How I Met Your Mother - Season 1 - Review

How I Met Your Mother

How I Met Your Mother - Season 1 - Review

For years we have seen the age-old cliché of a series or a movie showcasing a tight-knit group of friends going about their everyday lives whether it be comical or with a more serious tone. Yet, How I Met Your Mother, takes on a new approach.

The show, premiered in September 2005, shows the lives of Barney Stinson (Neil Patrick Harris), Robin Scherbatsky (Cobie Smulders), Lily Aldren (Alyson Hannigan), and Marshall Erikson (Jason Segel), through the eyes of the protagonist, Ted Mosby (Josh Radnor), as he sits with his children (Lindsy Fonseca and David Henrie) in a future date (2030), telling them the story of how he met their mother.

The story takes riveting twists and turns as he goes in-depth of every detail of every story of any significance that led him to finally meet their mother, a character who, in season one is not yet revealed.

Set in New York (but officially filmed in Los Angeles), the stories do not just include the process of how he met his future wife, but how his bond with his friends as mentioned previously, formed and changed over the years.

The series takes on several themes such as loneliness, friendship, quests for love, relationships, heartbreaks, routines, work, and several others. Voiced by Bob Saget as the dad instead of Josh Radnor, he acts as an omniscient narrator in a book, where he gives a brief background to each story before delving into it.

Every once in awhile, it happens that the stories go off on tangents, to give the viewer a fuller experience and more knowledge on how the group of five friends lived. It becomes interesting to see when the stories are not only about Ted but about intricate details of his friends’ lives as well, portraying the idea that those close to us are a bigger influence in our lives than we might think.

With lines scripted to flow, the show does not go back and forth in confusing manners like other shows sometimes do. Each episode has its own plot without jumping back and forth between scenes as if the characters suddenly jumped from one area to another.

With that being said, season one took off on a hit, with one of the highest viewed episodes being “The Pineapple Incident”. Some episodes are fully concluded with their mini-plots, however, subplots continue throughout the season to form an ending that leaves you wanting for more and more.

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