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How I Met Your Mother is an American sitcom based in New York about 5 friends. Sound familiar? Yes, over the years it has drawn many comparisons to Friends. I was a huge Friends fan and I've seen every episode several times, in fact I can quote most lines to you but I am also a huge How I Met Your Mother fan. I'm not going to go into specific details of the storyline over the seven (so far) series. I want to avoid spoilers hence will just provide an overview of the show and my thoughts on it.
As I said it is based around five friends Ted (main character), Barney, Robin, Marshall and Lily. The show is a very long explanation of how Ted met the mother of his children, several episodes begin with his children on the couch in 2030 listening to him tell the story. Ted is an architect trying to fulfil his dream of designing a building that will become part of the New York skyline at the same time as finding his future wife. Barney is a ladies' man/playboy who ......... well we've never really worked out what he does for a living but he makes a lot of money as his apartment (which is specifically designed scare away his one night stands) and his suits show. He is also famous for is catchphrases which include "suit up!" and "legend ....... wait for it ........... dary!". Robin is a career driven news anchor who has no plans for marriage or children. Robin can sometimes be a bit mysterious as her character does tend to hide her feelings. Marshall and Lily are a couple who have been together since meeting at college (where they also met Ted). Lily teaches kindergarten but also has an ambition to be an artist while Marshall is a lawyer with dreams of saving the planet.
Whilst the show is about Ted the writers manage to give each character their share of time in each episode. At times you can actually forget the show is about Ted search for a wife at all. I feel this is good as on the face of things a show based around that could get pretty repetitive. Barney often steals the limelight as he is that kind of person in the show. Barney is my favourite character, he is probably the funniest. His humour (and at times the whole show) can be pretty risky, the kind of humour that makes you laugh because it's funny but also because it's kind of shocking. I personally don't find it too shocking and I've never felt they've gone too far however I'm not very easily offended, I wouldn't watch this show with my grandmother though. I also like Robin she is a very strong character and is often pointed out as being quite a tomboy. She's quite different to the usual female character however I have noticed there is more of a tendency to create female characters like her these days. Marshal and Lily are your slightly boring couple I guess to give a bit of balance to the rest of the group but they do get their own chance to shine at various points.
Since the show began in 2005 there have been several big name guest appearances including Britney, Jennifer Lopez, Katy Perry, Enrique Iglesias, Jorge Garcia, Nicole Scherzinger, Rachel Bilson, Sarah Chalke, James Van Der Beek and many more.
Overall I love How I Met Your Mother, I've had several laugh out loud moments throughout all series. It's got everything you'd want in a sitcom. New episodes are shown in the UK on E4 however we have just reached the end of series eight and are awaiting the ninth and final series.
How i met your mother is one of those rare programs that falls into the catagory of the simpsons and friends among others that make you remember the characters and use their catchphrases almost everyday. We have Ted the man always looking for 'the one. Lily and Marshall the always together couple.Robin the sexually attractive room mate and of course possibly the greatest character on any tv program barney the womanizing suitor upper. These make the corner stone of the cast of possibly the funniest,most original tv program since friends way back when. The series revolves around a future ted telling his children the story of how he me their mother,hence the title, and is now in its 7th season and still going stronger than superman with no mention of what the mother is even called. everything about the show is fantastic the cast,the directors,the creator,the catchphrases and the one thing that most shows don't do now: continuity each episode has some reference to a past episode whether its the now famour "slap bet" between Marshall and barney or the dates that ted met years before but only just asked out. It has something for everyone definetly a must see program.
It is being advertised on E4 as the next friends, I personally think it should be allowed to stand on it's own two feet and judged for itself.
It is a fabulously entertaining half hour of light hearted comedy. In season one you are introduced to the five main characters and the title of the show. How I met Your Mother: The whole plot of the story is Ted's life, telling his two children how he met their mother.
Barney: The sex mad 'Joey' of the group if you like.
Marshall: Ted's weird room-mate from College.
Lily: The innocent looking but not so innocent wife of Marshall.
Robyn: The Canadian Ted tried to date but instead becomes one of the group.
This show has comedy by the bucket full, but thats about it, so don't watch it thinking you are going to have a deep fulfilling show, take it for what it is and enjoy it :)
It's an American show, so is obviously behind here in the UK, but be patient and if I were you prevent yourself from streaming online.
The season has a brilliant cliff hanger ending and makes you eager for season two. The disks appear incredbly random untill you have watched the episodes e.g. one has a pineapple and another a blue french horn on it.
I urge you to give this show a go and you will not be dissapointed.
This program is about six young people, three girls and three guys (a bit like friends), who always meet in a bar (a bit different from friends). Two of them are a married couple and all have known each other for years. The program is from the point of view of 'Ted' who is the main character in the show, and it is from the idea that he is explaining to his children 'how he met their mother'. It's basically the story of his single/life mishaps up to the time of him finding the woman of his dreams. Its a good comedy, the program can be a bit silly at times, especially the character of 'Barney' but it passes the time and is a good substitute for Friends. My husband especially likes it and it is a program that anyone who has ever been single can relate to. It is a bit of fun with a good moral at the end to conclude the episode.
Although in its fifth season in America right now How I Met Your Mother (HIMYM) it was more recently shown over here. If it had not been for my American friends I would probably have avoided watching this as the way it was advertised on E4 was as a Friends 2.0 and shows like that are generally not very well done, in my opinion.
HIMYM is a sitcom, based in New York, about 5 friends. Ted, the main character, is telling his children how he met their mother. Each episode features a woman Ted has dated, or a continuation of someone he is dating, leading us closer and closer to meeting the mother of his children.
Without his friends helping him, Ted would be in a completely different position (though it is up to you decide whether that position would be better or worse). His best friend Marshall is loved up with his partner Lily; they have been together since college when Marshall and Ted shared a dorm.
Of course the show which main theme is about love wouldn't be complete without the womanising man, in this case Barney who lives in his suit (right down to suit pj's). He is well known for his catchphrases (though they aren't too forced or cheesey). The final character of the ensemble is Robin. She has known the group for the least amount of time after she and Ted had a date. She is the independant woman who is anti-marriage and commitment.
The characters are played brilliantly by Josh Radnor (Ted), Alyson Hannigan (Lily), Jason Segal (Marshall), Neil Patrick Harris (Barney) and Cobie Smulders (Robin).
Watching the first episode you would expect Ted and Robin to end up together at the end, as a cliche of most sitcoms. They go on a date but Ted confesses his love a little too soon and scares off commitment-phobe Robin. However, it has been made clear throughout the series that this won't happen including Ted referring to Robin as aunt Robin.
The storylines are well thoughout and resolved, there is no feeling that you have missed something when they are moving on to something new. Every episode is amusing and it is a refreshing sitcom.
It isn't groundbreaking television but it doesn't conform to the usual sitcom standards which I find refreshing. The format is different with Ted talking through his path to finding their mother and true love. The characters are all really enjoyable to watch with womaniser Barney being quite a popular character.
Although I wouldn't consider this programme to be incredibly, side-splittingly hilarious it does have its funny moments and in all I would say its a joy to watch. There are no characters which are boring so no matter who is on screen you are entertained.
How I Met Your mother is currently being shown on E4 on Thursday nights at 9.30pm. If you want to watch the show from the start I would recommend getting the box set (Amazon or Ebay may be your cheaper options).
Overall I would recommend this show to everyone. The characters are entertaining and loveable, the storylines are entertaining, the laughs are amusing. If you want a sitcom that is actually amusing, not too cheesey even with catchphrases and doesn't follow every cliche then this is the show for you. I honestly cannot pick a bad point about this show other than the 30 minutes go by so fast.
How I met your Mother, is a half hour US comedy programme that revolves around the lives of five friends in New York. The best way to describe the programme is the way E4 does, a programme like Friends but not friends.
The programme is narrated from the point of view of Ted, by his future self as he tells his children the story of how he met their mother (hence the title). Throughout the programme future Ted would set the stage for the episode and link different stage of the episode; although future Ted is not always correct in the way he recalls events and places parts of his live in the wrong order. He would state an event but then state it is a mistake that in fact it did not happen until later in his live and would state he would explain about it later, which would come up in a future episode.
The other people in the programme are Marshall and Lilly, a couple that Ted met while all three were in university together and have remained close friends ever since. Then there is Barney, a womanising corporate high flyer, who always pushes Ted into finding the woman that he has been looking for. Then there is the final member of the group, Robin, a TV reporter, who Ted meets in the pilot episode, who initially date but later become friends.
The main setting of the programme is the flat where Ted and at time the others have lived with him or a pub that is below the flat. Although these two places are the main places, the programme is of a fast pace, so can in quick success go from scene to scene, such as when there is a flash back.
Overall, one cannot help but make comparisons with the programme and that of Friends, as the two programmes both cover the same type of themes, as both show a group of friends as they progress though their lives. Although HIMYM is not quite as good as Friends, it would be disingenuous to the programme, as it is very difficult to be compared with a high profile programme such as friends.
HIMYM is a programme within its own right that is humorous in its content and very smart in its delivery. That is an excellent programme that I would easily recommend to anybody that likes the genre. The programme can be found on E4, usually showing new episodes on Thursday nights at 9.30pm.
At first I thought this programme was fairly lame, it is an American comedy shown weekly on E4 at 09:30 in the evenings.
The basic premise of the show is that Ted (Josh Radnor) is recalling the story to his kids of how he met their mother, in theory those kids must be incredibly bored as its a heck of a long story, but in practice the show has improved and is now pretty essential Thursday night viewing for me, in a safe, conventional way.
The comedy follows Ted, along with his friends, Marshall and Lily (Jason Segal and Allison Hannigan) a kooky couple on the verge of getting married, the sex obsessed Barney (Neil Patrick Harris) and Robyn (Cobie Smulders). They are a group of 5 mates experiencing the highs and lows of love and life in New York.
I like the show because of the actors, Jason Segal and Neil Patrick Harris in particular spark well off each other as the dopey but nice Marshall and the sex obsessed yuppie Barnie.
We have seen Ted hook up with Robin, Barney want to hook up with Robin, guest appearances from people such as Britney Spears and plenty of fun little cameos.
The humour is funny and occasionally a bit risque, the writing is getting better and better, as it started slowly but now is generally pretty funny every week.
For me I find Ted the weakest character, but this is generally the case in these kinds of shows. Overall its well worth a watch as a harmless 30 minutes of comedy, it doesn't take itself too seriously, doesn't patronise its viewers and doesn't go all out to copy Friends as it seemed to in the early days.
Its a good premise and Segal in particular has springboarded from this to the big screen to good effect. Overall its a 4 out of 5 comedy.
How I Met Your Mother is a fairly average American sitcom which has its funny moments but for me it is not one of those must see shows rather it is something I will watch but without ever really getting hooked on it.
Josh Radnor plays Ted who is the central character, esentially the story is about what happened in the past as he tells his children the story about how he and their mother got together and given that there have been four series at least of this comedy he is one long winded story teller. Anyway young Ted lives with his two engaged friends Lilly and Marshall who are very much in love and he is a bit jealous of their relationship. Lilly is played by the excellent Alyson Hannigan of American Pie and Buffy fame while Marshall is played by Jason Segal.
The show runs along the tried and trusted Friends formula with wise cracks and relationship stuff with Neli Patrick Harris, a sitcom regular playing Barney who is a bit of a womaniser and rather self centerd. The love interest for Ted is played by Cobie Smulders who plays Robin however you know from episode one that she is not the kids mother.
The show is rather formuilaic but it is also quite funny and works well, it is the sort of comedy you can sit back and enjoy without having to think very hard and while it is rather safe and lacks the edge or innovative touch that I like in my comedies it is not the worst thing on TV by a long way.
It is shown on E4 at various times and you can buy it on DVD as well.
After 'Friends' had finished, I thought I would never find a sitcom worthy of taking its place. But then 'How I met your mother' came along. The story of five friends, Ted, Barney, Robyn, Marshal and Lily, is told by future Ted who is describing to his two children the story of how he met their mother (hence the title) Although often being hilariously funny, especially when Barney (played by Neil Patrick Harris) is on screen, the show is often sweet and heartbreaking but in the very best way. Highlights of the show to watch are for are the slap bet, Barney's catchphrases and Marshall and Lily's relationship. Also watch out for cameo appearances from huge stars such as Britney Spears, Jennifer Lopez, Sarah Chalke, Rachel Bilson, Mandy Moore, Wayne Brady & Enrique Iglesias. If you haven't already check this show out- it just seems to be getting better and better <3
I honestly never thought I would watch anything as good as Friends, but honestly... wait for it... this is very, very close. Admittedly it took a couple of episodes for me to get into it but it quickly became my new TV addiction.
The show is the story of how Ted meets his wife. The show is done using flashbacks as he tells the story to his kids.
The characters are great. Ted is a young guy with a slighty old guy mentality who has realised he is ready to settle down. Barney is the ultimate cool guy (at least in his own head). He has a pretty big obsession with the wearing of suits and the idea that marriage is about the worst idea there is. Marshall is Ted's best friend and Lily is his girlfriend, they have been together (and in Ted's life) since college. Robin is Ted's ideal woman... aside from the fact that she hates kids. They meet, have an amazing date but end up friends and she becomes part of their group.
Honestly put it all together its an awesome combinaion.
How I Met Your Mother is an American sitcom style show which has been around for a while however I only got introduced to it about a month ago and I have already watched the entirity of the episodes currently available in the UK and I am definitely hungry for more.
It is set in New York and revolves around 5 young-ish people (they start turning 30 in the show) and they hang out in the bar downstairs from one of their apartments, in this respect, it is very similar to friends.
The story is called how I met your mother because one of the characters, Ted, tells the whole story and it is as if he is telling his kids (in the year 2030) about his life and how he met their mother, but it is in painstaikingly long detail and the kids get a bit bored. It makes for an interesting concept for the show though.
There are 5 main characters in the show; Lily (Alyson Hannigan from American Pie), Robin, Marshall, Barney and Ted. I like all of them and would find it hard to pick a favourite because I think they all work best as a group. They go through different stages together, for example Robin has dated both Barney and Ted.
Lily - A primary teacher who is dating (then marries) Marshall. She is really sweet but feisty and funny. She is a really good friend and she was also once nominated 'slap bet commisioner' - a very powerful position!
Marshall - Marshall is so lovable bless him, he marries Lily and they are so cute together. He is a law student at Columbia and then he gets a job but he is obviously very smart, his dream is to be a lawyer to protect the environment.
Barney - Barney is a man-slag who has slept with over 200 women. He spends his whole life trying to get with women, and to be fair, he is pretty good at it. He wears a suit all the time (except for funerals), loves laser tag and needs Ted as his wingman.
Robin - Robin is a Canadian who is a news reader but she only reads the rubbish "fluffy" parts of the news and wants to be taken more seriously. She is really pretty and uses this to her advantage and she also has 5 dogs.
Ted - Ted is an architect and he was Marshalls roommate in college. He is smart, funny and desperate to settle down, but this can be hard without a girlfriend as he finds out. He got jilted on his wedding day and generally he is a very loveable guy.
I really like this show and I think if you were a friends fan and you want some new story lines, this is well worth watching. I think it is on E4 (I have the discs sorry) and maybe check out 4od too!
Now I've seen a lot of references to this being just like Friends, including a rather annoying advert on E4 that makes it seem like a Friends knock off. I'd say ignore all that stuff and give it a try, along with The Big Bang Theory it's one of the finest examples of sit com's in a long time.
The basic premise follows Ted as he tells his kids the story of how he met their mother, taking some time to tell the stories of his friends. His best friend Marshall and his fiancée Lily, Barney who he meets for the first time at a urinal and decides he's going to teach him how to live. Then finally Robin but to explain how Ted knows her would give away a bit of the plot for the first season.
The cast are incredibly funny but by far outshining them all is Neil Patrick Harris as the boozing womaniser Barney. He has most of the best story lines and is easily the most catch phrase friendly of the bunch. He's even published a book on how to be a good bro.
Don't be put off by the Friends branding, this show deserves to shine in it's own light.
How I Met Your Mother is the latest American sitcom to be imported over here and is currently showing on the Sky/freeview channel E4.
The show is based on a group of 5 friends, all twenty somethings living in New York. The main protagonist of the show is Ted. The idea behind the programme is that in the year 2030, Ted is explaining to his kids how he met their mother and the adventures and decisions that led him to her.
Ted Mosby - Ted is an architect and lives with his friends Marshall and Lily, whom he met in college. After Marshall and Lily get engaged, Ted decides he wants a relationship like that and starts looking for 'The One'.
Marshall Eriksen - Marshall met Ted and Lily during their freshman year at Wesleyan. Marshall is a lawyer whose pasion is environmental protection laws. Unfortunately due to financial constraints he is forced to work for a large company who do not care about environmental issues. He's sweet and funny and a likeable character.
Lily Aldrin - Lily is a kindergarten teacher. She dreams of being an artist although her paintings aren't always appreciated. She is also a bit of a spendaholic which causes problems when Marshall finds out.
Barney Stinson - Barney is a ladies man who is never seen without a suit on - even his pyjamas come with a tie. Barney is an ex hippie who was dumped in college, kick starting his transformation into the Barney we see today.
Robin Scherbatsky - Robin is a TV news reporter for a local news station. She has previously dated Ted and for a while we were led to believe that she would become Ted's wife. She is Canadian and sometimes gets confused by American traditions.
Ted - Josh Radnor
Marshall - Jason Segel
Lily - Alyson Hannigan
Barney - Neil Patrick Harris
Robin - Cobie Smulders
I really like How I Met Your Mother. The writing is good and the characters interact well with each other. I have no problem with the level of acting, Jason Segel is my favourite, he is an excellent actor with a great talent. The rest of the cast are all a close second though and Neil Patrick Harris is very convincing as a womaniser, it wasn't until I googled him that I realised just how good an actor he really is!
Some have said that it's the new Friends, and I think this show is just as good if not better. The vast majority of episide are funny but they also do heartache and problems well.
If you're looking for this on DVD I would recommend Amazon as a good starting point, although it's easier to get Region 1 DVDs than Region 2.
As the E4 narrator proudly announced on the advert for this show when it was aired in the UK late last year (2009) this show really is a lot like friends. It once again focuses around five 20 something friends as they live, grow up and share experiences in New York sound a little bit to familiar? You may think to yourself what is the point in watching this when it is really way to familiar to friends with even some of the characters resembling personalities of the old group? If you have or still are thinking this then you are gravely mistaken, In my opinion.
Instead of following the winning formula of friends this show takes things a little differently I assume to prove to the world that this is for the producers to prove that HIMYM has a mind and ideas of its own and it is not following blindly in what has gone before it. This time around the programme focuses around one central plot theme which may be very obvious from the title. The show is narrated by Ted from the future (Bob Sagget) who has sat his kids down to tell them the wonderful story of how he met there mother. You then jump to the past which is in fact the year that they are filming as you mainly follow Ted bumble his way through dates and relationships with a string of women while he hopelessly looks for Mrs. Right.
What we see triggering Ted's desperate attempts for a relationship is the engagement of one of his best friends Marshall whom he happens to live with. Marshall and his fiancée Lily have been college sweet hearts and have from the way the story is told always been together. Both of these characters have a great chemistry on screen and with each other. Lily is small red headed and fiery seeming superficially naive, but as they say looks can certainly be misleading, she is openly raunchy and always hilarious, with Marshall being almost the complete opposite the 6'6" gentle giant, and the "runt of the family" you will understand when you see it. He is sensitive huge and also extremely funny.
Next on the list of characters is Barney, now if we are comparing this to friends think Joey with a harder exterior. Barney is certainly the player of the pack getting with a new woman every episode and sometimes several, in a massive string of one night stands, this is Barney and this fact makes up a good portion of the show in comedy and jokes made about the whole thing. Barney is played by Neil Patrick Harris is cool, attractive but extremely cold hearted he is 100% anti relationship and sees women as a conquest and is constantly trying to persuade Ted of this way of thinking, he is quite honestly hilarious. Someone you would consider to be a true alpha male he believes himself constantly to be right has his own little theories about the way the world works, and is constantly trying to set himself challenges (often involving women) for example in one episode he dresses up as a 70 year old to prove to the group of friends that he will still be able to get some action when he is of that age. He is the light hearted almost antagonistic character in the TV series something to keep the comedy from being a bit to heavy, but wow does it work.
Finally there is Robin she is introduced in the first episode as one of Ted's first attempts at finding the right women with some comedic consequences which I can not really go into without spoiling for potential watchers I will just say that we do know that Ted doesn't end up with her as future Ted constantly refers to her as Aunt Robin. Robin is presented as a Canadian raised by her father who desperately wanted a boy but has of course as in the way of television turned out stunning. She is therefore almost the female version of Barney just a bit more sensible however she does enjoy to "suit up" and play laser tag two of Barney's favourite past times.
The thing that makes this show great is that it does perfectly fill the spot that friends has left wide open, it takes the best aspects of friends and throws in some new ideas so that viewers are not likely to get bored.
How I Met Your Mother ends up following these five friends make there way through New York and life and as the series progress stop concentrating entirely on Ted's main goal and more on the other characters. Now in its fifth season in America and airing its fourth in the UK I can see no signs of this show losing popularity and can still see it storming on for another few series yet.
Unfortunately it is very difficult to get hold of DVD's with the UK region after season 1 I think after the raised popularity of the show after it being aired on E4 may help this problem, but at the moment if you want to watch anything past season 1 your best bet is to either use 4od channel 4's catch up service on-line or watch repeats of it or the current season being aired at the moment on E4. I would recommend that if you had sky to series link an episode so you can get a taste of what this fantastic series is all about
~How I met your mother (and 5 other great characters)~
This series has become so recognisable to me. I suppose there are many similarities to friends that can be made: such as the bar where they hang out, around the same number of characters, funny jokes, however, I think this takes it that little step further.
Ted~~ Ted is the main character in the series, and he is the one who is explaining to his kids (shown at the beginning of each episode) the stories of his past which all lead to how he met their mother.
~Robin~ She is one of the friends who goes out with Ted for a year and works as a news reporter
Marshall and Lille~ They are happily married, and have been together for 9 years (they have only been with eachother ever)
Barney~ He is a womanising man who has some quotes that he sustain throughout, such as Legend.....ary
In all, this program gives a sense of fun, emotions and seriousness all in one go, and each episode is only around 20 minutes, which makes for easy viewing. Go for it!