Home Improvement : Season 1

  • Network: ABC
  • Series Premiere Date: Sep 17, 1991
Season #: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9

Generally favorable reviews - based on 18 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 18
  2. Negative: 4 out of 18

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Critic Reviews

  1. Newsday
    Reviewed by: Marvin Kitman
    Jun 21, 2013
    The show is well-conceived, well-written and very funny. [16 Sep 1991]
  2. Orlando Sentinel
    Reviewed by: Greg Dawson
    Jun 21, 2013
    Home Improvement isn't groundbreaking TV or even the most original new show of the year (that would be Eerie, Indiana), but it's the most perfectly realized: an idea whose time has come - the ripe-for-ribbing men's movement - combined with sharp writing and once-in-a-blue-moon cast chemistry. [17 Sep 1991]
  3. Houston Chronicle
    Reviewed by: Ann Hodges
    Jun 21, 2013
    There are more than a few good laughs in tonight's episode, and next week's is even better. [17 Sep 1991]
  4. Reviewed by: Howard Rosenberg
    Jun 21, 2013
    Nourished by clever writing, the comic delivery of Allen and the earthy freshness of Richardson, "Home Improvement" is funny enough in spots to make you laugh out loud.
  5. St. Louis Post-Dispatch
    Reviewed by: Eric Mink
    Jun 21, 2013
    A very funny show. [8 Sep 1991]
  6. Reviewed by: David Hiltbrand
    Jun 25, 2013
    Allen is one of the fall's freshest finds. But all the best punch lines in the hilarious pilot came right out of his "Men Are Pigs" stand-up routine. With the writers out on their own, the humor seems to be thinning out.
  7. Boston Herald
    Reviewed by: Monica Collins
    Jun 21, 2013
    There are several hearty laughs in "Home Improvement" - the best you can ask of any TV comedy. [12 Sep 1991]
  8. Reviewed by: Ken Tucker
    Jun 9, 2013
    In his sitcom debut, Tim Allen is a natural — not just funny, but an interesting TV presence: charming but a little edgy, a wise guy, but a wise guy with a lot on the ball.
  9. USA Today
    Reviewed by: Matt Roush
    Jun 21, 2013
    A one-joke domestic sitcom redeemed by the joke's effectiveness. [17 Sep 1991]
  10. The New York Times
    Reviewed by: John J. O'Connor
    Jun 21, 2013
    Mr. Allen's sitcom may well work, although by the second episode it already shows uneasy signs of cuteness bloat. [17 Sep 1991]
  11. Washington Post
    Reviewed by: Tom Shales
    Jun 21, 2013
    In more exciting times, "Home Improvement" might barely pass muster as tolerable froth. But in a new TV season low on innovation and lean on potential hits, the happy competence of "Home Improvement" seems almost spectacular. [17 Sep 1991]
  12. Reviewed by: Richard Zoglin
    Jul 2, 2013
    There are some amusing gibes at power-tool macho... but dubious prospects for long-term fun.
  13. Boston Globe
    Reviewed by: Ed Siegel
    Jun 21, 2013
    Allen displays a personality at turns engaging, enraging and endearing ... The problem is that "Home Improvement" is a one-joke sitcom. [17 Sep 1991]
  14. Chicago Tribune
    Reviewed by: Rick Kogan
    Jun 21, 2013
    There's a certain sensitivity behind Allen's swagger - he's a mouse in macho duds - but just how many home appliances are there for him to destroy? [17 Sep 1991]
  15. San Diego Union-Tribune
    Reviewed by: Robert P. Laurence
    Jun 21, 2013
    TV comedy at its most conventional and least interesting. [17 Sep 1991]
  16. Newsweek
    Reviewed by: Harry F. Waters
    Jun 21, 2013
    Memo to ABC: Toss out Tim, make the [neighbor] the central character and retitle this mess "Hormonal Improvement." You're welcome. [9 Sep 1991]
  17. Seattle Post-Intelligencer
    Reviewed by: John Engstrom
    Jun 21, 2013
    Without a stronger role for his wife (Patricia Richardson) and some trimming around the edges, like lopping off the sexist tool-girl helper on his TV show, it's mostly a botched job. [12 Sep 1991]
  18. The Hollywood Reporter
    Reviewed by: Miles Beller
    Jun 21, 2013
    Yes, a lot of Taylor goes an awfully little way, "Home Improvement" being a genuinely unfunny transmission devoid of anything much akin to what might remotely be categorized as humor. [17 Sep 1991]
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 12 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 1
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 1
  3. Negative: 0 out of 1
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