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Episode Title: Mike's Pole
Airs: 2013-02-01 at 20:00
  • Robert Bianco

    It's all standard stuff, but outside of the tiresome, heard-it-all-before rants, it's not without its appeal.

    USA Today Full Review
  • Michelle Welch

    While it returns Allen to a Mr. Fix-it style of parenting and some broad he-man comedy, the show offers fewer grunts and more shrieking female voices.

    PopMatters Full Review
  • Ken Tucker

    [Tim Allen'd] be insufferable and unbelievable (even this doofus would know what Glee is), except Allen has the chops to make a studio audience laugh just through intonation and timing.

    Entertainment Weekly Full Review
  • David Wiegand

    The only differences between Last Man Standing and the old "Home Improvement" are that Allen's name is Mike this time, his job is working for a sporting goods company as opposed to a hardware manufacturer, and his three kids are teenage daughters.

    San Francisco Chronicle Full Review
  • Rick Porter

    It still carries a decidedly throwback vibe, and the ongoing bluster about the state of manhood in the world feels, at best, two steps behind the times.

    Zap2it (Inside the Box) Full Review
  • Chuck Barney

    Very little of it feels fresh or funny. Nor does Allen's character strike me as someone viewers would want to spend a great deal of time with.

    San Jose Mercury News/Contra Costa Times Full Review
  • Ed Bark

    Allen's mere presence may keep it in business for a while. But it already seems as though it belongs on TV Land, where Home Improvement repeats already reside.

    Uncle Barky Full Review
  • Tim Goodman

    As bad as Last Man Standing is, it would be a trillion times worse without Allen's veteran presence and ability to sell comedy in that set-up/punch-line kind of way.

    The Hollywood Reporter Full Review
  • Tom Gliatto

    Allen and Travis, who are both better than you r average comic actor, seem aware that they're trapped in a particular cookie-cutter sitcom hell, forced to laugh their way through stale gags about kids while other new TV comedies explore family life with clever, contemporary touches. [17 Oct 2011, p.39]

    People Weekly Full Review
  • Alan Sepinwall

    The whole thing feels like a gross miscalculation--a failed attempt to update Allen's familiar persona for an angrier, more desperate time.

    Hitfix Full Review
  • Verne Gay

    Dreadful. Or to use a more manly phrase, aaarrgggh, awful.

    Newsday Full Review
  • Robert Lloyd

    The jokes and plots have been efficiently constructed, but most have no traction; they slide right off you, and the characters themselves seem disconnected from one another.

    Los Angeles Times Full Review
  • Ellen Gray

    We all know Allen can work a punchline. He just shouldn't have to be working these so hard.

    Philadelphia Daily News Full Review
  • Rob Owen

    It feels both orchestrated and dated, like a show whose time came and went around the same TV era that "Home Improvement" aired in.

    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Full Review
  • Brian Lowry

    Mostly, it's an excuse to watch Allen occupy an Archie Bunker-like role 20 years after he began raking in cash for ABC. Good luck catching lightning in a bottle twice.

    Variety Full Review
  • Mark A. Perigard

    It's strange that the same network that airs these two stellar comedies [Modern Family & The Middle] would chose to regress and put this dreck on the air.

    Boston Herald Full Review
  • Lori Rackl

    We're supposed to believe that there's a nice guy lurking underneath that misogynistic, bigoted shell. But just like everything that's for sale at Outdoor Man, I'm not buying it.

    Chicago Sun-Times Full Review
  • Matthew Gilbert

    Allen tries too hard to be cranky and offensive and misogynistic and yet ultimately--aww--a good guy.

    Boston Globe Full Review
  • David Hinckley

    Everything in Mike's life seems contrived to set up ba-ba-boom punch lines.

    New York Daily News Full Review
  • James Poniewozik

    It's a stale sitcom right out of the early '90s, and like Mike, it seems to believe it can just harangue the world into changing back with it.

    Time Full Review
  • Matt Roush

    It's pretty much impossible to care, since we've heard it all before, and it was funnier and fresher the first time around.

    TV Guide Magazine Full Review
  • Troy Patterson

    Very probably the worst sitcom on network television, Last Man Standing makes Whitney Cummings look like Noël Coward.

    Slate Full Review
  • Hank Stuever

    It's less of a newly conceived comedy and more of a prime-time haunting.

    Washington Post Full Review
  • Glenn Garvin

    With tediously unfunny scripts and a listless cast that looks as if it can barely wait for the director to shout "Cut!" so it can head en masse to the unemployment office, Last Man Standing is some kind of voracious video parasite that sucks out all intellect, sense of purpose or will to live.

    Miami Herald Full Review

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