For the past two Fridays, I watched Tim Allen's new sitcom, Last Man Standing. I've come to the conclusion that I don't really like the show, but I like the idea of Tim Allen working in Hollywood again. For the past decade or so, he hasn't done much besides for voicing Buzz Lightyear.
The premise of the show is that Tim Allen lives with his wife, three daughters and his grandson. He's supposed to an old-fashioned macho guy, and it's funny because he's constantly surrounded by women and has no idea how to deal with them.
No, really. He has no idea how to deal with any of his family members. It's like he first met them a month ago or something. He's been living with them for fifteen years, and he doesn't know basic things like, "My wife gets mad when I insult her directly".
I'd rate the show as merely adequate. The supporting cast is great; in general, they're funnier and more entertaining than the characters in the main family. It slightly throws off the show's dynamic, though, because the one-line characters steal the show. I like these funny characters, but it seems odd that they're disproportionately funnier than the main characters.
My main problem with the show is that I don't think it understands sitcom morals. The first show I saw started with a somewhat confusing moral, "you shouldn't show favoritism to pretty girls, and you shouldn't not show favoritism to pretty girls". This moral then got twisted, then inverted, then turned around to the point where I had no idea what I was supposed to learn. The second episode I saw had a moral which kind of ignored the main plotline. Actually...I don't remember if they resolved the main plotline or not. Huh.