A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
The series offers lessons about family and problem solving. There's some male/female role stereotyping, but it's always played for laughs. A major theme is communication.
Positive Role Models
Both parents stress values like doing the right thing, education, and respect, while encouraging their kids' exploration of other interests. Wilson often offers philosophical guidance to the Taylor family.
Sex, Romance & Nudity
Very occasional boy/girl flirting and kissing. Tim and Jill trade affectionate banter.
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Products & Purchases
Occasional brandless soda and junk food.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Home Improvement finds its humor in family-friendly issues like sibling dynamics, parenting challenges, and an accident-prone Mr. Fix-It dad. Very little about this series is cause for concern; it lends a pretty realistic view of life within a typical nuclear family. Each episode offers an obvious lesson (sometimes for parents as well as kids) in moral judgment, communication, or responsibility. The series occasionally touches on more-serious topics like divorce or a family member's death.
Is It Any Good?
This series was a favorite for eight seasons on ABC in the '90s, and it continues to entertain fans in syndication and on DVD. Tim and Jill have a loving, respectful relationship that allows them to be an effective parenting team for their three boys: Brad (Zachary Ty Bryan), Randy (Jonathan Taylor Thomas), and Mark (Taran Noah Smith).
Although much of Wilson's intellectual advice is lost in translation to Tim (and his misinterpretations are hysterical), Tim and Jill always learn a little something about their own feelings and each other's with Wilson's help. Strong writing, relatable storylines, and a great cast make Home Improvement a winner for families.
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