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Last Man Standing centers around a man named Mike, his family and his workplace. Mike is a real man's man who works in a sporting goods store. His family consists of his wife, three daughters and a grandson. As a real man type of character, Mike faces a lot of situations involving his three daughters. While his oldest daughter does have a young son, the two of them still live at home because she became pregnant while still in high school.

This show is categorized as a comedy so there are plenty of jokes passed between the different characters. As the show progresses the youngest daughter who had always been more of a tomboy, begins to change her interests which confuses her sports oriented father. The middle daughter is clearly a girly girl and is often the focus of many jokes spouted by her other two sisters. The wife is a strong woman who supports her children and often gets into debates with her husband over his lack of emotional sharing.

Mike's job at the sporting goods store is to oversee the advertising the store uses. The character interactions at the store include those with his boss and an employee who began dating his oldest daughter. The young man employed by the store is very easy going and not especially the brightest person in the store. This enhances the comedic feedback between the three key characters who work together in the store. Where Mike is level-headed, his boss often makes decisions based on his own best interests rather than the best interests of the store. Some of the themes for the show revolve around the activities related to sporting goods, such as fishing trips and car shows.

Some minor characters who show up from time to time include Mike's brother and father and his wife's sister. While the general format of the show centers around comedy, it is not without some serious points. Every once in a while, Mike will have a heart to heart talk with his wife or his daughters. Situations arise involving boyfriends, money and school, which are handled in a lighthearted manner.

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Friday 8:00 PM et/pt on ABC
4 Seasons, 83 Episodes - Currently Airing
Comedy
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  • Mandy lands her dream internship with a top fashion designer in New York but declines the offer.

  • Mike and Vanessa surprise Mandy when they come home early.

  • Mike gets creative in his effort to find a homeless man who has vanished. Mandy tries to helps a young mother.

  • Mike has an epiphany about how important a father figure is for Ryan and Kyle.

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Jonathan Taylor Thomas Guest Stars on Tim Allen's 'Last Man Standing,' Has 'No Regrets' Leaving Hollywood

Jonathan Taylor Thomas spoke to People recently about his decision to give up fame—after his guest spot on Tim Allen’s “Last Man Standing” had fans in a tizzy to see their favorite Teen Beat star all grown up. Thomas’ appearance on the show allowed for a few back-and-forths between himself and Allen that hopefully most audiences recognized as tongue-in-cheek references to “Home Improvement,” the show that made Thomas a household name. “You look familiar,” Allen says as character Mike Baxter.

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