A 2011 sitcom starring Tim Allen and Nancy Travis. Often referred to as an Distaff Counterpart
of Home Improvement
The series follows Mike Baxter, a director of marketing at an outdoor sporting goods store in Denver, Colorado, whose world is dominated by women – especially at home with his wife and three daughters, one of whom is a single mother. Leaving him to try and raise his young grandson to be a "man".
This show provides examples of:
- Actor Allusion: In "Last Halloween Standing," Mike passes by a trick-or-treater dressed as Buzz Lightyear.
"Those are the wrong wings."
- Bill McKenzie (Richard Karn) asks Mike how his three boys are doing. Mike reminds him he has three girls despite Bill distinctly remembering three boys. Richard Karn and Tim Allen starred on Home Improvement together where Tim's character had three boys.
- On "Private Coach" Mike says "Never give up, never surrender!" He also does the hand gesture.
- When Mike notices Jon's ( Jonathan Taylor Thomas) car, Jon mentions that it was suped up for "more power." Not only does Mike do the grunt, but he remarks that "that kid was raised well."
- The girls watch Paranormal Activity 2 in a Season One episode. Molly Ephraim, who plays Mandy Baxter, played Ali in the film.
- Advertised Extra: Richard Karn's guest spot was heavily hyped in the promos. He barely has a few minutes of screen time. In fact the promo has about almost half of his total screen-time. Jonathan Taylor Thomas suffered this same fate.
- Benevolent Boss: Ed.
- Christmas Episode: "Last Christmas Standing." Boyd's father returns to town, while Mandy demands better working conditions for her fellow elves at Outdoor Man.
- Creator Breakdown: In-Universe. Whenever Mike does an Internet ad for the store, he usually rants about whatever's been annoying him in the given episode.
- Disappeared Dad: Ryan, who got Kristen pregnant, left town, and only shows up once for Christmas before vanishing again.
- Friday Night Death Slot: Moved there in Season 2 to combo with Malibu Country, Reba McEntire's new sitcom.
- Halloween Episode: "Last Halloween Standing." Against Kristen's wishes, Mike takes Boyd out trick-or-treating and winds up mixing him up with another kid in a similar costume.
- Invisible President: "Election" averts this by name-checking both Barack Obama and Mitt Romney.
- Odd Friendship: Kyle and Ed.
- The Danza: Jonathan Taylor Thomas as Jon.
- The One Guy: The premise of the series, with Mike the only male Baxter in the cast. (There is Boyd, but he's only seen occasionally.)
Doctor: I'm concerned about your blood pressure.
Mike: I live in a house with four women.
Doctor: Then you're doing great.
It should be noted Eve is a tomboy.
- Reality Subtext: In the pilot, Mike's first lines include "I'm back!" and "It's good to be home" - referencing Tim Allen's return to TV, network ABC over ten years after Home Improvement ended and even the same timeslot said series occupied.
- Sensitive Guy and Manly Man: Kyle and Mike.
- Soap Opera Rapid Aging Syndrome: Boyd for season 2.
- The Other Darrin: The actress playing the eldest daughter Kristin is replaced for season 2.
- And Nick Jonas got replaced by another actor for Ryan, the father of Boyd for Season 2 also.
- Tomboy and Girly Girl: Eve and Mandy, respectively.