‘Last Man Standing’ Final Season to Feature Tim Allen ‘Home Improvement’ Character Crossover

by Matthew Wilson

Tim Allen, meet Tim Allen. “Last Man Standing” will soon be seeing double with Allen reprising his “Home Improvement” character Tim Taylor in a crossover episode.

Allen will once again put on the tool belt for the first time in two decades. Between 1990 and 1999, Allen starred as Taylor in the successful sitcom “Home Improvement.”

The show must hold a special place in Allen’s heart. Over the years, he made various references to it with his newest sitcom venture. For instance, Allen’s Mike Baxter gets dinged by his wife Vannessa, “you and your home improvement.”

Meanwhile, his “Home Improvement” son, Jonathan Taylor Thomas, made a multi-episode guest appearance on “Last Man Standing.”

Now in its last season, Allen is bringing his two sitcom worlds together for the first time. The crossover will happen during the show’s Season Nine premiere “Dual Time.”

The Baxters hire Taylor for a job only he can fix. But the couple soon realizes Mike may have a doppelgänger. The Tool Man meets Mike in an episode that promises double the Allen. But Mike doesn’t seem too impressed. “That’s a little annoying,” he quips at one point in response to Taylor’s catchphrase.

Tim Allen Closes the Door on ‘Last Man Standing’

Perhaps, Allen is feeling nostalgic as “Last Man Standing” comes to an end. This isn’t the first time he had to say goodbye to the Baxters. But this farewell greeting may be more permanent. Previously, ABC canceled the show after a six-season run. But Fox resurrected the series for an additional three seasons.

Allen said he worked with the network to craft a final that’s fitting of the Baxters.

“I’ve been one lucky dude to have been part of ‘Last Man Standing.’ I so appreciate the incredible support from our fans over this near-decade of work,” Allen said in a statement. “As we approach the ninth season, I just admire and feel grateful for all the hard work our wonderful cast and crew have done. We had all considered to end the show after last season. But together with Fox, we decided to add a year so we could produce a full season to create the gentle and fun goodbye. I’m looking forward to a memorable and hilarious final season.”

Fortunately for Allen, he’s already got his next project lined up, which will also return to his “Home Improvement” roots. Allen joins his sitcom co-star Richard Karn for the competition show “Assembly Required,” which will celebrate builders across the country.