Home Improvement draws heavily upon the standup comedy routines of Tim Allen, herein cast as Tim Taylor, star of the Detroit cable-TV series "Tool Time" -- sort of a low-rent version of Bob Vila's do-it-yourself opus "This Old House" . Allen's humor relies upon barbed but affectionate digs at his wife and kids, and his ever-increasing ineptitude in dealing with the follies and foibles of everyday life. In Home Improvement, Tim Taylor is affirmatively master of his domain on "Tool Time" -- even though he relies a bit too extensively on his all-purpose solution to any mechanical problem, "More Power! More Power!" -- but at home he is all thumbs with the household appliances, and a stumbler-bumbler supreme when dealing with his wife, Jill (Patricia Richardson), and three sons, Brad (Zachery Ty Bryan), Randy (Jonathan Taylor Thomas), and Mark (Taran Noah Smith).

The Taylor youngsters are typically mischievous and sometimes irksome but basically good kids, though youngest son Mark tends to be victimized by the prankery of Brad and Randy. Also in the cast is Earl Hindman as the Taylors' philosophical, advice-dispensing neighbor Wilson, whose face is never clearly seen behind the backyard fence that separates the two neighbors' houses. Showing up on a recurring basis is Tim's long-suffering "Tool Time" assistant, Al Borland (Richard Karn), and the show's beautiful "Tool Time Girl" Lisa (Pamela Anderson, later played by Debbe Dunning).


Tim Allen, Patricia Richardson, Jonathan Taylor Thomas, Zachery Ty Bryan, Taran Noah Smith, Richard Karn