Family Tools is an American sitcom created by Bobby Bowman and based on the British sitcom White Van Man which follows a man who's had a streak of bad luck and returns home, where he finds himself in the unlikely position of taking over his father's hardware-handyman business due to the fact that his father was recently diagnosed with a heart condition.
The series aired in the USA on ABC from 1 May to 10 July, 2013. There are 10 half-hour episodes in one season.
Family Tools premiered in South Africa on DStv's M-Net Series channel on Saturday 1 June 2013, at 17h30. Thereafter new episodes broadcast in a double bill weekly, from 8-15 June. After five episodes the series went on hiatus, to resume at a later date on M-Net Series Showcase.
The series premiered on M-Net Series Showcase (simulcast in HD) on Sunday 17 November 2013, at 17h30. New episodes broadcast weekly.
Jack Shea (Kyle Bornheimer) has never had much luck when it comes to his career. In the Police Academy, he accidentally shot himself. In the Army, he accidentally shot someone else. And seminary school didn't work out so well when he started suggesting "punch ups" for the Bible.
But Jack is forced to put his constantly-changing dreams on hold when his dad Tony (JK Simmons), has a heart attack and is forced to retire from his hometown handyman business.
Now, armed with big dreams, power tools and a slacker assistant, Darren (Edi Gathegi), Jack becomes the new Mr. Jiffy-Fix.
But it's not easy: Jack has a tendency to bite off more than he can chew and it doesn't help that his dad is always looking over his shoulder.
But if Jack can find his sea legs, with a little help from his family including his forceful and outspoken Aunt Terry (Leah Remini), his teenage cousin, Mason (Johnny Pemberton), and Darren's flrty sister, Stitch (Danielle Nicolet) he just might finally make his father proud.
From Joshua Sternin and J.R. Ventimilia (That '70s Show, Rio), Bobby Bowman (Raising Hope, My Name Is Earl) and Mark Gordon (Grey's Anatomy, Criminal Minds) comes a new ensemble comedy about trying to find your true calling, right at home.
Note: only five episodes aired on M-Net Series and the series later started from the beginning on M-Net Series Showcase (simulcast in HD).
Season 1 (10 episodes)
Channel: M-Net Series | Premiere: 1 Jun 2013 | Ended: 15 Jun 2013 | Sat, 17h30
Channel: MS Showcase | Premiere: 17 Nov 2013 | Finale: 19 Jan 2014 | Sun, 17h30