Home Improvement

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  • S 8 : Ep 29

    Tim Allen Presents: A User's Guide to Home Improvement

    Aired 5/4/03

  • S 8 : Ep 28

    Backstage Pass

    Aired 5/25/99

  • S 8 : Ep 27

    The Long And Winding Road (3)

    Aired 5/25/99

  • S 8 : Ep 26

    The Long And Winding Road (2)

    Aired 5/25/99

  • S 8 : Ep 25

    The Long And Winding Road (1)

    Aired 5/18/99

  • Cast & Crew
  • Tim Allen

    Tim Taylor

  • Patricia Richardson

    Jill Taylor

  • Zachery Bryan

    Brad Taylor

  • Jonathan Taylor Thomas

    Randall William Taylor (Seasons 1-7)

  • Richard Karn

    Al Borland

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  • Home Improvement is a sitcom about Tim Taylor, the accident prone host of a Detroit, Michigan television program about tools, who raises his dysfunctional family. Main Characters: Dr. Timothy "Tim" 'The Tool Man' Taylor is the accident prone host of Tool Time who teases his co-host Al. Jillian "Jill" Taylor is Tim's wife who wants to be a psychiatrist. Dr. Wilson Wilson, Jr. is the Taylors' strange neighbor who enjoys learning about other cultures and never shows his entire face. Albert "Al" Borland is Tim's flannel-wearing co-host. Heidi Keppert is the attractive Tool Time girl from season three through season eight, who is married with one child. Bradley "Brad" Michael Taylor is the Taylors' eldest son who is hoping for a soccer scholarship. Randall "Randy" William Taylor is the Taylors' middle child who is off at an environmental research study in Costa Rica. Mark Taylor is the youngest son who is frequently tortured by his older brothers. Tool Time: Tim's show themed around tools and cars. Tool Time aired between 1989 and 1999 with host Tim Taylor, assistant Al Borland and Toolgirl Heidi Keppert. Tool Time airs on Channel 112 every day @ 4:30. Tool Time can be seen on Channel 97 everyday @ 3:00 in Alpena,MI. Tool Time can be seen nationally via Comcast satellites! El Tiempo del instrumento se puede ver los sábados en 4:30 en el canal 97 Runtime: 30 min (204 episodes, 8 years) Glenview Road: The Taylors' and Wilson's street. Recurring Characters: Marty and Jeff Taylor are Tim's brothers. Lucille Taylor is his mother. Nancy is Marty's ex-wife. Claire and Gracie Taylor are Marty's twin daughters. Lisa is the attractive Tool Time girl in seasons one and two. Bud Harper is Tim's boss. Tim's friends include Harry, Benny Baroni, Eddie McCormack, and Felix Myman. Delores is Harry's wife. Marie Morton is the Taylors' neighbor and Jill's friend. Carrie is Jill's sister. Jill's other friends include Patty, Marge, and Karen. Lillian Patterson is Jill's mother. Willow Wilson is Wilson's niece. Dr. Ilene Markham is Al's girlfriend in seasons three through six. Trudy Borland is Al's girlfriend and wife in season eight. Jennifer Sudarsky is Brad's girlfriend in seasons one and two. Angela is Brad's girlfriend in seasons five and six. Jason is Brad's friend. Ronny is Mark's friend. Lauren is Randy's girlfriend in seasons six through eight. Rock Lannigan, Pete Bilker, and Dwayne Hoover are all construction workers for K&B Construction and frequent guests on Tool Time. Milton is a construction worker and frequent Tool Time guest. George "Sparky" Henderson is a mechanic and another frequent Tool Time guest. Antonio is a waiter at a restaurant frequently visited by the Taylors. Home Improvement Rating History •1991-92: Ranked 5th among All TV Programs (4th among non-news programs), First Season. •1992-93: Ranked 3rd among All TV Programs (2nd among non-news programs), Second Season. •1993-94: The #1 Non-News Program in the Nation, 2nd only to "60 Minutes", Third Season. •1994-95: Ranked 3rd among all TV Programs, Fourth Season. •1995-96: Ranked 7th among all TV programs, 5th-highest sitcom, Fifth Season. •1996-97: Ranked 9th among all TV programs, 7th-highest sitcom, Sixth Season. •1997-98: Ranked 11th among all TV programs, 6th-highest sitcom, Seventh Season. •1998-99; Ranked 10th among all TV programs, 5th-highest sitcom, 8th & Final Season. ABC Broadcast History •September 1991-August 1992---Tuesdays-8:30 p.m. •August 1992-September 1994---Wednesdays-9:00 p.m. •March 1994-May 1994---Wednesdays-8:00 p.m. •September 1994-May 1999---Tuesdays 9:00 p.m. Trivia for Home Improvement •The "Tool Time" audience is "Home Improvement"'s actual live studio audience. •While taping some episodes of Tool Time, Tim sometimes asks an unseen character Klaus to play music for Tool Time segments. Klaus Landsberg worked in the sound department on "Home Improvement". •Colleges and universities in Michigan sent star 'Allen, Tim' sweaters and T-shirts to wear on the air, and he did. •The name Binford Tools, the company that sponsor's the Tool Time show, is named after an anthropologist who made several new discoveries regarding stone age and tools. •There is a running gag regarding the Taylor's neighbor, Wilson; his face is always concealed from about the nose down. In most episodes, Wilson was being shot from behind a fence, but in later episodes where he got out more often, camera shots, actor movements, and prop placements were carefully orchestrated so that his full face was not revealed. In fact, during all the curtain calls for the show (except the series finale curtain call, where his entire face was shown), actor Earl Hindman, who played Wilson, would bring a miniature picket fence to hold in front of his face so that it would remain hidden from view. •The character Wilson is based on Tim Allen's childhood memories where he was too short to see over a fence, and was therefore unable to see his neighbor. •Originally, actress Frances Fisher was cast as Jill Taylor but was replaced with Patricia Richardson 4 days before the pilot episode was taped. •Richard Karn's wife, Tudi Roche, would occasionally make appearances on the show as Jill's sister Carrie. •The full names of the older two Taylor boys were Bradley Michael Taylor and Randall William Taylor. (Mark's full name isn't mentioned during the series.) •The label "WLS" was frequently used to cover up real corporate logos. WLS is the Chicago affiliate of ABC. •While meeting with Bud Harper, Tim is told "...Heidi tested better than Santa Claus." Tim Allen played Santa Claus in Santa Clause, The (1994). •As a running gag, whenever Tim enters the basement, he always bangs his head on a large pipe hanging overhead. •The character 'Tim Taylor' was ranked #20 in TV Guide's list of the "50 Greatest TV Dads of All Time" (20 June 2004 issue). Awards and Nominations •Won the 2000, 1999, 1998, 1997, 1996, 1995, 1994, 1993, and 1992 ASCAP Award for Top TV Series (Dan Foliart) •Won the 1999, 1998 and 1997 Emmy Award for Outstanding Lighting Direction (Electronic) for a Comedy Series (Donald A. Morgan - "Mark's Big Break" (1999) and "A Night To Dismember" (1998)) and nominated for the same award in 1997 (I Was A Teenage Taylor). •Won the 1996, 1995, 1994, 1993, and 1992 Emmy Award for Outstanding Individual Achievement in Lighting Direction (Electronic) for a Comedy Series (Donald A. Morgan - "Room Without a View" (1996), "My Dinner With Wilson" (1995), "Twas the Blight" (1994), "Bye Bye Birdie" (1993), and "Luck Be A Taylor Tonight" (1992)) •Nominated for the 1999 Emmy Award for Outstanding Music and Lyrics (Dan Foliart songs, "We've Got It All") •Nominated for the 1999, 1998, and 1997 Emmy Award for Outstanding Sound Mixing for a Comedy Series or a Special ("Love's Labor Lost, Part 1" (1999), "A Night To Dismember" (1998), and "Wilson's World" (1997)) •Nominated for the 1996, 1995, and 1994 Emmy Award for Outstanding Individual Achievement in Sound Mixing for a Comedy Series or a Special ("A Taylor Runs Through It" (1996), "Don't Tell Momma" (1995), and "5th Anniversary Show" (1994)) •Nominated for the 1999, 1998, 1996, 1995, 1994, and 1993 Emmy Award for Outstanding Technical Direction/Camera/Video for a Series ("The Long And Winding Road, Part 3" (1999) and "A Night To Dismember" (1998), "The Longest Day" (1996), "Tool Time After Dark" (1995), "5th Anniversary Show" (1994), and "Rites and Wrongs of Passage" (1993)) •Nominated for the 1998, 1997, 1996, and 1994 Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series (Patricia Richardson) •Nominated for the 1996, 1995, 1994, 1993, and 1992 Outstanding Individual Achievement in Editing for a Series - Multi-Camera Production (Roger Berger (1994-1996), Alex Gimenex (1992-1993) Marco Zappia - "The Longest Day" (1996), "Don't Tell Momma" (1995), "It Was the Best of Tim's it Was the Worst of Tim's" (1994), "Build or not to Build" (1993), and "Stereo Typical" (1992)) •Nominated for the 1995, 1993, and 1992 Emmy Award for Outstanding Comedy Series (Gayle S. Maffeo and John Pasquin (1992-1993)) •Nominated for the 1993 Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series (Tim Allen) •Nominated for the 1997, 1996, 1994, and 1993 Golden Globe Award for Best Performance by an Actor in a TV-Series - Comedy/Musical (Tim Allen) and Tim Allen won the same award in 1995 •Nominated for the 1995 and 1994 Golden Globe Award for Best Performance by an Actress in a TV-Series - Comedy/Musical (Patricia Richardson) •Nominated for the 1995 and 1994 Golden Globe Award for Best TV-Series - Comedy/Musical •Nominated for the 1998 Golden Satellite Award for Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series - Comedy or Musical (Tim Allen) •Won the 1999 TV Guide Award for Favourite Actor in a Comedy (Tim Allen) •Nominated for the 2000 Young Artist Award for Best Performance in a TV Comedy Series - Supporting Young Actress (Courtney Peldon) and for Best Performance in a TV Comedy Series - Young Performer Age Ten or Under (Ashley Trefger and Lindsey Trefger) •Won the 1999 Young Artist Award for Best Performance in a TV Comedy Series - Guest Starring Young Actress (Ashley Trefger and Lindsey Trefger) and for Best Performance in a TV Drama or Comedy Series - Leading Young Actor (Zachery Ty Bryan) •Nominated for the 1999 Young Artist Award for Best Performance in a TV Comedy Series - Guest Starring Young Actress (Courtney Peldon) and for the 1999 Young Artist Award Best Performance in a TV Drama or Comedy Series - Leading Young Actor (Taran Noah Smith) •Won the 1997 Young Artist Award for Best Performance in a TV Comedy: Guest Starring Young Performer (Courtney Peldon) •Won the 1996 Young Artist Award for Best Performance by a Young Actress: Guest Starring Role TV Series (Kimberly Cullum) •Won the 1995 and 1993 Michael Landon Award •Won the 1994 Young Artist Award for Outstanding Youth Ensemble in a Television Series (Zachery Ty Bryan, Taran Noah Smith, and Jonathan Taylor Thomas) •Nominated for the 1993 Young Artist Award for Best Young Actor Starring in a Television Series (Zachery Ty Bryan and Jonathan Taylor Thomas), for the 1993 Young Artist Award for Best Young Actress Recurring in a Television Series (Jessica Wesson), and for the 1993 Young Artist Award for Outstanding Actor under 10 in a Television Series (Taran Noah Smith) •Won the 1992 Young Artist Award for Exceptional Performance by a Young Actor under Ten (Taran Noah Smith) •Nominated for the 1992 Young Artist Award for Best New Family Television Series •Won the 1999 YoungStar Award for Best Performance by a Young Actor in a Comedy TV Series (Zachery Ty Bryan) •Nominated for the 1998 and 1997 Best Performance by a Young Actor in a Comedy TV Series (Jonathan Taylor Thomas) Home Improvement is now airing in syndication. 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    • Tim: So, Jill's mad at me because I didn't listen to her. Wilson: No, I think she's mad at you because you blew up the damn dishwasher.

    • Jill (about the dishwasher): You will not screw it up like you did the blender. End of discussion. Tim: What's wrong with the blender? It's the only blender on the block that can puree a brick.

    • (Tim wants to go to Sears) Jill: You'll be down there drooling, fondling all the tools, eyes bugging out . . . you don't even look at ME like that. Tim: I would if you were two speeds and reversible.

    • Tim: (about the dishwasher) That's because it's the lady lux decor series model, with buttons so small no man can use them.

    • Jill: While Ms. Binford Tool Girl flashes her big headlights! Tim: Lisa? Jill: (sarcastically) No, Al. Tim: What does Lisa have to do with this? She didn't take your job. She's got a job.

    • Jill: Tim, do you ever listen to me? It was the last thing that I said in bed to you last night. Tim: No, I believe, if you recall, the last thing you said to me in bed last night was "no!" Jill: You're thinking of tonight.

    • (Jill is nervous about Tim riding his new lawnmower) Tim: Jill, I've got a helmet, I've got a seatbelt, what could happen? (Tim opens the door and bonks himself in the head with it)

    • Jill (about Tim's new lawnmower engine): With that engine, you won't just be cutting grass, you'll be sucking it up by the roots.

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    Notes (244)

    • International Episode Titles: Czech Republic: Debut

    • Actress Frances Fisher, who was dating Clint Eastwood at the time, was originally hired to play Jill Taylor. They even shot the pilot episode and took all the cast publicity photos with her, but soon thereafter, she was replaced because she didn't have the necessary chemistry with Tim Allen. It's been said that when the pilot episode was first shot, and they did the scene where Jill orders Tim not to touch the dishwasher, that's when they knew that Fisher was not the right person for the part. According to the director, she seemed more timid around Tim than assertive, so they decided to go with Patricia Richardson, who had a stronger personality.

    • For the first season the text color in the credits is light blue.

    • The order of the cast credited in the opening credits for season one is: Tim Allen (Tim) Patricia Richardson (Jill) Earl Hindman (Wilson) Taran Noah Smith (Mark) Jonathan Taylor Thomas (Randy) Zachery Ty Bryan (Brad)

    • The first season opening credits lasted 1:07, but this episode uses a shortened version lasting 46 seconds.

    • Tim's dad on the show died the way Tim Allen's father died in real life.

    • The part when Tim comes back around in just his toolbelt to get back into the house has been cut out in all syndication episodes.

    • Jonathan Taylor Thomas was the first of the three sons to audition.

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    Trivia (229)

    • Randy asks to go over to his friend Tommy's house, but when Tim tries to get the dishwasher installed he is still there, so he either never went, or spent very little time there.

    • A few times during this episode, someone uses a long word (like "autonomy" and "asymmetrical") while talking to Tim, and he responds, "How do you spell that?" This became a running joke throughout the series.

    • The order in which Brad, Randy, and Mark were born is Brad first, Randy second, and Mark third, but if the brothers were placed in the order in which the people who played them were born, the order would be Randy first, Brad second, and Mark third.

    • Outtake: Tim riding on the lawnmower while playing Scottish music, as Jill dances along.

    • This episode has been edited in syndication. Instead of its regular theme song at the beginning like all the season 1 episodes, this episode had the Tool Time segment at the beginning, and then the theme song right after like episodes in seasons 2+. The outtake with Tim and the sander has also been cut and the credits are shown during the scene when the Taylors check out the new television channels.

    • Al only appears at the beginning of this episode and only has two lines.

    • When Randy has to tell Tim his fortune a second time by pulling the fourth card again, he is clearly showing Tim the third card he took.

    • Outtake: The snake crawls into Tim's shirt, but he doesn't scream or run outside, he just laughs.

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    Allusions (216)

    • The title is a reference to the 1990 Spike Lee movie Mo' Better Blues, starring Denzel Washington.

    • When Tim first gets on his souped-up lawnmower, he plays a tape of Steppenwolf's classic song "Born To Be Wild."

    • Tim: This is where I pray to the tool gods. Jill: I am so moved. I think I'll sing a chorus of "Amazing Wrench." (singing) Amazing wrench, how sweet the sound . . . An amusing parody of the well-known hymn "Amazing Grace."

    • Jill: (seeing the chrome-plated lawnmower) What did you do, join Hell's Gardeners? Jill was referring to the notorious motorcycle gang, the Hell's Angels.

    • Title: Satellite On A Hot Tim's Roof Reference to the play Cat on a Hot Tin Roof.

    • Jill: Billy's mom is a Stepford Wife. The Stepford Wives is a novel by Ira Levin in which men replace their wives with robots that are progammed to act like the "perfect" domestic woman. There are two movie versions of the book.

    • Episode Title: Wild Kingdom Refers to a TV series called Wild Kingdom (a.k.a. Mutual of Omaha's Wild Kingdom) about wildlife that was shown on NBC in 1963 to 1988; and has recently started again on Animal Planet in 2002.

    • Brad: But we want to watch Full House! Full House is a popular 1980-1990's sitcom about a widowed father raising his three daughters with the help of his best friend and brother-in-law. The show lasted eight years, just like Home Improvement did, and both shows aired on Tuesday nights at the time this episode first aired.

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