Amanda Fuller says ‘Last Man Standing’ is ‘one of the only shows that reflects real families’

Last Man Standing” is back from the dead, and its cast couldn’t be happier.

“I think we’re one of the only shows right now that reflects real families right now,” series star Amanda Fuller said at Thursday’s Paley Fall TV Preview event for the show. “It’s a comforting safe place for families to be able to come together and watch entertainment and laugh with each other … and realize that no matter what the differences are between us, we love and respect each other. At the end of the day that’s all that matters and that’s a really nice thing to be an example of.”

The series stars Tim Allen in the patriarch role of Mike Baxter, a man whose conservative political beliefs often put him at odds with some of his other family members. As a result, politics come up often during family disagreements, but rather than be polarizing for the cast, Fuller said the conversations are elements they enjoy.

“[Politics] influence who we are as a family, so it comes up here and there,”she explained. “I think it’s really important right now for families at home on Friday nights to be able to watch the television and see a family that reflects them and know that it’s OK, and that we can still love each other and be there for each other even if we have different political views.”

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LAST MAN STANDING - 'Tanks for the Memories' - Mike is anxious to buy the miniature tank collection once belonging to the late husband of his neighbor, Helen Potts (Patricia Richardson). But when he discovers Helen already sold the collection, he goes to extremes to make the collection his own. Meanwhile, Kristin and Ed are concerned when a mysterious 'Bubba X' posts a scathing review about their dining experience at the Outdoor Man Restaurant, on 'Last Man Standing,' FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 26 (8:00--8:31 p.m. EST) on the ABC Television Network. (Photo by Ron Tom/ABC via Getty Images) PATRICIA RICHARDSON, ROBIN ROBERTS, TIM ALLEN
LAST MAN STANDING - 'Polar Run' - When Mike and Vanessa need a sure winner on their annual college alumnae 5k race teams, they go to extreme measures to see who will win over Eve. Meanwhile, Kristin senses work might get tricky when Ed hires his girlfriend, Wendi (guest star Joely Fisher), to be the new hostess at The Outdoor Man Grill, on 'Last Man Standing,' FRIDAY, JANUARY 8 (8:00-8:31 p.m. EST) on the ABC Television Network. (Photo by Danny Feld/ABC via Getty Images) TIM ALLEN, NANCY TRAVIS
LAST MAN STANDING - 'Shadowboxing' - When Mandy job shadows Mike at The Outdoor Man, her textbook conflict resolution skills differ from Mike's experience-based approach; and she unintentionally causes a dispute between Chuck and Joe. Meanwhile, Kristen and Eve think Vanessa needs to blow off some steam and invite her to their kickboxing class. The season finale of 'Last Man Standing' airs on FRIDAY, MARCH 31 (8:00-8:31 p.m. EDT), on The ABC Television Network. (Ron Tom/ABC via Getty Images) TIM ALLEN, MOLLY EPHRAIM
LAST MAN STANDING - 'Bad Heir Day' - Mike and Vanessa think it's time for newlyweds Mandy and Kyle to move out, but when Chuck relays some unexpected news about Kyle's absentee mom, Mike has second thoughts. Meanwhile, Eve tells Ryan that Boyd is making up stories about his Dad's real job, because he's embarrassed about being home-schooled, on 'Last Man Standing,' airing FRIDAY, MARCH 24 (8:00-8:31 p.m. EST), on The ABC Television Network. (Ron Tom/ABC via Getty Images) TIM ALLEN, NANCY TRAVIS
LAST MAN STANDING - 'Bad Heir Day' - Mike and Vanessa think it's time for newlyweds Mandy and Kyle to move out, but when Chuck relays some unexpected news about Kyle's absentee mom, Mike has second thoughts. Meanwhile, Eve tells Ryan that Boyd is making up stories about his Dad's real job, because he's embarrassed about being home-schooled, on 'Last Man Standing,' airing FRIDAY, MARCH 24 (8:00-8:31 p.m. EST), on The ABC Television Network. (Ron Tom/ABC via Getty Images) CHRISTOPH SANDERS, TIM ALLEN
LAST MAN STANDING - 'Shadowboxing' - When Mandy job shadows Mike at The Outdoor Man, her textbook conflict resolution skills differ from Mike's experience-based approach; and she unintentionally causes a dispute between Chuck and Joe. Meanwhile, Kristen and Eve think Vanessa needs to blow off some steam and invite her to their kickboxing class. The season finale of 'Last Man Standing' airs on FRIDAY, MARCH 31 (8:00-8:31 p.m. EDT), on The ABC Television Network. (Ron Tom/ABC via Getty Images) JAY LENO, JONATHAN ADAMS, TIM ALLEN
LAST MAN STANDING - 'The Force' - Mike and Vanessa want Eve to focus on applying for college, but when she finally chooses where she will attend, her firm decision is not the one they expected. Meanwhile, Kyle and Mandy think they're doing the right thing when they preserve the legacy of Ed's recently deceased dog by having him stuffed, on 'Last Man Standing,' FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 3 (8:00-8:31 p.m. EST), on the ABC Television Network. (Craig Sjodin/ABC via Getty Images) TIM ALLEN, KAITLYN DEVER
LAST MAN STANDING - 'The Friending Library' - The 'Meet Outdoor Man' contest winner Wayne (guest star Brad Leland) believes Mike's VLOGs contain secret messages. Meanwhile, Vanessa wants to make friends and starts a lending library in her neighborhood, and Chuck adjusts to his new life now that his wife has taken a job in Los Angeles, on 'Last Man Standing,' FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 17 (8:00-8:31 p.m. EST), on the ABC Television Network. (Craig Sjodin/ABC via Getty Images) TIM ALLEN, CHRISTOPH SANDERS, HECTOR ELIZONDO
LAST MAN STANDING - 'The Friending Library' - The 'Meet Outdoor Man' contest winner Wayne (guest star Brad Leland) believes Mike's VLOGs contain secret messages. Meanwhile, Vanessa wants to make friends and starts a lending library in her neighborhood, and Chuck adjusts to his new life now that his wife has taken a job in Los Angeles, on 'Last Man Standing,' FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 17 (8:00-8:31 p.m. EST), on the ABC Television Network. (Craig Sjodin/ABC via Getty Images) TIM ALLEN, BRAD LELAND
LAST MAN STANDING - 'Three Sisters' - When Mike and Vanessa turn down Eve's request for money to cover some recording equipment, Kristin jumps in and offers to front the bill. Mike later confronts Kristin for undercutting his parenting and giving money to Eve, and Kristin snaps back at him for always spoiling Mandy. Back at the Outdoor Man office, Kyle and Ed have an extremely awkward encounter that, in a strange way, brings them closer together. Later on at the Baxter home, dinner turns into disaster, as Eve, Mandy and Kristin argue about how unfairly their parents treat them. With everyone at odds, Mike and Vanessa come up with a plan to reunite the girls, on 'Last Man Standing,' airing FRIDAY, JANUARY 6 (8:00-8:31 p.m. EST), on the ABC Television Network. (Kelsey McNeal/ABC via Getty Images) TIM ALLEN
LAST MAN STANDING - 'A House Divided' - When Mike and Vanessa ask newlyweds Mandy and Kyle to tone down their constant displays of affection, Mandy agrees but only if her parents become more discreet in the way they express their feelings to each other. Meanwhile, Kristen gets Eve a gig playing at the Grill, but Ed wants to fire her after a lackluster performance, on 'Last Man Standing,' airing FRIDAY, JANUARY 20 (8:00-8:31 p.m. EST), on the ABC Television Network. (Craig Sjodin/ABC via Getty Images) NANCY TRAVIS, TIM ALLEN
LAST MAN STANDING - 'A House Divided' - When Mike and Vanessa ask newlyweds Mandy and Kyle to tone down their constant displays of affection, Mandy agrees but only if her parents become more discreet in the way they express their feelings to each other. Meanwhile, Kristen gets Eve a gig playing at the Grill, but Ed wants to fire her after a lackluster performance, on 'Last Man Standing,' airing FRIDAY, JANUARY 20 (8:00-8:31 p.m. EST), on the ABC Television Network. (Craig Sjodin/ABC via Getty Images) MOLLY EPHRAIM, CHRISTOPH SANDERS, TIM ALLEN, NANCY TRAVIS
LAST MAN STANDING - 'Trick or Treat' - It's Halloween and the Baxter family is excited for their annual party, except for Mike who's reluctantly tasked with choosing the theme. In hopes of turning everyone against the holiday, Mike decides that maybe if the whole family has to dress up like each other they'll end up making fun of one another. Eve dresses up like Mandy and Mandy dresses down like Eve, Kristin and Ryan swap roles, and Mike shows up to the party as... Donald Trump!? The impersonating turns into bickering but in the end, the Baxters come together to support Vanessa as she learns that she's being laid off, on 'Last Man Standing,' FRIDAY, OCTOBER 21 (8:00-8:31 p.m. EDT), on the ABC Television Network. (Tony Rivetti/ABC via Getty Images) TIM ALLEN, JONATHAN ADAMS
LAST MAN STANDING - 'Precious Snowflakes' - Mandy chooses local celebrity, Mike as the speaker for her business school's graduation. After learning that the school requires his speech to be PC and micro-agression free, Mike decides whether or not to play by the rules. Meanwhile, Eve's friend Cammy (Sarah Gilman) is home from college bragging about how fantastic her new life has been, leaving Eve feeling slightly fruitless and discouraged, on 'Last Man Standing,' FRIDAY, DECEMBER 2 (8:00-8:31 p.m. EST), on the ABC Television Network. (Craig Sjodin/ABC via Getty Images) TIM ALLEN, MOLLY EPHRAIM
LAST MAN STANDING - 'Trick or Treat' - It's Halloween and the Baxter family is excited for their annual party, except for Mike who's reluctantly tasked with choosing the theme. In hopes of turning everyone against the holiday, Mike decides that maybe if the whole family has to dress up like each other they'll end up making fun of one another. Eve dresses up like Mandy and Mandy dresses down like Eve, Kristin and Ryan swap roles, and Mike shows up to the party as... Donald Trump!? The impersonating turns into bickering but in the end, the Baxters come together to support Vanessa as she learns that she's being laid off, on 'Last Man Standing,' FRIDAY, OCTOBER 21 (8:00-8:31 p.m. EDT), on the ABC Television Network. (Tony Rivetti/ABC via Getty Images) NANCY TRAVIS, TIM ALLEN
LAST MAN STANDING - 'Boyd Will Be Boyd' - Boyd is turning 10 years old, and sticking with the Baxter family tradition, Mike wants nothing more than to give him a shotgun and take him hunting. Kristin is all for it but Ryan has no interest in his son having a gun or harming animals. Meanwhile Kyle and Mandy's wedding preparations continue as Vanessa tries to convince Kyle to do a mother-son dance with her, on 'Last Man Standing,' FRIDAY, OCTOBER 14 (8:00-8:31 p.m. EDT), on the ABC Television Network. (Lisa Rose/ABC via Getty Images) JORDAN MASTERSON, FLYNN MORRISON, TIM ALLEN
LAST MAN STANDING - 'Gameday Forecast: Showers' - When a Jack and Jill wedding shower for Mandy and Kyle is announced, Mike is disappointed to learn it's on the same day as the big Broncos-Chargers game. In an effort to catch the game with Joe (Jay Leno) and the guys, Mike convinces the couple to hold separate showers. Ryan offers to host the men's festivities at his place, and to Mike's dismay, he's more into party planning than anyone would have thought. Meanwhile, Ed's convinced that sticking to his superstitious rituals is the only way to see to it that the Broncos pull out a big win, even if it means interfering with Mandy's wedding shower, on 'Last Man Standing,' FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 30 (8:00-8:31 p.m. EDT), on the ABC Television Network. (Tony Rivetti/ABC via Getty Images) JAY LENO, AMANDA FULLER, TIM ALLEN
LAST MAN STANDING - 'Tanks for the Memories' - Mike is anxious to buy the miniature tank collection once belonging to the late husband of his neighbor, Helen Potts (Patricia Richardson). But when he discovers Helen already sold the collection, he goes to extremes to make the collection his own. Meanwhile, Kristin and Ed are concerned when a mysterious 'Bubba X' posts a scathing review about their dining experience at the Outdoor Man Restaurant, on 'Last Man Standing,' FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 26 (8:00--8:31 p.m. EST) on the ABC Television Network. (Photo by Ron Tom/ABC via Getty Images) TIM ALLEN, ROBIN ROBERTS
LAST MAN STANDING - 'The Wolf Returns' - Mike has returned from being on a fantastic two-month road trip traveling to far-flung places for Outdoor Man. It's great to be back with his wife, Vanessa, and their three daughters, but finds a lot has been going on at home as well as on the job since he's been away. To top it all off, a tornado is headed toward the Outdoor Man store and the Baxter home. Tim Allen returns for a fifth season in 'Last Man Standing' as 'Mike Baxter,' who continues to be surrounded by forces seeking to test his ideas on just about everything in which he strongly believes. The season premiere will air on FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 25 (8:00-8:31 p.m., ET/PT) on the ABC Television Network. (Nicole Wilder/ABC via Getty Images)
LAST MAN STANDING - 'The Wolf Returns' - Mike has returned from being on a fantastic two-month road trip traveling to far-flung places for Outdoor Man. It's great to be back with his wife, Vanessa, and their three daughters, but finds a lot has been going on at home as well as on the job since he's been away. To top it all off, a tornado is headed toward the Outdoor Man store and the Baxter home. Tim Allen returns for a fifth season in 'Last Man Standing' as 'Mike Baxter,' who continues to be surrounded by forces seeking to test his ideas on just about everything in which he strongly believes. The season premiere will air on FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 25 (8:00-8:31 p.m., ET/PT) on the ABC Television Network. (Nicole Wilder/ABC via Getty Images)
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Hector Elizondo agreed: “I want [the show] to help heal the schism more than anything else — people [to] start talking to one another in America, and to laugh at one another and with each other. If we can do that, if we can post that, that’s a hell of a lot.”

The response from the show’s first live audience on tape night tells the cast that they are doing a lot right already. They shared that they had never experienced such a strong response from an audience. “It’s like we’re rock stars,” said Nancy Travis. “We came out for our opening bows, and they were chanting ‘Welcome back, welcome back,’ and it was moving. It was really nice to feel.”

Since at its heart, according to executive producer Kevin Abbott, “Last Man Standing” is first and foremost a family show, the seventh season will focus on the dynamics between the characters as they navigate a new stage in their lives. While the first six seasons often revolved on stories of the family as a whole unit, now in the show’s seventh season, the Baxters have in a sense become empty nesters.

“I really miss them. I was looking at old episodes and there are some of these scenes where all the girls were in the room together,” Allen said

Added Travis: “It is like we actually watched these children grow up.”

“Last Man Standing” will premiere Sept. 28 on Fox.

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WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA - FEBRUARY 26: Actor Tim Allen (L) and Jane Allen (R) attend the 25th Annual Elton John AIDS Foundation's Academy Awards Viewing Party at The City of West Hollywood Park on February 26, 2017 in West Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images for EJAF)
LAST MAN STANDING - 'Heavy Meddle' - When Eve's boyfriend, Rob (guest star Travis Tope), doesn't invite her to his parents' anniversary party, Vanessa feels that Eve should tell him how this makes her feel. But Mike disagrees and thinks it's better for Eve to not say anything. Meanwhile, Kristin and Ryan think it's beyond the airy Mandy and Kyle to find the hidden clues in an escape room, on 'Last Man Standing,' airing FRIDAY, MARCH 17 (8:00-8:31 p.m. EST), on The ABC Television Network. (Eric McCandless/ABC via Getty Images) NANCY TRAVIS, TIM ALLEN
LAST MAN STANDING - 'Take Me to Church' - Mike and Vanessa become increasingly worried their daughters don't attend church anymore, so they decide to take it upon themselves to make church more interesting for everyone involved. When Ryan has Kyle as his guest on his podcast, they don't expect their wives to hear their conversation, on 'Last Man Standing,' airing FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 24 (8:00-8:31 p.m. EST), on the ABC Television Network. (Craig Sjodin/ABC via Getty Images) NANCY TRAVIS, TIM ALLEN
LAST MAN STANDING - 'Take Me to Church' - Mike and Vanessa become increasingly worried their daughters don't attend church anymore, so they decide to take it upon themselves to make church more interesting for everyone involved. When Ryan has Kyle as his guest on his podcast, they don't expect their wives to hear their conversation, on 'Last Man Standing,' airing FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 24 (8:00-8:31 p.m. EST), on the ABC Television Network. (Craig Sjodin/ABC via Getty Images) TIM ALLEN
LAST MAN STANDING - 'A House Divided' - When Mike and Vanessa ask newlyweds Mandy and Kyle to tone down their constant displays of affection, Mandy agrees but only if her parents become more discreet in the way they express their feelings to each other. Meanwhile, Kristen gets Eve a gig playing at the Grill, but Ed wants to fire her after a lackluster performance, on 'Last Man Standing,' airing FRIDAY, JANUARY 20 (8:00-8:31 p.m. EST), on the ABC Television Network. (Craig Sjodin/ABC via Getty Images) NANCY TRAVIS, TIM ALLEN
LAST MAN STANDING - 'Three Sisters' - When Mike and Vanessa turn down Eve's request for money to cover some recording equipment, Kristin jumps in and offers to front the bill. Mike later confronts Kristin for undercutting his parenting and giving money to Eve, and Kristin snaps back at him for always spoiling Mandy. Back at the Outdoor Man office, Kyle and Ed have an extremely awkward encounter that, in a strange way, brings them closer together. Later on at the Baxter home, dinner turns into disaster, as Eve, Mandy and Kristin argue about how unfairly their parents treat them. With everyone at odds, Mike and Vanessa come up with a plan to reunite the girls, on 'Last Man Standing,' airing FRIDAY, JANUARY 6 (8:00-8:31 p.m. EST), on the ABC Television Network. (Kelsey McNeal/ABC via Getty Images) TIM ALLEN
LAST MAN STANDING - 'Explorers' - Mike is thrilled when he is offered to submit an artifact to a renowned museum but things get complicated when Ed admits that this is an honor he's wanted his entire life. Meanwhile, Mike and his poker buddies decide to go through their colonoscopy prep together; and the girls decide to have a slumber party reminiscent of old times, but things don't go as planned when Vanessa invites herself, on 'Last Man Standing,' airing FRIDAY, JANUARY 13 (8:00-8:31 p.m. EST), on the ABC Television Network. (Eric McCandless/ABC via Getty Images) TIM ALLEN
Actor Tim Allen on the sideline prior to an NFL football game between the Detroit Lions and the Minnesota Vikings in Detroit, Michigan USA, on Thursday, November 24, 2016. (Photo by Jorge Lemus/NurPhoto via Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - OCTOBER 22: Actress Jane Hajduk and Comedian/Actor Tim Allen arrive at the Petersen Automotive Museum 22nd Annual Gala at the Petersen Automotive Museum on October 22, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Greg Doherty/Getty Images)
LAST MAN STANDING - 'Trick or Treat' - It's Halloween and the Baxter family is excited for their annual party, except for Mike who's reluctantly tasked with choosing the theme. In hopes of turning everyone against the holiday, Mike decides that maybe if the whole family has to dress up like each other they'll end up making fun of one another. Eve dresses up like Mandy and Mandy dresses down like Eve, Kristin and Ryan swap roles, and Mike shows up to the party as... Donald Trump!? The impersonating turns into bickering but in the end, the Baxters come together to support Vanessa as she learns that she's being laid off, on 'Last Man Standing,' FRIDAY, OCTOBER 21 (8:00-8:31 p.m. EDT), on the ABC Television Network. (Tony Rivetti/ABC via Getty Images) TIM ALLEN, JONATHAN ADAMS
LAST MAN STANDING - 'A New Place for One of Our People' - Having a difficult time supporting Eve's gap year, Mike gives her a hard lesson on surviving in the real world, but Eve's unexpected reaction throws Mike for a loop. Meanwhile, Kyle wants to give Mandy the best wedding gift imaginable, so taking inspiration from a story he read online, he works on turning a laser pointer into a car by way of some old-fashioned bartering, on 'Last Man Standing,' FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 4 (8:00-8:31 p.m. EDT), on the ABC Television Network. (Tony Rivetti/ABC via Getty Images) TIM ALLEN
LAST MAN STANDING - 'Boyd Will Be Boyd' - Boyd is turning 10 years old, and sticking with the Baxter family tradition, Mike wants nothing more than to give him a shotgun and take him hunting. Kristin is all for it but Ryan has no interest in his son having a gun or harming animals. Meanwhile Kyle and Mandy's wedding preparations continue as Vanessa tries to convince Kyle to do a mother-son dance with her, on 'Last Man Standing,' FRIDAY, OCTOBER 14 (8:00-8:31 p.m. EDT), on the ABC Television Network. (Lisa Rose/ABC via Getty Images) TIM ALLEN
BURBANK, CA - JUNE 13: (L-R) Actors Richard Karn, Tim Allen, and President of SAG-AFTRA Foundation JoBeth Williams attend the SAG-AFTRA Foundation 7th annual L.A. Golf Classic Fundraiser on June 13, 2016 in Burbank, California. (Photo by Matt Winkelmeyer/Getty Images)
PASADENA, CA - MAY 17: Comedian Tim Allen performs during his appearance at The Ice House Comedy Club on May 17, 2016 in Pasadena, California. (Photo by Michael Schwartz/WireImage)
BURBANK, CA - MAY 02: (L-R) Actors Richard Karn, Kunal Nayyar and Tim Allen attend the 9th Annual George Lopez Celebrity Golf Classic to benefit The George Lopez Foundation at Lakeside Golf Club on May 2, 2016 in Burbank, California. (Photo by Mike Windle/Getty Images for The Lopez Foundation)
JAY LENO'S GARAGE -- 'Wolf in Sheep's Clothing' Episode 206 -- Pictured: (l-r) Tim Allen, Jay Leno -- (Photo by: Nicole Weingart/CNBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - APRIL 21: Tim Allen attends the Film Independent at LACMA presents Live Read of 'Thnk You For Smoking' and After Party at Bing Theatre At LACMA on April 21, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Araya Diaz/WireImage)
LAST MAN STANDING - 'The Shortcut' - In honor of Mike's 25 years at The Outdoor Man, Ed plans a surprise dinner for him and asks Joe (guest star Joe Leno) and Chuck to come up with the after-dinner speech. Also, Mandy decides that in order for her and Kyle to save money, they should move in with her parents after they're married, on 'Last Man Standing,' FRIDAY, APRIL 22 (8:00-8:31 p.m. EDT), on the ABC Television Network. (Photo by Ron Tom/ABC via via Getty Images) TIM ALLEN, HECTOR ELIZONDO
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