I never got it.
See, when Home Improvement started airing in 1991, I was a wise-cracking 12 year old into much older men from the West Coast, such as this guy:
I didn’t need any BOYS from a show about tools. Nope, Jonathan Taylor Thomas was for the girls born between 1981 and 1985.
But truth be told, Jonathan Taylor Thomas grew up quite nicely as far as child stars go, which is not that difficult when your competition is Lindsay Lohan.
After Home Improvement ended in 1999, JTT enrolled at Harvard. Looks like he dropped out at some point (thanks Wikipedia!) but he ended up graduating from Columbia in 2010. He took a six year sabbatical from acting, and now he’s back onscreen with Tim “The Tool Man” Taylor nee Allen guest starring on an episode of Last Man Standing, a show that I don’t think anyone under 55 watches but soon will become a ratings bonanza and a staple of the important periodical Tiger Beat (isn’t that even still a thing? I hope so!).
Now 31, JTT is BACK. Wow, can’t believe he is only 2 years younger than I am, I always thought it was more like a hundred. But whatevs. I’d totally date him now. Look how smart he looks!