“Last Man Standing” ends its nine-season run Thursday evening with a two-part hourlong episode beginning at 9 p.m. on Fox.
“I loved every second of this experience,” Tim Allen, who stars as the father of three daughters and director of marketing for a chain of sporting goods stores, said on a Zoom call with reporters last week. “This was a wonderful experience and it expressed itself in a wonderful television show like none other.”
Fox announced in October that the comedy would be ending its run. When the end of the series’ run was announced, Allen said “We had all considered to end the show after last season, but together with Fox, we decided to add a year so we could produce a full season to create the gentle and fun goodbye.”
Having the series end was “very difficult on me,” Allen said.
“You just don’t know how much affection I have for all of these people, the people behind the scenes, everybody involved in this thing,” Allen said.
Krista Marie Yu, who joined the cast in its seventh season as exchange student Jenzhen, told City News Service, “not just the cast, but the entire crew was filled with people who loved what they do and worked hard at it. I believe when love leads the way, there will always be a good outcome.”
The “deep amount of trust” cast members had for each other “allowed us to take risks,” said Nancy Travis, who played the wife of Allen’s character.
“At the end of the day, in the execution of the stories, it just made it very carefree and joyous, truly joyous,” Travis said.
“Last Man Standing” premiered on ABC on Oct. 11, 2011, running for six seasons before being canceled in 2017. It resumed airing on Fox in 2018. Thursday’s episodes bring the series’ total to 194.
“I didn’t think I was going to be there that long. None of us did in the beginning,” said Hector Elizondo, who plays the owner of the chain of sporting goods stores. “It was a rocky beginning and it showed that we had a very, very resilient corpus. It got to the point where we were truly family.”