How I Met Your Mother - Season 1 [DVD]
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A love story in reverse: How I Met Your Mother is a fresh comedy about Ted (Josh Radnor) and how he fell in love. When Ted’s best friends Marshall (Jason Segel) and Lily (Alyson Hannigan) decide to tie the knot, it sparks the search for his own Miss Right. Helping him in his quest is his bar-hopping “wing-man” Barney (Neil Patrick Harris), a confirmed bachelor with plenty of wild schemes for picking up women. Ted’s sights are set on the charming and independent Robin (Cobie Smulders), but destiny may have something different in mind. Told through a series of flashbacks,Ted recalls his single days, the highs and lows of dating and the search for true love.
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The comparison to Friend's is obvious, but if you go deeper than a vauge hand wavey premis, you can see the shows are quite different. This show was made 10 years later than Friends. This means slightly more risque storylines, not so much as to be crass but only to make them truely laugh out loud funny. The way the story is told is also completely different, telling them out of order in flashbacks and fast forwards which only drives them more and leaves you craving for the next bit to piece together the puzzle. The grand arc of the show is driven by the question 'who is the mother' with tantalising hints being dropped all the time (I've seen seasons 2 and 3 as well.) and the more they give you the more you want to know. But at it's very core are a set of great characters who you love and laugh at with equal measure.
I think I've made it clear that I LOVE THIS SHOW. Great plots and characters told in magnificent style. Well worth it.
Josh Radnor inhabits his character from episode one with immediate support from Jason Segel, Neil Patrick Harris and Alyson Hannigan whilst only Cobie Smulders takes longer to come into her own, but this is perhaps how it was meant to be, and able guest support comes from the likes of the ingratiating Ashley Williams and the O.T.T. Alexis Denisof.
The creators set things off in style but the series quickly looses its way until mid-season when they re-take control from which point on the show struggles to decide what it wants to be with bittersweet melodrama overwhelming the humour of many episodes in a way that is most unbecoming to the early days of a sit-com.
These are your awesome years.
Season 1 is not the best of the show in my opinion but it is still superior to most comedies of the moment and stands up well among old favourites too. The laugh track is irritating but these things happen and can be overlooked. And it has to be said, Barney is awesome.
But after the first few episodes I started to notice the sublime humour, the wit and sophistication of the seemingly basic dialogues, and sometimes wonderfully random and almost surreal comments and reactions. Marshall is my absolute favourite in that respect, with his way of filling an awkward silence by saying "so... fish are weird eh?". Reminds me ever so slightly of Monthy Python, purely because of the randomness and the twisted, abstract humour. If you're not attuned to this type of humour you might not see anything special about How I Met Your Mother. But if you are, you're in for a real treat! I find the jokes and banter absolutely spot on, not too simple, not too complex, and every now and then I hear a line that's so brilliant it's almost... delicious - if you're sensitive to the beauty of spoken word and language in general, you'll know what I mean.
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The only thing that disappoints me is the fact you can buy the DVD series 1-9 for £25...Read more