Tim Allen has been a stalwart of top notch small screen comedy shows since more than two decades. His latest show – Last Man Standing, is about to take you down nostalgia lane. The show, which features Tim Allen in the lead role of Mike Baxter, is bringing back another iconic Tim Allen character from the past. Mike Baxter is meeting Tim Allen’s Tim ‘The Toolman’ Taylor from the cult classic show Home Improvement. The crossover is planned for the show’s concluding season.
And fans are starting to lose their minds!!
Mike Baxter and Tim Taylor will be joining forces for the first and last time in what can be called a small screen milestone. A crossover like this has never been tried before. Tim Allen’s very own crossover into his own show is not something you see every day. The titular sitcom dads will be making an appearance in the January 7th episode of the ninth and final season of Last Man Standing. The episode, which is titled “Dual Time” (We see what you did there Fox), sees the legendary handyman entering Mike Baxter’s kitchen. The early footage that was revealed showed the character giving off his iconic grunt. The grunt had become famous as Tim Taylor’s signature move in Home Improvement.
The trailer was posted by Fox a little while ago. Check it out here:
As you can see in the trailer, the final season of Last man Standing will be tackling a range of issues. Apart from the personal family issues of Mike Baxter, the current COVID-19 pandemic and the lockdown will also be addressed. as you can see, the characters in the show could be seen conversing in zoom calls.
And no, if you are thinking this is the start of a Tim Allen Universe, you are sorely mistaken. Sorry to burst your bubble. That Santa Claus reference in the trailer might irk you to think otherwise. But that was just a fun and quirky call-back at best. Allen will not also come back as Santa Claus from the popular 1994 movie The Santa Clause. And he almost certainly will not be returning as The Shaggy Dog just because he has a lot of hair now.
For those of you who do not know how big this news is (and are of course living under a rock), let us enlighten you. Before Tim Allen became the great showman of sitcoms, he was just an ordinary actor who starred in an ordinary ABC show in 1991. That show was Home Improvement. Over the course of 8 years and 8 seasons, Home Improvement garnered massive popularity, pushing it into near legendary status as a sitcom. Tim Allen became a household phenomenon as the lead character of the show – Tim ‘The Toolman’ Taylor. Tim Taylor showcased Allen’s stand up comedy skills when he starred in a show within the show, sponsored by his own company called “Tool Time”.
Tim Allen’s Tim Taylor and Mike Baxter shaking hands and sharing the same screen space might be a blast too powerful form the past for many. Hold on to your tissue boxes. Childhood memories might hit the millennials reading this hard.