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Home Improvement helped shape new and positive gender roles during the 1990s

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Started: 2/23/2014 Category: TV
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Moorogan

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Do you remember Home Improvement? That little, innocent sitcom of the 1990s? Did you ever watch it, perhaps as a child, laughing and giggling as Tim Allen got himself into all manner of mischief?

Home Improvement was the archetype of the 1990s American sitcom. From it's infectious theme music to the continuous conflict between the two parents, Tim and Jill, the show defined a generation. But the persisting nostalgia of the show means that most people only remember the juvenile humour that got them laughing as a child, and they don't have any memory of the witty and subversive critique of American culture that was constantly present within the show.

The 1980s was not a favorable time for the portrayal of men. Women's Lib had completely taken over the news, and television/film writers desperately tried to create compelling female characters. This came at a significant cost, as men were pushed to the side and often shown to be immoral, feminine and blanks slates for the writers to draw narratives around.

Tim Allen created the show as a direct critique on the 90s American society. Indeed, the title itself, 'Home Improvement', is a double meaning. Not only is the TV show itself about home improvement, but Tim Allen uses it as a vessel for his razor-sharp political and social ideologies. Thus the show is not only about home improvement in the narrative sense, but also about his home, America, being improved through societies' viewing of the show. This is a brilliant example of Tim Allen's common usage of abstract metaphors.

The main character of the show, Tim Taylor, is shown to be a man completely disillusioned by the media, and uncertain of his role as a male. He searches desperately for masculinity in a world feminized by the mass media, and he finds this in his obsession with tools. Tim Taylor tries to desperately break free of the bonds of gender stereotypes established in the 80s by roaring a now famous 'grunt'. Each grunt that Allen makes is a cathartic attempt to become more in tune with the archaic male. Wilson, the 'neighbour over the fence' is another of Allen's witty metaphors. He is representative of a wise, Eastern philosopher (note the positioning in the backyard, he is located on the 'east'). His face is covered by the fence because American society desperately tries to keep these intellectuals hidden in fear that people like Tim Allen will expose them.

In summary, Home Improvement was not only well written and produced, but also one of the most clever and critical pieces of television ever devised. Tim Allen's intense social commentary is endless, and the show will forever be remembered for changing America as we know it.
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