TV: How I Met Your Mother Seasons 1-6

Created by: Carter Bays & Craig Thomas
Released: 2005—2011
Finished watching seasons on: 18 Oct 2011 (1), 28 Oct (2), 4 Nov (3), 17 Nov (4), 24 Nov (5), 5 Dec (6)
Episodes: 136…
Language: mainly English

OK. It’s 2 months since I last updated the blog, and almost 3 months since I saw the series in question, so I’ll have to make this particularly brief. I have an excuse though, having moved to the other side of the world and become very busy in the meantime…

If you want to stop reading now, I liked How I Met Your Mother. I get its comedy and its style. There’s perhaps not much special about it; it’s a bit formulaic, and runs in a long line of relatively family-friendly American sitcoms, and reminds me in many ways of Friends; but I enjoyed watching it and I found it addictive, hence completing the six extant complete seasons in just under two months (often watching three a day).

The central conceit of the program – the main character Ted is telling his children the story of how he met their mother in a particularly long-winded way – helps to keep it fresh (we know, for example, that Ted’s early love interest isn’t the mother), but also gets old very quickly. OK, so how can you tell a story for six years and not get to the crux of it? That kind of thing started to bug me after a while. It also sort of falls into a rut eventually, where Ted falls in love with a woman who is revealed not to be the mother, and then he goofs out and pushes her away – over and over and over again.

But the characters are great (especially Alyson Hannigan and Neil Patrick Harris), and the show rewards you with injokes if you watch enough of it – references to older episodes, mainly. The continuity is generally good, and although I get the feeling that to some extent they’re making it up as they go along, they’re a lot more consistent than a bunch of other shows that I’ve seen. And I liked it overall.

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