“Assembly Required” is aware that many fans of the show are also fans of Tim Allen’s earlier work. So it’s drawing on audiences’ affection for that work to drive engagement – particularly “Home Improvement,” which also co-starred Richard Karn, if not “Last Man Standing,” Allen’s recently-canceled sitcom.
In a new tweet, “Assembly Required” asks fans to caption a photo of Tim “the Tool Man” Taylor from “Home Improvement.” In the photo, Allen appears with a Binford tool sticking in one ear and extending out the other, as if it’s boring through his skull.
“Caption this photo,” the History Channel reality competition show tweeted Friday.
Fans Come Up With Clever Captions
“Assembly Required” fans were ready with some clever captions, from plays on Tim Taylor’s relationship with his wife, Jill (Patricia Richardson), to quips about his mental state.
“When you have to tighten all those loose screws,” one fan supplied.
“It’s the only way to not hear the wife nagging!!” another fan suggested.
“In one ear & out the other!” yet another fan tweeted.
Still, other fans made references to the running joke from “Home Improvement” in which Taylor constantly sought “more power!” only to have it backfire on him spectacularly. Some simply replied with GIFs of Allen during his “Home Improvement” days. But in any case, “Assembly Required” fans are clearly up on their “Home Improvement” details, suggesting considerable overlap between the audiences of those two shows.
‘Assembly Required’ Is Like a Real-World ‘Tool Time’
Allen and Karn reunited on “Assembly Required” three decades after “Home Improvement” premiered. The pair told ET earlier this year that the cast of the hit sitcom remain close, even after all these years.
“All of us are real close,” Allen told ET. “I still see Richard way too much, boy, way too much.”
Karn added that it certainly doesn’t feel like 30 years since they started “Home Improvement” to him. But in some ways, “Assembly Required” takes them back to the beginning. It’s like a real-world version of the fictional show “Tool Time” that the men’s characters, Tim and Al, worked on in “Home Improvement.”
“I wanted to have Richard a part of this because it seemed like a reality extension of what ‘Tool Time’ really was,” Allen said. “Where I add more power to it, I break something, he’d be the reality side of it, and it was a good fit. This [show] is improv for 12 hours a day and I’m out of my mind. It’s just like Al Borland and Tim Taylor.”
“Well, it’s improv with editing,” Karn chimed in. “Because more than half of the stuff we can’t even use. I don’t think America is ready for that.”
You can watch full episodes of “Assembly Required” here.