Family Tools

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Family Tools
TheFamilyTools ABC.jpg
Based onWhite Van Man (U.K TV series)
by Adrian Poynton
Developed byBobby Bowman
Theme music composerTomandandy
Composer(s)Dan Radlauer
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons1
No. of episodes10 (list of episodes)
Executive producer(s)
Camera setupSingle-camera
Running time22 minutes
Production company(s)
DistributorDisney–ABC Domestic Television
Original networkABC
Picture format480i (SDTV)
720p (HDTV)
Audio format5.1 surround sound
Original releaseMay 1 (2013-05-01) –
July 10, 2013 (2013-07-10)

Family Tools is an American sitcom that ran on ABC from May 1 to July 10, 2013, and aired on Wednesdays at 8:30 pm ET.[1] The series was created by Bobby Bowman, is produced by Mark Gordon, ABC Studios and ITV Studios America. It is based on the British sitcom White Van Man aired on the now defunct BBC 3 and produced by ITV Studios America's parent company, ITV Studios, and whose creator, Adrian Poynton, is also a co-creator and producer of the American version.

Thirteen episodes were ordered on May 11, 2012, for the first season.[2] It was later reported on November 10, 2012, that ABC cut their order from 13 episodes to 10 because of scheduling conflicts.[3] Family Tools was canceled on May 10, 2013, after only two episodes had aired. The show was not renewed for a second season.[4] However, the remaining episodes aired over the summer.


The series follows a man who's had a streak of bad luck with everything from enlisting in the army to flunking out of seminary three times. When he returns home, he finds himself in the unlikely position of taking over his father's hardware-handyman business because his father was recently diagnosed with a heart condition. However, this transition is not as easy as expected as he tries to maintain the success of the business that his father built, especially with his father keeping a watchful eye.



No. Title Directed by Written by Original air date U.S. viewers
1"Pilot"Michael FrescoBobby BowmanMay 1, 2013 (2013-05-01)5.79[5]
2"Now You See Me, Now You Don't"Peter LauerTodd LindenMay 8, 2013 (2013-05-08)4.48[6]
3"Beachwood Approved"John FortenberryDanielle UhlarikMay 15, 2013 (2013-05-15)4.54[7]
4"Book Club Romance"Rebecca AsherJeremy ShippMay 29, 2013 (2013-05-29)3.66[8]
5"Waiting for Mrs. Bichette"Eyal GordinAdrian PoyntonJune 5, 2013 (2013-06-05)3.44[9]
6"Role Model"Randy ZiskKenny ByerlyJune 12, 2013 (2013-06-12)3.67[10]
7"The Big Event"John PutchAllen ZipperJune 19, 2013 (2013-06-19)3.62[11]
8"Jack Steps Up"Peter LauerMatthew CarlsonJune 26, 2013 (2013-06-26)2.79[12]
9"Pest Side Story"Michael FrescoMargee Magee and Angeli MillanJuly 3, 2013 (2013-07-03)2.35[13]
10"Terry By Design"Elliot HegartyEmily Halpern and Sarah HaskinsJuly 10, 2013 (2013-07-10)2.51[14]


  1. ^ Kondolojy, Amanda (December 4, 2012). "ABC Announces Midseason Premiere Dates for 'Body of Proof', 'Dancing With the Stars' + New Series 'Red Widow', 'Family Tools', 'The Taste' & More". TV by the Numbers. ZAP2it. Retrieved December 7, 2012.
  2. ^ Seidman, Robert (May 11, 2012). "ABC Picks Up Comedies 'The Neighbors' and 'The Family Tools' and Dramas 'Nashville,' 'Red Widow' and 'Zero Hour' + More". TV by the Numbers. ZAP2it. Retrieved May 11, 2012.
  3. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (November 10, 2012). "Order For ABC's Midseason Comedy 'Family Tools' Cut To 10 Episodes". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved November 10, 2012.
  4. ^ Kondolojy, Amanda (May 10, 2013). "'Happy Endings', 'Family Tools', 'How to Live With Your Parents' & 'Malibu Country' Canceled by ABC". TV by the Numbers. ZAP2it. Retrieved May 11, 2013.
  5. ^ Bibel, Sara (May 2, 2013). "Wednesday Final Ratings: 'American Idol', 'Survivor', Modern Family', 'Criminal Minds', 'CSI' Adjusted Up; 'How To Live With Your Parents' & 'The Voice' Adjusted Down". TV by the Numbers. ZAP2it.
  6. ^ Kondolojy, Amanda (May 9, 2013). "Wednesday Final Ratings: 'Modern Family', 'American Idol', 'The Voice', 'Family Tools', 'Survivor' & 'Supernatural' Adjusted Up". TV by the Numbers. ZAP2it.
  7. ^ Kondolojy, Amanda (May 16, 2013). "Wednesday Final Ratings: 'Chicago Fire', 'Modern Family', 'American Idol', 'Criminal Minds' & 'Supernatural' Adjusted Up; 'Nashville' Adjusted Down". TV by the Numbers. Zap2it.
  8. ^ Bibel, Sara (May 30, 2013). "Wednesday Final Ratings: 'MasterChef' & 'How to Live With Your Parents' Adjusted Up; 'Dateline' Adjusted' Down". TV by the Numbers.
  9. ^ Kondolojy, Amanda (June 6, 2013). "Wednesday Final Ratings: 'MasterChef' and 'American Baking Competition' Adjusted Up". TV by the Numbers.
  10. ^ Bibel, Sara (June 13, 2013). "Wednesday Final Ratings: 'MasterChef' Adjusted Up & Final Hockey Numbers". TV by the Numbers.
  11. ^ Kondolojy, Amanda (June 20, 2013). "Wednesday Final Ratings: 'MasterChef' Adjusted Up + Final NHL Ratings". TV by the Numbers.
  12. ^ Bibel, Sara (June 27, 2013). "Wednesday Final Ratings: 'Big Brother' & 'MasterChef' Adjusted Up". TV by the Numbers.
  13. ^ Kondolojy, Amanda (July 8, 2013). "Wednesday Final Ratings: 'Big Brother' & 'The Lookout' Adjusted Up; 'The American Baking Competition' Adjusted Down". TV by the Numbers. Archived from the original on July 12, 2013. Retrieved July 10, 2013.
  14. ^ Bibel, Sara (July 12, 2013). "Wednesday Final Ratings: 'America's Got Talent' & 'MasterChef' Adjusted Up". TV by the Numbers. Archived from the original on 2013-07-18.

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