“Last Man Standing”
By Paul Kalis
Tim Allen, the star of ABC’s Home Improvement, returns to the network as Mike Baxter, the director of marketing at the Outdoor Man, a sporting goods store, in Last Man Standing, airing on Tuesday nights at 8:00 p.m. His boss, Ed (Hector Elizondo), reassigned him to supervise the company’s website and to run the Outdoor Man video log, where Mike wonders “what happened to men?” When Mike’s wife, Vanessa (Nancy Travis), is promoted at work, he spends more time in his female-dominated household. Their three daughters, who are have relied on their mother for many years, have difficulties adjusting to and spending more time with their father.
Mike gets himself into some pretty sticky situations. His comments cause his grandson to be expelled from daycare; he comes home with the wrong child on Halloween, and he has to stop his daughter from entering nude photos in a modeling contest.
This show is definitely a great family comedy. The situations are amusing, and, before you know it, the episode will have come and gone. However, at no point did I laugh out loud. Last Man Standing is definitely worth checking out; it has been picked up for a full season.