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"Home Improvement" Pilot (1991)

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Original Air Date:
17 September 1991 (Season 1, Episode 1)
Tim makes the dishwasher more powerful. Jill has a job interview. | Add synopsis »
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Episode Crew
Directed by
John Pasquin 
Writing credits
Carmen Finestra  creator &
Carmen Finestra  written by &
David McFadzean  creator &
David McFadzean  written by &
Matt Williams  created by &
Matt Williams  written by

Produced by
Carmen Finestra .... executive producer
Gayle S. Maffeo .... producer
David McFadzean .... executive producer
Frank McKemy .... associate producer
John Pasquin .... producer
Matt Williams .... executive producer
Original Music by
Dan Foliart 
Cinematography by
Donald A. Morgan (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Marco Zappia 
Casting by
Deborah Barylski 
Julie Pernworth 
Production Design by
David Sackeroff 
Set Decoration by
Rick Gentz 
Makeup Department
Art Harding .... makeup artist
Richard Sabre .... hair stylist
Production Management
Mitch Ackerman .... executive in charge of production
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Nancy Heydorn .... associate director
Art Department
Marco A. Campos .... construction foreman
Greg Gneier .... set designer
Warren L. Shaffer .... property master (as Warren Shaffer)
Sound Department
Steve Kibbons .... audio
Greg Orrante .... sound: A2
Eric Pierce .... boom operator
Special Effects by
James Fredburg .... special effects coordinator
Camera and Electrical Department
Charles Glosup .... electrician
Frank James .... gaffer
Donald A. Morgan .... lighting designer
David Demore .... assistant camera (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Marjorie K. Chan .... key costumer
Editorial Department
Jim Praytor .... post-production coordinator
Other crew
Peter Filsinger .... technical director
Steve Gabriel .... assistant to writers
Tyler Jones .... production assistant
Bob Kaufman .... video
Carol McKechnie .... script supervisor
Geoffrey Nelson .... opening design
Kelli Pinker .... construction accountant
Robert Zappia .... assistant to writers

Series Crew
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Directed by
Andy Morris 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Carmen Finestra  creator
David McFadzean  creator
Matt Williams  created by

Produced by
John Schmidt .... producer
Elliot Stern .... consulting producer
Kim Tushinsky .... producer
Costume Design by
Nicole Gorsuch 
Art Department
Greg Aronowitz .... prop designer
Brent W. Bell .... prop shop
Michael Burnett .... special props
James R. Shumaker .... set dresser
Sound Department
John Bickelhaupt .... re-recording mixer
Ken Kobett .... re-recording mixer
Charlie McDaniel .... post-production sound mixer (as Charlie McDaniel III)
Charlie McDaniel .... re-recording mixer (also as Charlie McDaniel) (as Charlie McDaniel III)
Kathy Oldham .... re-recording mixer
Christian Santiago .... sound
Otis Van Osten .... sound editor
Special Effects by
J.D. Streett .... special effects coordinator (seasons 4-8)
Jor Van Kline .... special effects coordinator
Visual Effects by
Rick Cortes .... visual effects artist (1994-1999)
Marlan Harris .... digital artist
Steven J. Scott .... digital compositor
Rick Shick .... digital compositor
Kevin Abercrombie .... utility stunts
Jon H. Epstein .... stunt coordinator
Dane Farwell .... stunt coordinator
Denney Pierce .... stunts
Camera and Electrical Department
Jeff Barnes .... camera operator
Scott Destefano .... key grip
Larry Gaudette .... jib camera operator (1991-1999)
Jaime Heintz .... grip
Scott Humbert .... still photographer
Wayne A. Lee .... electrician
Bettina Levesque .... camera operator
Wren Maloney .... still photographer
Brian Maris .... video assist operator
Randy G. Singer .... dimmer operator
Rick Tucker .... key grip
Scott Whitbread .... second assistant camera
Editorial Department
Keith Gore .... assistant editor
Debbie Nathanson .... post-production coordinator
Alex Trocker .... on-line editor
Music Department
Tim Boyle .... score mixer
Avi Kipper .... music scoring mixer
Other crew
Bob Corff .... voice teacher
Eric Feller .... production assistant (1995-1996)
Lloyd Garver .... creative consultant
Michael Goldberg .... production accountant (1991)
Jennifer S. Hayes .... assistant audience coordinator
Jennifer S. Hayes .... second assistant to producer
Laura Hester .... stage production assistant (1996-1998)
Grant Nieporte .... technical consultant
Irene Oncley .... production executive
Russ Reinsel .... technical director
Tim Tortora .... accountant (1993)
Production CompaniesDistributors

Additional Details

30 min
Aspect Ratio:
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Did You Know?

Wilson's hair is noticeably grayer in this episode than it would be in all later episodes.See more »
Jill Taylor:This is great! Now I've gotta take advice from a guy who prances around a TV studio, grunting like a baboon...
Tim Taylor:What does that have to do with it?
Jill Taylor:...while Miss Binford Tool Girl flashes her big headlights.
Tim Taylor:Lisa?
Jill Taylor:[sarcastic] No - Al!
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Watch out for those electrical shocks!, 13 January 2014
Author: callanvass from victoria b.c canada

*** This review may contain spoilers ***

Tim Taylor has a hit T.V show called "Tool Time", but he's not exactly an expert on home appliances. Tim wants to rewire the dishwasher, Jill is adamant about Tim not touching the dishwater, even going as far ordering him not to touch it. After his neighbor Wilson tells Tim to bring back his male spirit, Tim gathers up the boys to power up the dishwasher. Not only does Jill not get the job, but he destroys the dishwasher. As a result, Tim & Jill get into a heated spat. I love Home Improvement. I've seen quite a few episodes of this show. I'd watch it whenever I would see it on. This is the pilot and it is a damn good one. Tim Allen's smartass persona is hilarious, Patricia Richardson provides the perfect balance as the wife. Even the kids are fun to watch. I laughed my ass off whenever an electrical shock came near Tim. Wait until you see Mark take Tim's facetious suggestion about fixing the dishwasher naked. I won't reveal what happens, but it is a screamer. Who hasn't wanted to disobey their partner? Curiosity tends to get the best of you. Jill's revenge at the very end is great as well. My only major carp is something very clichéd. I'm a guy, and I hate it when they say to their wife or girlfriend "You don't have to work. I make enough money for the both of us" It is perfectly OK for a woman to work. Anyway, this is an excellent pilot episode that I recommend thoroughly


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