"Home Improvement" got good ratings (for most of its run anyway). I guess it's up for debate as to how well it has aged. I sometimes wonder if its decade-plus in HEAVY syndication after the show ended may have worn the show out a bit on some folks. I still enjoy the show, despite not otherwise liking Allen in anything other than "Galaxy Quest" and, I guess, the "Santa Clause" movies. The "dumb husband with a sometimes nagging wife who is way smarter and hotter" trope is tiresome, even though it continued on for years after the show (Raymond, King of Queens, etc.) As I've said in other "HI" threads, the show lost what little teeth it had once they let up on the more sarcastic/sardonic/biting jokes and moments with Al, and also when the kids got to near college age. As someone else mentioned, once Heidi was getting full episodes, and then once Al's mom died and he got engaged, the show was running on fumes and had the typical late-era bloat of a sitcom where it gets less funny, the main characters/family become *more* successful ("Tool Time" is in multiple markets now!), and so on. There are some epic stinker episodes in the late era of the show's run. The episode where Lisa/Pamela Anderson comes back and Heidi feels displaced. That musical episode where Tim and Jill do a "Grease" thing. The episodes with Tim's mom after she moved into a new house (multiple episodes with Tim's loser brother who mooches off their mother). Al and his fiance/wife. The era where Al rents a house from Tim. The earlier era, despite some of Allen's comedic style not aging well, has some pretty funny episodes. The episode where Tim has to room with Al at his apartment is great. The early Christmas and Halloween episodes are good. The only late era episode I remember liking (and maybe it's more mid-era) is the episode with Jill's "Cousin Henry" who makes outsider art. The guy is high on fumes at his art studio where Tim goes to find Jill's old childhood piano. I was always surprised they never brought that guy back.