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How I Met Your Mother: Season 2
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A love story in reverse: A fresh new comedy about Ted and how he fell in love. The series is narrated through flashbacks from the future about the 5 friends and their dating misadventures.
The sweet, snarky charms of How I Met Your Mother are in full force on this clever sitcom's second season. The show's conceit is that it's all from the point of view of the future self of Ted Mosby (played in our time by Josh Radnor, voiced in the future by Bob Saget), telling his kids the story of how he met their mother--a character that, two seasons in, has yet to be introduced. Instead, the show revolves around Ted's romantic pursuit of Robin (Cobie Smulders) and the cozy relationship of Ted's best friends, Lily (Buffy the Vampire Slayer's beloved Alyson Hannigan) and Marshall (Jason Segel from another cult show, Freaks and Geeks). Careening through these two love stories is Barney (Neil Patrick Harris, the former Doogie Howser, M.D.), an aggressively single womanizer, whose intimate friendship with this largely sincere and domestic bunch doesn't make much sense...but often makes for excellent comedy. This goofy quintet of late 20somethings flounder their way through life in New York, wrestling with love and careers. When the first season ended, Ted and Robin had finally hooked up, but Marshall and Lily had suddenly split up. Season two runs with this, enriching the relationships among all the characters over the season's progress while spinning out all sorts of stand-alone plots that make each episode a treat. Examples: Ted discovers that his parents have been keeping a secret from him; Marshall, feeling burnt by love, starts doing couple things with a newly single male friend; Lily gets a job at Ted's office and is appalled by Ted's obnoxious boss; Robin tries to keep Ted from discovering her sordid past; and Barney...well, Barney is the gleeful source of a dozen cockeyed tales, ranging from asking Lily to paint a nude portrait of him to grappling poorly with his gay brother's sudden turn to monogamy to going on The Price is Right to find his father. The entire cast is superb (and much more confident this season), but Harris's inexplicably endearing smarminess really pushes the show into a higher comic bracket. That performance energy--combined with the cunning use of flashbacks and other twisty story techniques--makes How I Met Your Mother both sweet and spicy, a conventional sitcom that tweaks the formula enough to make it feel fresh and engaging. If the creators can keep this up, this show will become a classic. Season Two features an abundance of fan-pleasing extras, including cheerful commentaries, extended scenes, and a disturbing music video of the show's theme song. --Bret Fetzer
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Instantly fell in love with all five main characters. Love watching them mature. Can't believe I went this long without discovering this show. Thoroughly entertaining. Like to start my day with a few episodes for a bright start. Will be very sad when I finish all 9 seasons.
I had been prodded by several groups of friends for a long time to watch How I Met Your Mother. "You should watch" was usually followed by, "You're exactly like Barney." Barney is played by Neil Patrick Harris, and while I appreciate being compared to TV royalty like His Doogie-ness, I still wasn't buying it.
With a string of fantastically funny movies turned in by Jason Segel and a rekindled love affair with Freaks and Geeks, I thought "Why not? If I don't like it, I can blame my friends for years to come."
So, I purchased season one. It took several episodes to hone in on the pace of the show. It seemed very set-up-set-up-joke-laugh-track, exactly what I don't like. The main character, Ted, was very Ross Gellar-ish, which is to say whiny and annoying. However, not so distasteful that I immediately ejected the disc and burned in the microwave.
It was good to see Alyson Hannigan emerge from Buffy into a more widely palatable show. She deserved it. And Cobie Smulders was attractive enough to pique my interest. I think she even had lines at some point.
Once the show was set, around episode four or five and it was a fully baked How I Met Your Mother pie, I started to enjoy it. I caught myself laughing. It is pleasant and harmless, good humored and endearing. It out friended Friends. Ted's march toward true love was accessible and his hope kindled a small flame in my long-dead, cold heart. I liked it. Season one was quickly followed by purchases of two and three and being stuck wringing my hands waiting on season four.
Though, the comparisons to Barney started to sting. He's a jerk. Oh wait, I'm a jerk. Yet, he's a womanizer and a cad. I'm not that. I might like to be, but I'm not. Is that what my friends thought of me? In later episodes and later seasons they peel back the curtain on Barney. I breathed a sigh of relief. My friends didn't hate me. He's a truer person than that. He cares about his friends, but will rarely show it. OK, I'll accept that. I could be that guy.
And that's how I met How I Met Your Mother.
1. Where Were We?
2. The Scorpion and the Toad
4. Ted Mosby: Architect
5. World's Greatest Couple
6. Aldrin Justice
8. Atlantic City
9. Slap Bet
10. Single Stamina
11. How Lily Stole Christmas
12. First Time in New York
14. Monday Night Football
15. Lucky Penny
17. Arrivederci, Fiero
18. Moving Day
19. Bachelor Party
21. Something Borrowed
22. Something Blue
* Audio Commentary on select episodes by cast & crew
* How We Make Your Mother featurette
* How It Really Happened: Moving Day featurette
* How It Really Happened: Showdown featurette
* How It Really Happened: Bachelor Party featurette
* "Robin Sparkles" Video
* "Hey Beautiful" Video
* Gag Reel
* Easter Egg
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