How I Met Your Mother Is Surprisingly Good For A Sitcom

While one of the disadvantages of not bothering with cable or other access to broadcast television is that I don’t stay current on “hot” shows while they’re hot. So I tend to get to them a little bit late if I get to them at all because I usually wait until I can rent the DVDs of a show one season at a time or hopefully they’ll make their way to the Netflix instant streaming so I don’t have to bother with a disc being mailed. The advantage to this is that I get to enjoy the show commercial free and several episodes at one time. In a way it’s kind of like taking a crash course in show. Recently one of the shows I’ve rented from Netflix is the “How I Met Your Mother” series.

As far as I know, “How I Met Your Mother” is still on the air producing episodes, and I’m sure if I cared enough, I could Google it and and find out for sure, but in all honesty it doesn’t really make much of a difference to me because I’m not going to be watching it when it broadcasts. I had added the first season of the show to my Netflix rental queue ages ago and it finally made it’s way to the top of the list and it was delivered to me on DVD courtesy of the US Postal Service. While I was a bit reluctant to start a television series, this one actually was a lot of fun so I added all the other available seasons to the top of my list. I made my way through all four of the seasons that are presently available on DVD in about three weeks time. So instead of having to suffer through four years of waiting, I got it all in a very short period of time.

Most of the cast is recognizable. Jason Segel I’d seen before in “Forgetting Sarah Marshall.” Alyson Hannigan is from the American Pie trilogy of movies. Neil Patrick Harris, was on “Doogie Houser, M.D.” and I had the fortune of meeting him when he was playing the role of Mark when the musical “RENT” first premiered here in San Diego at the La Jolla Playhouse. Bob Saget’s voice was instantly recognizable even though he’s never seen. The only “new” actors I didn’t know from other works were Josh Radnor who plays the lead character named Ted and Cobie Smulders who plays Robin. I was surprised by how quickly the cast found their sense of chemistry and were able to quickly develop an ensemble feel.

The premise of the show is that in 2030, the older Ted is telling his children about how he met their mother. These “future” scenes are voiced by Bob Saget and the plot device allows for a lot of voice overs. Surprisingly this “future” aspect allows for the “contemporary” scenes to play as flashbacks and allows for some comedic opportunities such as the inability to remember what was exactly said so the actors say a nonsensical word of phrase or the editing we all are prone to do when recapping stories when you don’t wish to share certain details, such as one episode where eating sandwiches was clearly the embellishment of smoking pot. It’s a different approach, and one thing is for certain, when the time has come to end the series, the end result is already known. Ted will have met the woman who will ultimately become the mother of his children, and we just happen to be along for the ride until that moment happens.

I like that the character of Robin is Canadian which allows for a little humor that is not always American centric. I hope they play with that a little more before the end of the series. In any case, I find the show really likable and some fun characters played by a cast that really work well together. Just don’t tell me what happens in season five or beyond as I’ll be waiting until those are available to rent from Netflix.



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