After 194 episodes and nine seasons, the top-rated iconic conservative sitcom “Last Man Standing“ starring actor Tim Allen taped its last episode.
“I don’t want to wrap up this story,” Allen said in a bittersweet video posted to Twitter to mark the close of the era. Allen explained the success of the show, “we honor family, we honor relationships, it gets the best of all of us.”
The video plays back a comical scene where father Mike Baxter, portrayed by Allen, tells his youngest on-screen daughter, “say something nice to your sister please.”
“Fine,” Eve Baxter, who was played by Kaitlyn Dever, responded, turning to her older sister, “I like that you’re an idiot because you’re easy to win arguments with.”
— Tim Allen (@ofctimallen) May 20, 2021
Difficult feelings as I sit with my real family ready to say goodnite to the Last Man Standing family we created and lived for all these years. Years that flew by. Heartfelt thanks to all you who watch our work . I will miss being Mike Baxter.
— Tim Allen (@ofctimallen) May 21, 2021
In an interview with Fox News, Allen said he had to fight back tears during the filming of the last episode, which aired on Thursday, May 20. In a reflection of real-life sorrow, the actors gathered on-screen to say farewell to Mike Baxter’s beloved truck that went missing during the episode. However, in real life, Allen took the truck home as he’s owned it for over 20 years.
“Our prop guy said, ‘Which of these did you want to take?’ and it was pictures of the family from the hallway that was going away,” Allen said. “I walked in and looked at Nancy and [I’m] literally surprised I got through that scene.”
He continued: “She really looked at me [and said], ‘Are you OK?’ and I was not OK.”
(Video: Fox News)
Costar Nancy Travis, who played Tim Allen’s on-screen wife, also had an emotional close to the show.
“It’s the nature of what we do,” she said. “But this job, in particular, we just all formed such close bonds and relationships.”
“Last Man Standing” hasn’t always had smooth sailing, however. After its sixth season, ABC canceled the popular conservative show, despite it being the second top-rated show on the network for the 2016-17 season. Fox eventually picked it up and aired the seventh season in late 2018.
Fans on Twitter were obviously disappointed, as good wholesome conservative comedy appears to be a dying breed.
Sad to see it go! It was always a great family show for us.
— shellymp (@shellypaige1) May 21, 2021
Yes your show was the last #normal show on the air. I can’t find anything decent to sit and watch with my whole family anymore, and it’s a travesty, seriously! I was really sad when #HomeImprovement went off the air then #LastManStanding came on and I was delighted! #AmericaFirst
— Michael Schultz (@TheRealMike2020) May 21, 2021
Tim, thank you for sharing your TV family with us for the past number of years. This show was truly special and brought our family so much joy. It seems like the end of an era as no other show now combines family values with humour and kindness like the Baxters have. THANK YOU!
— Kim Johnston (@KimJohnston) May 21, 2021
Although “Last Man Standing” will always hold a special place in many conservatives’ re-run lists, there is at least one comedy available that will scratch any conservative comedy itch.
“Tommy’s Garage” is just what the doctor ordered. It’s like Saturday Night Live, only funny. Each week, Tommy and his team will make your sides split with laughter as they take turns poking fun at liberal woke-ism, available on Bizpac Review.
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