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Season One Super Spectacular!

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Season One Super Spectacular!

On This Episode of Grunt Work…

It’s the Season One Super Spectacular!

Two-and-a-half hours of Truman and Landen, and Tim and Jill, and Brad and Randy, and Wilson and Al. The Super Spectacular contains such special segments as:

  • A Brief History of Home Improvement
  • Truman and Landen’s Favorites
  • Season One MVP
  • Fan Theories
  • Shoutouts
  • And, of course, the cumulative Season One Grunt Count is revealed!

And more!

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Geoffrey Nelson’s Space Jam Theme Titles

Geoffrey Nelson does the pseudo-mixed media opening title sequence for Home Improvement. He also did the opening titles for the 1996 Bugs Bunny/Michael Jordan vehicle Space Jam.

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Grunt Work Mixtape Vol. 1

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Grunt Work Mixtape Vol. 1

Hey Gruntheads!

We’re off the next few weeks while we prep the end-of-the-season spectacular!

In the meantime, enjoy this mixtape of our funniest moments and outtakes!

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Stereo-TypicalSeason One, Episode Twenty-Four

Stereo-Typical (1992) | Home Improvement

Stereo-Typical

On This Episode of Home Improvement…

Tim wrecks the household stereo, and gets excited at the prospect of buying a new one, but Jill sets out some caveats. Of course, when he buys one, he immediately gives it more power. To demonstrate to Jill the beauty of his new creation, he tempts her with some opera music, but the stereo goes awry and the volume shatters all of the glass in the house.

Meanwhile, on Tool Time, a musical saw performance inspires the K&B Construction guys to listen their tools, and find a musical use for them, culminating in a grandiose finale performance to end our season.

On This Episode of Grunt Work…

Truman and Landen get real prickly right off the bat, ruminate on the big season finale, discuss the lack of logic behind the Taylor’s home insurance, and lament the ham-fisted highlight reel at the end of the episode.

Episode Cast

Casey Sander
Earl Hindman | Home ImprovementEarl Hindman
Gary McGurk
Jonathan Taylor ThomasJonathan Taylor Thomas
Mickey Jones
Pamela AndersonPamela Anderson
Patricia RichardsonPatricia Richardson
Richard Karn | Home ImprovementRichard Karn
Taran Noah SmithTaran Noah Smith
Tim AllenTim Allen
Zachery Ty Bryan | Home ImprovementZachery Ty Bryan
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Al’s Fair in Love and WarSeason One, Episode Twenty-Three

Al's Fair in Love and War (1992) | Home Improvement

Al’s Fair in Love and War

On This Episode of Home Improvement…

Surprise, everyone! An old guest of Tool Time has returned – that’s right, Greta Post from the all-women episode of Tool Time is back, and she has sent Al a love letter. Excited, but nervous, Al hims and haws over asking her out, and relies on the help of Tim to light a fire under his ass.

Tim sets up a family BBQ so that Al can invite her over, and then gives him some advice on how to let his Wild Man shine through. Al takes this advice a little too literally, and his date with Greta derails, at least temporarily.

Meanwhile, at home, Jill finds her old college diary, and Tim continually tries to read it behind her back. Many of the entries are about past lovers, but ultimately culminates in the moment they first fell in love.

On This Episode of Grunt Work…

Truman and Landen talk about how many cups of coffee it would take to kill Landen, dredge up the term YTP, and speculate on Al’s romantic experience.

Episode Cast

Earl Hindman | Home ImprovementEarl Hindman
Jennifer NashJennifer Nash
Jessica Wesson
Jonathan Taylor ThomasJonathan Taylor Thomas
Pamela AndersonPamela Anderson
Patricia RichardsonPatricia Richardson
Richard Karn | Home ImprovementRichard Karn
Taran Noah SmithTaran Noah Smith
Tim AllenTim Allen
Zachery Ty Bryan | Home ImprovementZachery Ty Bryan
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Luck Be A Taylor TonightSeason One, Episode Twenty Two

Luck Be A Taylor Tonight (1992) | Home Improvement

Luck Be A Taylor Tonight

On This Episode of Home Improvement…

It’s poker night at the Taylor house. Tim invites Al, his mechanic friend (also a Tool Time guest), and Charlie, his brother-in-law, to play cards for a men-only night of stogies and manly scratching. The plan is that Jill and her sister Robin (Amy Ryan) will take the kids to an arts-and-crafts show while the men play cards. However, on the way to their house, Charlie and Robin get in a huge fight, and Robin sequesters herself in the bedroom. So much for men only!

On This Episode of Grunt Work…

Truman and Landen dissect the allusion of “poker night” amongst men, debate how masculinity and femininity can coexist within relationships, and lament the worst joke this season of Home Improvement has given us.

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Amy Ryan | Home ImprovementAmy Ryan
Earl Hindman | Home ImprovementEarl Hindman
Jonathan Taylor ThomasJonathan Taylor Thomas
Pamela AndersonPamela Anderson
Patricia RichardsonPatricia Richardson
Raye Birk | Home ImprovementRaye Birk
Richard Karn | Home ImprovementRichard Karn
Taran Noah SmithTaran Noah Smith
Tim AllenTim Allen
Tom Verica | Home ImprovementTom Verica
Zachery Ty Bryan | Home ImprovementZachery Ty Bryan
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A Battle of WheelsSeason One, Episode Twenty One

A Battle of Wheels (1992) | Home Improvement

A Battle of Wheels

On This Episode of Home Improvement…

Not wanting to spend her time in the dank basement, Jill has moved her pottery wheel into the garage, in order to better channel her creative energy. This comes to the chagrin of Tim who claims the garage to be his domain – the man’s domain. The argument quickly arises over who’s time and interests are more important, and Jill attempts to schedule blocks of time for each of them to occupy the garage.

Meanwhile, on Tool Time, Al has become disgruntled over Tim’s constant joking and making fun of him on the air, and claims that anyone can do what Tim does. Tim, wounded by this, poses that on the next episode they switch positions: Al hosts while Tim assists.

On This Episode of Grunt Work…

Truman and Landen discuss locational gender divide within the household, take a surprising stance with Team Tim, and bask in the glory that is the role reversal on Tool Time.

Episode Cast

Earl Hindman | Home ImprovementEarl Hindman
Jonathan Taylor ThomasJonathan Taylor Thomas
Pamela AndersonPamela Anderson
Patricia RichardsonPatricia Richardson
Richard Karn | Home ImprovementRichard Karn
Taran Noah SmithTaran Noah Smith
Tim AllenTim Allen
Zachery Ty Bryan | Home ImprovementZachery Ty Bryan
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Birds of a Feather Flock to TaylorSeason One, Episode Twenty

Birds of a Feather Flock to Taylor (1992) | Home Improvement

Birds of a Feather Flock to Taylor

On This Episode of Home Improvement…

Jill and Tim butt heads over whether or not she informed him of Saturday plans to attend a fundraiser for the opera. He claims she didn’t, she claims she did. Tim takes this battle to Tool Time where two auto-assembly retirees Hick and Eddie (Jack Elam and Ernest Borgnine) come down from the audience to divulge their ‘expertise’. Meanwhile, Jill talks to Wilson about the situation, and comes to realize she might have been too hard on Tim. Ultimately, they decide to compromise and spend half of Saturday night at the fundraiser, and the other half drinking with Hick and Eddie.

On This Episode of Grunt Work…

Truman and Landen fondly remember the careers of Jack Elam and Ernest Borgnine, and really dig deep into the state of the editing transitions.

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Earl Billings | Home ImprovementEarl Billings
Earl Hindman | Home ImprovementEarl Hindman
Ernest Borgnine | Home ImprovementErnest Borgnine
Jack Elam | Home ImprovementJack Elam
Jonathan Taylor ThomasJonathan Taylor Thomas
Pamela AndersonPamela Anderson
Patricia RichardsonPatricia Richardson
Richard Karn | Home ImprovementRichard Karn
Taran Noah SmithTaran Noah Smith
Tim AllenTim Allen
Zachery Ty Bryan | Home ImprovementZachery Ty Bryan
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Unchained MaladySeason One, Episode Nineteen

Unchained Malady (1992) | Home Improvement

Unchained Malady

On This Episode of Home Improvement…

Tim receives a chain letter in the mail that says if he doesn’t forward it to ten people something bad will happen. Thinking it silly, Tim discards the letter against the advice of everyone around him, and bad luck begins to emerge. His car battery dies. He dyes his hands green. He gets punched in the face by Jill.

Meanwhile, on Tool Time, Tim and Al have special guest George Forman to help them build some stairs, and at home Randy crashes his brand new bike and is afraid to tell his parents.

On a Theory-Heavy Episode of Grunt Work…

Truman and Landen explore more the idea that Tim might be cursed, whether or not Wilson existed in the time of vampires and werewolves, and if the cast of Home Improvement were cars, which cars would they be.

Episode Cast

Betsy Randle
Earl Hindman | Home ImprovementEarl Hindman
George FormanGeorge Forman
Jonathan Taylor ThomasJonathan Taylor Thomas
Pamela AndersonPamela Anderson
Patricia RichardsonPatricia Richardson
Richard Karn | Home ImprovementRichard Karn
Taran Noah SmithTaran Noah Smith
Tim AllenTim Allen
Zachery Ty Bryan | Home ImprovementZachery Ty Bryan
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Baby It’s Cold OutsideSeason One, Episode Eighteen

Baby, It's Cold Outside (1992) | Home Improvement

Baby It’s Cold Outside

On This Episode of Home Improvement…

It’s Valentine’s Day! On Tool Time, Mr. Binford unveils his new line of camping gear, and mandates that Tim go on a weekend trip to record home movies in order to promote them. However, this conflicts with Tim’s surprise gift to Jill, reservations at Stone Creek, an exclusive resort. Thinking he can do both, Tim sets out to sneak a side trip into a lake on the way to Stone Creek, but finds that it’s much harder than he initially thought to please everyone at once.

On This Chilly Episode of Grunt Work…

Truman and Landen reminisce about their childhood days of camping, Valentine’s Days of adolescence, and ask the important question: Could Wilson Be the Father of Jason Voorhees?

Episode Cast

Earl Hindman | Home ImprovementEarl Hindman
Jonathan Taylor ThomasJonathan Taylor Thomas
Noble Willingham | Home ImprovementNoble Willingham
Pamela AndersonPamela Anderson
Patricia RichardsonPatricia Richardson
Richard Karn | Home ImprovementRichard Karn
Taran Noah SmithTaran Noah Smith
Tim AllenTim Allen
Zachery Ty Bryan | Home ImprovementZachery Ty Bryan
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What About Bob?Season One, Episode Seventeen

What About Bob? (1992) | Home Improvement

What About Bob?

On This Episode of Home Improvement…

Mr. Binford visits the set of Tool Time to inform Tim and Al that he has booked a special guest – the one and only Bob Vila – to appear on the next episode for a friendly trivia competition. Threatened by this, Tim scurries home to study with Jill in order to beat Bob the next day. However, when the time comes, Bob being the consummate, knowledgable professional that he is, bests Tim on every question. Tim’s disdain is tangible, so when he accidentally clocks Bob in the back of the head with a 4×8, his intentions are in question.

Meanwhile, Randy is in trouble for stripping the shoes off an annoying neighborhood kid and filling them with Cheez Whiz. As penance, Jill forces Randy to invite him over to apologize and join them for dinner.

On This Black Mirror-y Episode of Grunt Work…

The origins of Grunt Work are revealed! Truman and Landen take about the inception of the podcast stemming from an episode of Black Mirror, briefly explore Bob Vila’s legacy, and really have a lot to apologize for to Germans. All of the Germans.

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Aaron Freeman | Home ImprovementAaron Freeman
Bob Vila | Home ImprovementBob Vila
Earl Hindman | Home ImprovementEarl Hindman
Jonathan Taylor ThomasJonathan Taylor Thomas
Noble Willingham | Home ImprovementNoble Willingham
Pamela AndersonPamela Anderson
Patricia RichardsonPatricia Richardson
Richard Karn | Home ImprovementRichard Karn
Taran Noah SmithTaran Noah Smith
Tim AllenTim Allen
Zachery Ty Bryan | Home ImprovementZachery Ty Bryan
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