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How I Met Your Mother is a unique take on the standard sitcom format. Told mostly through flashbacks, the show is framed around Ted Mosby telling his children the story about how he and their mother met many years prior. The show focuses on a younger Ted Mosby and the funny antics he and his friends get involved in on their quests for love, happiness and fulfillment.

Ted Mosby is the main character and a romantic sort with a razor sharp wit and a propensity for getting into awkward situations. Lily and Marshall are his college friends and, at one time, roommates. They provide a real backbone of warmth to the show with their goofy antics and deep love for one another. Robin is a new addition to the group of friends and is also a one-time romantic interest for Ted. Robin's Canadian heritage and very unfeminine demeanor are the basis of many humorous situations on the show. Last, but not least, is Barney, a slick womanizer who hides a gentle heart behind his smirk and rapid fire one liners.

Over the course of the show, the five friends get themselves involved in a wide array of hilarious situations. From Ted stealing a restaurant decoration to show his love for Robin to Barney's endless array of quips and his string of conquests to the amusing disaster of Lily and Marshall's wedding day, the group experiences many funny events. Yet, there is also a strong heart to the show as it deals with dramatic themes like break-ups, the death of parents and struggles with infertility.

The flash forwards as Ted talks to his kids are also amusing in their own right as the children, despite their short amount of screen time, even have well-developed personalities. Getting to see the futures of your favorite characters also provides a counterpoint to the comedy and drama of the show's present time line.

Overall, the balance of wicked humor with a strong emotional core in How I Met Your Mother creates a show that will make you laugh, make you cry and definitely give you a few good laughs.

9 Seasons, 208 Episodes - Canceled/Ended
September 19, 2005
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How I Met Your Mother Full Episode Guide

  • In the second part of the series finale, Ted's story of how he met the kid's mother comes to a close.

  • In the series finale, Ted finally finishes telling his children how he met their mother.

  • With only 30 minutes before it's time to walk down the aisle, both Barney and Robin begin to suffer anxiety attacks about their upcoming nuptials. Meanwhile, Marshall and Lily rewrite their old wedding vows.

  • When Gary Blauman makes an appearance at the wedding, the friends are catapulted into a frenzy as they each remember an encounter with him.

How I Met Your Mother News

New Netflix Originals: Jason Segel Sci Fi, Jeff Daniels Western

Two new Netflix projects announced casting news this week, and the names attached to the projects are probably not who you'd expect.

Neil Patrick Harris Seems to Agree With Bad Reviews of His Oscar Hosting Performance

The actor tweeted today for the first time since last night's show.

'How I Met Your Mother' Finally Answers 'Pineapple Incident' Mystery

Is this where Ted got the pineapple from?!

Neil Patrick Harris Marries in Secret Ceremony

Neil Patrick Harris married his long-time partner David Burtka in a small, secretive Italian ceremony.

Neil Patrick Harris Could Have Replaced David Letterman, But Said No

We have a legen-wait for it-dary proposition for you...would you watch a late night talk show hosted by Barney Stinson?

CBS Passes on 'How I Met Your Dad' and Alyson Hannigan

For awhile, it looked like the legacy of "How I Met Your Mother" would live on, as CBS ordered pilots of both a "HIMYM" spin-off and a new sitcom starring Alyson Hannigan. When the network announced its fall schedule this week, though, all traces of "HIMYM" were absent.

'How I Met Your Dad' Officially Gets a Series Order

It's official: "How I Met Your Dad" is a go! The "How I Met Your Mother" spinoff was given a series order today by CBS, as announced by the network. Until this point, the show was only in its pilot stages and had not officially been picked up by CBS, though considering the long-running success of "HIMYM," it was a close to a sure thing as it gets. The show will star indie darling Greta Gerwig as Sally, a girl in her late twenties who will act as our female Ted Moesby.

Alyson Hannigan Wishes 'How I Met Your Mother' Finale Was Just a Little Different

Most people who didn't like the "How I Met Your Mother" finale wanted it to be less sad. But star Alyson Hannigan wanted just the opposite! In a recent interview, Hannigan (who plays Lily on the show) revealed that there was one key shot missing from the "HIMYM" series finale: The Mother's funeral. Apparently there was originally a scene of only just a second or two during Ted's speech that showed him mourning over Tracy's death at her funeral, but the scene was deleted from the final product since it was "just too gut-wrenching.

Meg Ryan Joins 'How I Met Your Dad'

If "How I Met Your Dad" makes it to the air, it will have a narrator whose voice you'll recognize. The show announced this week that Meg Ryan will take on the role of Greta Gerwig's unseen future self, a la Bob Saget in "How I Met Your Mother."

Neil Patrick Harris Defends 'How I Met Your Mother' Ending, Says He Was a 'Big Fan'

You know that "How I Met Your Mother" ending that you hated? Well, Neil Patrick Harris loved it. The erstwhile Barney Stinson stopped by the Late Show with David Letterman to chat, and while his new brown hair was definitely a shock, his defending of the "HIMYM" series finale wasn't. "It wasn't necessarily the happy ending people were expecting," Harris said.

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