How I Met Your Mother: Season 5
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Suit up for the hilarious Season Five of How I Met Your Mother, the outrageous, Emmy-nominated hit starring Neil Patrick Harris, Jason Segel and Alyson Hannigan! The show’s funniest season to date is loaded with hook-ups, break-ups, and the return of Slapsgiving— not to mention the hottest guest stars imaginable, including Jennifer Lopez, Carrie Underwood, and Rachel Bilson. On the dating front, Barney and Robin take their relationship to the next level—before calling it off—and Ted meets the roommate of his future wife in this uproarious, modern-day love story told in reverse.
How I Met Your Mother excels in tossed-off bits of genius, from a saccharine book-on-tape read by Kenny Rogers to "But, uhm" to bagpipes to harmonizing with Will Shortz and Peter Bogdanovich. These little gems of comic absurdity perfectly complement the sitcom's other great strength, which is clever, twisty storytelling--plots that fold back into themselves, unfold in flashbacks, or cross-reference previous episodes. This narrative inventiveness is hardly surprising, given that the premise of the entire series is that it's being told by the future central character, Ted Mosby, to his two children, gradually revealing how he came to marry their mother.
By the fifth season, this premise is growing a little bit threadbare (particularly after some of the red herrings of the past two seasons), yet the show continues to hold abundant pleasures. The cast--Josh Radnor, Cobie Smulders, Alyson Hannigan, Jason Segel, and Neil Patrick Harris--have an effortless lock on their characters, allowing them to pull off some perilously goofy bits that, in less confident hands, could have foundered (a musical homage to wearing suits, for example). The writing is crisp and driven; this half-hour sitcom crams in more plot turns than your average hour-long drama. The fifth season is not good to start with--the humor is much, much stronger if you've grown to love these characters over the previous four seasons--but for everyone who's been following Ted, Robin, Marshall, Lily, and Barney, it's essential viewing. Some surprising moments of melancholy are completely earned and stand out from the typical sitcom overreaching for "significance"; these moments are successfully rooted in the characters, who become more real every season… yes, even Barney. --Bret Fetzer
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Season 5 kicked off in the fall of 2009 with main characters: Josh Radnor as Ted Mosby, Neil Patrick Harris as Barney Stinson, Cobie Smulders as Robin Scherbatsky, Alyson Hannigan as Lily Aldrin, and Jason Segel as Marshall Eriksen. As the series progresses it is also picking up more and more celebrity cameos [ehem, did you know that the voice of "future Ted" in the precaps is actually Bob Saget?]; Season 5 features cameos from Chris Elliott as Mickey Aldrin, Marshall Manesh as Ranjit, Sarah Wright as Claire, Joe Manganiello as Brad Morris, Charles Chun as Mr. Park, Lindsay Sloane as Jen, Carrie Underwood as Tiffany, Nick Swisher as himself, Stacy Keibler as Krina, Judy Greer as Royce, Chris Kattan as Jed Mosely, Rachel Bilson as Cindy, Amanda Peet as Jenkins, Peter Bogdanovish as himself, and Jennifer Lopez as Anita Appleby.
SEASON 5: The previous season left us all on a cliff-hanger. The finale bombshell was the confession of love between Robin and Barney. Thankfully, Season 5 picks up right where Season 4 left off, and ends with Ted finally letting us know that he had already (at this point in the re-telling) "met" his kids' mother. While we're no closer to knowing who the mother is, we are still dying to find out.
Episode 1: "Definitions"--Ted starts his career as a university professor with an embarrassing blunder; Lily discovers Barney and Robin's secret.
Episode 2: "Double Date"--Barney and Marshall discover Lily's doppelganger; Ted goes on a blind date repeat.
Episode 3: "Robin 101"--As Robin and Barney attempt to strengthen their relationship, Barney is caught making a Robin `cheat sheet.'
Episode 4: "The Sexless Innkeeper"--Marshall and Lily have high expectations of their new couple-friends. Ted discovers that the location of his apartment may be more attractive to a girl than he is; revenge/self-validation is sweet.
Episode 5: "Duel Citizenship"--Robin's vivacious personality leads to an assault charge, forcing her to choose between Canada and the United States. When Marshall and Ted's favorite pizzeria plans to close, they make a trip to Chicago for one last slice and a final frontier of bro-mance.
Episode 6: "Bagpipes"--The "bagpipes" played by Ted's neighbors are disturbing his peace. Barney incites a domestic power-struggle between Lily and Marshall, but Ted figures out that Barney did it intentionally to make his fights with Robin seem less problematic.
Episode 7: "The Rough Patch"--Robin and Barney's relationship becomes hazardous to their personal happiness; the gang decides it's time to break them up. The couple, despite their friends' meddling, makes the decision on their own.
Episode 8: "The Playbook"--Robin and Barney call different post-relationship plays; Robin focuses on her career, though Marshall and Ted insist she's focusing on her coworker. Barney picks up where he left off in the game of picking up chicks.
Episode 9: "Slapsgiving 2: Revenge of the Slap"--Much to Lily's dismay, Marshall invites Lily's father to their Thanksgiving feast. Marshall rewards Ted and Barney for their turkey-saving deed by giving them one of his slaps from the remaining slap-bet allowance.
Episode 10: "The Window"--Marshall reunites with the dreams of his younger self and has to reevaluate his mid-life standing. The gang tries to keep Ted's window-of-opportunity with his dream girl open long enough for him to strike before she gets a new boyfriend.
Episode 11: "Last Cigarette Ever"--Due to work conditions, Marshall revives his smoking habit and it spreads to the rest of the group. The tension between Robin and he co-anchor, Don, escalates.
Episode 12: "Girls vs. Suits"--Barney's new "challenge" doesn't care for his favorite go-to-attire. When Ted dates Cindy, we get our first known peek at his future wife (Cindy's roommate).
Episode 13: "Jenkins"--Ted invents a drinking game based on Robin's TV interviews, but Robin gets the last laugh. To prevent feelings of jealousy from Lily, Marshall deliberately fails to divulge that his new friend and coworker, Jenkins, is female.
Episode 14: "The Perfect Week"--Ted fumbles in the classroom by offending a student; Barney, with the support of the gang, goes for the `perfect week' by attempting to pick up a new girl every night for seven straight days.
Episode 15: "Rabbit or Duck"--Ted considers an arranged marriage. Don invites Robin to spend time with him on Valentine's Day; Robin is conflicted in her feelings. Barney acquires an influx of interested women after posting his phone number during the Super Bowl.
Episode 16: "Hooked"--Matters between Ted and his new love interest, Tiffany, bring on the revelation that everyone (even if they're married) keeps an admirer on-the-hook.
Episode 17: "Of Course"--Robin has been secretly holding in her distaste for hearing about Barney's `conquests.' She seeks out an author, Anita, who writes about being a professional rejecter to men's advances in hopes that Anita can successfully put Barney in his place.
Episode 18: "Say Cheese"--Lily becomes frustrated with the succession of group photos, mainly because Ted is never pictured with the same woman twice; she upset that Ted constantly welcomes new dates into their exclusive gang, which creates a rift between Marshall, Lily, and Ted (and Ted's new girlfriend).
Episode 19: "Zoo or False"--When Marshall gets mugged at the zoo, he tells Lily not to worry because the bandit was actually one of the monkeys. Interested in the monkey story, Robin convinces Marshall to be interviewed on her show. Marshall confesses that he made up the thieving monkey to ease Lily's fears, though what REALLY happened remains a mystery.
Episode 20: "Home Wreckers"--Barney drops a bombshell about Ted's mom. As a result of personal crisis, Ted buys a house in the suburbs in hopes that he can turn it into a home.
Episode 21: "Twin Beds"--Sleeplessness leads Marshall and Lily to purchase twin beds. Barney and Ted begin to realize the seriousness of Robin's relationship with Don; the two boys regress in maturity about which of them is best for Robin, but they end up pushing her further away.
Episode 22: "Robots vs. Wrestlers"--The gang crashes a party after Ted intercepts an invitation intended for someone else. Barney wants everyone to join him at the Robots vs. Wrestlers fight, but the initial no-shows leave him feeling as if everyone is drifting apart.
Episode 23: "The Wedding Bride"--Tony releases a film based on the ending of Ted and Stella's engagement which highlights an outsider's opinion of the baggage Ted has been toting around.
Episode 24: "Doppelgangers"--It is revealed that Lily and Marshall made a pact concerning the right time to begin having children, and it hinges on finding each member of the gang's doppelganger. Robin refuses a job in Chicago in order to stay with Don... and offer that he later accepts in her place.
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As to the season itself. I personally really enjoyed it. There are some very funny scenes within the series which are well worth repeated watching. The storyline does progress - after a bit of a lack of progression on the meeting the mother storyline in recent series. Some of the episodes are up there with the best (100th episode, Slapsgiving 2, Wedding Bride, Playbook are some of those). Overall the package works and they have given you a reason to buy the box set this time. Funny and with good extras
HOWEVER, I have just put it in and it does have that it is available in French on the DVD itself, the option for all three (English, German and French), but for some reason on the DVD case it says only English and German.
I was in the middle of writing a bad review for it and decided to just check if it was available in French when I actually put it in the DVD player, and indeed it is :)
So I am writing this as a warning for anyone else. It's all good French-practicers :)
(I really am a fan of this show, despite my rant) I did give this 4 stars as it is an amazingly funny show and when it does the moments right, they are truly brilliant. The first episode was so cute and highly enjoyable. I will always be a fan of this show and hope that there are plenty more seasons. I also found this season was quite musically based and Barneys suit song was brilliant.
It's not my favourite season - that's definitely season 3 or 4. It is also helpful to already know what is going on in the story, otherwise you miss crucial details and very clever scripting from the writers. I love the background music too - there are some great unusual songs to be found within the DVDs, this DVD in particular.
I ordered it and received it in the post very quickly via the standard super saver delivery (thanks Amazon!), so I could start watching it only a day or so after I'd ordered it.
If you do buy it, don't watch it too fast because you'll be dying for the next series to come out just to find out what happens!
Links to the other seasons are below:
How I Met Your Mother - Season 1 [DVD] [2005 ]
How I Met Your Mother - Season 2 [DVD] [2009 ]
How I Met Your Mother - Season 3 [DVD] [2009 ]
How I Met Your Mother - Season 4 [DVD] [2009 ]
How I Met Your Mother - Season 6 [DVD ]
How I Met Your Mother - Season 1-5 [DVD ]
I hope this was helpful! :)
One of the funniest shows I've seen for a long time. The love story between Lily and Marshall continues.
This series is legend wait for it... Dary
I'm not going to waffle on about Season 5 - but the extras are pretty much in the same set up as the other DVDs that have been released, bloopers, deleted scenes, behind the scenes.