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.
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I love "HIMYM" (even though a lot of the plots and lines are derivative of "Friends"). On its own merits, this is a sweet and hilariously written sitcom with top-notch characters, situations and acting. I have no problem with the show itself. What I DO have a problem with is the fact that no one happened to mention that the DVDs have been edited, knocking out moments as well as songs that are perfect for certain scenes. Take, for example, the episode "Nothing Good Happens After 2:00 A.M." "Alright" by Supergrass and "Quiet" by Rachel Yamagata have been replaced by really crappy songs. I hate it when DVD companies edit perfectly good shows! If you cut out dialogue or can't afford the music rights, DON'T BOTHER! I didn't buy "The Odd Couple" or "WKRP in Cincinnati" for this reason, and I am not buying any more seasons of this series unless it is complete and uncut.
I was watching the 3rd season, Then all of a sudden it is off PRIME. This is the 2nd series this has happened to me recently. This will be my last year of paying for prime. Amazon should treat their loyal customers better than this. Very disappointed.
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.
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
, 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
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!
5.0 out of 5 starswhat a Legen...wait for it.....Dary sitcom
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on March 13, 2010
Yes as you can tell my title for the review clearly shows after the first season i am hooked. I just love the way that this sitcom is written, the charactures, the storylines and everything down to subject matter. And as many have said, if you like Friends, you'll love this!!! Even though once i let slip the words..."this is even more funny than friends" i think it would be poor to even suggest the similarities as these two sitcoms are worlds apart and have their great 'glow' and 'uniqueness' about them. Also it's just THE best sitcome about at the moment, in a time when tacky teenage drama Skins and the too geeky Big Bang theory are ruling british tv this is definately the light the other side of the tunnel and hopefully a taster of what's to come, although American's claim that the original sitcom could be going. But in such a bad economic climate i would of thought that that's the cheapist for of media apart from all this reality stuff. The pilot episode is just brillant so funny, halfway through the sitcom things calm down a bit but then the storyline *spoilers coming* starts to take over and build for Marshall & Lily's relationship goes on the rocks so it's well written etc. Best sitcom about highly addictive and i'd definately would recommend this! 10/10
5.0 out of 5 starsFunny in a more sophisticated way than Friends
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on July 14, 2010
I didn't like this show at first, mainly because everything that gets compared with the classics has to suffer - and so I made them suffer buy hating them for pretending to be the next Friends. Only in my head of course, not that they would have cared (or realised) ;) And for as long as I looked at the show from that point of view - I thought it was merely alright, good for when there's nothing else on the telly. But after the first few episodes I started to notice the sublime humour, the wit and sophistication of the seemingly basic dialogues, and sometimes wonderfully random and almost surreal comments and reactions. Marshall is my absolute favourite in that respect, with his way of filling an awkward silence by saying "so... fish are weird eh?". Reminds me ever so slightly of Monthy Python, purely because of the randomness and the twisted, abstract humour. If you're not attuned to this type of humour you might not see anything special about How I Met Your Mother. But if you are, you're in for a real treat! I find the jokes and banter absolutely spot on, not too simple, not too complex, and every now and then I hear a line that's so brilliant it's almost... delicious - if you're sensitive to the beauty of spoken word and language in general, you'll know what I mean.
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on November 29, 2009
Suit up, grab a beer and sit down for this awesome comedy that deserves recognition as a worthy successor to FRIENDS. Other reviewers have noted the similarities to Friends, but it's the subtle differences that make this show worth watching for those of us who were teenagers while the Central Perk gang were on TV. Now we're in out 20's and our friends are getting married, getting houses or worrying about selling out to a job that was nothing like they'd planned. Now it's Ten Years on it's our turn, the jokes are snappier, the scenarios a little more risque, and the outfits are more to our taste! I want my very own Barney to cheer me up when I'm down. Neil Patrick Harris manages to make Barney much deeper than you'd originally expect. Alyson Hannighan is also on top-form. After the first few scenes you can't even spot "Willow" from Buffy through the confident, bohemian Lily! Marshall is the big strong sensitive guy we all want to hug. Robyn is a well rounded strong female character and she delivers some of the shows more subtle jokes (In my opinion) And the viewer really can care about Ted's search for true Love! He's not a saint though, but that's where his partnership with Barney makes "How I met your Mother" worth repeated viewing.
I only recently became exposed to this sitcom, largely as a consequence of enjoying Neil Patrick Harris' performance in 'Doctor Horrible's Sing-A-Long Blog' and looking for some of his other work. It starts off fairly slow, but it doesn't take long before it becomes Excellent Television. The central premise is fairly similar to that of Friends, but it largely dispenses with the more mainstream kitsch sentimentality in favour of a darker comedy. Essentially, it's Friends with an Edge, and well worth giving some serious attention.
After catching the odd episode here and there on TV i decided to buy the DVDs and start from the beginning. Although compared almost to much to friends, i was a little dubious to watch it however i find 'How i met your mother' to be more witty, funnier and well more adult than most sitcoms around even Friends.
The first season revolving around Ted talking to his 2 children about how he met their mother, starting 30 years back when he realised that he wants to meet the one and get married after best friends Marshall and Lily get engaged. The season follows Ted with his search for the one, Marshall and Lilys engagement, other their other friend Robin's career and Barneys urge to Suit up.
A brilliantly written show, with superb acting. One of the best and funniest comedy sitcoms on at the moment.