Tony Micelli, a retired baseball player, becomes the housekeeper of Angela Bower, an advertising executive in New York. Together they raise their kids, Samantha Micelli and Jonathon Bower, with help from Mona Robinson, Angela's man-crazy mother.
One of the first ladies almost appeared on Home Improvement. There's actually been a long history of this in television: When Betty Ford appeared on the Mary Tyler Moore Show, this was one of three times a first lady has appeared on a sitcom in the history of television. The next time after the Betty Ford/ Mary Tyler Moore incident, would be Nancy Reagan on Diff'rent Strokes, and finally Michelle Obama appeared on the sitcom Jessie, as well as Parks and Recreation. Marla Maples, the former wife of future president Trump, would appear on Spin City in the 90s. The only time a president has appeared on a sitcom was when Donald Trump appeared on Suddenly Susan in the 90s;( although he was not yet president at this point.) Ironically he co-starred with comedienne and future Trump-hater Kathy Griffin. There has been no sitting president that has appeared on a scripted TV show in the history of television. Ronald Reagan, who was a huge fan of the 1980s hit Family Ties, and was considering making a cameo on the Michael J Fox neo-con sitcom; (while he was still president); but that was scuttled at the last minute. Also in 1995, the potential future Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton was given the idea by her people to appear on the popular sitcom Home Improvement as a guest role. At the time, Hilary Clinton was the first lady and it was thought that appearing on Home Improvement would make her more likable. But this was also scuttled at the last minute. See more »
In the episode, 'Karate Kid', Wilson says that he wrote the book 'The Psychophysiological Indices of Amorous Connections Among Termites of the Southwest'. In the episode 'Wilson's Girlfriend', that book was given as the title of Jill's psychology professor. However, in both episodes, it had only managed to sell 4 copies. See more »
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Most episodes featured outtakes from either Tool Time or the show itself as a backdrop to the closing credits. See more »
Syndication prints replace the first season opening credits (in which the cast's names are printed in a different font), with the opening credits that were used beginning with season two. Although the opening sequences are the same across the two seasons, the theme tunes are not. See more »
I grew up with "Home Improvement". I followed "HI" from its very first episode (I had just started 6th grade) to its last (I had finished my first year of college). This was a fun show because you could relate to the Taylor family. I always laughed at Al's flannel wardrobe, his mom (!), and his relationship with Ilene. I loved the episode of Tool Time with the car alarm ("Back away, Flannel Man!")
It was a great eight seasons. I miss "Home Improvement" and the people on it. But we'll always have our memories. (and reruns!)
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