The BEST Episodes of Home Improvement

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

Last Updated: Mar 8, 2020

Network: ABC (US)

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.

The Long and Winding Road (2)

#1 - The Long and Winding Road (2)

Season 8 - Episode 26 - Aired May 25, 1999

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

star 7.98
363 votes
Home for the Holidays

#2 - Home for the Holidays

Season 8 - Episode 11 - Aired Dec 8, 1998

Randy returns from Costa Rica for Christmas only to discover the changes that have taken place in his absence and that life has gone on without him.

star 7.88
315 votes
Directors: Peter Bonerz
Writers: Jon Vandergriff
Knee Deep

#3 - Knee Deep

Season 8 - Episode 15 - Aired Feb 2, 1999

Brad blames Tim for possibly ruining his soccer career when he injures his knee on a piece of hardware during a Tool Time shoot at the house. The magicians Penn & Teller appear on Tool Time.

star 7.88
283 votes
Directors: Peter Filsinger
Writers: Jonathan Pollack
Bye Bye Birdie

#4 - Bye Bye Birdie

Season 2 - Episode 18 - Aired Feb 17, 1993

A woodpecker is a pecking pain in the neck for Tim. Brad blames a poor grade on Jennifer who refuses to let him copy her paperwork anymore.

star 7.75
322 votes
Young at Heart

#5 - Young at Heart

Season 8 - Episode 17 - Aired Feb 16, 1999

Jill is angry when Tim spends too much time with his new female mechanic near their anniversary.

star 7.71
315 votes
Directors: Geoffrey Nelson
Writers: Bruce Ferber, Lloyd Garver
The Kiss and the Kiss-Off

#6 - The Kiss and the Kiss-Off

Season 6 - Episode 25 - Aired May 20, 1997

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

star 7.71
294 votes
Directors: Peter Bonerz
Writers: Adam England, Jennifer Celotta
Trouble-A-Bruin

#7 - Trouble-A-Bruin

Season 8 - Episode 23 - Aired May 11, 1999

Troubles brew on Tool Time when Bud mandates that no non-Binford products are to be used on the show. Brad has to decide whether or not to play soccer earlier than he is scheduled to when he has an opportunity to play in front of a UCLA scout.

star 7.70
316 votes
Directors: Andrew Tsao
Writers: David Maples, Tracy Gamble
Dead Weight

#8 - Dead Weight

Season 8 - Episode 24 - Aired May 18, 1999

Tool Time continues to be a "jewel" despite the continued excess presence of the Binford name. Things rapidly turn sad when Al decides to take his mother out to dinner to tell her he's going to get married... and she has a heart attack and dies.

star 7.70
342 votes
Directors: Geoffrey Nelson
Writers: Jennifer Celotta
Pilot

#9 - Pilot

Season 1 - Episode 1 - Aired Sep 17, 1991

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 7.66
1,228 votes
The Great Race II

#10 - The Great Race II

Season 3 - Episode 25 - Aired May 25, 1994

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 7.66
365 votes
Directors: Andy Cadiff
Writers: Jon Vandergriff
Loose Lips and Freudian Slips

#11 - Loose Lips and Freudian Slips

Season 8 - Episode 22 - Aired May 4, 1999

Jill's thesis is before the committee. During Mark's student film viewing, Jill's psychology professor sees Jill criticize him and Jill is worried that this will affect the thesis committee's decision.

star 7.65
341 votes
Directors: Tim Allen
Writers: Kim Flagg
The Long and Winding Road (1)

#12 - The Long and Winding Road (1)

Season 8 - Episode 25 - Aired May 18, 1999

Tool Time's new producer, Morgan, stages a Jerry Springer style fight on the show. When he refuses to stop degrading the show, Tim quits. Jill's psychology professor offers her a great job - in Indiana.

star 7.63
320 votes
Directors: Andy Cadiff
Writers: Laurie Gelman
Mark's Big Break

#13 - Mark's Big Break

Season 8 - Episode 16 - Aired Feb 9, 1999

Tim commissions Mark to make a video to celebrate the completion of his hot rod. When Tim is disappointed with the result, Mark films a new version - with a dance number set to "Greased Lightning".

star 7.61
313 votes
Directors: Geoffrey Nelson
Writers: Tracy Gamble
Don't Tell Momma

#14 - Don't Tell Momma

Season 4 - Episode 2 - Aired Sep 27, 1994

Jill dents the car so Tim decides to fix it, but he accidentally drops a three ton beam on it and tries to hide it from Jill. Meanwhile, Brad and Randy are kicked off of the school bus for gluing Vinnie McGurn's, a bully's, butt.

star 7.61
449 votes
Directors: Andy Cadiff
Writers: Howard J. Morris, Rosalind Moore
A House Divided

#15 - A House Divided

Season 4 - Episode 18 - Aired Feb 21, 1995

Benny, Tim's friend, moves into his aunt's house while she's away, but a gas leak causes the house to blow up and Benny must stay with the Taylors.

star 7.61
393 votes
Directors: Andy Cadiff
Writers: Bruce Ferber, Lloyd Garver
Bubble, Bubble, Toil and Trouble

#16 - Bubble, Bubble, Toil and Trouble

Season 1 - Episode 9 - Aired Nov 19, 1991

Tim decides to put in another sink in the bathroom so his shaving junk won't be in Jill's way, but the project takes longer than he expects.

star 7.59
580 votes
Directors: John Pasquin
Writers: Susan Estelle Jansen
A Hardware Habit to Break

#17 - A Hardware Habit to Break

Season 8 - Episode 21 - Aired Mar 30, 1999

Harry announces that he is retiring and selling the hardware store. Tim organizes a fundraising party for the store, but ends up buying it himself. But when the customers dry up, Tim begins to wonder what he is doing wrong.

star 7.59
336 votes
Directors: Peter Bonerz
Writers: Jon Vandergriff
The Feminine Mistake

#18 - The Feminine Mistake

Season 6 - Episode 23 - Aired May 6, 1997

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 7.59
377 votes
Much Ado About Nana

#19 - Much Ado About Nana

Season 2 - Episode 21 - Aired Mar 17, 1993

Jill's mother, Nana, comes to visit and Tim notices that Jill and Nana don't talk about their problems with each other.

star 7.58
324 votes
Directors: Andy Cadiff
Writers: Howard J. Morris
The Longest Day

#20 - The Longest Day

Season 5 - Episode 22 - Aired Apr 2, 1996

After a routine medical checkup, the family discovers that Randy may have cancer.

star 7.58
304 votes
Taps

#21 - Taps

Season 6 - Episode 24 - Aired May 13, 1997

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 7.58
373 votes
Directors: Peter Bonerz
Writers: Bruce Ferber, Lloyd Garver
Games, Flames and Automobiles

#22 - Games, Flames and Automobiles

Season 5 - Episode 26 - Aired May 21, 1996

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 7.57
414 votes
Directors: Peter Filsinger
Writers: Jennifer Celotta
High School Confidential

#23 - High School Confidential

Season 5 - Episode 14 - Aired Jan 16, 1996

Brad feels jealous when Randy starts taking advanced classes at his school. Tim designs the man's bedroom.

star 7.57
372 votes
Directors: Andy Cadiff
Writers: Bruce Ferber, Lloyd Garver
Heavy Meddle

#24 - Heavy Meddle

Season 2 - Episode 5 - Aired Oct 14, 1992

When Tim throws a party to celebrate putting in the hot rod's engine, Jill decides to hook her friend Karen up with one of the guys coming to the party and ends up ruining Tim's day with a barbeque. Meanwhile, the boys have problems with the McGurn brothers.

star 7.57
448 votes
Directors: John Pasquin
Writers: Rosalind Moore
Something Old, Something Blue

#25 - Something Old, Something Blue

Season 6 - Episode 18 - Aired Feb 25, 1997

Before Al and Ilene's wedding, Al tells the guys a secret.

star 7.57
298 votes
Directors: John Pasquin
Writers: Elliot Shoenman, Marley Sims