Home Improvement (ABC TV show)

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  1. balzac

    balzac Forum Resident

    "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.
     
  2. jason88cubs

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    Patricia was just a bad actress and her fit about her character after season 2 changed the dynamic if the show
     
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  3. MikaelaArsenault

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    Happy birthday to Zachery Ty Bryan. He turns 37 today.
     
  4. MikaelaArsenault

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    So the episode with Tim wanting to have another child after his 4 year old niece comes to visit is on right now.
     
  5. RockWizard

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    I need to dig out my DVD's. So tired of watching butchered episodes on TV
     
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  6. MikaelaArsenault

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    There are butchered episodes on TV?
     
  7. RockWizard

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    YES. It is called syndication
     
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  8. MikaelaArsenault

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    The other day, I found the complete series online and downloaded it to my computer. It's from the DVDs and not from TV.
     
  9. MikaelaArsenault

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    I meant to ask which ones are butchered.
     
  10. RockWizard

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    Honestly, who has that much time? But surely.....ads are shown if they are shown on TV. With the more current shows, not as much. But older shows....the ones that ran 25 or more minutes, they are sliced and diced to death. M*A*S*H comes to mind. In some episodes, full scenes were snipped out. AND......the more times the episodes are shown, they have a cut somewhere else. Sad part is....some shows that came out on DVD had syndicated versions part of the set, even some with watermarks!! In that case, Rocky And Bullwinkle. Syndicated...until the Mr. Ed box came out, the first season had numerous episodes with syndicated versions.
     
  11. MikaelaArsenault

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    Sorry, but was just wondering.
     
  12. jason88cubs

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    Im watching the show on HULU and seeing lines, and abunch of other small things i have never seen due to cuts

    Its awesome
     
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  13. MikaelaArsenault

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    I bet it is, and makes me wish I had Hulu myself.
     
  14. jason88cubs

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    Jill with ehr psychology talk. oh my gosh
     
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  15. jason88cubs

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    season 4 episode and Brad is kicking a soccer ball. hmmm started that early
     
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  16. MikaelaArsenault

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    I was watching the Season 1 episode where Jill and Tim invited a magician over to babysit the boys and like how the boys ended up trapping him in the trunk.
     
  17. RockWizard

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    There have been many threads covering syndicated vs. actual broadcast episodes on DVD's. Whenever the company puts this out, two things come to mind...either they think we're stupid and don't remember the original episodes, or the ACTUAL broadcast episode was either damaged beyond repair or lost. Dark Shadows had one episode that is lost....the kinescope was too far gone. So they did a voice episode with images. But considering this Soap was from the late 1966-71, it is amazing all the remaining episodes(1224) survived in either kinescope or the film version.
     
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  18. jason88cubs

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    Jill leaves Tim's car in snow, blames Tim, can't admit fault due to her relationship with her mom


    zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz
     
  19. MikaelaArsenault

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    :laugh:
     
  20. jason88cubs

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    jill's mom "i dont think one semester of psychology makes you an expert"

    yes!!!
     
  21. MikaelaArsenault

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    She needs to take more psychology semesters in order to be better at it.
     
  22. Remington Steele

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    They did that on episodes of Newhart. Fortunately Shout Factory released the full versions.
     
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  23. MikaelaArsenault

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    Someone’s idea of a fanfiction:

    Fanfiction

    Home Improvement: Family Reunion:

    • Brad Taylor - He is now a high-school soccer coach. He is married to Samantha Hayes. They have three daughters; Lisa, Jessie, and Megan.
    • Randy Taylor - He is now a reporter. He is married to Lauren and they have two sons.
    • Mark Taylor - He is now a filmmaker. He is single.
     
  24. MikaelaArsenault

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