7.2/10
35,586
85 user 43 critic

Home Improvement 

Clip
0:39 | Clip

Watch Now

on Prime Video

ON TV
ON DISC
ALL
The daily trials and tribulations of Tim "The Tool Man" Taylor, a television show host raising three mischievous boys with help from his loyal co-host, loving wife, and eccentric neighbor.
Reviews
Popularity
313 ( 32)

Episodes

Seasons


Years



8   7   6   5   4   3   2   1  
1999   1998   1997   1996   1995   1994   … See all »
Won 1 Golden Globe. Another 42 wins & 62 nominations. See more awards »

Videos

Photos

Learn more

More Like This 

Family Matters (1989–1998)
Comedy | Drama | Family
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

The Winslow family deal with various misadventures, many of them caused by their pesky next-door neighbor, ultra-nerd Steve Urkel.

Stars: Reginald VelJohnson, Jaleel White, Kellie Shanygne Williams
The Cosby Show (1984–1992)
Comedy | Family | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

The goings-on in the life of a successful African-American family.

Stars: Bill Cosby, Phylicia Rashad, Keshia Knight Pulliam
Saved by the Bell (1989–1992)
Comedy | Family | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

A close knit group of six friends try to make it through their teens while attending Bayside High School in Palisades, California.

Stars: Mark-Paul Gosselaar, Mario Lopez, Dustin Diamond
Boy Meets World (1993–2000)
Comedy | Drama | Family
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  

An adolescent with two siblings tests his various theories about life as he endures the trials of growing alongside a good friend.

Stars: Ben Savage, Rider Strong, William Daniels
Full House (1987–1995)
Comedy | Drama | Family
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

A widowed broadcaster raises his three children with the assistance of his rock 'n' roll brother-in-law and his madcap best friend.

Stars: Bob Saget, John Stamos, Dave Coulier
Step by Step (1991–1998)
Comedy | Family | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

Frank Lambert is a construction worker and a single father of 3 kids: J.T., Alicia "Al", and Brendan. Carol Foster, a beautician, also has 3 children: Dana, Karen, and Mark. After Frank and... See full summary »

Stars: Patrick Duffy, Suzanne Somers, Brandon Call
Family Ties (1982–1989)
Comedy | Family
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

Chronicles liberal ex-hippies Steven and Elyse Keaton, their conservative son Alex, daughters Mallory and Jennifer, and later, youngest child Andrew.

Stars: Michael J. Fox, Michael Gross, Meredith Baxter
Growing Pains (1985–1992)
Comedy | Family
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

The misadventures of a family with a home business father and a journalist mother.

Stars: Alan Thicke, Joanna Kerns, Kirk Cameron
The Nanny (1993–1999)
Comedy | Family | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

After being fired from her job and dumped by her boyfriend, a cosmetics saleswoman becomes the nanny to the three children of a rich English widower. As time passes, the two fall for each other.

Stars: Fran Drescher, Charles Shaughnessy, Daniel Davis
Sister, Sister (1994–1999)
Comedy | Drama | Family
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

Tia Landry and Tamera Campbell are twins separated at birth who learn of each other's existence and come together as teenagers.

Stars: Tia Mowry-Hardrict, Tamera Mowry-Housley, Jackée Harry
ALF (1986–1990)
Comedy | Family | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

A furry alien wiseguy comes to live with the Tanner family after crashing into their garage.

Stars: Mihaly 'Michu' Meszaros, Paul Fusco, Max Wright
Who's the Boss? (1984–1992)
Comedy | Family | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

Tony Micelli, a retired baseball player, becomes the housekeeper of Angela Bower, an advertising executive in New York. Together they raise their kids, Samantha Micelli and Jonathon Bower, with help from Mona Robinson, Angela's man-crazy mother.

Stars: Tony Danza, Judith Light, Alyssa Milano
Edit

Cast

Complete series cast summary:
Tim Allen ...  Tim Taylor 203 episodes, 1991-1999
Patricia Richardson ...  Jill Taylor 203 episodes, 1991-1999
Earl Hindman ...  Wilson Wilson, Jr. / ... 203 episodes, 1991-1999
Taran Noah Smith ...  Mark Taylor 203 episodes, 1991-1999
Zachery Ty Bryan ...  Brad Taylor 203 episodes, 1991-1999
Richard Karn ...  Al Borland 203 episodes, 1991-1999
Jonathan Taylor Thomas ...  Randy Taylor 181 episodes, 1991-1999
Debbe Dunning ...  Heidi Keppert / ... 138 episodes, 1992-1999
Edit

Storyline

Light television comedy about family man Tim "The Tool Man" Taylor. The show's humor often revolved around cars, toys, tools, hardware shops, garages, fix-it-up projects, and similar themes. Written by Tad Dibbern <DIBBERN_D@a1.mscf.upenn.edu> and Dumb Donald

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Genres:

Comedy | Family

Certificate:

TV-G | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

View content advisory »
Edit

Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

17 September 1991 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Hammer Time See more »

Filming Locations:

Burbank, California, USA See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Wind Dancer Productions See more »
Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

(204 episodes)

Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
See full technical specs »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

While meeting with Bud Harper, Tim is told "...Heidi tested better than Santa Claus." Tim Allen played Santa Claus in The Santa Clause (1994). See more »

Goofs

In some episodes, Sherry Hursey's character, Ilene is sometimes spelled as "Eileen" in the credits. See more »

Quotes

Tim: [helping Randy with his math homework] ... now the denominator is the...
Randy: ...bottom number...
Tim: ...why don't they just call it the bottom number? The denominator... that sounds like a Schwarzenegger movie doesn't it?
Tim: [impersonating Arnold Schwarzenegger] I am the Denominator. I'll give your leg a compound fraction.
See more »

Crazy Credits

Most episodes featured outtakes from either Tool Time or the show itself as a backdrop to the closing credits. See more »

Alternate Versions

The syndication version of the episode "I Was a Teenage Taylor" [6.7] contains a scene previously unincluded in the primetime version in which Tim brings his Halloween guy to the Tool Time set. See more »

Connections

Followed by Home Improvement: Backstage Pass (1999) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

See more »

User Reviews

a half-way good run
19 October 2000 | by mcfly-31See all my reviews

The first four seasons of this fam-com had some of the most sharply written battle of the sexes dialogue anywhere. The bi-play of Allen and Richardson was perfect, which makes you glad her character was re-cast at the last minute. It would be hard to imagine anyone else with better timing to play his wife. But unfortunately at about the beginning of the 94-95 season, much of the writing and producing staff changed and the show suffered. They managed to crank out a decent amount of good episodes the next couple of years, but after that, it plain and simple just didn't make me laugh anymore. Bland scripts, with none of the earlier punch that the show had, took up the last few years, that mercifully ended in May of 99. Hard to believe that Allen and Co. lasted almost a whole decade in our living rooms, but for me the loyal viewing ended about midway into the run. Before the writing went in the standard sitcom direction, the show offered some of the funniest stuff I'd scene. Allen's silly outlook on life, that included worshipping auto racers and football players, and living and dying with his tools and hot rods, was fodder for a lot of good episodes. The kids were good in the mix, too, with Thomas being the real star of the 3, a good young actor with terrific delivery. Bryan, though older, was a subpar performer, with dull line readings the entire run of the show. And Smith sort of forgotten in the backround as the youngest son, doing neither good or bad with his part. He was just kind of there, and turned into some kind of goth lover, wearing all black most of the time and dying his hair that same color. Karn rounded out one of the better comedy teams as Allen's goody-goody assistant on his home improvement cable tv show. The show itself introduced some unconventional teqniques, like the screen dropping cuts to the next scene, the use of bloopers in the final credits and the often heard but never seen neighbor, Hindman. As Wilson, he usually offered up some sort of poetic advice which Allen would inadvertently twist and contort that would net an easy laugh. There were also a pair of gorgeous "tool girls" that spiced up Allen's show, Pam Anderson and the stunning Debbe Dunning. In catching up on the some of the years I missed thru re-runs, it seemed they introduced more of the extended family later on. Richardson's parents and sisters and Allen's brother's, one of which became a regular (O' Leary). He actually ended up getting seperated from his wife at one point, and seemed to become a full time performer, but then had his role limited to guest shots. Young Thomas left the show in his own, one year before the final season. Citing that he wanted to concentrate on college, it was later revealed that he and Allen had a bad off-screen relationship. Thomas didn't even turn up for the finale. Tim's poker and tool shop buddies became more widely used on the show, though I could've done without the worthless, brain-dead moocher, Benny. Everything came to a close as Al was married off to a frumpy millionaire and the family relocated to give Jill a chance at her dream job. The final moment was a ridiculous shot of the family towing their house across water(!) so they wouldn't have to live without it. I have to say that the behind the scenes look back and curtain calls were better than the actual episode. Oh, well, some good years in there made it enjoyable for awhile.


28 of 48 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 85 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page

Stream Comedy Titles With Prime Video

Explore popular comedy titles available to stream with Prime Video.

Start your free trial



Recently Viewed