Tim Allen brought back Tim Taylor on Thursday night’s episode of Last Man Standing, bringing the Home Improvement character to life more than 20 years after the sitcom ended. While the Last Man Standing episode aired, fans hoped this was a hint at a Home Improvement revival in the future. Allen might have time for it, now that Last Man Standing is ending, and Allen has hinted at a reunion in the past.
In “Dual Time,” Vanessa (Nancy Travis) needed the food disposal fixed, and since Binford Tools owner Tim happened to be in Colorado, he answered the call to fix it. This led to Mike Baxter and Tim meeting each other and the resemblance was uncanny! The episode featured several references to Home Improvement and provided some updates on the Tool Man’s life.
Viewers also learned that Wilson, Tim’s beloved neighbor who always looked over the fence, died in the Home Improvement universe. Wilson was played by Earl Hindman, who died in 2003 from lung cancer. It was an emotional moment for fans at home and an emotional scene for Allen to play. “I adored the man and we kind of brought that up in the story,” Allen said in a recent interview with Entertainment Tonight. “I started thinking about all the history I had with that TV show, how I compare it to my life on this show. It’s all about loss, is all I kept saying in that episode.”
We need a Home Improvement reboot!
— This is 2020… (@Urfuhked) January 8, 2021
Allen has discussed the possibility of reviving Home Improvement in the past. In a 2018 interview with Parade Magazine, Allen said he was still in contact with his co-stars, but it could be very difficult. “It gets a little creepy if you do it at the same time as I have another wife on another show. The timing is not good right now,” Allen said at the time.
Pt1. Need a reboot of Home Improvement….. Tim in Indiana gets a part time job at a local hardware store (Ace HW?) and Binford buys them out with Tim suddenly employed by Binford again. While Jill is improving families inside the home,
— Scott Flaming (@EduTechMech) January 8, 2021
In February, Allen told TVLine he would be interested in doing a reunion special of some kind. “I like the idea of doing it as a one-off, like a one-hour movie [versus a full-fledged revival series], I like the idea of doing it as a one-off, like a one-hour movie [versus a full-fledged revival series],” he said. Allen said he would be interested in catching up with Tim’s sons and seeing what Tool Time might look like in the modern world.
Would love to see home improvement reboot why not.. also sad to see last man standing to go.. love these shows
— M (@Mystikal_Godess) January 8, 2021
New episodes of Last Man Standing air on Fox Thursdays at 9:30 p.m. ET. The show is now in its final season. As for Home Improvement, it is not available to stream on the major streaming platforms with subscriptions. However, you can buy episodes on Amazon Prime Video and iTunes.
I loved it I agree that they should bring back home improvement
— britny charron Aunty B (@britnycharron) January 8, 2021
This was the best!! Sad it’s all ending though! Was there a hint that Home Improvement may come back!!!!?❤ We need these shows there is nothing left to watch.
— Sue (@Sue92115547) January 8, 2021