‘Last Man Standing’: Tim Allen Opens Up About How Much He’ll Miss Mike Baxter in Emotional Post

by Thad Mitchell

An era in television history came to a close Thursday night as fans bid farewell to the popular sitcom Last Man Standing in a one-hour series finale.

Lead actor Tim Allen said goodbye to his last Man Standing character earlier this week. On more than a few occasions, Allen has remarked his fondness for Mike Baxter and the commonality he shares with the character.

“Difficult feelings as I sit with my real family ready to say goodnight to the Last Man Standing family we created and lived for all these years,” he says. “Years that flew by. Heartfelt thanks to all you who watch our work.”

It was an emotional evening for fans of Last Man Standing and many kept a tissue box close by. While fans are sad to see the show go, they are elated to have gotten nine full seasons of the hilarious season. In a world of mass television cancelations, Last Man Standing survived in impressive fashion.

You just don’t see many half-hour sitcoms surviving the viewer wars for nine straight years. Last Man Standing began its long run on ABC but faced cancelation after six seasons. Seizing the opportunity to nab a show with an already large fanbase, Fox took reigns of the show. The network giants gave the show a seventh, eighth, and ninth season before going off the air.

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The immense likability of the show stems from its tremendous cast, spearheaded by all-time great funnyman Tim Allen. The show put Allen in familiar territory as a family man trying his best to keep his home intact. The show’s concept revolves around Allen’s character, Mike Baxter, a marketing director for an outdoor superstore known as “The Outdoor Man.”

Baxter is a “man’s man” surrounded by women everywhere he looks with a wife and three daughters. Much of the show’s humor comes from Baxter’s desire for masculinity in a female-dominated household. With tremendous love for his wife and daughters, he finds himself tip-toeing around the edges of his own home.

With his Last Man Standing run now over, Allen shifted his focus to his new History Channel project “Assembly Required.”

The show reunites Allen with former “Home Improvement” co-star Richard Karn. The reality competition pits competitive builders against each other in a battle for prize money. Only one season into the new show and it has already built an impressive fan base.