Last Man Standing (U.S. TV series)

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Last Man Standing
Last Man Standing intertitle.jpg
Genre Sitcom
Created by Jack Burditt
Starring
Composer(s) Monte Montgomery
Carl Thiel
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 3
No. of episodes 64 (List of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s)
Producer(s) John Amodeo
Editor(s) Pamela J. Marshall
Cinematography Donald A. Morgan
Camera setup Multiple
Running time 21 minutes
Production company(s)
Distributor 20th Television
Broadcast
Original channel ABC
Picture format 720p (HDTV)
Original run October 11, 2011 (2011-10-11) – present (present)
External links
Website

Last Man Standing is an American television sitcom starring Tim Allen and Nancy Travis that currently airs on ABC.[1][2] The series premiered on October 11, 2011.[3] This is the second sitcom Allen starred in for ABC, the first being Home Improvement.

Premise[edit]

The series follows Mike Baxter, a senior executive and director of marketing at an outdoor sporting goods store in Denver, Colorado, whose world is filled by women – especially at home with his wife and three daughters, one of whom is a single mother.

Cast[edit]

Main cast[edit]

  • Tim Allen as Mike Baxter, the main character of the series. Mike is a father of three daughters and the director of marketing for the "Outdoor Man" chain of sporting goods stores. He fervently supports traditional American values and is politically conservative. Mike often finds himself annoyed with Outdoor Man's witless young employee Kyle, and with Ryan, the politically liberal father of Mike's grandson. Mike is a graduate of the University of Michigan, and an amateur radio operator using the callsign KA0XTT.[4]
  • Nancy Travis as Vanessa Baxter, Mike's wife who is a geologist. She is very tolerant of Mike's macho behavior, though it is clear that Mike cannot sneak anything past her. Vanessa remains deliberately ambiguous in her political views. She is a graduate of Ohio State University.
  • Amanda Fuller (season two–present) and Alexandra Krosney (season one) as Kristin Beth Baxter. Kristin is Mike's eldest daughter, who unlike her father, espouses more liberal beliefs. She often serves as an antagonist to Mike. During her senior year of high school, Kristin became pregnant with her son Boyd. The two lived in the Baxter home, before moving out in the season two finale, "College Girl". Kristin worked at a diner until landing a job at an upscale restaurant run by a former co-worker at the end of season two. Alexandra Krosney portrayed Kristin in the show's first season, but she was replaced by Amanda Fuller prior to season two for unspecified creative reasons.[5]
  • Molly Ephraim as Amanda Elaine "Mandy" Baxter, the second oldest daughter. Mandy is not as "scholarly" as her sisters, but excels in social situations. Fashionable and beautiful, she is one of the most popular girls at her high school. Mandy is obsessed with celebrity, and dreams of appearing in reality television. Mandy is very confident and creative, demonstrating traits found in her father. As of season three, she is attending a local college and working at the diner where Kristin used to work.
  • Kaitlyn Dever as Eve Baxter, the youngest daughter. She is a tomboy and generally has the same interests as Mike, including camping, sports, guns and the military. But her newfound interest in boys begins to strain their relationship. Eve has also inherited her father's sense of humor, and her trademark sarcastic wit is frequently directed at clueless sister Mandy.
  • Christoph Sanders as Kyle Anderson, a young employee at "Outdoor Man". Kyle is a pleasant personality, universally recognized as a good guy. He sometimes engages in "feminine" behavior like baking, watching romantic comedies, and frequently admitting when his feelings are hurt. This makes Kyle the object of good-natured ridicule from Mike, who believes the younger generation needs to "man up". Despite this, Kyle idolizes Mike, having grown up without a father figure. Kyle is often oblivious to social cues and the events happening around him. He has Basque heritage. Kyle dated Kristin in season one, and Mandy in seasons two and three.
  • Héctor Elizondo as Edward "Ed" Alzate, Mike's longtime boss. Ed is perhaps fifteen years older than Mike, but the two men bond over similar outdoor hobbies and shared conservative values. Mike regularly talks to Ed about the happenings in his home and occasionally seeks advice. Having been divorced four times, Ed's suggestions are rarely helpful. Ed is a Vietnam veteran, and, like Kyle, he is of Basque heritage.
  • Flynn Morrison (season two–present, regular role) and Evan and Luke Kruntchev (season one, recurring roles) as Boyd Baxter. Boyd is Kristin's son, and the grandson of Mike and Vanessa. Mike enjoys spending quality time with Boyd, and affectionately views him as the son he never had. The character was age-advanced three years between seasons one and two.

Recurring cast[edit]

  • Jordan Masterson (recurring, season two–present) and Nick Jonas (season one, guest star) as Ryan Vogelson, Boyd's father. Ryan holds staunchly liberal views both politically and philosophically. He and Mike routinely clash over their fundamentally opposing values, especially when it comes to child-rearing. Ryan wishes to raise his son without religion and patriotism. His vegan diet, political correctness, views on discipline, and general sensitivity are an affront to Mike's beliefs. Their relationship and arguments could be said to mirror those of Archie Bunker and Mike "Meathead" Stivic on All in the Family, with a difference where Ryan's liberal views seem to be presented as extreme and comparatively ill-founded, whereas liberal Meathead was seen to be the voice of reason.
  • Robert Forster as Bud Baxter, Mike's father who is initially in the construction business, but later opens a marijuana store after it becomes legal in Colorado.
  • Jonathan Adams as Chuck Larabee (season two–present), Mike and Vanessa's neighbor. He is a retired U.S. Marine and a veteran of the first Gulf War. Chuck is an African-American, and often jokes with Mike about racial stereotypes.
  • Erika Alexander as Carol Larabee (season two–present), Chuck's wife and Mike and Vanessa's neighbor.
  • Carla Jimenez as Blanca (season two–present), the Baxters' housekeeper.
  • Jonathan Taylor Thomas as John Baker (season two–present), Kristin's boss at a fancy restaurant where she works.
  • Christina Moore as April (seasons one and three), Vanessa's air-headed and immature younger sister.
  • Richard Karn as Bill McKendree (season two), an architect who has had a long-running business relationship with Mike and Outdoor Man.
  • Danielle Bisutti as Michelle (season one), Vanessa's friend and next-door neighbor; she is a meteorologist.
  • Tye Sheridan as Justin (season three), Eve's fellow Jr. ROTC member who becomes her boyfriend.
  • Zachary Gordon as Andrew (season three), Eve's nerdy classmate who worships her and desperately wants to be her boyfriend.

Episodes[edit]

Season Episodes Originally aired DVD release date
Season premiere Season finale Region 1 Region 2 Region 4
1 24 October 11, 2011 (2011-10-11) May 8, 2012 (2012-05-08) May 13, 2014 (2014-05-13)[6] N/A N/A
2 18 November 2, 2012 (2012-11-02) March 22, 2013 (2013-03-22) May 13, 2014 (2014-05-13)[6] N/A N/A
3 22 September 20, 2013 (2013-09-20) April 25, 2014 (2014-04-25) TBA TBA TBA
4 TBA October 3, 2014 (2014-10-03)[7] TBA TBA TBA TBA

Development and production[edit]

Last Man Standing first appeared on ABC's development slate in late 2010 when writer Jack Burditt received a put pilot commitment from the network under the original title Man Up.[8] In January 2011, ABC green-lighted production of a pilot episode under the title Last Days of Man.[9][10] On February 18, Tim Allen, who had been attached to the potential series from the beginning, officially joined the project in the lead role.[11][12][13] At the end of March, Nancy Travis joined the cast in the leading female role as Allen's "smart and loving wife who doesn't miss much".[14][15][16] Soon thereafter, Héctor Elizondo came on board in a supporting role as the boss to Allen's character.[17]

On May 13, 2011, ABC picked up the pilot for the 2011–2012 television season under the new title Last Man Standing.[18] On May 17, 2011, ABC announced that the series would air on Tuesday nights at 8/7 Central.[19] It debuted on October 11, 2011, with the first two episodes airing in a one-hour premiere.[3]

On November 3, 2011, the series was picked up for a full season of twenty-two episodes.[20] On January 12, 2012, the order was increased to twenty-four episodes.[21]

On May 11, 2012, ABC renewed the series for a second season set to air in the 2012–2013 season in November.[22][23]

On June 11, 2012, Tim Doyle was hired as the new showrunner of the series. Doyle is the third showrunner that the series has had since it entered production. Doyle will be replaced Kevin Abbott, who joined the staff as the showrunner mid-way in the first season, Abbott replaced series creator Jack Burditt, who was the showrunner for the first thirteen episodes. Unlike, Burditt who is no longer credited as an executive producer, Abbott continued to serve as an executive producer along with showrunning the fellow ABC sitcom Malibu Country starring Reba McEntire. Both Last Man Standing and Malibu Country aired as a part of ABC's Friday night lineup for the 2012–2013 primetime television season.[24] On November 8, 2012, Abbott re-joined the Last Man Standing crew full-time, after a stint in rehab and gave Nastaran Dibai full showrunning duties of Malibu Country.[25]

On June 11, 2012, it was announced that Alexandra Krosney (Kristin) was let go from the show for creative reasons.[26] Krosney was replaced by Amanda Fuller in season 2.[27] On June 19, 2012, it was also announced that twins Luke and Evan Kruntchev, who played the role of Boyd in season 1, would not be returning, they were replaced by Flynn Morrison in season 2.[28] The character of Boyd was also age advanced from two years old to five years old.[29] Jordan Masterson plays Ryan, Boyd's father, in a recurring role beginning in season 2.[30] The role was previously played by Nick Jonas, who guest starred in one episode in season 1.[31]

The second season initially received a 13-episode order. ABC announced on November 12, 2012 that an additional three scripts had been ordered.[32] On November 27, five more episodes were ordered to bring the current second season episode total to 18.[33]

As of May 10, 2013, the series was renewed for a third season,[34] which premiered on September 20, 2013, and ended on April 25, 2014.[35]

On May 10, 2014, ABC renewed Last Man Standing for a fourth season, which will premiere on October 3, 2014.[36]

Ratings[edit]

ABC's series premiere of Last Man Standing drew a 3.5 adults 18–49 rating. That was 9% better than the 3.2 adults 18–49 rating for the series premiere of No Ordinary Family in the same time-slot the previous year (which was two weeks earlier in the season). Season 2 of Last Man Standing premiered with a 2.0, down about 38% from its first season premiere, but up about 18% from the previous season's finale.[37]

Season Timeslot (ET) No. of
episodes
Premiered Ended TV season Rank Viewers
(in millions)
Live + DVR
Viewers
Date Premiere viewers
(in millions)
Date Finale viewers
(in millions)
1 Tuesday 8:00 pm 24 October 13, 2011 12.93[38] May 10, 2012 6.62[39] 2011–12 #50 9.12[40] 9.76[41]
2 Friday 8:00 pm 18 November 2, 2012 8.07[42] March 22, 2013 7.85[43] 2012–13 #53[44] 7.93[45] 8.34[46]
3 22 September 20, 2013 6.67[47] April 25, 2014 6.10[48] 2013–14 #58 7.17[49] 7.92[50]
4 TBA October 3, 2014 TBA May 2015 TBA 2014–15 TBA TBA TBA

Awards and nominations[edit]

Last Man Standing was nominated for a 2012 People's Choice Award for "Favorite New TV Comedy", but lost to CBS's 2 Broke Girls.

Year Award Category Recipients and nominees Outcome
2011 ASCAP Film and Television Music Awards Top Television Series Carl Thiel (composer) Won
2012 People's Choice Award Favorite New TV Comedy Last Man Standing Nominated
Kids' Choice Awards Favorite TV Actor Tim Allen Nominated
TV Guide Magazine's Fan Favorites Awards Favorite Comeback Won
Young Artist Awards Best Performance in a TV Series (Comedy or Drama) – Supporting Young Actress Kaitlyn Dever Nominated
Imagen Foundation Awards Best Supporting Actor/Television Héctor Elizondo Nominated
2013 Environmental Media Awards Television Episodic Comedy "Mother Fracker" Won
2014 Primetime Creative Arts Emmy Awards Outstanding Cinematography For A Multi-Camera Series Donald A. Morgan - "Eve's Boyfriend" Nominated

International broadcast[edit]

Country Network(s) Series premiere Timeslot Source(s)
 Australia Fox8 Sundays at 7:30 [51]
 Canada City Fridays at 8 pm
 New Zealand TV3 Saturdays at 4:30 [52]
 United Kingdom Sky1 October 9, 2012 (season 1)
January 30, 2014 (season 2)
Weekdays at 7 pm
Weekdays at 3pm
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