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Last Man Standing Season Finale Review: Sometimes You Just Need Some “Shadowboxing”

Another season has come and gone, and Last Man Standing, and the season finale was another important, funny story. Last Man Standing has really nailed the true to life stories that don’t necessarily have a right or wrong answer, and still managed to do so while getting laughs at every turn. Here’s hoping that it will do well enough to warrant one more season! This week on Last Man Standing: Eve and Kristin convince Vanessa to go to their kickboxing class with them, but it doesn’t quite turn out like they’d expect. Meanwhile, Mandy needs to shadow Mike for one of her classes, but what she learns from him conflicts with what the teacher is teaching. Chuck and Joe get into a fiht over who should be the corporate softball team’s pitcher, and Mandy escalates the feud. READ MORE...

Last Man Standing Review: “Heavy Meddle” Has Upsides…and Downsides

I will be the first to admit that not every Last Man Standing episode is a home run. Any show that runs for six seasons has its hits and misses. Admittedly, when I start to watch an episode about parents meddling in their kids’ lives, I’m not optimistic. But where Last Man Standing stumbled out of the gate, they ended up sticking the landing in what turned out to be a really funny, sweet episode. This week on Last Man Standing: Eve’s boyfriend doesn’t invite her to his parents’ anniversary party, which bothers Vanessa much more than it bothers Eve. Vanessa, subsequently, uses Mike’s connection to Eve to get more details from her. Meanwhile, Kyle and Mandy go to an escape room with Ryan and Kristin, but one couple is much better than the other. READ MORE...

Last Man Standing Review: Mike, “The Fixer”, Takes On Students

This episode of Last Man Standing really balanced two of the shows strengths: emotional, realistic stories and goofy, funny interactions between characters. I knew this was going to be a good one when Mike decided he was going to teach Kyle and Ryan some things, and I was not disappointed in the slightest. This week on Last Man Standing: Mike comes home to Ryan and Kyle baking because they were unable to fix a plumbing problem at Ryan’s house. Because of this, Mike decides to teach them about home repair…by pitting them against each other. Meanwhile, Eve’s boyfriend drops an "L-bomb" on her, which leads her to seek her sisters advice on how she feels. It’s a tough battle for me to pick which story I liked better. Eve’s story brings out a lot of what I like in the show. The sibling bonding/ribbing was so natural and fun. I enjoy any good sibling bonding stories, especially over shared experiences. It took me a long time to bond with my siblings growing up, but it got easier with shared experiences. The larger the age gap, the harder that becomes. But this was a well-told sibling bonding story, as much as it was an awkward "I love you" story. Either way, I really enjoyed it. READ MORE...

Last Man Standing Review: “Explorers” Is A Word With Many Meanings

Sometimes, when Last Man Standing stories are short on depth, they fall flat. But "Explorers" didn’t do that. While I don’t think that exploring the relationships of Vanessa and her girls and Mike and Ed were really groundbreaking in any way, they seemed to make up for the lack of depth with a little additional humor. Although, I certainly understand how colonoscopy humor may not apply to everyone, but this reviewer quite enjoyed it. This week on Last Man Standing: Mike is cleansing for a colonoscopy, so the other old guys at Outdoor Man decide to do the same. Mike is accepted to submit an artifact to a museum, when Ed blurts that the same honor is a lifelong dream of his. Meanwhile, Vanessa crashes the girls attempt at reliving their teenage years through slumber party. READ MORE...

Last Man Standing Review: Battle of the “Three Sisters”

Last Man Standing, like most sitcoms, can get caught up in the silly, fluffy stories sometimes. However, it also does a fantastic job about telling realistic, family stories. It’s very rare that today’s sitcoms don’t take positions and political opinions, but Last Man Standing, which may appear to some as conservative propaganda, successfully analyzes all sides of different issues, and explores them realistically. This story of three sisters who believe they were treated unfairly by their parents is no different. This week on Last Man Standing: The Baxters want to spends some time together, but Eve’s monetary request quickly leads to a huge fight among the three girls. Mike and Vanessa decide to manipulate them into getting along again. Meanwhile, Kyle accidentally has an awkward encounter with Ed, which ends up bringing them closer together. READ MORE...

Last Man Standing Fall Finale Review: Meet Eve’s New Boyfriend, “Rob”

Last week’s may not have fit the narrative, but the reasons that I appreciate Last Man Standing all came flooding back in this episode. They deal with realistic situations like adults. What I appreciate about them most is that they’re able to comically handle serious situations, while never playing caricatures or outside of the realm of truth. This episode, exploring alcoholism, is no exception. This week on Last Man Standing: It is revealed to Mike and Vanessa that Eve has a new boyfriend, so they invite him over for brunch to get to know him better. Rob presents Mike with a serious problem, and Mike struggles with talking to Eve about it. Meanwhile, Mandy enlists Kristin’s help to drop hints to Kyle for Christmas, but Kyle already has her gift finished. READ MORE...

Last Man Standing Review: Vanessa Explores “Help Wanted” Ads

Last Man Standing was in the news last week for its controversial episode about "safe spaces" and "microaggressions". Though I applauded the series for exploring an issue that most shows won’t touch, the internet wasn’t as kind. This week’ s episode didn’t tackle anything nearly as controversial, and I actually kind of missed the controversy. I guess it fell back into safe mode, which was fine, but a little bit disappointing. This week on Last Man Standing: Vanessa is getting restless at home, much to the chagrin of her family. Given that, Mike attempts to help her find a teaching job, but she keeps losing out to younger women. Meanwhile, Eve mediates a zombie apocalypse competition of sorts between Ryan and Kyle, to see who has the best zombie knowledge. READ MORE...

Last Man Standing Review: “My Father The Car”

Last Man Standing, in its old age, seems to have gotten a bit emotional. It’s not a bad direction to take things, at all. Really, it makes the characters feel more human and relatable. As the show goes on, it has only gotten better at telling emotional stories that are still funny and true to character, which has turned out to be one of my favorite things about it. This week on Last Man Standing: Chuck’s dad recently passed away, and left Chuck a classic car that they worked on together. Mike wants to buy the car from him, but so does Joe (Guest Star Jay Leno), and it quickly turns competitive. Kyle tries hard to be integrated into the family during the Thanksgiving holiday. Eve, Kristin, and Ryan have an uncomfortable encounter due to their new living arrangements. READ MORE...

Last Man Standing Review: “A New Place For One Of Our People”

Last Man Standing is at its absolute best when it’s dealing with real issues. Growing up by moving out of your parents’ house, or maintaining an optimistic view of the world is not necessarily a well-publicized issue, but it still exists. People go through this kind of thing every day, and I really appreciate Last Man Standing dealing with things like this. This week on Last Man Standing: Eve quits her job at Outdoor Man so that she can volunteer building for the homeless, so Mike tries to teach her a lesson, which backfires. Mandy, temporarily, becomes the favorite child. Kyle attempts to get Mandy a car by trading items with people, starting with a laser pointer. Ed, worried that someone will take advantage of Kyle, tries to dissuade him from his trade up plan. READ MORE...

Last Man Standing Review: “Boyd Will Be Boyd”

Another Friday has come and gone, and Last Man Standing is still telling realistic and relevant family stories. Comedies are so tough to maintain in the modern TV era, but Last Man Standing brings consistent laughs and does so well with the "family sitcom", a genre that has nearly become extinct on modern television. "Boyd Will Be Boyd" was a laugh packed, emotional episode that really showed growth in several characters. This week on Last Man Standing: Mike wants to take Boyd hunting on his 10th birthday, observing a Baxter family tradition. Ryan buys Boyd a gun, confident that Boyd won’t shoot a living creature. Preparations for Mandy and Kyle’s wedding are fully underway, and since Kyle’s mom is a ne’er-do-well, Vanessa offers to do the mother-son dance with him. READ MORE...