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How I Met Your Mother: Pilot

by Ryan j Budke, posted Sep 20th 2005 6:09PM

How I Met Your MotherWhoa whoa whoa! Where the heck did this show come from? I remember hearing a little buzz about it way back when, but I think that was more because Willow was going to be in a new show. This may be my favorite new show so far, knocking Prison Break out of the top spot. Now I know that you're probably thinking a couple of skeptical thoughts right now: "Ryan, what was the last "romantic comedy" that survived more than half a season?" and, "Ryan, can't you review a show without going all crazy and lovey dovey about it?" Well to answer the first question, yea, I don't know, but this one better at least get a chance to run its course. For the second check out my American Dad or Out of Practice reviews.

The show starts with the ever adaptable and hilarious Bob Saget as the older Ted doing a voiceover (which honestly gave me the feeling that someone was going to get hit in the balls with a baseball bat or something for a while) of the story of how he met his children's mother. After meeting his son and daughter real quick, we flash back 25 years "all the way back" to 2005, and get thrown quickly into the quirkiest and most lovable group of friends since, well, Friends. We meet young Ted and Marshall who is preparing to propose to his longtime girlfriend Lily. Ted leaves so that the two of them can be alone and calls his "other" best friend, Barney, played perfectly by Neil Patrick Harris. Ladies and gentlemen, meet the new Ari Gold.

Neil Patrick Harris' Barney is spot on perfect. This isn't Doogie Howser MD, this is the crazy ass, Mr. Toad's Wild Ride, party animal from Harold & Kumar. This show premiered a little less than a day ago and my friends have already called me quoting him at least 10 times. I guarantee if you've seen the episode you've tried to find a way to work "Suit up" or "De-wait for it-Nied" into a sentence at some point. In the first episode alone he ponders philosophically on the hottest race (Lebanese or Half-Asians) of women and kicks the crap out of some kids in a lazer tag match. Out with Barney, Ted has a semi-crisis and because of Marshall & Lily's impending nuptials and wonders "Where is she" that dream girl that all men know is just right for them. Of course no sooner are the words out of his mouth than he spots her across the bar.

Barney introduces them via the "Meet Ted" game (he drags her over "Meet Ted" and walks away) and they immediately connect. Ted and his dream girl click together and they setup a date for the following night since she's a reporter and is heading out of town. He lets her impress her friends by throwing a drink in his face and they part ways. He picks her up the next night and after a perfect dinner discussing the "olive theory" (one person in a relationship hates olives, the other eats the olives for them) and smurf penises (there's this blue... just watch it), Ted misses "the moment" and doesn't kiss her at the end of the night.

After some good-natured ribbing from his friends, Ted realizes that he's tired of his life as it is and never makes the "stupid move" and goes to see his girl before she leaves. He goes to her apartment and they start the slow dance (literally and figuratively) before he blows it by telling her he's in love with her. They both are taken back and part ways on friendly ways, Ted turns one last time and tells her that he won't apologize for professing his love and thinks there ins't enough of that left anymore. The two end with a handshake.

BIG SPOILER. DO NOT READ ANY FURTHER IF YOU DON'T WANT TO BE SPOILED. We flash forward to the son and daughter listening to the story (a little more interested then when we last left them), and here Ted says, "...and that's the story of how I met your Aunt Robin." Whoa. Then who's the mother in the title?! 

With it's great characters and healthy look at love and relationships today, I think this is going to speak volums to the generation it's supposed to. It's fast and furious yet tender and sweet, supplying "awwwws" and laughs. If this show drowns in it's timeslot I'm going to be extremely pissed. I can't wait to watch everything unfold and to be your guide throughout. Congrats on a great show.

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Bob Pollack

An absolute waste of television prime time. The CBS executives responsible for this drivel should hide their heads in shame. The show is juvenile, moronic, imbecilic (well you get the picture). Bring back Doogie Howser reruns. At least Harris could act back then.

October 02 2005 at 8:40 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
JDog

I can't buck the trend ... without Neil Patrick Harris, this show would *STINK* ... Barney is the best written caracter. Hannigan for all her experience on Buffy and in feature film looks like an amatuer with over the top delivery and there's no charisma with the actor playing her fiance - just not at all believable. I'll give it 1 more shot ... just for Doogie.

September 21 2005 at 12:45 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Susan

I agree with the last poster...it wasnt really that great of a comedy. I really expected it to be much better...it had its moments like all comedies but it will have to get a bit better if it hopes to stay around for any length of time. I will watch a few more eps to see if it does get better. Check out Kitchen Confidential tho...now that was a great show...I loved it...

September 20 2005 at 10:27 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
oli young

I'm sorry, I think we saw two entirely different shows. Yes, I'm a devout Hannigan fan, and Harris is funny at times, but not even those two could save this 22 minutes of horrendous sitcom mediocrity. The leads are uninteresting, the writing is forced and unfunny and the set-up has been done to death so many times, there's nothing redeeming about this. I think i cracked a smile, once, at "this is going in my blog". I want my 22 minutes back, if it makes it's initial 13 episodes I'll be surprised.

September 20 2005 at 8:24 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Doron

Missed it too, doesn't seem like CBS is repeating the pilot though.

September 20 2005 at 8:05 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Tim

I missed this show but from the review it sounds really interesting. Between that and being a slobbering goober of anything Alyson Hannigan does (I love me some redheads). I'll have to check this out and hope it doesn't go away.

September 20 2005 at 6:46 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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