20. Home Improvement
Air Dates: September 17, 1991-May 25, 1999
Stars: Tim Allen, Patricia Richardson, Earl Hindman, Zachery Ty Bryan, Jonathan Taylor Thomas, Taran Noah Smith, Richard Karn
Tim Allen wasn't quite as wholesome as his Home Improvement character, Tim "The Toolman" Taylor—the real Tim served time in the late '70s and early '80s after getting caught with over a pound of coke. Home Improvement was the comedian's redemption song, of sorts.
Tim and his wife, Jill (Patricia Richardson), lived in the Detroit suburbs with their three sons, Brad (Zachery Ty Bryan), Randy (Jonathan Taylor Thomas) and Mark (Taran Noah Smith). As the requisite grunting white dad, Tim co-hosted the Binford Tools-sponsored show Tool Time with the frequent butt of all jokes, Al Borland (Richard Karn). Borland had the flannel game on lock way back in the day. Aside from the banter between Tim and Al, the highlight of Tool Time was the "Tool Time girl," first played by Pamela Anderson in her landmark television debut.
Because no show would be complete without a mysterious, all-knowing neighbor, the Taylors were enlightened by Wilson. Aside from Jill, Wilson was Tim's most trusted confidant, and gave him great advice through the show's duration. He was like some sort of friendly, white oracle. But his advice couldn't stop the deluge of gender role-reinforcing jokes.