YMMV: Last Man Standing

The Movie

The TV show

  • Broken Base: The episode "Hard Ass" teacher regarding Eve dropping a class with a hard teacher that nobody gets above a "C" in and taking one with an easier teacher so she can get an "A" and get into West Point. Was she wrong to back away from a challenge similar to one she would find at the Academy and in the Army or was she smart for realizing the school will only care about what grade she got, not the difficulty of the teacher?
    • Alexandra Krosney vs. Amanda Fuller, and who was better as Kristin. Krosney generally had better chemistry with the sisters, looking and acting related to them, and was just starting to grow into the role. Fuller had a rough start since her tenure coincided with the new emphasis on conservative vs. liberal conflict between Kristin and Mike (making her seem petty and contrarian, not helping with the change in performers), but that retool allowed more emphasis on Kristin with a feisty personality.
    • Whether the increased emphasis on conservative vs. liberal values as opposed to the gender gap between males and females was a good thing or not.
  • Critic-Proof: The show was trashed by critics but it still has a large viewership and fandom.
  • Critical Dissonance: To the point where the reviewers at AV Club are legitimately stumped that it gets the viewership it does.
  • Ensemble Dark Horse: Chuck, to the point that Jonathan Adams was Promoted to Opening Titles in Season Four.
    • Out of all the members of the Baxter family, Mandy and Eve are the most popular amongst fans (Mandy for her Fanservice and Eve for her snarker tendencies).
  • Flame War: Good God the entire show. If you look at the IMDB message boards you'll find two camps: one that thinks the show is nothing but an intolerant, hateful, ignorant Author Tract for conservatism and another that praises the show for being willing to take shots at mainstream liberalism and promoting conservative values such as personal accountability and meritocracy. Many of the boards will start off with no political content only to segue into a battle between conservative and liberal viewers.
  • "Funny Aneurysm" Moment: All the jokes about Eve's friend Cammy being strange and weird became this after it was revealed in "Restaurant Opening" that she's a bisexual.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: A Running Gag in "Thanksgiving" is that Ryan bet on the Detroit Lions in their annual Thanksgiving game even though they've lost for nine years straight (and do so in the episode). After the episode aired, the Lions broke the streak in Real Life.
  • Moral Event Horizon: Many viewers feel that Ryan crossed the line when he blamed Vanessa for the sinkhole that almost got Mike and Boyd killed, then proceeded to fuel the flames in the next episode by forcing Boyd to dress as a lump of coal for Halloween while Vanessa was going through a breakdown due to work stress.
  • Replacement Scrappy: Amanda Fuller for the reasons described above.
  • The Scrappy: Kristin, after the actress change in season two, and Ryan.
  • Separated-at-Birth Casting: Especially when Alexandra Krosney played Kristin, it was uncanny how all three sisters looked alike.
  • Some Anvils Need to Be Dropped: "Ping Pong" drops an important one in regard to electing government officials who are the same race/gender/ethnicity/religion/etc. as you. Vanessa believes that having Hilary Clinton become the first female president outweighs any of her political positions. Chuck tells her that's ridiculous and that, while he did vote for Barack Obama, he did it because he felt he was the best candidate. If Chuck didn't like any of his positions, he wouldn't have voted for him even though he would be the first black president. Voters should choose candidates because they think they would be a good leader, not because they have a shared background.
  • Special Effects Failure: The show is pretty bad at this with several effects shots clearly being chroma keyed and CGI.
  • Take That, Audience!: Eve firmly telling Mandy that she is straight in "Restaurant Opening" can be interpreted as one towards the audience members who believed Eve is a closeted lesbian.
  • They Changed It, Now It Sucks: Many fans did not like the changes that took place between season one and two (recasting Kristin, making Ryan a recurrer, putting emphasis on conservative vs. liberal values, etc.)
  • Tough Act to Follow: It's Tim Allen's first television show since Home Improvement, it was bound to get this.
  • Unsympathetic Comedy Protagonist: Mike has a lot of strong political beliefs and does not hesitate to voice them, he also doesn't get along with a lot of people and will do or say things that are insulting because he just doesn't care. But then again, he is a very intelligent guy and attentive husband and father, and he avoids doing anything outright mean to other characters.
  • What an Idiot: You would think Ryan would have been smart enough to take his protest pictures without wearing his beer company's uniform, seeing as displaying the logo would imply the company agrees with his views. Nope. He does it with the uniform on and winds up getting suspended from work.
  • Win Back the Crowd: After season two's poor reception, the writers toned down the more overtly political content in seasons three and four, to positive reception from fans.