One of television’s most popular sitcoms, "Home Improvement," turns 30 on Sept. 17 giving fans an excuse to revisit the show that made Tim Allen both a household name and a massive amount of money.
"Home Improvement" ran for eight seasons on ABC and rapidly became one of its most popular and successful shows. The series was very much the brainchild of Allen, who based a lot of the humor and characters off his stand-up comedy. The format of the show focused on a family man named Tim Taylor as well as his wife and three kids. Tim worked on an HGTV-like show called "Tool Time" that allowed him to channel his obsession with power tools and manliness into a career.
The show took great pains to present a portrait of the average American household, which is a theme Allen continued to play with throughout his subsequent work such as his follow-up sitcom "Last Man Standing." Its relatability was likely a reason that people tuned into the show every week for eight seasons.
At the peak of its popularity in 1996, The Los Angeles Times reported that "Home Improvement" took the No. 1 spot on television, unclenching the tight grip that NBC had back then with shows like "ER," "Friends," "Seinfeld" and "Caroline in the City."
According to Celebrity Net Worth, by 1998, Allen was being paid about $1.25 million per episode on "Home Improvement," which amounts to roughly $2 million today. The price tag makes him the fifth highest-paid TV actor of all time.