Home Improvement was one of the greatest shows of the 90s. Watching Tim 'the Tool Man' Taylor awkwardly and outrageously fail at making things while continuing to make a show about how good he is at making things was just absolutely great. .
We watched Tim fall off of roofs, we watched Tim electrocute himself, we watched Tim explode various projects, but all the while he managed to not die and not get fired.
I think a lot us, myself included, thought of him as our TV dad. He reminded me so much of my dad, the only difference was my real dad didn't have his own show.
Tim was always surrounded by his loving wife Jill, and his three sons, Brad, Randy and Mark who tolerated his nonsense. His trusty neighbor Wilson was always there to offer him some excellent advice, even though he never really absorbed it properly. And of course there was Al and Heidi, who really did a lot of the work on Tool Time, the fictional show within a show.
It's one of those shows that seems to be funny no matter how many times you watch it, because it was just one of those good and simple family shows that made us all feel good.
It was really sad when it ended in 1999, with a whopping 35% of households tuning in for the final episode. While we were all really sad that it ended, at least it wasn't as though it was a sudden cancellation. We knew it was coming, so we could prepare to say goodbye to that great family.
But after nearly 20 years, we might be able to check back in with the Taylor family again...