Created by Matt Williams, Carmen Finestra (who both produced The Cosby Show) and David MacFadzean, Home Improvement was based on the standup comedy routine of Tim Allen. The show debuted on September 1, 1991 on ABC and became an instant hit, ranking 5th in the Nielsen ratings during the series’ first season, and never leaving the top ten during the show’s entire eight year run.
Tim “The Toolman” Taylor (Tim Allen) is the accident-prone host of Tool Time, based in Detroit Michigan. He spends most of his time teasing his co-host, Al Borland (Richard Karn), unmercifully. Tim is married to Jill (Patricia Richardson) and they are raising three boys, Brad (Zachery Ty Bryan), Randy (Jonathan Taylor Thomas, who left the series at the beginning of the eighth season by going off on an environmental research study in Costa Rica, and Mark (Taran Noah Smith), the youngest son, who grew into an outcast dressed in dark clothing and was prone to sulky behavior.