Wednesday, May 9, 2007
Bring back "How I Met Your Mother" - and change the title...
As far as I can tell, CBS hasn't decided if it's going to bring back How I Met Your Mother (HIMYM), one of the only really funny sitcoms that still fills half an hour - I'm still forming my full opinion of Two and a Half Men. The background of HIMYM, in case you've missed it during it's first 2 seasons, is Ted is telling his kids about how he met their mother 20 years before. In 2005, Ted lives with his college friends, Marshall and Lily who are engaged to be married. They also have a friend, Barney (played brilliantly by Neil Patrick Harris who has throw off all remnants of Doogie Howser) who has a mysterious job and comes from a slowly revealed background. Ted meets a girl named Robin early on, who we learn is NOT his kids mother. So whoever the mother is, has not been revealed as yet. Now, all this sounds pretty simple, very Friends-like in it's simplicity. But it's that simplicity that is both refreshing and fun to follow. Ted is an architect, Marshall a law student, Lily a kindergarten teacher, Robin a TV reporter, and Barney wears a suit. But it's the fact that they have such incredible friendships - the kind where Ted and Marshall find it pretty cool to settle a dispute by using the swords that have hung on their wall since college; and Robin and Lily can communicate telepathically (sort of) to tell Lily not to open Robin's risque shower gift in front of her grandmother; and Barney arrives with just the idea of "suit up" for nearly every occasion and sometimes they do. They set up really great situations to stumble through, and do a lot of episodes showing a single event from different character's perspectives - like explaining that the smell from Marshall's car, which he thought was from Ted throwing up during a road trip in college, but really was caused by Robin and Lily borrowing the car and a homeless person trying to get in and steal their chinese food that gets thrown around the car. It's a great show that should continue and really get off the ground and keep having fun. The season 2 finale is next Monday at 8 on CBS.
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