Last Man Standing never mentioned the president's name in the premiere of its debut on Fox, but it didn't have to. Politics — and the ways we talk about politics — ran deep through the first episode of Season 7, with both the show and some of its characters drawing a definitive line in the sand about what they believe and how they'll choose to express that. In the wake of Roseanne's cancelation and with no definitive declaration of what stance (if any) The Conners will take, Last Man Standing's title becomes particularly apropos, since it seems to be the lone bastion of openly Republican-leaning primetime broadcast comedy.
In the season premiere, Mike Baxter (Tim Allen) found that his family's discourse — like the country's — had taken a troublingly nasty turn, with his grandson Boyd (Jet Jurgensmeyer) bearing the ultimate brunt of it. In the end, Mike asked everyone to focus on what united them, and the need for civility, in an impassioned plea.
Any time "Tim Allen" and "politics" are mentioned in the same sentence, you'd expect a strong reaction from Twitter. By and large though, the internet was glad to have a family comedy back on the air to take a break from the traumatic news cycle. Even though the premiere episode was about that very topic, it allowed everyone at home to finally have a laugh.
So glad Fox brought back the 🐐 of shows #LastManStanding— Corey Funk (@TreeTrunks55) September 29, 2018
So happy #LastManStanding is back!— Tammy Johnson (@tammy9831) September 29, 2018
I love theses family moments #LastManStanding— Robert Smith (@rjsmith2008) September 29, 2018
Watching a great tv show #LastManStanding— Brown-eyed-girl (@rcstaley) September 29, 2018
Everything! I love the theme. We can have differences but if we work on it, we can all get along. Respect each others opinions and respect and love one another. #LastManStanding So happy you are back!!!— Heddi (@SmithHeddi) September 29, 2018
However, there was some ire for the show, mainly in response to the replacement of Molly Ephraim with Molly McCook as the new Mandy Baxter.
Love it sooo far!!! But bring back the old Mandy!!! #LastManStanding— Kymberly (@Kym31C) September 29, 2018
Loving #LastManStanding Great job everyone! New Mandy will take a little getting used to however— GA Proud dreg of society (@GATrumpTrain) September 29, 2018
I'm sorry but I don't like the new Mandy. It's not the same, however I love the show. #LastManStanding— michael aldana (@haleiwamike) September 29, 2018
I'm not buying into this new Mandy. 🙄#LastManStanding— Jessi Spradlin (@JessiEllen22) September 29, 2018
Last Man Standing airs Fridays at 8/7c on Fox.
Megan Vick contributed to this article.