Tim Allen Reflects on Playing His ‘Home Improvement’ Character on ‘Last Man Standing’

by Samantha Whidden

While chatting about his most famous TV roles, Tim Allen recently spoke about how he managed to bring his Home Improvement persona to the set of his other sitcom Last Man Standing

During an interview on Entertainment Weekly’s Iconic Leading Men of the ’90s segment, Tim Allen stated that it was definitely different for him to be playing his Home Improvement role at the same time as his Last Man Standing role. “Not what I expected. It was very difficult. And then having people direct me and the character I developed 20 years ago.”

Tim Allen, along with Home Improvement co-star Richard Karn, came back together to chat about where the cast of the 90s sitcom is now. “Both of us are still close,” Allen stated. “I mean I still see Richard way too much.”

Karn also stated that it doesn’t feel like 30 years since Home Improvement first premiered. “I never told you this, Tim. But you’re like a brother to me,” Karn said. He then explained that he thinks it resonates with the parents that grew up with Home Improvement who are now able to show their kids something that they can sit all together and watch.

Home Improvement premiered on September 17, 1991, and followed TV host Tim “The Tool Man” Taylor and his family. The show starred Allen and Karn along with Earl Hindman, Zachery Ty Bryan, Taran Noah Smith, Jonathan Taylor Thomas, and Patricia Richardson. Thomas and Richardson actually made appearances on Last Man Standing as well. 

Tim Allen Spoke About The Emotional Reprising of His  ‘Home Improvement’ Role 

During a January 2021 interview with Entertainment Tonight, Tim Allen discussed the emotional reprising of his beloved Home Improvement role during the final season of Last Man Standing. “It was very peculiar to do both parts,” Allen declared. “It was challenging for me to do both parts and kind of emotional.”

Tim Allen also spoke about his Home Improvement castmate Earl Hindman, who passed away in 2003. “I adored the man and we kind of brought that up in the story. I started thinking about all the history I had with that TV show. How I compare it to my life on this show. It’s all about loss. Is all I kept saying in that episode.”

Tim Allen then explained what had happened to his Home Improvement character after the show ended. “Taylor lost his TV show. Tool Time is over. He had a neighbor that passed away. He’s now working on the corsage side of Bedford Tools. That’s what he does. Baxter’s helping Tim Taylor cope with change. They’re not nice to each other. They’re kind of antagonistic.”

Although the episode was both emotional and challenging for him, Tim Allen also praised it as being a great idea and a way to bring Taylor into this century. “It’s really clever what they did with it,” he stated about the writers.