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10+ 'Home Improvement' Behind The Scenes Secrets Fans Didn't Know

Jordan Claes 18 Sep 2020

Home Improvement used to be one of my favorite shows. It is a classic sitcom that used to have audiences grunting along in approval.

Nearly 30 years have passed since Tim 'The Toolman' Taylor first hit the airwaves.

Celebrate this incredible milestone with these 10+ Home Improvement behind-the-scenes secrets that fans didn't know. Let us know your favorite at the end of the article!

1. Patricia Richardson wasn't the first choice to play Jill.

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That accolade goes to Frances Fisher, she even appears in the series' pilot episode.

However, due to her low test scores with screening audiences, she was quickly replaced and the role was recast.

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2. Ashley Judd could have been the Tool Time girl.

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Show creator Matt Williams thought that Ashley was just too talented for such a minor part. He promised that he'd find some way to make her a part of the series.

In the end, the role ended up going to Pamela Anderson.

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3. Tim turned down starring roles in two shows to pursue his own sitcom.

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The Disney executives were ready to green-light a TV version of Dead Poets Society or Turner and Hooch — whichever one Tim preferred.

He declined both because he foresaw failure on the horizon.

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4. Randy was actually older than Brad in real-life.

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Zachary Ty-Bryant was the actor who played Brad and Johnathan Taylor Thomas played Randy.

JTT is a full month older than Brad, but due to the significant height difference, they were able to pull it off convincingly.

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5. Tim's clothes are all authentic and represent the great State of Michigan.

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Tim Allen's wardrobe became a focal point of the series of the years.

He could always be seen rocking a Detroit Lions jersey, supporting the Red Wings, as well as several other local teams and universities.

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6. Tim Allen owns one of the cars built on set.

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It seemed like every other season Tim had a brand new hot rod in the garage.

What better memento than a car that you helped build yourself! Do you think Tim paid for it or did he just drive-off one day?

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7. Being a guest on Tool Time had its perks.

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The Tool Time audience was actually the live studio audience for Home Improvement.

Not only did you have a chance of making a cameo appearance on the show but apparently Tim Allen became infamous for using off-color language!

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8. Richard Karn got the audition totally by accident.

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After being fined for making a rolling stop through an intersection, Richard was sent to traffic school. While he was there, he met an agent who told him about Home Improvement.

He talked his way into an audition, even though the role had technically already been cast.

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9. They pulled out all the stops for Bob Vila.

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Bob Vila was a real-life Tim 'The Tool Man' Taylor. He was also the foil and nemesis of Tim Allen on the show.

For their climactic hotrod race scene, the production closed a runway at Burbank Airport.

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10. The working title of the show was Hammer Time.

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It was originally supposed to be an ode to MC Hammer. If you don't know who MC Hammer is, I'm not going to date myself by trying to explain.

The name was later changed to avoid confusion.

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11. We finally got to see Wilson's face!

Perhaps the best, if not certainly the longest-running gag on Home Improvement, was the dedication to not show Wilson's face.

When the show finally came to its end, Wilson came out and revealed his face to the world!

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12. The show campaigned hard for a political cameo appearance.

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The production team was dead-set on getting then-First Lady, Hillary Clinton, on as a guest.

Showrunners believed that the deal would be mutually beneficial and would send popularity polls for the show (and for Hillary) skyrocketing.

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13. In the beginning, there was no Al Borland.

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There was no Richard Karn, either! Tim's sidekick or assistant on Tool Time was originally named Glen and he was to be played by Stephen Tobolowsky.

Stephen had to bow out for a movie role, and the role was re-worked and re-cast.

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14. There's a Home Improvement video game.

It was released a few years after the show first launched on SNES (that's Super Nintendo for all you Gen Z readers).

In it, you had to guide Tim as he collected tools and fought off actors dressed as dinosaurs.

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15. Tim Allen and Patricia Wilson turned down an insane amount of money.

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The network wasn't ready to say goodbye to Home Improvement. They offered Patricia $25 million for just one more season and $50 million for Tim!

Talk about artistic integrity.

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