First of all if your politics lean towards the left, you probably won’t like this show. As a conservative, I absolutely love it and rejoice that there is such a show on the air. Tim Allen is wonderful with his pithy, expressive and sometimes deadpan lines and the supporting cast are quite good as well. It’s so nice to see Héctor Elizondo (my favorite character in Pretty Woman) again and he and Tim Allen are a great duo at the Outdoorman store. True, the show recast one of the daughters for season 2, but her replacement does an admirable job and the tone of the show is unchanged. Each member of the Baxter family is well drawn and unique. Don’t think this is a Home Improvement knockoff, although Tim Allen plays a similar sort of character but this time as the lone manly man in a house full of women. I love that many of the female characters are whip smart and ambitious, a welcome relief from the average TV show. In amusing contrast, there are several characters that are sweet but somewhat lacking in the brains department. For example, Kyle expounds while eating Chinese food, “Ah, China. The Dark Continent. The Emerald Isle. The Land Down Under.” To which his companion responds admiringly that he knows so much about everything! There are quite a few funny references to Home Improvement, which I loved, as well as some social and political commentary which is very appropriate to the current state of the country. Anything involving Tim Allen is usually outrageously funny and this show is no exception. Witty, wry, sardonic and always hilarious, this show deserves every one of its five stars. ABC has just renewed this for a fifth season and I couldn’t be happier. – BETHANY
Given the polarizing nature of politics in general, I can see why some might not like what I had to say about Last Man Standing. I think the show handles the issue of politics gracefully, shrewdly and inevitably hilariously, so I’m guessing the people who object to my comments believe in some extreme or the other and therefore have a duty to obliterate my review so it doesn’t contaminate other readers. Or maybe they just hate the show itself and don’t want any positive reviews encouraging people to watch. Either way, kind of pathetic.
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Mike and Vanessa Baxter (Tim Allen and Nancy Travis)
The Baxter family with daughters Kristin, Eve and Mandy.
Kyle Anderson (Christoph Sanders), a slightly dim but very cheerful employee of Outdoorman sporting goods.
Héctor Elizondo as Ed Alzate, owner of Outdoorman.
Of all the Baxter girls, competitive tomboy Eve (Kaitlyn Dever) is the most like her dad.
Photos courtesy of 21 Laps-Adelstein Productions, Double Wide Productions, NestEgg Productions, Mr. Big Shot Fancy-Pants Productions, Inc., Lost Marbles Productions, 20th Century Fox Television and ABC