baxter during the fun crossover. A home improvement revival could come to televisions in the near future, but it won't be like the other revivals out there.

Home Improvement ran from 1991 to 1999 and starred Tim as the hilarious TV host and father of three children. I liked how they worked in the commercial transition to home improvement style, where the current scene (this case Baxter's house) deconstructs and collapses. It was bittersweet for Home Improvement fans to see their favorite handyman back on the small screen, while loyal Last Man Standing viewers were reminded that the prized sitcom is coming to an end. In a more recent interview on the topic of a home improvement revival, Allen suggested that it would be best to do a one-time special.

If he returns for Season 9 (which is currently “a safe bet), he will outperform Home Improvement in terms of the number of seasons, a fact that Allen does not lose. Still, Tim doesn't go unnoticed that a return of Home Improvement might require a bit of finesse, as there are some similarities between him and Last Man Standing. Allen and Karn are known as the practical duo behind the 90s mainstay Home Improvement on ABC, which ran from 1991 to 1999.Karn, who played Al Borland opposite Allen's Tim Taylor on the serial home improvement show Tool Time, was more succinct about his enthusiasm for a new and improved series. Home Improvement aired for eight seasons (and a total of 204 episodes) on ABC, from September 1991 to May 1999.Viewers were thrilled to see the different ways in which Last Man Standing referred to Home Improvement, as everything was kind and respectful.

But that wouldn't be very respectful of Patricia Richardson's Jill Taylor, or the characters' children, played by Zachery Ty Bryan, Jonathan Taylor Thomas and Taran Noah Smith, and it wouldn't give fans the family dynamic that made Home Improvement work so well. With the success of Roseanne's rebirth series and now, The Conners, Home Improvement could be a perfect fit. After Tim Allen tied Last Man Standing in the Home Improvement universe on Thursday's episode, fans of the comedian's first comedy began dreaming of a rebirth. At the time, Allen said he's still in touch with everyone, but he thought it wouldn't be a good idea to bring Home Improvement back while Last Man Standing was still in operation.

Philip Hojnacki
Philip Hojnacki

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