The Best Episodes of Home Improvement

Last Updated: Dec 8, 2018

Home Improvement is a family sitcom about Tim "The Tool man" Taylor (Tim Allen), the host of a local cable home improvement show called "Tool Time." Home Improvement looks at Tim at work, and at home, as the husband of Jill (Patricia Richardson) and the father to three teenage boys. Having been married for almost 20 years, Tim and Jill have had their share of fights, but with the help of their wise, mysterious neighbor Wilson W. Wilson, Jr. (Earl Hindman), things often turn out all right.

Backstage Pass

#1 - Backstage Pass

Season 8 - Episode 28

A retrospective look at eight years of the hit comedy, including interviews with the cast, unseen bloopers and Wilsons entire face being revealed.

star 8.03
76 votes
The Kiss and the Kiss-Off

#2 - The Kiss and the Kiss-Off

Season 6 - Episode 25

Lisa, the old Tool Time girl, returns and Tim gives her her old job back without consulting Heidi, the current Tool Time girl.

star 8.01
76 votes
Directors: Peter Bonerz
Writers: Adam England, Jennifer Celotta
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The Tool Man Delivers

#3 - The Tool Man Delivers

Season 6 - Episode 9

Heidi goes into labor at the Classic Car Man of the Year awards and Tim and Jill help deliver the baby, while receiving instructions from Wilson on the phone.

star 7.91
90 votes
Directors: Peter Bonerz
Writers: Charlie Hauck
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The Long and Winding Road (3)

#4 - The Long and Winding Road (3)

Season 8 - Episode 27

Tim records his finale Tool Time, with a host of guests - and a pregnant Heidi. Morgan offers Tim more money and an executive producer credit to stay with the show, but Tim rejects his offer. Jill makes a decision about the Indiana job offer. Wilson and Tim take down their fence to make more room for Al and Trudy's wedding. Harry and Delores return for the happy occasion, while Benny, Marty and Jeff bet on the outcome. The Taylor's decide to go to Indiana, taking their house with them in the ultimate home project - or is it just a figment of Tim's imagination?

star 7.91
75 votes
Directors: John Pasquin
Writers: Bruce Ferber, Lloyd Garver, Marley Sims
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An Older Woman

#5 - An Older Woman

Season 7 - Episode 13

Brad's getting MARRIED... well, maybe not after Tim and Jill get through with him. The Taylor parents try to make Brad realize that he's not ready for the commitment of marriage to a college girl he just recently met at a party.

star 7.89
86 votes
Directors: Peter Bonerz
Writers: Charlie Hauck
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The Great Race II

#6 - The Great Race II

Season 3 - Episode 25

After Bob Vila raises more money than Tim for Jill's library fundraiser, Tim challenges him to a race... in his unfinished hot rod.

star 7.86
88 votes
Directors: Andy Cadiff
Writers: Jon Vandergriff
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Games, Flames and Automobiles

#7 - Games, Flames and Automobiles

Season 5 - Episode 26

Al creates a Tool Time board game, hoping to earn enough money to propose to Ilene, but the game has problems and sometimes catches fire.

star 7.86
87 votes
Writers: Jennifer Celotta
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The Feminine Mistake

#8 - The Feminine Mistake

Season 6 - Episode 23

Jill makes Tim act like an equal partner once she finds that Brad's girlfriend does whatever he tell her to. Tool Time does a 3D show.

star 7.86
80 votes
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My Dinner with Wilson

#9 - My Dinner with Wilson

Season 4 - Episode 9

At Thanksgiving dinner with the Taylors, Wilson announces he is moving, but Tim gives him advice in the hopes Wilson will decide to stay.

star 7.86
104 votes
Directors: Andy Cadiff
Writers: Elliot Shoenman, Marley Sims
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A Night to Dismember

#10 - A Night to Dismember

Season 7 - Episode 5

It's Halloween at the Taylor's house. Mark decides to do a horror video for his class using different scenes from old horror shows and movies, but Jill and Tim don't like the idea when they sneak a preview at Mark's video.

star 7.85
97 votes
Writers: Eric Horsted
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Yule Better Watch Out

#11 - Yule Better Watch Out

Season 1 - Episode 12

Tim competes in the neighborhood Christmas light competition. Mark writes his Christmas list to Santa, but Brad and Randy tell him Santa is dead.

star 7.83
196 votes
Directors: John Pasquin
Writers: Billy Riback
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Jill's Passion

#12 - Jill's Passion

Season 7 - Episode 7

Ian, a man Jill met at the YMCA gym, asks her out mistaking Tim for her brother. That night Jill has a dream about him, but after talking to Patty, a friend, and Tim she straightens it out.

star 7.82
81 votes
Directors: Peter Bonerz
Writers: Marley Sims, Elliot Shoenman
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Ye Olde Shoppe Teacher

#13 - Ye Olde Shoppe Teacher

Season 4 - Episode 10

Mr. Leonard, Tim's high school shop teacher, comes to visit, but gets angry and leaves after guest starring on an episode of Tool Time.

star 7.82
99 votes
Directors: Andy Cadiff
Writers: Howard J. Morris
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Taps

#14 - Taps

Season 6 - Episode 24

To keep her father away because of the pressure she's under, Jill fakes an illness only to find out that he died shortly after she lied to him.

star 7.82
79 votes
Directors: Peter Bonerz
Writers: Bruce Ferber, Lloyd Garver
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The Long and Winding Road (2)

#15 - The Long and Winding Road (2)

Season 8 - Episode 26

As Tim and the Boys drive to school, they reminisce about some of the memories they have over the past eight years.

star 7.81
70 votes
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Pilot

#16 - Pilot

Season 1 - Episode 1

After Jill explicitly tells Tim not to touch the dishwasher, he breaks it in an attempt to make it more powerful; more of a "man's" dishwasher. Jill has a job interview, but she doesn't get it and when Tim tries to comfort her, he only makes matters worse. After talking to Wilson, Tim tries again and succeeds.

star 7.81
622 votes
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What a Drag

#17 - What a Drag

Season 7 - Episode 16

On Tool Time, Tim and Al show viewers how to prepare for a severe winter storm. When Tim falls through the gazebo he discovers a small bag of marijuana taped to the underside of the swing. Jill and Tim stake out their backyard from Wilson's to catch the culprit... to everyone's surprise, Brad is caught red-handed with the goods.

star 7.81
79 votes
Writers: Elliot Shoenman, Marley Sims
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Futile Attraction

#18 - Futile Attraction

Season 7 - Episode 18

Tim becomes suspicious that Heidi and Al are having a hot affair when he finds out she has separated from her husband; he sets out to find out exactly how much of an affair they are having. On Tool Time, Tim adds a little MORE POWER to his golf swing when golf-pro Payne Stewart guests.

star 7.81
80 votes
Directors: Peter Bonerz
Writers: David Maples
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The Dating Game

#19 - The Dating Game

Season 7 - Episode 10

Tim takes Al to a club to meet women after they find out Ilene is engaged.

star 7.80
85 votes
Writers: Laurie Gelman
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Al's Fair in Love and War

#20 - Al's Fair in Love and War

Season 1 - Episode 23

Al tries to ask Greta Post out, but when he does he screws up. After Jill finds her old diary, Tim wants to read it. Tim notices that Brad acts different around Jennifer.

star 7.80
121 votes
Directors: John Pasquin
Writers: Elliot Stern
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A Marked Man

#21 - A Marked Man

Season 4 - Episode 25

Al tells Tim and Jill that one of their boys may have stolen a pocket knife. They don't believe their boys would steal, but they find the knife in Mark's pocket in the laundry.

star 7.80
81 votes
Writers: Jon Vandergriff
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Let Them Eat Cake

#22 - Let Them Eat Cake

Season 5 - Episode 6

Brad throws a Halloween party for his new friends at school while Tim, Jill, Al, and Ilene attend a cable awards show. The Tool Time cast hopes to win an award, but it appears that Cooking with Irma will sweep the event as it has every other year.

star 7.79
106 votes
Directors: Andy Cadiff
Writers: Jon Vandergriff
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Mow Better Blues

#23 - Mow Better Blues

Season 1 - Episode 2

After breaking one of Tim's tools that has been in the family for twenty years, Mark fears that he will be traded in after Brad and Randy make up a story about "Peter", their former brother that was traded in after he broke one of Tim's flashlights.

star 7.79
450 votes
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Room at the Top

#24 - Room at the Top

Season 7 - Episode 3

Jill wants Tim to build her an office in the attic, and then changes her mind at the last minute; Tim makes a big deal about it.

star 7.79
91 votes
Writers: Marley Sims, Elliot Shoenman
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The Route of All Evil

#25 - The Route of All Evil

Season 4 - Episode 13

After Brad takes a paper route, he has trouble getting up and doing homework but doesn't want to quit because it will disappoint Tim.

star 7.78
95 votes
Directors: Andy Cadiff
Writers: Lloyd Garver
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