Last Man Standing is a fantastic comedy show starring Tim Allen as Mike Baxter. It’s possible to see the show recorded live in Los Angeles and you can also visit the house and store used in the show.
Probably the best location is the set and watch a recording of the show live. Tickets are free and available from http://tvtickets.com/fmi/shows/browserecord.php?&show=Last%20Man%20Standing
You’ll receive an email that describes where to park and provides some rules. Here’s one line from the email:
AUDIENCE PARKING/CHECK IN: CBS is just north of Ventura Blvd. on Radford. Free parking is offered in the multi-story parking structure (GATE A) north of the main gate. There is no street parking available in the area. All guests must park and check in through the parking structure. You will be directed where to park by Security. After parking, take the elevator or stairs to ground level and check in with the pages. Photo IDs may be required at check in and all guests should be prepared to walk through a metal detector. Cameras, cellphones and electronic recording devices of any kind are not allowed.
4024 Radford Ave, Studio City, CA
My advice is to arrive early to be sure you get in and also get better seats.
Watching the show is great fun and there is a guy who tries to keep the audience lively between takes – as if that is required in the US! You also get a slice of free pizza halfway through. Tim Allen normally says hello, but you won’t have an opportunity for an autograph and as cameras/phones aren’t allowed – no selfies.
The show is set in Denver, Colorado, but in reality, Mike Baxter’s house and the Outdoor Man store are in/around LA.
The house is at 611 Lorraine Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90005.
Here is how it appears on the show (taken from my TV screen):
Here’s how it looks now (well June 2019):
With seven seasons of Last Man Standing, the trees and shubbery have grown and changed since it was used for a location shot. We didn’t knock on the door or walk on the lawn – but I guess the owners are used to strangers taking pictures from the sidewalk. Please don’t do anything crazy or annoy the owners.
If you don’t mind driving about an hour out of LA, you can visit the Outdoor Man store – actually a branch of Outdoor World.
The store is absolutely enormous and worth a walk around inside even though it doesn’t feature on the show.
Fans of the show will know that the show moved to Fox for Season 7 after being cancelled by ABC. Almost all the cast were re-united on the new network, except Molly Ephraim who played Mandy Baxter. Here’s the hilarious start to the first episode on Fox.