'Last Man Standing' Season 9: Release date, plot, cast and all you need to know about FOX sitcom's final run

'Last Man Standing' Season 9: Release date, plot, cast and all you need to know about FOX sitcom's final run

For years we have seen Mike Baxter, the marketing genius of an outdoor sporting goods store, try to take charge at home but fail in good humor, and ridiculously so as the house is run by the women in his life. As the titular 'Last Man Standing' in his home, a decade has passed at that, but of course, Season 9 won't be any different from what Mike and Vanessa's life has been, give or take a few grandkids. The FOX comedy will return in January 2021 with its brand new set of episodes for the final season, sure to keep you entertained. Read on to find out all you need to know about it!


Release date

'Last Man Standing' will premiere on Sunday, January 3, at 8:30 pm on FOX, before moving to its regular Thursdays, 9:30 pm time slot from the second episode onwards.


FOX has given out the synopsis of the first two episodes so far. Of course, the story revolves around Mike and Vanessa Baxter, and their three daughters, and the kids' ongoing lives and families as they are all grown up now. But in the upcoming ninth season, Episode 1 will see "A series of time jumps finds Mike and Vanessa with two new grandchildren, as well as Mandy and Kyle living with them; Vanessa and Mandy clash over Vanessa's "helpfulness". Chuck desperately hopes it's last call on Ed's mixology happy hour." The second episode that follows the same week, on January 7, will see "Vanessa hire a home improvement repairman who bears an uncanny resemblance to Mike; Kyle and Ryan defend their favorite comic book writer to Mandy and Kristen; Mike struggles with an idea for his video blog."




Tim Allen, who's been playing the role since the show's inception in 2011, resumes his character of Mike Baxter. Nancy Travis plays his wife Vanessa, Amanda Fuller stars as Kristin Beth Baxter, Molly McCook as Amanda Elaine "Mandy" Baxter-Anderson, and Kaitlyn Dever will recur as Eve Baxter. The cast will be rounded off by Christoph Sanders as Kyle Anderson, Jordan Masterson as Ryan Vogelson, Jonathan Adams as Chuck Larabee, Héctor Elizondo as Edward "Ed" Alzate, and Krista Marie Yu as Jen.



With nine seasons and roughly 200 episodes, 'Last Man Standing' was created by Jack Burditt for ABC. The show was canceled in 2017, but FOX picked it up next year in 2018, and Tim Doyle, who had been showrunner since 2012, continued in the role. 


FOX has teased a few snippets for the upcoming season, especially the one where Vanessa hies Thim Taylor from 'Home Improvement' who just looks a tad bit like her husband, thus creating much confusion within the house. Other promos also tease Mike trying on different variants of what he thinks is a mask amidst the pandemic and Vanessa getting sick of trying to correct him. Catch them all right here!


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