I had heard of “Last man Standing” but had no idea that the first season had aired already. In all honesty, other than Toy Story, I’ve never been much a Tim Allen fan. Knowing that my husband has been a fan (Home Improvement) I agreed to view and review the first two episodes of season two of ABC’s “Last Man Standing”. The second season starts tonight (Friday 11/2/12), 8/7c during ABC’s Friday Night Comedy line-up.
I could tell right away that this is a comedy showcasing likeable characters and a lot of witty one-liners. Not unlike Tim Allen’s previous sitcom “Home Improvement”.
The season premiere episode, titled “Voting” will air just days before Election Day, so the producers have the characters engage in the same spirited debate taking place around (a lot) of kitchen tables across the country: Obama or Romney? Like the great family comedies of the past, from “All in the Family” to “Roseanne,” the show aims to be topical, relatable and real, as humorous as it is provocative.
And this is where it lost me….likeable cast – yes, witty one-liners – some, potential to be better as it goes along – definitely. I just didn’t enjoy the political banter between a family of characters I hadn’t even gotten to know yet. I didn’t finish the episode.
I did watch the second episode, “Circle of Life,” where avid hunter Mike (Tim Allen) gives his grandson Boyd an eye-opening education about where his food really comes from. It had some pretty funny moments. I found myself laughing out-loud more than once. The second episode was more enjoyable than the first, but still not a series I plan to set my DVR for.
If you are a fan of sitcoms, you should tune in to ABC on Friday nights to check out “Last Man Standing” for yourself. You very well could be pleasantly surprised.