Home Improvement

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  • TV-PG
  • 1991
  • 8 Seasons
  • 7.2  (48,956)

Home Improvement was a sitcom that aired on ABC from 1991 to 1999, starring Tim Allen as Tim Taylor, a TV show host of a home improvement series called "Tool Time". The series also featured an ensemble cast of Patricia Richardson as Jill Taylor, Tim's wife, and their three children: Randy (Jonathan Taylor Thomas), Brad (Zachery Ty Bryan), and Mark (Taran Noah Smith).

The show was a huge hit for ABC, becoming one of the highest-rated sitcoms of the 1990s. It was widely beloved for its family-friendly humor and the relatable characters. The series also became famous for its frequent guest stars, including Jay Leno, Oprah Winfrey, and David Letterman, who appeared as themselves on "Tool Time".

The storyline of Home Improvement centered around Tim's misadventures and struggles as a father, husband, and handyman, with Jill often playing the straight man who called him out when he went too far. The series also delved into the relationships between the Taylor siblings and their parents, as they navigated the challenges of growing up and figuring out their own identities.

One of the standout characters on the show was Wilson Wilson Jr. (Earl Hindman), the Taylors' wise neighbor who always had a piece of good advice or an interesting story to share from behind the fence. Wilson became a fan favorite and a symbol of the show's wholesome values.

Alongside the main cast, Home Improvement had several notable recurring characters, including Heidi Keppert (Debbe Dunning), the "Tool Time" girl who became a love interest for Tim; Wilson's wife Harriet (Patricia Richardson); and Al Borland (Richard Karn), Tim's trusty co-host on "Tool Time" and best friend.

Throughout its run, Home Improvement tackled a range of topics like sibling rivalry, teenage rebellion, marriage struggles, and work-life balance. The show was also known for addressing social issues in a way that felt natural and respectful, such as when Randy was diagnosed with cancer and the family had to deal with the emotional fallout.

As the series progressed, the young actors who played the Taylor children, especially Jonathan Taylor Thomas, became teen heartthrobs and fan favorites. The show also continued to draw in major guest stars, including Oprah Winfrey, who portrayed a therapist helping the troubled Taylor family.

Home Improvement's blend of slapstick humor, relatable anecdotes, and feel-good family moments made it a classic of the 1990s sitcom genre. The show's stars continued to enjoy successful careers in acting and entertainment, and Home Improvement remains a beloved and memorable piece of television history for millions of fans.

Home Improvement is a series that is currently running and has 8 seasons (203 episodes). The series first aired on September 17, 1991.

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The Long and Winding Road, Part 3
27. The Long and Winding Road, Part 3
May 25, 1999
In the series finale, Tim makes his final Tool Time farewell for a live audience on the show. Al and Trudy finally get married after the fence is taken apart for a ceremony at their house. Jill takes on her Indiana job but gets worried since Tim gets offered a lot more at Tool Time but they finally go through with it and move.
The Long and Winding Road, Part 2
26. The Long and Winding Road, Part 2
May 25, 1999
This episode shows as a flashback to many of the great things that have happened to the family over the 8 years.
The Long and Winding Road, Part 1
25. The Long and Winding Road, Part 1
May 18, 1999
Life changing events begin to occur in everyone's lives. Tool Time hires a new producer named Morgan, who decides to change the show by adding fights to the show. Tim is completely against this whole idea and eventually quits the show. Jill, on the other hand, has a new job awaiting her in Indiana and she does not know whether to take it or not.
Dead Weight
24. Dead Weight
May 18, 1999
Al has a big decision to land on his mother that he will be getting married. When he invites his mother to dinner to tell her, she drops dead after Al tells her she is getting married. Al carries this burden to her funeral on whether he should go through with the marriage or not.
23. Trouble-A-Bruin
May 11, 1999
Trouble ensues for both Brad and Tim. Bud makes sure that Tool Time no longer has any products on the show from a non -Binford maker. Brad, on the other hand, has lots to think about when UCLA scout comes to town looking for recruits and Brad is determined to play despite his injuries.
Loose Lips And Freudian Slips
22. Loose Lips And Freudian Slips
May 4, 1999
Mark develops a film for class and Jill's thesis is ready for her committee to view but to no avail the main professor sees Jill make fun of him in Mark's film. Jill becomes frantic that what the professor saw will have a negative outcome on the approval of Jill's thesis.
A Hardware Habit To Break
21. A Hardware Habit To Break
March 30, 1999
Tim decides to buy Harry's hardware store when Harry announces his retiring and selling of the hardware store. As soon as Tim buys the store, the customers start to dwindle and Tim has to find out what is causing the customer decline.
20. Neighbours
March 16, 1999
Wilson wins over $10,000 in cash and decides to make the best of it by building a very large greenhouse between his house and Tim's. This puts a very big strain on Tim and Wilson's relationship since we soon learn the friendship is based on their talks over the fence.
Love's Labour Lost (2)
19. Love's Labour Lost (2)
March 2, 1999
Jill pulls through her emergency surgery well. Tim is very supportive in her recovery. Jill's mother Lillian comes to take care of her as well especially since Jill is in a foul mood most of the time. Lillian warns Jill that she has the backing of her husband despite how she feels.
Love's Labour Lost (1)
18. Love's Labour Lost (1)
February 23, 1999
The family was ready for a ski trip but it gets delayed since Jill has to have a hysterectomy. Tim is fully there for her in her time of need. Things get tense when the doctors tell her some distressing news.
Young At Heart
17. Young At Heart
February 16, 1999
Tim and Jill have an anniversary coming up soon but things get heated when Tim spends quality time with a very much younger female. Their relationship gets sparked by her being a car loving mechanic, which pulled Tim to her. Jill is less than thrilled at Tim's relationship with her.
Mark's Big Break
16. Mark's Big Break
February 9, 1999
Tim finally finishes his Hot Rod car and has his youngest son Mark to film a movie revolving around the car. When Mark shows Tim the finished product, Tim is not thrilled with the way Mark develops the film.
Knee Deep
15. Knee Deep
February 2, 1999
Brad gets into a heated argument with Tim when Brad hurts his knee on a shooting of Tool Time. With this happening, Brad will not be able to play soccer with this type of injury and his career is possibly delayed.
Home Alone
14. Home Alone
January 19, 1999
The entire family leaves and Tim is the only one left at home. During this time, Tim wants to write a book he has neglected for a while. This turns out the same when he dreams and keeps putting things off to the last minute.
Chop Shop 'Til You Drop
13. Chop Shop 'Til You Drop
January 5, 1999
Brad gets a new car of his own. To Brad this is the best thing that could ever happen to him and he spends lots of time with this new car of his. Soon, the car is stolen and many of the car's essential parts are taken out. When Tim finds out about this, he becomes the main one to go out and find the ones who did this.
Ploys For Tots
12. Ploys For Tots
December 15, 1998
Marty finds out that the life of a single parent is not easy when one of his daughters has rebellious temper tantrums. This gives Tim and Jill a chance to help and him branch out to find ways to show Marty how to handle these situations properly.
Home For The Holidays
11. Home For The Holidays
December 8, 1998
Randy returns from his long trip for a visit on Christmas. Needless to say when he returns many things are different than they were when he left in the first place. Randy immediately feels isolated from his own family since they all seem to have new paths now.
Thanks, But No Thanks
10. Thanks, But No Thanks
November 24, 1998
Tim takes on the risk in enlarging the family when he invites his brother Marty to live with the family at the house. This also means their two twin daughters would be living in the household with them. Marty has separated from his wife, and this is Tim's solution to Marty's problem.
Mr. Likeable
9. Mr. Likeable
November 17, 1998
Mark decides to change his entire personality for a chance at a new girlfriend. This revolves primarily around listening to her and keeping an ear out for what she says to him. Meanwhile, Al stars with Morgan Fairchild in a movie, and Tim is not thrilled with this happening.
Tim's First Car
8. Tim's First Car
November 10, 1998
Tim is devastated that his first car is destroyed at an old junk car lot. When Jill sees this from Tim, she takes it upon herself to search for a car that is very similar to the one Tim once had.
Not-So-Great Scott
7. Not-So-Great Scott
November 3, 1998
One of Jill's patients just so happens to be Heidi's husband. Jill was discussing this patient and Tim overhears Jill talking about this at the house. At this point, Tim becomes hesitant with this type of news to decide whether or not to tell Heidi that her husband is cheating on her.
6. Bewitched
October 27, 1998
Tim has decided to throw a big Halloween party at his house. Tim is particularly intrigued by Wilson's new girlfriend and her claiming to be a witch. Tim and Wilson's girlfriend have some words which trigger some mysterious things to start to happen to him. In no time the police arrive and accuse Tim of the events that have happened to Wilson.
Al's Fair Lady
5. Al's Fair Lady
October 20, 1998
Al has a new girlfriend and she is very generous in her rich gift giving. Jill has a fear in their relationship that she is trying to buy Al's love. How will this relationship fare?
Taylor Got Game
4. Taylor Got Game
October 13, 1998
Brad has his major SAT testing going on this week. This quickly gets tested when Wilson has a friend to offer Brad soccer playing opportunities over in Europe. Brad has a big decision to make with this big offer to play soccer. What will his decision be?
All In The Family
3. All In The Family
October 6, 1998
Tim and Jill decide on some quality quiet time together for a while. This does not go as expected when some of the family unexpectedly shows up to the house. Tim's brother and Jill's sister shows up and they make a shocking announcement that they are now dating.
2. Adios
September 29, 1998
Randy tells his family he is ready for a big farewell since he accepted an environmental study trip that will allow him to be gone for an entire year. Tim and Jill are not particularly fond of him leaving so they try to convince him to stay.
1. Whitewater
September 22, 1998
Tim has a birthday and Jill feels she has the perfect surprise excitement for him. Jill decides to take Tim along with some others to a white water rafting trip for a fun birthday. Tim, on the other hand, is less than thrilled that Jill did this since he wanted to have a quiet and relaxed birthday.
Where to Watch Home Improvement
Home Improvement is available for streaming on the ABC website, both individual episodes and full seasons. You can also watch Home Improvement on demand at Disney+, Philo, Amazon, Hulu, Vudu, Google Play and Apple TV.
  • Premiere Date
    September 17, 1991
  • IMDB Rating
    7.2  (48,956)