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Synopsis: The year is 2030. Ted Mosby is relaying the story of how he met his wife to his daughter and son. The story starts in the year 2005, when then twenty-seven year old architect Ted was spurred on to want to get married after lawyer Marshall Eriksen and kindergarten teacher Lily Aldrin, his best friends from their college days at Wesleyan and Marshall who was his roommate at the time, got engaged after nine years of dating each other. Ted's new quest in life was much to the dismay of his womanizing friend, Barney Stinson. But soon after Marshall and Lily's engagement, Ted believed that his life mate was going to be news reporter and aspiring news anchor Robin Scherbatsky, who, despite having had a romantic relationship with her after this time, ended up being who the kids know as their "Aunt" Robin. As Ted relays the story to his kids, the constants are that their Uncle Marshall, Aunt Lily, Uncle Barney and Aunt Robin are always in the picture and thus have something to do with how he got together with their mother.
I have a lot of good things to say about this show, but there are so many negatives. The thing is, I love this show. It's hard not to watch. Sure, like all TV shows himym has it's flaws, but when you look beyond these flaws, you'll find something that's incredibly clever and intricate. I think that's what makes me want to keep watching. It's the utter curiosity that grasps me. It's the need to want to find out exactly who the mother is. Until I find out who that is, I can't stop watching.
So now it's been going on for seven seasons now, and we still don't know who the mother is. Yeah, it's a little annoying, but what makes up for it are the constant back and forth moments throughout the series. The ongoing gags they have and keep coming back to are what make the show amazing. The doppelgangers, the slap bet, the recurring characters, are but three things from a bag full of clever additions to the series.
In terms of performances, even after seven seasons I'm still a little unsure as to why Jason Segel isn't as funny as he is in Forgetting Sarah Marshall or I Love You, Man. No no, it's not the writing, it's bigger than that. It's like he's physically unable to deliver anything funny. Same goes for Alyson Hannigan, even she has the same problem. It's like they've been completely restricted and aren't allowed to go beyond the boundaries of the cheesy humour they're forced to deliver. It's not their fault, because let's be honest, they can deliver.
Josh Radnor, the I in how i met your mother, is a great performer. The scenarios he and the other cast members get themselves into can be funny, but quite honestly, what makes this show that much better, is the greatness that is Neil Patrick Harris. NPH epitomises literally everything that is funny in the show. Not that he overshadows everyone, but in terms of humour, his delivery and everything that comes out of his mouth just works wonders.
I'm not the biggest fan of sitcoms. I can't get along with them. Two and a Half Men, Mike and Molly, and the new How to be a Gentleman are perfect examples of ones that just don't work for me. There are a few exceptions like Rules of Engagement, 30 Rock and the subject of this article.
I'll be watching himym until it's run ends, because for the love of god, I WANT TO KNOW HOW HE MET THEIR MOTHER.