March 25, 2013 10:41pm EST
This week’s episode of How I Met Your Mother tells the story of a “cold April night in 2013” through a variety of different perspectives — present day Ted and Barney, Barney from 20 minutes in the future, Ted from 20 hours in the future, and Ted and Barney from 20 years in the future. Oh, and a couple of Jayma Mayses were tossed in there, too. As such, I/we will be recapping the appropriately titled episode, “The Time Travelers,” from the vantage point of my/our present and varying future incarnations. Present day me thinks it’ll be a great idea! (Me from 20 minutes in the future is already bored and just wants to watch the new Top of the Lake, but he'll have to deal).
"The Time Travelers" recap — Written: Now
How I Met your Mother is one of the few multi-camera sitcoms that dares to play with format. Quite often, the program will institute an interesting vehicle for the delivery of a simple or succint idea — something no more convoluted or unpredictable as Ted realizing he wants to get married, or Barney coming to terms with his love for Robin. The sitcom has upheld a handful of different bait-and-switch manifestations over its eight season run, with the latest being one of the most fun and playful experiments in a while: Ted denies Barney's pleas to attend Robots Vs. Wrestlers as Barney employs the perspectives of a number of different Teds and Barneys from futures immediate and distant to convince his friend of the merits of the outing.
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The long-distant Barney/Ted duo agrees that the friends should, in the interest of creating a delightful memory, attend Robots Vs. Wrestlers. Ted from a day in the future argues that the whole ordeal isn't worth the painstaking hangover. And a Barney from only 20 minutes in the future diverts the lot's attention to an incoming Jayma Mays, playing the a girl for whom Ted has dormantly pined ever since first meeting her and failing to ask her out years ago.
For a while, Teds, Barneys, two disparate Future Jayma Mayses (one who grows sick of Ted, one of whom Ted grows sick) clamor over one another until Actual Present Non-Hypothetical Ted awakens to his ultimate realization that he is alone in MacLaren's. None of these figures, not even Barney of present, are really with him, thus leading Ted — who can, thanks to the graces of the television gods, live out life through the eyes of his 17-years-in-the-future-and-voiced-by-Bob-Saget-self, bring himself to the apartment door of his wife-to-be, whom he informs the audience he will be meeting 45 days from this point. It's a heartfelt profession of loneliness and fated love alike, one that'll surprise you with how much it actually does seem to affect you.
But that's all we have for Ted this week. In real time, he's still alone, still wallowing in self-pity, still sitting by himself in bars imagining Barney prying him into Robots Vs. Wrestling while Marshall and Robin settle an argument about the rightful namesake of a MacLaren's cocktail by dancing like goons (yes, that is what Ted's mind allows his best friends to do all this while). All in all, and interesting, well-delivered, and emotionally resonant episode.
"The Time Travelers" recap — Written: 20 minutes in the future
This week's How I met Your Mother, while duly deemable as one of the season's strongest yet, suffers from one major flaw: its convolution. After the 20 minutes granted to be me by the graces of a linear time-space continuum, I find myself revisiting the episode and having to claw through all the muck to get to the heart and soul. Sure, it's there, but hidden behind a vineyard of backwards details. See, Ted pays a visit to his usual haunt of MacLaren's, earning Barney's scorn when he refuses an outing to Robots Vs. Wrestlers. What follows is a fun but ultimately disjointed casting call for Teds and Barneys of the future — 20 minutes, 20 hours, and 20 years; they all come back to explain to Ted the bounites and horrors of the night he has in store.
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But the big reveal: the whole schlock is in Ted's head, Barney included. He's simply alone, writhing in self-deprecation as his friends lead actual lives, imagining the glory he will someday soon face upon meeting the love of his life (or is that Future Ted recalling? Does Future Ted have false memories? Is Ted a latent schizophrenic?). While Ted oralizes his devotion to a woman we have yet to meet, we're still stuck in the jumbled mass of realizing that all of the junk that happened in MacLaren's — including Marshall and Robin's dance-off — was not actually happening. Enough Shyamalan endings, HIMYM. It's like we can't even trust you.
Still, one of the season's stronger installments — fun, an interesting effort, and riddled with imaginary dance routines.
"The Time Travelers" recap — Written: 20 hours in the future
Well, I've about given up on this show. A program that used to be fresh, riveting, and imaginative has sunken to hammy gimmicks like time travel to sell an idea that it has barely even expanded since the pilot. This week, Ted sits alone in a bar, dreaming up conversations with Barney and their future selves, in order to pass the time between his lonely sighs.
After the harebrained reveal that Ted was St. Elsewhereing us all, we're forced to endure a tearful speech from Hypothetical Ted to Hypothetical-er Tedwife, a profession of love that would be sweet if the second party actually existed. Instead, the whole episode feels like a slap in the face. Not only to the viewers, but to the characters: so Ted's all alone? Barney, Marshall, Robin, and Lily don't even deserve genuine plot movement? Jayma Mays gets, what, like, two lines? Come on, HIMYM. Get it together.
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"The Time Travelers" recap — Written: 20 years in the future
What the hell is "The Time Travelers"? Is that a movie? Oh, it's an episode of a show — what? How I Met who? Oh... oooh, I remember that... that had the Tony's guy in it, right? And the Apatow guy? What ever happened to those two? And wait, wasn't Buffy in that show? Or Buffy's friend, maybe... am I thinking of the right show? Yes? Okay, good.
Okay, so this episode... I presume it had something to do with time travel. Was this a sci-fi? I've got to be honest, it's been a rough two decades. But I... I think this is the one where... they went back in time... to reveal how he met... his own mother. In the past. Yeah, he took this time machine back to the '50s, and met his mother. But then he had to introduce her to his father, so he could be born. Right, yeah. And there was a bully, and the Tony's guy had to punch him out... is any of that right? I remember it being a good one. Lots of heart. And Jayma Mays, too. Back before she was a senator, of course. Man, what a time.
Now if you'll excuse me, I have to take my rations pill and retire to my sleeping pod before the clock strikes thirteen.
So what'd you and your future incarnations think of the episode?
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January 30, 2013 8:59am EST
It’s time for a little legen...DARY news. Right in line with the continuing chatter about the future of beloved CBS sitcom How I Met Your Mother, CBS has officially announced that the series will, in fact, return for a final, ninth season. And yes, die-hard HIMYM-ers, that means there’ll be no further speculation: we will finally (thankfully) meet “The Mother” we’ve been waiting eight years for.
Despite worries about stars like Jason Segel flying the well-worn coop for bigger and brighter opportunities in Hollywood, the entire cast, including Segel, Neil Patrick Harris, Alyson Hannigan, Cobie Smulders, and Josh Radnor, will continue palling around over beers at McClaren’s. And with a pretty new face added to the mix.
Fans were disappointed last week when the long-running theory that Barney’s (Harris) sister was the fabled future betrothed of Radnor’s Ted was squashed (we met Barney’s sister, but we haven’t met the mother, so that theory doesn’t quite hold water any more). And while many fans have speculated that the future Mrs. Mosby will finally reveal her nine-year-saga-inspiring face in the Season 8 finale, that was before a ninth season was certain. Get ready folks, it’s possible that there will be an entire summer between us and the big reveal and if they’re really serious about it, a summer and 22 episodes.
But hey, it will happen, and it won’t be rushed! That’s good news, right? After eight years, we’re definitely hoping to slow this big reveal down just a little more, right?
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Now that How I Met Your Mother seems to be tacking on one more year to its never-ending narrative — totaling nine seasons of Bob Saget narrating Josh Radnor’s exploits to meet, wed, and procreate with his soul mate — some fans are wondering just what the cast and creators have in store for this final chapter. And not all theories are exactly drenched in optimism.
See, How I Met Your Mother peaked a few years back, slipping more recently into a lazier, more farfetched farce that has strayed from Ted Mosby’s central storyline toward the on-again-off-again romance between Robin Scherbatsky (Cobie Smulders) and Barney Stinson (Neil Patrick Harris). Talks of “meeting the mother” are few and far between these days, excepting the odd yellow umbrella Easter egg. Now, if this pattern were to continue into the newly prophesized Season 9, we’d just be gearing up for more boredom on the parts of the audience and the actors (or so it seems, at least) alike. But a shift in formula, and some new rules of play, might very well make an additional year with this long-running story work quite well.
Rule 1: Let’s Meet the Mother
Back when Season 8 seemed to be the last stop on this New York coupling’s journey, we figured that the upcoming finale would at last introduce Ted to his future wife. Just because Season 9 is afoot, that doesn’t mean this plan should be abandoned — we’ve run the gambit of Ted making his way towards the eventual Mrs. Mosby. Now, we should see him making his way with her. After all, The Mother in question shouldn’t just be a target — someone who has earned this degree of mythos needs to be bulked up in character. Following an introduction at the end of the present eighth season, we can spend Season 9 watching the two T.M.s fall for one another, date, undertake their share of ups and downs, and eventually marry. And then with the kids, as people are wont to do.
Rule 2: Age These Characters Appropriately
When we met Ted, Robin, and Barney, they were in their mid-20s, not long out of college, exploring single life in the Big City through a series of sexual escapades that would call for ethical critique from some of your drunkest of frat brothers. But it was… forgivable. Now that these people are rounding 35, their bachelorial endeavors just seem creepy. The constant philandering and self-debasement on the parts of these characters is no longer “cute.” In fact, it’s no longer “watchable.” Luckily, Barney and Robin seem to be tying the knot… but if this just a classic How I Met Your Mother bait-and-switch, then hopefully they’ll both keep to a more mature path from now on.
Rule 3: Wacky Hijinks or Heavy Melodrama — Pick One!
This show was founded on high spirits, cartoonish characters, and fantastical situations throughout post-millennial New York City. But somewhere along the way, the mood shifted toward stories of infertility and chronic loneliness. There’s merit in both of these extremes, but they seem to have trouble coexisting successfully… it’s hard to take Barney and Robin seriously when they’re accompanied by Marshall and Lily madness. And it’s hard to suspend disbelief for some of the zanier antics when other parts of this universe strive to feel grounded. Make up your mind, How I Met Your Mother
Rule 4: More Ranjit
I like Ranjit.
Rule 5: Stop Toying with Us
This show has lied to us one too many times. It’s impossible to trust How I Met Your Mother anymore. Drop the magic act, show, and instead just present things as they are from here on out: be straightforward and earnest. Nothing is lost from a direct approach.
What do you think it will take to make a ninth season of How I Met Your Mother work?
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Perhaps it was time for another one of the How I Met Your Mother gang’s classic interventions, because after reports that Jason Segel, who plays Marshall on the show, might be through with sitcom life started circulating, it looked like life at McClaren’s could be coming to an end. But fear not HIMYM die-hards, the future may not be so grim after all.
After Deadline reported that the gang, including Segel, Cobie Smulders, Neil Patrick Harris, Josh Radnor, and Alyson Hannigan, would be back for a ninth year of Manhattan antics, the internet rejoiced. However, Hollywood.com has learned that renewal for the veteran CBS series is not yet official, though an announcement is expected some time after Christmas.
The worry over Season 9 stemmed from Segel’s potential to quit the series now that his film career has taken off, and of course the McClaren’s group without Marshall just isn’t the same. With Segel back in, the show can go on.
And while the horizon looks pretty clear, renewal is not yet official. So for now, let’s wait to suit up, throw back a few regular ol’ brewskis, and let the holidays wash over us. And when the news becomes official, we’ll all be able to make our requisite celebrations legen... wait for it...dary.
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“Wouldn’t it be interesting,” proposed one Craig Thomas to his friend and writing partner Carter Bays back during their youthful days of creative exploration at Wesleyan University, “to craft a television series around a grown man’s recollection of all the paths that led to the union of he and his eventual wife?”
“Perhaps,” Bays countered, “but what would really be interesting if we had that same man recalling all the paths that led to the union of his friends Robin and Barney.”
“Yes,” Thomas agreed. “We should probably just focus on that.” And they did. Thus, How I Met Your Mother.
Even as one of the better episodes of the present season, this week’s “Lobster Crawl” falters in regards to one incredibly important element: Ted. All season long, with the exception of the filler material involving him with Victoria, Ted has been used as set dressing. He offers a nerdy quip or a… well, actually, no. There is no “or.” Even his comedy is pretty one-dimensional these days. Ted is there to push the episodes to their full 22 minutes while Robin and Barney bat around their confusing feelings for one another, and while Lily and Marshall deal with the nonissue of having a kid that can be conveniently placed offstage and forgotten about whenever a scene calls for it.
It’s okay to have an episode or two that shafts Ted to the background — his friends, as full and important characters, deserve their due time at the center of the plot. But week after week lately, we learn nothing about Ted or his journey. We don’t delve further into his quest to meet the future Mrs. Mosby, but instead pass the time, without witnessing any evolution for the so-called star, until the eventual introduction of whoever she’s supposed to be. It’s hard to really invest anymore — the show has long run dry on passion.
Sure, even long after The Office tumbled to deplorability did it manage the great sendoff it gave hero Michael Scott. So maybe, just maybe, we’ll still manage a wonderful, magical conclusion for Teddy Westside. But with all respect to Josh Radnor, he hasn’t yet displayed the tragic sensibilities exhibited by Steve Carell (an underrated dramatic actor, for sure). Furthermore, the four-camera format doesn’t lend as generously to fulfilling emotion as does the single camera perspective. But all that aside, acting and direction notwithstanding, it’s the writing that dominates. And How I Met Your Mother, while still capable of cranking out a fine joke here or there, or a feasibly well-crafted speech about friendship or love or mayonnaise salads or whatever it be, doesn’t hold the golden pen it once did.
This week, Ted plays the devoted babysitter for Lily and Marshall, reveling in all of young Marvin’s “firsts” that he witnesses, much to Lily’s chagrin. It is realized by the married couple that their friend is overcompensating with Marvin due to the emptiness in his own life resultant of both a lack of family and children and having no projects to work on since he finished designing that building… wait, is anyone else having a hard time remembering Ted finishing a building? Was it a really long time ago, or is it just a really uninteresting plotline?
At the forefront of the episode is Robin, working desperately (and pathetically) to attract Barney sexually in an effort to have one last fling and get him out of her system. In a sequence calling back to HIMYM’s favored “The Playbook” episode, Robin attempts a slew of half-cocked ideas (the “damsel in distress” routine, flirting with a bunch of guys in front of him, and putting on a seductive show with another woman) to woo Barney. And this series of scenes, the latter especially, brings up an important question.
How old are these people? On my count, they should be about 35 by now, give or take. Now, I’m not shooing the idea of remaining youthful and fun loving into maturity. But there comes a point at which dancing up on a brain-dead coworker to arouse a dude who says the word “bro” about 18 times a day is no longer charming. Perhaps I’m taking this too seriously, but it isn’t funny when Robin wrangles her weathergirl Brandi to turn Barney on, it’s uncomfortable. They’re too old for this kind of shtick now. On with the mother-meeting, please. Adulthood is inevitable, stop pushing it away!
Robin’s final attempt to attract Barney, a candid expression of her desires, is yet another failure. She shows up at his apartment only to find him engaged in a game of Crazy Eights with her nuisance of a coworker Patrice. See, following the Robin/Brandi show, Barney high tails it back to the television studio to sleep with Brandi… before realizing that she and this life are hardly what he really wants. As such, he forms a bond with the earnest Patrice, there working late, and the two begin a courtship of sorts bound to drive Robin batty. She really hates Patrice.
We haven’t long until the winter finale — the possible union of Robin and Barney, meeting of Ted and Whoever, jokes-about-sex-and-ghosts of Lily and Marshall. Surely Patrice will serve as some vehicle to get Barney to the altar (whether he’ll remain there is as of yet ambiguous). And as much as I have traditionally rooted for Barney and Robin, I’m ready for their back-and-forth to be done with. It’s tiresome, crowded, without any of the ballerina’s balance that an early seasons Ross and Rachel once shared… and I know, they’re always the control group, but what are you gonna do? They kind of nailed it.
So hopefully, we’ll soon see Barney and Robin tie the knot for good. Hopefully, we’ll see Ted and his wife-to-be find one another. I’m ready for these people to grow up, to start their lives, to get their payoff. I, as do many fans, still hold onto the great characters we once knew. And they deserve to find happiness, once and for all.
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First, let's start with the bad news: The Mayan calendar (and, more importantly, a stellar John Cusack movie) have confirmed that the world is ending in a few weeks. I know, right? And we were all totally going to lose those 15 lbs and start journaling in 2013. Then there's the even worse news: You missed a lot of really good TV in 2012. So much good, in fact, that you have no hope of catching up before the end of days. That's where we (and the good news) come in — we've rounded up the best TV spoilers of 2012, so you can spend your remaining days with your family, or whatever. SPOILERS AHEAD, but sorry — no one will ever know who actually killed Alison DiLaurentis on Pretty Little Liars.
Let's start with the little guys:
How I Met Your Mother: Drama! It was eventually revealed that Barney (Neil Patrick Harris) is marrying Robin (Cobie Smulders). Also, Victoria (Ashley Williams) left her future husband at the alter for Ted (Josh Radnor), but they broke up afterwards because Ted wouldn't stop being friends with Robin. Those crazy kids!
The Office: Angela (Angela Kinsey) found out that her husband was cheating on her with Oscar (Oscar Nuñez). Way to be a good coworker, Oscar.
Parks and Recreation: Speaking of workplace comedies, Leslie (Amy Poehler) and Ben (Adam Scott) finally became engaged! It was adorable.
You still with me? Good. Because it all goes downhill from here. Time for some suicides and martyrdom:
Sons of Anarchy: The universally beloved Opie (Ryan Hurst) was brutally murdered early in the show's fifth season — sacrificing his life for the club in the most horrendous way possible (he was beaten to death with a lead pipe).
Mad Men: Then there was the tragic tale of Lane Price (Jared Harris), the British sap who hung himself in his office after he found himself in financial trouble, and was fired by Don. Not a dry eye in the house.
But not all major deaths on TV this year were via suicide — 2012 was huge for killing, or being killed by, children. Let's explore, shall we?
Breaking Bad: In the former category, the artist formerly known as Landry (Jesse Plemons) from Friday Night Lights (now known as Todd on Breaking Bad) murdered a small child after said child witnessed Todd, Walt, and Jesse robbing a train. It was probably the most disturbing moment on TV this year, which says a lot, given our next spoiler.
The Walking Dead: This one sounds horrific, but it actually made a lot of people happy — Lori (Sarah Wayne Callies) died via C-section childbirth during a Walker attack on Walking Dead. Doc Herschel and the rest of the Grimes Gang were busy fighting Walkers in the prison, so Lori's son Carl (Chandler Riggs) had to watch while Maggie (Lauren Cohan) tore out her baby with a dirty knife. Then Carl shot her, before she rose again. It was a classic mother/son coming-of-age moment.
Downton Abbey: This one really hurt. Lady Sybil (Jessica Brown Findlay) from Downton also died during childbirth — but she didn't become a zombie, so she should just shut up and count her blessings.
Those were all really depressing, so let's move on to justice — quite a few criminals were caught in 2012:
Breaking Bad: First and foremost there's Walter White (Bryan Cranston), the drug kingpin currently known as Heisenberg . We haven't yet seen the aftermath, but the first half of Season 5 ended with Walt's brother-in-law Hank (Dean Norris) learning his dirty, methy secret. Dun dun dun.
Dexter: This was a long time coming — Deb (Jennifer Carpenter), the brilliant Miami Metro detective, finally learned that her brother is a serial killer. So far, she's been taking it surprisingly well.
The Killing: Oh, we finally found out who killed Rosie Larsen. It was her Aunt Terry, sort of. Then the show got canceled.
Homeland: Nick Brody (Damian Lewis) was found out and captured by the CIA much, much earlier than anticipated. He's now working with them as a double agent, which is never easy when your other agency is TERRORISM.
Enough with all the humans. Supernatural spoiler time:
The Vampire Diaries: Elena (Nina Dobrev) became a vampire at the end of the third season's finale. This season, she totally dumped Stefan (Paul Wesley) and slept with Damon (Ian Somerhalder). Bad girls do it well.
Fringe: Peter (Josh Jackson) willingly turned himself into an Observer after his daughter, Etta (Georgina Haig), was killed. It was horrifying. He's going bald!
True Blood: The newly single Bill (Stephen Moyer) willingly drank the blood of the ancient, evil vampire Lilith at the end of last season — rising as an evil entity, and effectively earning the nickname "Billith." Run, Sookeh!
Now let's move on to family drama:
Revenge: Season 1 of ABC's new(ish) hit ended with Emily (Emily VanCamp) learning that her long-lost mother (Jennifer Jason Leigh) was still alive, while everyone else thought that Victoria Grayson (Madeleine Stowe) had died. She hadn't, and Emily's mother ended up being very, very boring.
Revolution: Meanwhile, over on NBC's latest hit, good-guy Miles (Billy Burke) was revealed to have started the evil Monroe Militia — the same militia that recently kidnapped his nephew. (And they still haven't turned the lights on.)
Game of Thrones: In a case of outright family treachery, Theon (Alfie Allen) betrayed the Starks by storming Winterfell, pretending to kill young Bran and Rickon, and slaughtering many of their people.
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Neil Patrick Harris announced on Tuesday that he will begin writing his memoir due in 2014. The still-untitled book about his life will be "a work of imaginative nonfiction that delivers an interactive, nonlinear reading experience that breaks the boundaries of conventional memoir,” according to THR. The book will most likely touch on his relationship with David Burtka, their twins, and his acting career success on Doogie Howser, M.D., Doctor Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog, Harold and Kumar Go To White Castle, and How I Met Your Mother.
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Playing himself in Harold and Kumar Go To White Castle
His character was so insanely out there, we’ve got to wonder: Are there any kernels of truth to it?
Barney Stinson’s Bro Code
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September 24, 2012 1:53pm EST
While the majority of viewers still tune in to How I Met Your Mother every Monday night to finally find out just who the elusive “Mother” is, there are some of us out there — ahem, me — who tune in for Barney (Neil Patrick Harris) and Robin (Cobie Smulders).
For seasons, I have been ‘shipping these two crazy kids, and co-creators Carter Bays and Craig Thomas gave me a short reprieve. For those of you who don’t remember or didn’t see the evolution of one of the most entertaining relationships on TV, let me give you a short timeline (not that I'm obsessed or anything):
S3E16, "Sandcastles in the Sand": After being dumped by her old Canadian boyfriend Simon — whattup, James Van Der Beek! — Robin and Barney sleep together.
S3E17, "The Goat": Barney and Robin try to keep their tryst a secret, but Robin comes clean to Ted (Josh Radnor). This temporarily ends the bromance between Barney and Ted.
S3E20, "Miracles": After a brush with death, Ted forgives Barney, who himself was hit by a bus and realized he loved Robin.
S5E1, "Definitions": Barney and Robin finally begin their relationship.
S5E7, "The Rough Patch": Barney and Robin break up after realizing they weren’t happy together… i.e. Barney got fat and Robin was losing her hair.
S7E10, "Tick Tick Tick": Barney and Robin both cheat on their significant others with each other. They agree to break up with their respective girlfriend (Nora) and boyfriend (Kevin) to be together. However, Robin stays with Kevin.
S7E16, "The Drunk Train": Kevin breaks up with Robin. Barney doesn’t jump at the chance to be with her again since she had picked Kevin over him.
S7E24, "The Magician’s Code": Barney proposes to his girlfriend, Quinn. However, at the end of the episode, it is revealed that Robin is in fact Barney’s future wife!
So as we look ahead to season 8, premiering tonight at 8/7c on CBS, we can look forward to seeing the progression from Barney and Quinn’s engagement to Barney and Robin’s wedding. And while we may have to wait until the end of this season to see the actual nuptials, Smulders followed Robin’s cue and, after eight years of dating, tied the knot with Taran Killam (SNL) on Sept. 8th.
Season 8, eight years of dating, September 8th… is there something important in the number eight, or is it just some crazy coincidence of life imitating art? Bays and Thomas do have a reputation for using numbers as clues in past episodes. For example, in season 6 episode 13, “Bad News,” numbers counting down from 50 appeared on props until the end of the episode when Marshall (Jason Segel) found out his father died. Hopefully these numbers lead to better news.
Will you be tuning in (and overanalyzing every detail) with me tonight?
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September 24, 2012 1:47pm EST
Over the next few months, we’ll see new series soar, old series sour, and so much Jersey Shore madness, we’ll want to shower. Let’s face it: The Fall TV season is intimidating. With dozens of new and returning shows hitting our small screens, we know we have some big choices to make. So, to help you determine what to watch, we’re digging deep into the most notable series premiering this season. Where did each show leave off? Where is it headed? And who should you watch it with? Next up is CBS's returning comedy How I Met Your Mother, the continuing adventures of Ted Mosby on his quest to find the eventual mother of his children, with a bunch of people who haven't realized that they don't have to do TV anymore along for the ride.
Series: How I Met Your Mother
Premiere date: Monday, September 24 at 8 PM
Number of seasons on air: Seven going on eight
Cast: Indie director Josh Radnor, Apatow regular/Muppet rebooter Jason Segel, friend-of-Buffy/band camp attendee Alyson Hannigan, perpetual awards show host Neil Patrick Harris, and S.H.I.E.L.D. Agent Cobie Smulders.
Synopsis: In the year 2030, Ted Mosby is a happily married father of two, looking back fondly (sometimes regrettably) on his days as a single sad-sack searching for the love of his life in New York City. The audience joins Ted’s children in hearing about the once young man’s romantic forays that would eventually lead up to the meeting of his future wife: a woman who, even eight years into the story, we still haven’t met. Joining Ted in his adventures: man-child Marshall (Ted’s college roommate and best friend), Marshall’s occasionally conniving wife Lily, the hypersexual suit-addict Barney Stinson, and gun-loving Canadian newsanchor Robin Scherbatsky — an on-again-off-again love interest to both Ted and Barney (and Lily, kind of).
Where we left off: Marshall and Lily had just given birth to their first child, Ted had whisked ex-girlfriend Victoria off on her wedding day, and Barney had just proposed to Quinn… only for a time jump to reveal that he would actually be getting married to Robin.
You’ll like it if: You can forgo the laugh track and the occasional weak joke, and appreciate the likable characters, plentiful running gags and callbacks weaved in to reward dedicated fans.
You won’t like it if: You’re a single camera purist, spoiled by the greats like Arrested Development and 30 Rock, whose very soul is eroded by the sound of canned laughter.
Greatest use of the New York cityscape: The inside of MacLaren’s pub. That’s the problem with four-camera sitcoms: even though main character Ted is an architect fascinated with the Big Apple’s skyline, we rarely see much of the city — the characters’ apartments, their hangout pub, and maybe the inside of a cab.
Hum-worthy originals: “Nothing Suits Me Like a Suit” (the ballad of Barney Stintson), and Marshall’s hit number: “Bang-bang-bangadee-bang!”
Games to adopt: Marshgammon… but it’ll take a good deal of patience and studiousness to actually understand the rules.
Reason to watch this season: The same reason we watch every season. Maybe, just maybe we’ll find out who the #$@%& mother is!
Things you're bound to hear: One or two or nine of NPH's "Legen — wait for it — dary"s, an enthusiastic "Hello!" from recurring limousine driver Ranjit, and a whole bunch of jabs at Canada.
Things to look out for: Hidden numbers counting down in consecutive scenes and background appearances by Conan O'Brien... this show loves secret jokes.
Required reading: As shocked as you might be to learn this, there is actually a series of "Bro Code" books by author "Barney Stinson"