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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.

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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.

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

Former "How I Met Your Mother" star Neil Patrick Harris has made a bit of a name for himself as an awards show host. He's done the Tony Awards multiple times to rave reviews. This year, Harris took on the Oscars. Things didn't go quite as well as they usually do for him as a host. Harris was panned for what many critics, both professional and couch, saw as "lame" jokes. Sure enough, Harris did use quite a few puns and tried to sell them as slightly ironic, but it didn't quite translate.

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

"How I Met Your Mother" may be over and done with, but there's one mystery that remained all the way through to the series finale. Just where exactly did Ted get the pineapple from? If you'll remember back to the first season, there's an episode titled "The Pineapple Incident" that has Ted waking up after a night of heavy (very heavy) drinking with two surprises: a girl in his bed and a pineapple on his night stand. Unfortunately, even with all of the flashback-ing that "HIMYM" does, Ted and the gang never solved the mystery of the pineapple.

Neil Patrick Harris Marries in Secret Ceremony

Big news from "How I Met Your Mother" star Neil Patrick Harris! "Guess what?" he captioned a photo of him with fiance David Burtka. "I got married over the weekend. In Italy. Yup. We put the 'n' and 'd' in 'husband.'" The wedding took place at a rented castle, and Elton John performed. The grooms wore custom Tom Ford tuxedos. Kelly Ripa spoke about the ceremony on "Live with Kelly & Michael," explaining that she wasn't at Joan Rivers' funeral because she was in Italy for the wedding.

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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? It almost happened: Apparently, Neil Patrick Harris was offered the opportunity to take over for David Letterman in late night, but the "How I Met Your Mother" turned down the gig. With so many actors and comedians vying for positions in late night, why would Harris give up his chance? The answer: Boredom. "I felt like I knew what my skill set was and what I wanted to do after the show, with them.

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

The fallout from the ungraceful end of “How I Met Your Mother” spread this week, as CBS declined to put two new sitcoms with links to “HIMYM” on its fall schedule. Pilots for both “How I Met Your Dad” and the Alyson Hannigan-starring “More Time with Family” had been ordered by the network, but neither show made it onto the fall schedule that CBS announced on Wednesday. The “HIMYM” spin-off “How I Met Your Dad” probably seemed like a good idea when “HIMYM” was riding high as one of the network’s biggest shows, but when the idea was announced, fans were not enthusiastic.

'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'

Meg Ryan has joined the cast of "How I Met Your Dad," but you won't see her on camera in the same way that you never saw Bob Saget on "How I Met Your Mother." Ryan will provide the voice of Greta Gerwig's character in the series' flashforwards, just as Saget provided the voice for Josh Radnor's Ted Mosby in "HIMYM." Ryan's casting fills the last hole in the show, which already has Gerwig, Andrew Santino ("Mixology"), Nick D'Agosto ("Masters of Sex"), Tiya Sircar ("The Crazy Ones") and Drew Tarver ("Animal Practice") on board.

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. "But Carter and Craig, who were once writers on your show and the executive producers and the creators, knew this ending years ago and had played towards that.

'How I Met Your Mother' Creator Promises Alternate Ending on DVD Set

Here's some good news for "How I Met Your Mother" fans: That controversial ending might not be the only one there is. Carter Bays, one of the long-running CBS sitcom's creators, took to Twitter about a week after the ending that put fans in an uproar to answer questions. Naturally, he got a lot of questions about the rather sad and, to most fans, disappointing series finale episode. But Bays defended the decisions they made about the show's ending. "If you didn't like the finale, I guess that happens," he wrote.

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'How I Met Your Mother' Fan 'Fixes' Ending: Watch the Video!

What a difference an edit makes! After the finale episode of "How I Met Your Mother" ended, Facebook and Twitter—nay, the whole Internet—was mad about it. And so were we. Rightfully so, too: Not only was the episode unnecessarily sad, it also seemed to argue semantics to deliver an ending that fans were told repeatedly over the past nine seasons they wouldn't be getting. But this is the Internet. And if the Internet doesn't like something, it works to change it.

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