As streaming platforms allow bored millennials to revisit '90s sitcoms with a mixture of nostalgia and presumptuousness, insane sitcom fan theories about those shows have exploded online. Home Improvement was one of the most watched comedies of the '90s, running for eight season, with more than 200 episodes. No matter how good the continuity oversight, there's bound to be plot holes, character contradictions, confused history, and other weird elements to a show with that much volume. This leaves a lot of room for speculation, with which come Home Improvement fan theories.
Of all the characters on Home Improvement, Wilson Wilson Jr. (Earl Hindman) is by far the most mysterious (really, he's the only mysterious character on the show). Because of his enigmatic nature, many of the best Home Improvement theories address aspects of Wilon's personal history the show never revealed. From Norse God to the illegitimate father of serial killer Jason Voorhees, there are a wide range of ideas explaining Wilson's strange quirks and mysterious behaviors.
Check out this list of crazy Home Improvement theories to discover whether one of the Taylor boys murdered his girlfriend, if Tim's loveable sidekick is a spy, and any number of other potentially horrifying things about Home Improvement.
Wilson Is God
Is it possible the friendly, wisdom-dispensing neighbor from Home Improvement is God? A Home Improvement analysis podcast, Grunt Work, presents solid evidence to back up this theory.
Besides Wilson's obvious wisdom and seemingly endless knowledge, both of which are commonly associated with gods, there's Biblical evidence. Exodus 33:20 states, "But you may not look directly at my face, for no one may see me and live." This would explain why no one ever sees Wilson's entire face.
In one episode, Wilson seems to give life to some wooden ducks he has carved. In another, he appears in two places at once. What's more, Tim heading out to confess his problems to an semi-anonymous entity behind a fence is eerily similar to the Catholic tradition of confession.
The Tool Man Is The Son Of God
If Wilson is God, is it possible Tim is his Earthly son, a tooled up Christ? One Reddit user found some interesting similarities.
"He was a carpenter and learned/taught moral lessons every show.
He also talked to his mysterious neighbor, a god figure whose face you never saw, when he had ethical dilemmas. This neighbor would never give him a straight answer, but instead provided anecdotes and parables that allowed Tim to reach his own conclusions."
Wilson Is The Reincarnation Of Norse God Odin
From Redditor jimmy_talent:
"Wilson is a man on the older side of middle aged who dispenses wisdom to the Taylors with an almost encyclopedic knowledge of philosophy, foreign culture and a whole bunch other random stuff, he also has a lot of skills that would take years to master and once had dinner with Albert Einstein (who died in 1955). There is no way he isn't some kind of immortal or semi-immortal being.
Odin is a Norse god who put a lot of importance on things like knowledge, wisdom and poetry (which could maybe be expanded as art in general), he also would visit the realm of humans disguised as an old wanderer.
So my theory is that Odin was reincarnated and went back to wandering the earth in disguise, then after a while he falls in love with a mortal woman (in the episode where Wilson is planning to move to South America you find out he was married but his wife died) and when she dies he gets depressed and loses interest in pretty much everything so settles down in Detroit. After a while he meets Tim, a man completely devoid of wisdom but constantly in need of it, and in helping Tim with his problems Odin/Wilson finds a renewed purpose."
The Show, And Countless Others, Takes Place In An Autistic Boy's Head
An American television show that ended in 1988 is responsible for this theory, as per which Home Improvement (and hundreds of other shows) is the product of an autistic boys' dreams.
The set up is this - the finale of St. Elsewhere revealed that the entire show had been nothing more than the dream of the autistic boy. This led theorists to draw connections to all of the shows with St. Elsewhere ties, and determine that those shows were also a part of this fictional dream universe. The theory is extremely detailed and extensive, so much so Huffington Post commissioned its creator to expand upon it.
Home Improvement is one of the dozens of shows that exist in this matrix, as this master list of shows connected to St. Elsewhere makes clear.