Stars: 4 out of 5
: Loving family with plenty of laughs.
: Formula already very obvious
In this family sitcom
“The Day I Come to My Senses is Still a Long Way Off.”
Building on the success of the first two season, Home Improvement season three
was another huge success for the family sitcom. There
are a few changes, but nothing too big, which means the laughs continue, and
fans will continue to be delighted.
If you’ve missed the show, this was a 90’s family sitcom
that centered on the Taylor Family. Father Tim (Tim Allen) also
hosted the successful local show Tool
with his assistant Al Borland (Richard Karn). This season,
they get a new announcer in Heidi (Debbe Dunning). At home, he is
married to Jill (Patricia Richardson), and they have three kids, Brad (Zachery
Ty Bryan), Randy (Jonathan Tayler Thomas), and Mark (Taran Noah Smith). Tim
is constantly messing things up, both his projects and in his relationships, so
he often finds himself getting advise from their neighbor Wilson (Earl Hindman).
In addition to Heidi, the changes come in some of the supporting
characters for the season. Al gets his first serious girlfriend in
Ilene (Sherry Hursey), who recurs throughout the season. The Taylors
also get some new neighbors in Joe and Marie Morton (Robert Picardo and
Mariangela Pino), and the wife becomes a friend for Jill, which is nice since her
friend Karen (played by Betsy Randle) from the first two seasons had left to
become Amy Matthews on Boy Meets World
So what exactly happens this year? Jill and Al team up with some women to put
together a Habitat for Humanity house racing Tim and his team of
athletes. With a little help from his parents, Mark takes Brad and
Randy on for one of their pranks on him. And speaking of pranks,
everyone gets in on one against Tim on Halloween. Tim’s attempts to
get a Christmas picture and decorate the house for the holiday both meet with
disaster while Brad wants to skip the holiday for a ski trip with
friends. Meanwhile, Tim finally finishes his hot rod and winds up
racing it against Bob Vila. And Jill spends much of the season
trying various things to raise money for the library as well as reuniting with
her best friend/enemy at a high school reunion. Over at Tool Time,
we also get a man’s bathroom and a man’s kitchen. And Randy uses old love letters while
chatting with a woman on a dating site.
There is lots of fun to be had here. The jokes
are plentiful, and the situations are completely relatable. There
are times it’s hard to understand why Jill hasn’t killed Tim since he can be so
clueless, yet I like the fact that they still work everything out by the end of
the show. Ultimately, there is a love in this family that makes the
rest of the show so much fun to watch. I do wish Tim weren’t so mean
in his put downs at times, especially to Al, although Al begins to hold his own
a bit more. I especially loved watching them reverse roles when they
fill in on a cooking show in one episode.
My complaint with the show is how formulaic it is. Yes,
all shows, especially sitcoms, can be, but this one is especially noticeable,
even this early into the show’s run. There are still plenty of
wonderful and funny moments, but a little more creativity in the plot structure
would be nice.
Having said that, the actors are continuing to bring the
characters to life in a great way. The kids are turning into find
actors as well, although the stand out continues to be Jonathan Taylor Thomas
whose Randy steals many of the scenes he’s in.
There were 25 episodes in season three, and all of them are
preserved in this three disc set in their native full frame and stereo
sound. The only extra we get is a visit to Tim’s tool corral, where
we can watch clips from that season of the gags involving those tools. It’s
not that exciting, especially if you’ve just finished watching those episodes.
might not be made as much for watching the episodes back to back, but there are
still plenty of wonderfully funny moments in this season three
of the show will be delighted to revisit these characters.
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23. What You See is What You Get