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'Last Man Standing': Tim Allen Returns to TV Worried About Modern Men (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Oct 12th 2011 1:45AM
'Last Man Standing' - 'Pilot'With 'How to Be a Gentleman' already cancelled while female-lead comedies are coming out strong, are men in trouble this season? There were three "manly men" sitcoms in the pipes and one's down already. But 'Last Man Standing' (Tue., 8PM ET on ABC) has the star power of Tim Allen, who's fought this battle of manliness before.

Allen brings every bit of Tim Taylor to Mike Baxter, which turns out to be exactly why it works. Who would have thought that the same schtick could work again two decades after 'Home Improvement' launched, but Allen's charm manages to carry the day.

In a house of women this time around, Mike laments what's happened to men in the intervening years since his youth. In fact, at his work -- which looks like a variation of the very-manly Bass Pro Shop -- it is his ranting about men that may steer the future of the company.

With catalogs dying out, Mike was taxed with finding a way to drive traffic to their website, and he did it by turning a promotion for a crossbow into a platform to complain about modern men. Yes, it's similar to how Tim Turner used to vent his personal life frustrations through 'Tool Time,' but it's a format that works, and it's something Allen does very well.

The cast is likable, Allen seems very much at home, and the writing is that very comfortable humor that comes in this multi-camera format. In other words, if there is a place for throwback feel-good family comedies in this "year of the comedy," then 'Last Man Standing' may manage to stand for quite a while.



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evestar05

Tim had his time made all the money, I want to see someone NEW rehashed tv if you ask me.

October 12 2011 at 12:41 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
donpatschatz

This show is a WINNER! Looking forward to next week for more laughs. Great cast of characters.

October 12 2011 at 12:30 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
g8rzguy78

So far its been an awesome show!!! I LOVE IT!!!! Bashed hippies, Obama, pansies AND soccer!!!! Its my new favorite comedy!!! He also referenced Jack Youngblood... GO GATORS!

October 12 2011 at 11:40 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
shadowracer

Did he really write Tim Turner? He forgot who Tim "The Toolman" Taylor is?
ROFLMAO. I think that's grounds for your "TV Expert" card to get pulled.
Luckily you can blog with out it, not that you should though.

October 12 2011 at 10:39 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
laedbac1

We agree. There are too many shows with mouthy women abuseing their husbands on tv. We like Tims shows and agree with him.

October 12 2011 at 6:03 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
gistbyteme

Jason, for someone supposedly well versed in television. . give me a break. . you can't even get the character names correct on the well established/classic shows. It was not "Tim Turner" . .it was Tim Taylor. Of course Tim Allen is comfortable with the character. . his comedy has been based on this character for years. Your insight in this piece is underwhelming to say the least. Stop watching the playoffs and get on with your job. .how will we ever figure it all out without your sage outpourings. . . ;)

October 12 2011 at 3:28 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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