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Power Rankings: Home Improvement

10 Oct

(Power Rankings sum up:  Each week, we’ll pick a television show and rank the actors/actresses/contestants/correspondents/etc. based on what they’ve done after the series ended (unless we’re ranking a current series, in which case we’ll have to bend the rules).  Preference will be given to more recent work, but if the work was a long time ago, but much more important/relevant, that will be factored in as well)

We’ve got a relatively short one this week – last week I did a show I barely watched when it was on (3rd Rock from the Sun) and was surprised how well the actors had done.  This week I take on a show that I saw every week for years and the actors have not fared so well.  We’re giving Earl Hindman a pass because he died in 2003.  RIP,Wilson.

7.  Taran Noah Smith (as Mark Taylor) – that’s it.  Seriously.  There is nothing on his IMDB page after 1999.

6.  Debbe Dunning (as Heidi Keppert) – she was in one episode of Sabrina the Teenage Witch and seven of something called Wicked Wicked Games.  This cast is brutal.

5.  Jonathan Taylor Thomas (as Randy Taylor) – the breakout star of the show at the time, he was big enough that he quit the last season of Home Improvement, and didn’t even return for the series finale.  That was the height of his powers sadly.  Afterwards, he’s appeared in a couple of indie films, an episode of Ally McBeal, two of Smallville, three of 8 Simple Rules and one Veronica Mars.  He also voiced a character in a Simpsons episode and five of The Wild Thornberrys.

4.  Zachery Ty Brian (as Brad Taylor) – At least he’s working as an actor.  Since Home Improvement ended, he’s been mostly working in single episode appearances.  Two episodes of Family Law, one of Touched by an Angel, one of ER, and three of Boston Public.  He was in one Buffy, one Smallville, two Veronica Mars, three of Center of the Universe, and one Cold Case.  He was in two K-ville, one of the new Knight Rider and one Burn Notice.  Oh, and he’s cousins with Broncos QB Brady Quinn.

3.  Patricia Richardson (as Jill Taylor) – She appeared in Lifetime’s Strong Medicine in a starring role for it’s three seasons.  She also appeared in nine episodes of The West Wing as the campaign director for Alan Alda’s Republican presidential candidate.  Since, she’s been in a couple of TV movies.

2.  Richard Karn (as Al Boreand) – When Karn is ranked second, you know you’re in trouble.  His most prominent work by far has been as host of Family Feud from 2002-2006.  Currently, he hosts the Game Show Network’s Bingo America.  Aside from that, he appeared in a couple of Air Bud direct to video sequels and a That ‘70s Show episode.

1. Tim Allen (as Tim Taylor) – Most of his biggest work after Home Improvement has been sequels to movies he made while starring in the show.  This includes two Toy Storys and two Santa Clauses.  Aside from that, he’s mostly been in bombs like Big Trouble and Christmas with the Kranks.   He’s also had a successful career narrating commercials, for Chevrolet and Campbell’s soup.  He’ll be starring in Last Man Standing this fall, which I don’t expect to last much longer.