Parents' Guide to

Home Improvement

By Emily Ashby, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 7+

Laughs and lessons abound in whole-family sitcom.

TV Syndicated Comedy 1991
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A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.

Community Reviews

age 7+

Based on 9 parent reviews

age 6+

Family fun for all ages

This is one of my favorites since I was little. The characters learn a lesson in each episode but there is so much humor it doesn’t feel too deep. It’s a light hearted family show. There is some innuendo and one or two episodes direct reference to sex. That being said it’s between the married parents in a healthy relationship and often is in a way designed to go over a kids head. As the kids age they do deal with girls and at least one episode has the parents dealing with a girl being alone in the boys room. In my opinion, all of these instances were tame enough and displayed in a mild enough way it opens great conversation with kids who are old enough to understand. The little ones don’t even notice it’s going on.
age 7+

Great family show, funny

We love this sitcom. It is so relatable to us since we’re a family with young kids close in age. Tim reminds me of my macho dad. We can sit down as a whole family and watch this. Parents are loving and in authority. The family supports each other and every episode we’re laughing out loud. Highly recommend!

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (9 ):
Kids say (27 ):

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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