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.
#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.
#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.
#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.
#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.
#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.
#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.
#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.
#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.
#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.
#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.
#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.
#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.
#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".
#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.
#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.
#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.
#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.
#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.
#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.
#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.
#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.
#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.
#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.
#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.
#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.