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Robin Tells Her Kids How She Met Their Father on 'HIMYM' (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Dec 6th 2011 1:15AM
'How I Met Your Mother' - 'Symphony of Illumination'It was a gotcha episode of 'How I Met Your Mother' (Mon., 8PM ET on CBS), picking up on events right where we left them with Robin and Barney in the bathroom of Marshall and Lily's suburban house. And once Barney stopped getting punched in the face for saying the wrong thing, he revealed he was excited to be a father.

Robin then borrowed the conceit of the show, by talking to her future children, telling them their story. Only their story turned into little more than a fantasy, as it was slowly revealed throughout the episode that Robin not only was not pregnant right now, but she could never have children. For a girl who never wanted kids, this should have been great news.

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'How I Met Your Mother' Closes With Game-Changing Surprise (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Nov 22nd 2011 12:00AM
'How I Met Your Mother' - 'The Rebound Girl'It was all about the babies on this week's 'How I Met Your Mother' (Tue., 8PM ET on CBS). While Marshall and Lily were trying to decide where to move to raise theirs, Barney and Ted came up with the ridiculous idea of bro-parenting and adopting a baby of their own.

We absolutely loved the redesign of Marshall and Lily's apartment to be so tiny you couldn't even open the front door. It made us want to go back to last year's Thanksgiving episode so we could compare.

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Weird Al Yankovic Inspired by Ted to Write a Song on 'How I Met Your Mother' (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Oct 25th 2011 1:00AM
Weird Al Yanknovic, 'How I Met Your Mother'In an episode filled with guest stars, as everyone started seeing their parents in their respective lovers, they saved the last for an oddball little cameo at the end. Sure, Weird Al Yankovic was superfluous to the actual plot, but he also may just be the catalyst for Ted's next relationship on 'How I Met Your Mother' (Mon., 8PM ET on CBS).

We'll have to wait to see that, but we didn't have to wait to get confirmation that at least one part of Ted's story was true. One boast he claims is that he gave Yankovic the kernel of the idea for the song 'Like a Surgeon' when he was eight years old.

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See Katie Holmes as The Slutty Pumpkin on 'How I Met Your Mother'

by Catherine Lawson, posted Oct 14th 2011 6:45AM
How I Met Your Mother Katie HolmesThe notorious Slutty Pumpkin has been part of 'How I Met Your Mother' lore for years, but now, after hearing about the mysterious stranger who stole Ted's heart back in 2001, we finally get to see her.

Here are some photos of guest star Katie Holmes making her debut as the Slutty Pumpkin on this year's Halloween episode. Don't Ted and Slutty Pumpkin look cute together?

Honestly, we don't think she looks that slutty, but the costume is pretty short, and there are some very strategically placed holes in the front, which might just have made for an interesting time with Ted's Hanging Chad (remember them?) outfit.

See another picture of Slutty Pumpkin and a seriously buff-looking NPH after the jump.

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Robin Dating Her Therapist Is A Little Creepy on 'How I Met Your Mother' (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Oct 11th 2011 1:00AM
'How I Met Your Mother' - 'Field Trip''Field Trip' was a solid example of classic 'How I Met Your Mother' (Mon., 8PM ET on CBS) comedy. There were multiple storylines weaving through one another, each revealing bits about our characters and most importantly, progressing things in their lives.

Let's face it, we like the idea of change and growth on 'HIMYM.' It is, after all, supposed to be the story of how Ted found the woman he would later marry. Thus, we are inherently watching these people grow up and make big changes in their lives.

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Lily Distracts Barney From Ultimate Victory on 'How I Met Your Mother' (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Sep 26th 2011 11:45PM
'How I Met Your Mother' - 'The Ducky Tie'Barney really is a diabolical genius. We're still putting together the pieces of his master plan to see Lily's breasts on this week's 'How I Met Your Mother' (Mon., 8PM ET on CBS). He had it orchestrated years in advance, in anticipation of the right moment and that moment was now.

Only, he didn't account for the unpredictable. After getting thwarted at a chance to see them for thirty seconds outside, he was held accountable on the original bet inside, that would have allowed him a more intimate experience.

But, he proved adept at the art of teppenyaki and with one shrimp in the pocket, he was on the brink of sliding into third base. So Lily chose the lesser of two evils and offered an impromptu sneak peek, distracting him.

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Talking TV Podcast Takes on 'HIMYM,' 'Breaking Bad,' 'Doctor Who' and More

by Maureen Ryan, posted Sep 21st 2011 2:45PM
On this week's Talking TV podcast, Ryan McGee and I delve into the return of 'How I Met Your Mother,' the great season 'Breaking Bad' is having and reader questions touching on 'The Killing' and 'Doctor Who.'

A couple of side notes: Ryan and I will be talking about 'Breaking Bad' every week from now until the show has its season 4 finale in October.

Also, we are dropping a special 'Fringe' podcast Friday night or early Saturday. We thought it would be best to talk about that show after everyone had seen the season 4 premiere, so look for that podcast then. I won't do a separate post on the 'Fringe' podcast, just check the Talking TV site or iTunes for it.

Running times are below.

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Nora Hears All the Lies Barney Tells to Get Women Into Bed on 'HIMYM' (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Sep 20th 2011 3:00AM
'How I Met Your Mother' - 'The Naked Truth'The seventh season of 'How I Met Your Mother' (Mon., 8PM ET on CBS) kicked off with a notably different Barney. Sure, he was still going through the motions of trying new plays to score with chicks, but that was just it. He was going through the motions.

It turns out, Barney has developed genuine feelings for Nora. So much so that he finally decides to be honest with her. She clearly didn't know what she was in for when she asked him to detail every lie he'd ever told to get a woman into bed.

The story she sat through was almost as long as the one future Ted is telling his children, but the point is, that she stayed through it. And then to prove that there was something about her that made him want to change, he stayed and waited for her. Could this be the woman he's seen marrying later? -- earlier? -- oh you know how time works on this show.

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Why I Have Trust Issues With 'How I Met Your Mother'

by Maureen Ryan, posted Sep 19th 2011 10:30PM
It's good for the sake of 'How I Met Your Mother' that this is a busy time of year.

The first time I watched 'The Best Man,' the show's season 7 premiere last week, I was extremely irritated. By Monday afternoon, when I found time to watch 'The Best Man' again, I was so worn out from Emmy duty and other tasks that what's below isn't quite an energetic rant.

It's more an elegy of serious disappointment directed toward a show toward which I still have a great deal of residual affection.

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'How I Met Your Mother' Creator Craig Thomas Says Season 8 Possibly Show's Last

by Catherine Lawson, posted Jul 19th 2011 9:30AM
'HIMYM' castSo, after six seasons we still don't know who is the mother of Ted's kids, but now we do know that all will be revealed before the end of 'How I Met Your Mother' Season 8.

Creator and executive producer Craig Thomas told 'TV Guide' that the upcoming Season 7 will offer answers and even more changes for the 'HIMYM' gang. He also let slip that there will (probably) be only two more seasons left for the comedy.

"All of our contracts are up after [Season] 8," he said, "So we're preparing for that to possibly be the end. As long as we know that a year from now, that's fine. But if we don't, then that's a problem!"

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'How I Met Your Mother': Your Face Here

by Stephanie Earp, posted Jul 12th 2011 3:00PM


Mad props to the investigatory reporters over at Entertainment Weekly who chased down the source of some wacky ads that were popping up in reruns of 'How I Met Your Mother.' I give big-ups to them not only for breaking some fascinating news but also for admitting that, like the rest of us, they watch reruns of 'HIMYM.'

The news is this: thanks to groundbreaking technology, it is now possible to sell ads in old episodes of TV shows by digitally inserting things like TV screens in bar scenes or billboards on sidewalk scenes, and having those digital screens carry timely ads, for example, as EW noted, for the release of 'Bad Teacher' in an episode that was shot in 2009.

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'Early Show's' Tyler McGill Gets Cameo on 'How I Met Your Mother' (VIDEO)

by Aimee Deeken, posted Feb 21st 2011 1:25PM
Tyler McGill Visits 'HIMYM' CastTyler McGill -- resident "superfan" and amateur correspondent on 'The Early Show' (weekdays, 7AM ET on CBS) -- added a cameo appearance to his behind-the scenes visit to 'How I Met Your Mother.'

His scene took five takes. "I just had to pretend to be talking to girls [at the bar]. They ignored me -- pretty standard, really," said McGill, perhaps alluding to his success (or lack thereof) with women in real-life.

On the other hand, Josh Radnor got plenty of action, practicing a kissing scene all morning. His costar Alyson Hannigan claimed it was his strategy: "He says, 'You know what, I really need to rehearse this kiss a lot of times.'"

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What to Watch: February 7 - 13

by Stephanie Earp, posted Feb 7th 2011 2:00AM
Mr. Sunshine - Monday February 7, 8PM ET/PT, CTV/ABC

In all of his outings since 'Friends,' I've increasingly gotten the sense that Matthew Perry is a dark guy. He seems angry a lot, and he even has scowl lines. Sigh. I loved Chandler Bing -- I wanted to be more than 'Friends' with him, if you know what I mean.

But I guess we all have to move on from early TV crushes. Here, Perry plays an angry, scowling manager of an arena where stuff happens: hockey games, circus acts, and reunion tours of mid-level rock bands. In the pilot, Perry gets dumped by his friend-with-benefits, turns 40 and realizes he doesn't want to be alone anymore. Sounds really funny, right? No wait, I can make it worse: Thomas Schlamme is directing but Aaron Sorkin isn't involved, so get ready for a lot of walk-and-talks without very interesting talk.

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'How I Met Your Mother' - 'Twin Beds' Recap

by Joel Keller, posted May 3rd 2010 10:03PM
Josh Radnor and Neil Patrick Harris in 'HIMYM' - 'Twin Beds'
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By now, it's not much of a stretch to say that most 'How I Met Your Mother' fans have moved on from both the Ted-Robin and the Barney-Robin relationships. They're both over, kaput, donezo. Robin's moved on, and the guys have moved on, and we're all ready to explore how the gang conducts their lives as just friends.

Which is why, despite the fact that this episode had a number of good laughs, I just sat there for the entire 22 minutes thinking, "I don't buy this." I know that a sitcom like this needs romantic tension in order to survive, but what went on this week felt pretty contrived, as if Bays and Thomas couldn't think of another romantic direction for Ted, Robin, and Barney, so they decided to tread on old ground not once, but twice.

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Is 'HIMYM' In a Creative Slump? Yes and No

by Joel Keller, posted Apr 15th 2010 5:01PM
'HIMYM' - 'Girls Vs. Suits'For a show that's been on the air for a number of years and has received a modest amount of attention from those who are obsessed with the minutiae of pop culture, 'How I Met Your Mother' hasn't suffered from a lot of backlash.

But budding signs of one are starting to appear. All season, John Swansburg of Slate has been recapping the show under a column called "The 'How I Met Your Mother' Shame Index," chronicling what was good about an episode and what has made him ashamed to admit he was a fan. Lately, he's been giving more examples under the heading of "Shameful" than "Awesome."

And now there's an article by Tom Jicha, critic from the South Florida Sun Senitnel, bemoaning how the episodes this season have been moving away from Ted's search for the Mother and focusing more and more on Barney's tomcatting antics.

But are they right? Is the show sliding towards a creative abyss? In some respects, yes. But there seems to be a method behind this shift.

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