‘Assembly Required’: Where, When to Watch Premiere of Tim Allen and Richard Karn’s New Series

by Emily Morgan

Fans are finally getting a “Tool Time” reunion, though it’s a little different this time. “Home Improvement’s” Richard Karn and Tim Allen are back on air together in the History Channel’s 10-episode series “Assembly Required,” which premieres tonight, Tuesday, Feb. 23 at 10/9 CST. 

Tim Allen and Richard Karn are teaming up once again for History Channel’s latest competition series: “Assembly Required.” The show will spotlight the best and brightest builders from across the nation at their home workshops, as they compete by taking old, used items and breathing new life into them.

According to the History Channel, “This new series will push each contestant to their limits while testing their ability and ingenuity to not only rebuild it but to build it better.”

In January, the History Channel released an official promotional trailer for the new show. In the official trailer, the channel plays up the Allen-Karn reunion, which should be exciting for longtime fans of the ’90s comedy “Home Improvement.” 

However, even though the show will include Allen and Karn’s hilarious banter and quips, it will be much different from the original family-favorite sitcom.

The competition series will include 10 hour-long episodes hosted by Allen and Karn with woodworking YouTube star April Wilkerson, who will serve as the show’s “resident expert.” 

In each episode, viewers will see three “makers” work from their home shops to build a variety of big projects, like a comfort mower, a jacuzzi, and something called a “BBQ bicycle.”

Allen and Karn will check in virtually with each contestant to see their progress, with Wilkerson’s fun competition twists thrown in the mix. 

Each episode’s winner will get $5,000 in cash, making it a pretty sweet prize. 

Tim Allen & Richard Karn Speak on ‘Tool Time’ Reunion

Allen and Karn’s long-awaited return to T.V. has been years in the making. In fact, it’s been 22 years since Allen and Karn worked together on a show. Allen has spent the last decade as the star of the Fox show “Last Man Standing.” Karn has made appearances on the Hulu comedy “PEN15.”

On reuniting with Karn after, Allen shared in a statement, “They say a longtime friend is someone who responds with, ‘This is by far your worst idea ever ‘…Fortunately, this was a great idea working with Richard. I loved those days doing Tool Time. We both share a great appreciation of people who can solve a problem not by talking about it, but by ‘doing’ it with creativity and amazing building skills. Plus it gives me more time to make fun of his fake beard.”

Karn also shared a statement about working with his longtime pal. “Tim has always been jealous of my facial hair…mainly because when he grows his it looks a bit off…but I will say this has been one of his best ideas ever. Working alongside him has been the bright spot of this difficult year. We see eye to eye on a lot of things, but if nothing else this show has brought out the differences in our own personal design preferences and when you add in the creativity of our contestants, well let’s just say, it brings me great joy to be a part of this!”