Picks and Pans Review: Home Improvement

updated 09/23/1991 at 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 09/23/1991 01:00AM

ABC (Tuesdays, 8:30 P.M. ET)

B

Once again ABC has built a sitcom around the stand-up act of a comedian. This isn't another Roseanne, but it is a relaxed and likable show.

Tim Allen stars as a power-tool addict who hosts his own TV home-improvement show. In Mr. Fix-It's own house, his projects, such as souping up the appliances or supercharging the mower, don't inspire the confidence of his wife (Patricia Richardson) or the interest of his three young sons.

Earl Hindman is a droll creation as Allen's neighbor who hangs over the backyard fence like Kilroy, spouting men's movement wisdom: "Men need to spend more time around the campfire with their elders like in ancient days, seeking wisdom, telling stories, sharing."

Allen is one of the fall's freshest finds. But all the best punch lines in the hilarious pilot came right out of his "Men Are Pigs" stand-up routine. With the writers out on their own, the humor seems to be thinning out.

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