Home Improvement Break Down

Let’s just state the obvious answer: Home Improvement is not a great show. Compared to its contemporaries, the series—launched as part of ABC’s move toward even more family-friendly sitcoms in the wake of its TGIF” success—lacked the ambition and innovation that made Seinfeld, Roseanne, or even Friends seem so groundbreaking. Instead, Home Improvement was almost defiantly formulaic, the only ground it broke being whatever Allen happened to fall on. I’ve always remembered a rather large amount of special effects work on this show, and the pilot is no exception. Every single episode seemed to have at least one pretty big stunt on it,and it must have worked for what audiences were looking for at the time, because it never went away.

Later my friend, who also happens to have a degree in engineering and who also builds houses, came over and looked at my roof. He said it had a few years left in it and then we went out drinking. My neighbor also told me that the last owners replaced the roof in 1999 and they typically last 20 years.

At any rate I’m not giving up blogging, but I am going to start another blog where I talk … Read more

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