Home Improvement

Home Improvement

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Home Improvement is a family sitcom about Tim "The Tool man" Taylor (Tim Allen), the host of a local cable home improvement show called "Tool Time." Home Improvement looks at Tim at work, and at home, as the wife of Jill (Patricia Richardson) and the father to three teenage boys. Having been married for almost 20 years, Tim and Jill have had their share of fights, but with the help of their wise, mysterious neighbor Wilson W. Wilson, Jr. (Earl Hindman), things often turn out all right.

On "Tool Time" Tim is more than a little accident-prone. He's glued his head to a table, dropped a three-ton beam on Jill's car, fell hundreds of feet crashing into a port-a-potty, and accidentally launched a barbecue into outer space. "Tool Time", Tim says, is a not just about home improvement, but about male improvement. Tim's co-host Al Borland (Richard Karn) is the butt of Tim's many jokes. Also part of the Binford Tools gang is Heidi (Debbe Dunning), the "Tool Time" girl.

The Taylor's' three teenage boys all have interests of their own. Oldest son Bradley Michael (Zachery Ty Bryan) is a star soccer player for his high school, who has drawn the attention of a number of college scouts. Middle son Randall William (Jonathan Taylor Thomas) is aware of environmental problems and has gone to Costa Rica to participate in a one-year study program. Randy also writes for the school newspaper. Youngster Marcus Jason (Taran Noah Smith) is an aspiring filmmaker, who made a "Greased Lightning" video for "Tool Time".

Episode Info

Final: 8x28 -- Backstage Pass (May/25/1999)

Behind the scenes feature and bloopers are shown on this special airing of the show. The cast discusses the parts of the show they loved. Plus we finally get to see Wilson's face, that has been hidden, shown on camera.
Tim AllenTim Allen
As Tim "The Tool Man" Taylor
Patricia RichardsonPatricia Richardson
As Jill Taylor
Earl HindmanEarl Hindman
As Wilson Wilson Jr.
Jonathan Taylor ThomasJonathan Taylor Thomas
As Randall William "Randy" Taylor (S01-S07)
Zachery Ty BryanZachery Ty Bryan
As Bradley Michael "Brad" Taylor
Taran Noah SmithTaran Noah Smith
As Mark Jason Taylor
Richard KarnRichard Karn
As Albert "Al" Borland (S02-S08; recurring previously)
Debbe DunningDebbe Dunning
As Heidi Keppert (S08; recurring previously)


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3x25: The Great Race II recap: When Jill complains that she still needs $1,000 for a library fundraiser, Tim comes up with the idea of putting himself up for auction on Tool Time to make money for the charity. On the show, Al surprises everyone when he introduces Bob Vila, who also puts himself up for auction. During the auction, Bob makes a surprising $700, while Tim only gets one bid for $100. Not wanting Tim to sell for so low, Jill ends up buying him for $300! Tim, hoping to beat Bob at something, challenges him to a hot rod race. The only problem is that Tim's hot rod isn't finished yet... read more.

3x24: Reality Bytes recap: Brad catches Randy sending love letters on the computer to a woman named Molly. Randy then reveals that Molly is 25, and she thinks that he is 32! Later, as Tim is helping Mark with a solar system science project but ends up taking over, Molly stops by for a visit because she's in town on business! After talking with Tim and Jill, they realize that Randy has been using their old love letters... read more.

3x21: Fifth Anniversary recap: As Jill is having trouble getting people to buy tickets for a no-dinner dinner fundraiser, Tim debuts The Man's Kitchen on Tool Time, which turns out to be a great hit. For the fifth anniversary show, Tim plans on going to Indy Speedway. However, since he spent too much money on the kitchen, the president of Binford doesn't allow it... read more.

3x13: Slip Sleddin' Away recap: After weeks of saxophone practice, Brad still doesn't play it well and tells Tim that he wants to quit. Randy then walks in, having been beaten in a sled race and then thrown into a snow bank by bullies. He then says he wants to fight them, but Tim gets an idea. He will make "improvements" to Randy's sled for the next race... read more.

3x5: Arrivederci, Binford recap: After a filming of Tool Time, Heidi informs Tim and Al that Mr. Binford died of a heart attack. Al is devastated, but Tim isn't very upset. Later, Tim tells Jill, and she is distraught over his death and is shocked that Tim is emotionless about it. After Brad says that Tim is taking it like a man by not crying, Tim talks to Wilson because he's afraid that Brad will grow up thinking men shouldn't cry. Wilson tells him that people mourn in different ways. Afterwards, Tim decides to talk to Jill about Binford's death... read more.
Recurring Guests

Debbe Dunning as Heidi (83 eps)
William O'Leary as Marty (29 eps)
Jim Labriola as Benny (24 eps)
Blake Clark as Harry (23 eps)
Richard Karn as Al (23 eps)
Pamela Anderson as Lisa (23 eps)
Sherry Hursey as Ilene Markham (16 eps)
Mickey Jones (1) as Pete (14 eps)
Gary McGurk as Dwayne (12 eps)
Casey Sander as Rock Lannigan (11 eps)

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Classification: Scripted
Genre: Comedy
Status: Canceled/Ended
Network: ABC ( USA)
Runtime: 30 Minutes
Premiere: September 17, 1991
Ended: May 25, 1999
Iron John's Rock  
• Der Dünnbrettbohrer (Used In Germany)
• En Skruv lös (Used In Sweden)
• Hammer Time (Working Title), (Used In USA)
• Hör mal, wer da hämmert (Used In Germany)
• Koti kuntoon (Used In Finland)
• Kutil Tim (Used In Czech Republic)
• Mejorando la casa (Used In Venezuela)
• O Mastrohalastis (Used In Greece)
• Papa bricole (Used In France)
• Quell'uragano di papà (Used In Italy)
• Ti tommeltotter (Used In Norway)
• Tool Time (Working Title), (Used In USA)
• Tummen mitt i handen (Used In Sweden)
• Un Chapuzas en casa (Used In Spain)
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