History YMMV / HomeImprovement

7th Mar '17 1:38:55 PM creader
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* TearJerker: "Where There's A Will, There's A Way" from season 2. Mark overhears a conversation between Tim and Wilson about Tim's mortality. Stunned, Mark later comes downstairs to ask Tim "Dad, are you gonna die?"
** [[spoiler:The episode when Jill's dad died.]]
** Another example is [[spoiler:John Binford's death. Even moreso when Wilson gives Tim a small speech about grieving, to which he ends by saying, "It lets you accept that the person is really... truly... gone." Tim looks over the fence, and finds Wilson has left Tim by himself. After Earl Hindman, Wilson's actor, died in 2003, this scene was just so much worse.]]
** "The Longest Day" where they think Randy might have cancer. When Randy breaks down while talking to Tim at the arcade and then jumps into Tim's arms.
--> "Why does this bad stuff always have to happen to me?...I don't wanna die, Dad."
** The episode where Al's mother dies. Doubles as bittersweet [[HeartwarmingMoments heartwarming]] during Tim and Al's speeches at her funeral: Despite all Tim's fat jokes and Al's griping about how she smothered him, Al really loved his mother and Tim was aware of all her great qualities.
** "Losing My Religion" has Randy volunteering as a hospice and despite ''thinking'' he knows what he's signed on for, he bonds fast with the energetic Elaine only the reality to hit him ''hard'' when she takes a turn for the worse and doesn't want to see him anymore.
** The final episode's CurtainCall was this for several members of the cast. Zachary Ty Bryan and Patricia Richardson were openly weeping, while Tim Allen was clearly holding his back.
7th Mar '17 12:26:17 PM creader
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* AcceptableTargets: The overweight; however, Tim's restriction of his fat jokes to Al, Al's mother, and Jill's mom (before she lost weight) may have been meant to imply it's only all right if it's a friend and they know you're joking (though judging by Al's reaction, they don't have to think it's ''funny'').
** It should be noted that at Al's mother's funeral, it was revealed that she thought Tim's fat jokes were ActuallyPrettyFunny.

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* AcceptableTargets: The overweight; however, Tim's restriction of his fat jokes to Al, Al's mother, and Jill's mom (before she lost weight) may have been meant to imply it's only all right if it's a friend and they know you're joking (though judging by Al's reaction, they don't have to think it's ''funny'').
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''funny''). It should be noted that at Al's mother's funeral, it was revealed that she thought Tim's fat jokes were ActuallyPrettyFunny.



* RealitySubtext: The episode involving Brad and pot mirror's Allen's own possession of drugs in his earlier years.
* RecycledScript: "Bewitched" the final HalloweenEpisode of the show, feels very similar to season 3's "Crazy Over You." Both episodes involved nearly the entire cast secretly joining forces to play an elaborate Halloween prank on Tim in retaliation for his crazy amounts of pranks, and both episodes even conclude with similar [[TheStinger stingers]] of Tim getting some minor revenge by playing one last prank on the respective masterminds.
* RetroactiveRecognition: Apparently, Marty got so frustrated over his various failed businesses, he became an [[Series/KamenRiderDragonKnight alien named General Xaviax trying to conquer Earth and the "mirror world" of Ventara]].
* SeinfeldIsUnfunny / SoOkayItsAverage: The show itself was popular for its time, but in hindsight even members of the cast have admited that the formula of the show was very generic, and that it really did nothing to try to push any boundaries or introduce anything that had not been seen in any of the other many sitcoms popular at the time.
** TropesAreNotBad: As evidenced by the show's huge success during its initial run and continued syndication.

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* RealitySubtext: The episode involving Brad and pot mirror's Allen's own possession of drugs in his earlier years.
* RecycledScript: "Bewitched" the final HalloweenEpisode of the show, feels very similar to season 3's "Crazy Over You." Both episodes involved nearly the entire cast secretly joining forces to play an elaborate Halloween prank on Tim in retaliation for his crazy amounts of pranks, and both episodes even conclude with similar [[TheStinger stingers]] of Tim getting some minor revenge by playing one last prank on the respective masterminds.
* RetroactiveRecognition:
RetroactiveRecognition:
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Apparently, Marty got so frustrated over his various failed businesses, he became an [[Series/KamenRiderDragonKnight alien named General Xaviax trying to conquer Earth and the "mirror world" of Ventara]].
** Future Oscar nominee Amy Ryan, of ''GoneBabyGone'', ''TheWire'' and ''Series/TheOfficeUS'' fame, plays Jill's younger sister Robin in the season 1 episode "Luck Be A Taylor Tonight".
** It happened almost simultaneously, but Pamela Anderson didn't become legendary until her stint on ''Series/{{Baywatch}}'' after leaving ''Home Improvement''.
** Maggie Lawson played Brad's college-age girlfriend later in the series, eventually becoming better known as Juliet on ''Series/{{Psych}}''.
* SeinfeldIsUnfunny / SoOkayItsAverage: SeinfeldIsUnfunny: The show itself was popular for its time, but in hindsight even members of the cast have admited that the formula of the show was very generic, and that it really did nothing to try to push any boundaries or introduce anything that had not been seen in any of the other many sitcoms popular at the time.
** TropesAreNotBad:
time. [[TropesAreNotBad As evidenced by the show's huge success during its initial run and continued syndication.]]



* WellIntentionedExtremist: Probably one of the most benign examples ever, but Tim would always be obsessed with making simple or menial things hyper-masculine, or as he puts, giving it "more power" in order to improve it. As a RunningGag in the series, this almost always led to whatever project he's making more manly to blow up in his face (literally) but he still continues his obsession throughout the series.
1st Feb '17 8:19:05 PM SaraJaye
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** "Losing My Religion" has Randy volunteering as a hospice and despite ''thinking'' he knows what he's signed on for, he bonds fast with the energetic Elaine. When she takes a turn for the worse and doesn't want visitors anymore, the reality hits him ''hard'' and he's left questioning why he thought he could handle it. (Though it does a MoodWhiplash when Tim suggests Randy go "somewhere people gather to pray for safety"-''Tool Time''.)

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** "Losing My Religion" has Randy volunteering as a hospice and despite ''thinking'' he knows what he's signed on for, he bonds fast with the energetic Elaine. When Elaine only the reality to hit him ''hard'' when she takes a turn for the worse and doesn't want visitors anymore, the reality hits to see him ''hard'' and he's left questioning why he thought he could handle it. (Though it does a MoodWhiplash when Tim suggests Randy go "somewhere people gather to pray for safety"-''Tool Time''.)anymore.
1st Feb '17 8:17:20 PM SaraJaye
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** "Losing My Religion" has Randy volunteering as a hospice and despite ''thinking'' he knows what he's signed on for, he bonds fast with the energetic Elaine. When she takes a turn for the worse and doesn't want visitors anymore, the reality hits him ''hard'' and he's left questioning why he thought he could handle it. (Though it does a MoodWhiplash when Tim suggests Randy go "somewhere people gather to pray for safety"-''Tool Time''.)
26th Jan '17 1:17:23 AM MisterCPC
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* TheyWastedAPerfectlyGoodPlot: The aforementioned "Bewitched" opens with Tim playing his usual Halloween pranks on everyone only to discover that everyone has gotten used to them by now and aren't even phased and Tim starting to grow depressed about it, suggesting the episode will be about Tim having come to terms with his old-school pranks being seen as old-fashioned now. Instead, this is quickly forgotten after the opening credits, and the rest of the episode turns into a remake of a previous Halloween episode from the show with everyone teaming up to play a giant prank on him.
27th Nov '16 2:52:15 PM TheMisterSonic
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* BrokenAesop: The UnwantedGlassesPlot with Mark is about how he doesn't want to look like a dork and Jill says it'll be okay even if he has glasses. Pretty quickly he changed to contact lenses, so those who don't want glasses for fear of looking nerdy got very little out of it before the character is not a dork again. There's also the issue that Mark gets picked on and called a dork all the time anyway, glasses or no glasses, so even if he'd kept them, it wouldn't really change anything.
27th Oct '16 3:56:15 PM lorgskyegon
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** The final episode's CurtainCall was this for several members of the cast. Zachary Ty Bryan and Patricia Richardson were openly weeping, while Tim Allen was clearly holding his back.
11th Jul '16 3:48:15 PM MrDeath
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* FridgeHorror: When Randy goes upstairs to study with his girlfriend, Tim and Jill reminisce about how their own study sessions used to lead to sex... and a split second later they go check on Randy and the girl over the end credits.

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* FridgeHorror: Invoked. When Randy goes upstairs to study with his girlfriend, Tim and Jill reminisce about how their own study sessions used to lead to sex... and a split second later they go check on Randy and the girl over the end credits.
11th Jul '16 2:50:00 PM KJMackley
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* CriticProof: The show was never a big darling of the critics (having to compete with edgier material with the likes of ''Series/{{Roseanne}}'', ''Series/{{Seinfeld}}'' and ''Series/{{Friends}}''), the cast got nominated a few times but only Tim Allen won a Golden Globe. But it was extremely popular with the People's Choice Awards, it was a top ten show (#1 a few years) for its entire run.
9th Jul '16 10:46:00 PM KJMackley
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** Of the kids, Randy was the most popular for very smart and snarky, able to play off his dad better than the others. Supplementing this was Jonathan Taylor Thomas being a great actor and rising to TeenIdol stardom, the producers took advantage of this by giving him some of the meatier story arcs.
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