How I Met Your Mother

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How I Met Your Mother is a comedy about Ted and how he fell in love.
Starring
Josh RadnorJason SegelCobie Smulders
Genres
Comedy
Subtitles
English [CC]Español
Audio languages
English

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  1. 1. Pilot
    September 18, 2005
    22min
    TV-PG
    Subtitles
    English [CC], Español
    Audio languages
    English
    In 2030, Ted tells his children the story of how he met their mother, beginning back in 2005 with Marshall and Lily's engagement. Ted, eager to find his soulmate, meets Robin, and sets his sights on marrying her.
  2. 2. Purple Giraffe
    September 25, 2005
    22min
    TV-PG
    Subtitles
    English [CC], Español
    Audio languages
    English
    Ted throws a party in hopes of seeing Robin again, but when she doesn't show up, he throws another party - and another.
  3. 3. The Sweet Taste of Liberty
    October 2, 2005
    21min
    TV-PG
    Subtitles
    English [CC], Español
    Audio languages
    English
    Barney's plan to meet girls at the airport backfires as he and Ted are picked up by airport security, and Lily gets jealous when Robin monopolizes the male attention at their girls' night out.
  4. 4. Return of the Shirt
    October 9, 2005
    22min
    TV-PG
    Subtitles
    English [CC], Español
    Audio languages
    English
    Ted reconnects with Natalie, an old flame, and soon remembers why he dumped her in the first place.
  5. 5. Okay Awesome
    October 16, 2005
    22min
    TV-PG
    Subtitles
    English [CC], Español
    Audio languages
    English
    Robin, Ted, and Barney go to a hot new club, leaving the engaged Marshall and Lily to a more adult, albeit boring, evening of wine tasting.
  6. 6. The Slutty Pumpkin
    October 23, 2005
    22min
    TV-PG
    Subtitles
    English [CC], Español
    Audio languages
    English
    Halloween hijinx are afoot as Ted makes his annual trek to the same lame party in search of a girl he met there years ago, while Robin joins Marshall and Lily for a double date.
  7. 7. Matchmaker
    November 6, 2005
    22min
    TV-PG
    Subtitles
    English [CC], Español
    Audio languages
    English
    When Ted signs up with a matchmaking service, he learns that love is not a science. Meanwhile, Marshall and Lily confront a frightening creature living in the apartment.
  8. 8. The Duel
    November 13, 2005
    22min
    TV-PG
    Subtitles
    English [CC], Español
    Audio languages
    English
    Lily officially moves in with Marshall and Ted, and when Ted suspects that he's being edged out of the apartment, he and Marshall decide to settle it like men.
  9. 9. Belly Full of Turkey
    November 20, 2005
    22min
    TV-PG
    Subtitles
    English [CC], Español
    Audio languages
    English
    Thanksgiving with Marshall's family is especially stressful for Lily because she thinks she may be pregnant.
  10. 10. The Pineapple Incident
    November 27, 2005
    22min
    TV-PG
    Subtitles
    English, Español
    Audio languages
    English
    After an alcohol-induced blackout, Ted awakens to find a strange woman - and a pineapple - in his bed.
  11. 11. The Limo
    December 18, 2005
    22min
    TV-PG
    Subtitles
    English [CC], Español
    Audio languages
    English
    New Year's Eve is a wild ride as Ted rents a limo for a night of party-hopping with the gang.
  12. 12. The Wedding
    January 8, 2006
    22min
    TV-PG
    Subtitles
    English [CC], Español
    Audio languages
    English
    Ted's romantic hopes are dashed when he invites Robin to a fancy wedding, only to discover that the bride-to-be won't allow him to bring a date.
  13. 13. Drumroll, Please
    January 22, 2006
    22min
    TV-PG
    Subtitles
    English [CC], Español
    Audio languages
    English
    Robin is emotionally torn when Ted meets an exciting new woman, Victoria, at the wedding.
  14. 14. Zip, Zip, Zip
    February 5, 2006
    22min
    TV-PG
    Subtitles
    English [CC], Español
    Audio languages
    English
    Hiding in the bathroom, Marshall and Lily wait impatiently for Ted and Victoria to consummate their relationship, and Barney typically gets the wrong idea while hanging out with Robin.
  15. 15. Game Night
    February 26, 2006
    22min
    TV-PG
    Subtitles
    English [CC], Español
    Audio languages
    English
    Marshall's game night leads to some startling and very embarrassing revelations.
  16. 16. Cupcake
    March 5, 2006
    22min
    TV-PG
    Subtitles
    English [CC], Español
    Audio languages
    English
    Just as Ted and Victoria's relationship is beginning to flourish, she's offered a scholarship to a culinary institute in Germany. Should she stay, or should she go?
  17. 17. Life Among the Gorillas
    March 19, 2006
    22min
    TV-PG
    Subtitles
    English [CC], Español
    Audio languages
    English
    With Victoria in Germany, Ted faces the pitfalls of long-distance relationships, and Marshall has trouble fitting in when he takes a job at Barney's company.
  18. 18. Nothing Good Ever Happens After 2 A.M.
    April 10, 2006
    22min
    TV-PG
    Subtitles
    English [CC], Español
    Audio languages
    English
    With Victoria on his mind, Ted has conflicted feelings when Robin invites him over for a late night rendezvous.
  19. 19. Mary The Paralegal
    April 23, 2006
    22min
    TV-PG
    Subtitles
    English [CC], Español
    Audio languages
    English
    Ted needs a date to take to Robin's awards banquet, so Barney hooks him up with Mary, who may be a call girl.
  20. 20. Best Prom Ever
    April 30, 2006
    22min
    TV-PG
    Subtitles
    English [CC], Español
    Audio languages
    English
    With her wedding day fast approaching, Lily, along with Barney and Robin, crashes a high school prom to scope out a potential band for the reception.
  21. 21. Milk
    May 7, 2006
    22min
    TV-PG
    Subtitles
    English [CC], Español
    Audio languages
    English
    Ted is excited when a matchmaking service claims to have found his soul mate, but he must postpone his date to help Lily, who has a surprising revelation.
  22. 22. Come On
    May 14, 2006
    22min
    TV-PG
    Subtitles
    English [CC], Español
    Audio languages
    English
    Hoping to get closer to Robin, Ted tries to prevent her from going away for the weekend with her co-anchor, Sandy.

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Directors
Pamela FrymanRob GreenbergMichael J. SheaNeil Patrick Harris
Producers
Pamela FrymanCarter BaysCraig ThomasSuzy Mamann-GreenbergStewart Halpern-FingerhutChris HarrisStephen Lloyd
Season year
2006
Network
CBS
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Spencer HuangReviewed in the United States on November 19, 2022
5.0 out of 5 stars
This is incredible
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Personally, the best example of a romance comedy.
H. BalaReviewed in the United States on January 5, 2008
4.0 out of 5 stars
"Have you met Ted?"
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Ever since FRIENDS called it a day I haven't really been tuning in to much TV sitcom stuff. HOW I MET YOUR MOTHER and [[ASIN:B00005JOHC Two and a Half Men - The Complete First Season]] are just about the only sitcoms I've kept an eye on. Of the two, I like HOW I MET YOUR MOTHER just a bit better. I think it's got more heart, and it's certainly introduced "Awesome!" back into prime-time vocabulary. Anyway, its season one hooked me in.

That same old premise: a bunch of friends wending their way thru life and love in N.Y.C. Ted Mosby (the pleasant looking Josh Radnor) is at the heart of the show, the idealistic, wide-eyed romantic and our point-of-view character. Lily (BUFFY's Alyson Hannigan) and Marshall (FREAK & GEEK's Jason Segel) are the cute couple and Ted's roommates. Barney (Neil Patrick Harris) is the subversive buddy, and, c'mon, it's always nice to have one in the pack, right? Robin (beautiful Cobie Smulders) is the newcomer to the gang, and the dangling romantic interest for Ted. Most of the characters dwell in an apartment right above a bar, so you can imagine where they most hang out.

This series uses a gimmick in which, in the year 2030, an off-camera older Ted (voiced by Bob Saget) tells his future kids how he met their mother. It's taking a really long time for Older Ted to tell this story. Sweetness and snarkiness consistently hobnob in these episodes. From Ted's old-fashioned romantic leanings and Lily and Marshall's steady relationship to Barney's casual immorality and narcissism. The show even makes effective use of quick comedy cuts ala FAMILY GUY. But the big question is, of course, will Ted and Robin ever get together?

Just check out the cast episode commentaries, and you can tell these folks like each other. Even though the main story arc centers on Ted, this is pretty much an ensemble cast. Everyone gets a slice of the spotlight. Radnor, Smulders, and Hannigan are fine, but, to me, the two people who stand out and provide most of the humor are scene-stealers Segel and Harris. Jason Segel's character is a sweet, good-natured, shambling kind of dude, a looming kid at heart who also does a mean robot. Well, okay, his robot sucks. But dude's funny.

An indispensable ingredient to the show's success is the energetic and smarmy Neil Patrick Harris ([[ASIN:B00076YOZY Doogie Howser, M.D. - Season One]], [[ASIN:B00068WOH8 Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle (Unrated Extended Edition)]]). The show's creators had originally imagined Barney as more of a manic Jack Black type, but Harris' gung-ho audition apparently made them do a swift one-eighty, and the rest is "legendary." Now I can't get all these Barney-isms out of my noggin, from "Suit up!" to "Have you met Ted?" to, yes, "legendary." Old Doogie, more than anyone else on this show, keeps the season-long romantic arc from being too saccharine.

ANGEL fans might be stoked to see Amy Acker guest star in one episode ("Come On") and Alexis Denisof, who's Hannigan's hubby in real, appear in several episodes as Robin's co-anchor Sandy Rivers. Also memorable is Ashley Williams as Ted's cool culinary girlfriend Victoria.

Even though the show loses steam in the later episodes - and I felt the final episode underwhelmed (Rain dance? Really?) - the dropoff isn't that significant. And, throughout, HOW I MET YOUR MOTHER retains its heart. Several standout episodes are the "Pilot" ('cause it's the friggin' pilot), "Okay Awesome" (the sub-title show), "The Pineapple Incident" (Ted gets drunk, but remains "vomit free since '93"), "The Limo" (trapped in a limo with crazy Moby), and Game Night" (the origin of Barney).

HOW I MET YOUR MOTHER - SEASON ONE includes "Video Yearbook" (the 20-minute-long behind the scenes featurette) and "Happy Hour" (9 minutes worth of outtakes, and pretty funny). There are cast & crew audio commentaries on six episodes, and here's the thing: If you're looking for insights and background into the series, then select the writers' episode commentaries, although these cats were kind of boring and annoying. If you want comfy camaraderie with random babbletalk, then select the cast commentaries. You don't learn much from the cast, but they were fun to listen to.

Wait a mo. There is one thing I learned from the cast commentaries: That "Saba Homayoon!" is not only the name of an extra in the pilot but apparently is also what one reflexively howls out when seeing a beautiful girl. Dude, check out that babe! Saba Homayo-o-o-on!
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ServoReviewed in the United States on August 13, 2007
5.0 out of 5 stars
HIMYM - Season One!
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As reality shows continue to flood the airwaves, seemingly crowding out traditional shows, every so often a fresh and inventive show comes along proving that when done right, the sitcom can still provide good comfort television. "How I Met Your Mother" is such a show. Created by Carter Bays & Craig Thomas, who (along with their band, The Solids) also performed the show's infectious theme song "Hey Beautiful," HIMYM stars Josh Radnor as hopeless romantic architect Ted Mosby, who regales his kids (in 2030) with the "legendary" tales (told in flashbacks dating back to 2005) leading up to how he fell in love.

Radnor, who I equate with Zach Braff's John Dorian character of NBC's [[ASIN:B00005JNEQ Scrubs]], really puts himself out there in the role of lovelorn Ted. Jason Segal and Alyson Hannigan are especially great as Ted's soon-to-be-married pals lawyer Marshall and teacher Lily, who as far as I'm concerned, rank as TV's most adorable couple. Cobie Smulders is just fine also as lovely TV news reporter Robin, who the gang playfully tease for being canadian and vice versa, plus the hilarious Neil Patrick Harris as "suited up" womanizer Barney. Only Harris could pull off this guy and make him somewhat likeable. One of my favorite exchanges between Barney and Lily is in "Mary the Paralegal" where Lily voices her disgust with Barney [for seemingly setting Ted up with a hooker] with "Barney, for anyone else, this would be a new low but sadly for you, it's just a new middle." Instead of being offended, Barney proudly raises his chin and grins. Too funny.

While the show hews pretty closely to the formulas of [[ASIN:B000H6SXMY Friends]], [[ASIN:B00005JLEX Seinfeld]] and even [[ASIN:6305053987 The Wonder Years]], How I Met Your Mother quickly formed its own rhythm, and in its own right is an original which I always look forward to watching. How I Met Your Mother - Season One is a 3-disc (482 min.) set featuring all 22 episodes from the 2005-2006 season; Full-Frame (1.33:1) video; 5.1 English Dolby surround; English, Spanish, French subtitles; Closed caption; plus extras. Housed in slim cases, Disc 1 contains: Episodes 1-8; Disc Two: 9-16; Disc Three: 17-22; The special features on the set are great, especially the commentaries by cast & crew which provide plenty of laughs and insight into the series. Overall, a well-packaged DVD release.

Episodes:
1. Pilot
2. Purple Giraffe
3. Sweet Taste of Liberty
4. Return of the Shirt
5. Okay Awesome
6. Slutty Pumpkin
7. Matchmaker
8. The Duel
9. Belly Full of Turkey
10. The Pineapple Incident
11. The Limo
12. The Wedding
13. Drumroll, Please
14. Zip, Zip, Zip
15. Game Night
16. Cupcake
17. Life Among the Gorillas
18. Nothing Good Happens After 2 A.M.
19. Mary the Paralegal
20. Best Prom Ever
21. Milk
22. Come On

Special Features:
* Audio Commentary on select episodes
* Video Yearbook Featurette
* Happy Hour Blooper Reel
* First Round and Last Call Clip Montages

How I Met Your Mother - Season One
Highly Recommended!
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SwampratReviewed in the United States on July 19, 2008
5.0 out of 5 stars
A 'Feel-Good' Sitcom
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How many TV comedies can be called "Feel-Good" shows? More and more comedy on network TV is about misery. Failure. The bitter, cynical realities that allegedly lurk behind the bright, shining happy endings we've all grown up with. The generation that created and continues to embrace Reality TV prefers to look at the lives of others and say "Thank God that's not me" than to look at the world through someone else's eyes and say "Gee, I wish that could be me."

"How I Met Your Mother" looks like a conventional sitcom with its multi-camera shooting style and it sounds like a conventional sitcom with its omnipresent laugh track. But there is nothing conventional about this show. Ted, Marshall and Lilly have been best friends since the first week of college. Now an architect, a law student and a kindergarten teacher respectively, their relationships haven't changed that much, with one notable exception. Marshall and Lilly are engaged and in the light of their wedding preparations, Ted starts to wonder if he's ready to settle down. Then he meets Robin, a beautiful, independent TV newscaster...who is completely wrong for Ted in every significant way. Add to the mix Barney, Ted's confirmed bachelor-for-life friend who insists that he is an expert on meeting, seducing and abandoning women. But throughout all the missteps and bad hookups one thing remains: Heart. It's a show about people who love each other and that makes all the difference.

The cast includes popular favorites like Jason Segal ("Freaks and Geeks", and the writer/star of "Forgetting Sarah Marshall") and Alyson Hannigan (Willow on "Buffy the Vampire Slayer"). Barney is played by Neil Patrick Harris, and after seeing him in one scene, you won't even be thinking the word "Doogie." Also on board is Bob Saget ("Full House") who narrates the show as Ted in the year 2030 telling his children the story of how he became the man he had to be before he could meet their mother. Now, it might seem like this gives away the ending of the story, but any true sports fan will tell you that there's more to a baseball game than who won and who lost. Life is a journey, not always an easy one, and this is a show that celebrates getting there as opposed to being there.
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Jacob A. ManalanReviewed in the United States on March 9, 2008
4.0 out of 5 stars
5 star show. 4 star DVD
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"How I Met Your Mother" is a wonderfully heartwarming and humorous show rehashing the courtships and surroundings of a late 20s early 30s man named Ted Mosby as part of an overarching story arc of a future Ted Mosby recounting to his future children regarding how he met their mother.

The stories are wonderfully shot, and brilliantly rounded by a diverse set of characters played by Alyson Hannigan, Cobie Smulders, Jason Segel, Neil Patrick Harris, and Josh Radnor. The individual episodes are cleverly linked and tied together, with foreshadowing and callbacks ranging through complete seasons. The writing is punchy, and the humor is tailored to easily fit with each character, never feeling force. It's enjoyable, heartfelt, and intelligent.

However, the transfer to DVD has one small problem and one really big problem in it, from my point of view.

Small problem is the menu system does not allow for consecutive playing of the episodes without returning to the menu. I consider this feature a must for TV shows transferred to DVD.

The biggest problem I have is that they changed much of the scoring and music selections within the shows. Instead of containing the songs and music from the broadcasts, they have been replaced by unknown and less evocative music. For example, in the episode "Drumroll Please" they replaced "You Don't Knom Me" by Michael Buble for this heartwrenching romantic scene with some neutral generic waltz music...detracting from the scene considerably. In the same episode, the final scene was originally done to Pavement's "Spit on a Stranger" which brought lovely color and climax to the finale of the episode, but on the DVD, it was another generic piece of music. I imagine these were cost saving measures to prevent paying royalties, but it lessens the greatness of the show...and the show really is great.

For this transgression, I have penalized the DVD one star for taking a great show and not keeping it intact during the transfer to DVD.
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J. WactorReviewed in the United States on March 30, 2009
5.0 out of 5 stars
This Show Is Steak Sauce!
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Why do I love this show?

I want every character on this show to be my best friend (except Robin). They're funny, caring, and awesome. The actors truly have tons of chemistry, providing a quality show in a half-hour block.

This is no generic sitcom. Sure, it's got a laugh track and some of the banter is cliché, however, most of it is incredibly witty and heartfelt. Ted is engaged in a genuine search for love, and I'm completely wrapped up in it. I fell in love with the Cake Girl (Victoria, played by Ashley Williams) and was sad to see her go (it's probably why I'm not a huge fan of Robin). This show has continuity and a compelling storyline; it simply amazes me.

It's very quotable. I find myself quoting with friends I've talked into watching it (who get equally hooked). The cast is brilliant, as well as the director and writers. Bloc Party's song: `This Modern Love' at the close of Season One clenched it for me though, dramatically building up a powerful finale I won't soon forget. It joins the hall of fame for greatest season finale songs with the likes of The O.C's: Imogen Heap `Hide and Seek' and Grey's Anatomy's: Snow Patrol `Chasing Cars'.

Hands down, this is the best sitcom I've ever seen. Buy it, watch it, love it.

DISCLAIMER: Though the writers are good at what they do, don't listen to any of their commentaries. They are exceptionally boring, lackluster, and have slightly soured my enjoyment of the show. It's that bad.
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Famous DaveReviewed in the United States on October 1, 2015
5.0 out of 5 stars
Good Beginning for a Great Series
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Let me just start by saying this is one of my favorite comedy series of all time. I did not see the original runs of the first few seasons and did not really catch on to the show until it was in syndication. So I decided to catch up on what I had missed by starting at the beginning. The main premise of the series, of course, is that Ted is telling his kids at some point in the future how he met their mother. After watching the pilot it becomes obvious that it is not going to be a short story. The best way to watch is to start right at episode 1, season 1, and work your way directly through episode by episode. This is one of those shows that has running gags and premises that continue throughout the series, so you will have a better understanding of some of the inside jokes as the series progresses. One example is the blue French horn that is seen in the very first episode and shows up again periodically, most notably in the series finale. The cast of the show work well together, and the writing is clever if not brilliant.
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Kindle CustomerReviewed in the United States on May 8, 2022
3.0 out of 5 stars
Is not bad, but isn't Seinfeld
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Is a decent tv show
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