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Does anybody else watch this? Sometime this summer my wife and I got turned on in a really big way. I was pretty sure I was turned off for sitcoms for good. Especially the laugh-track, Friends knock-off variety, but I really like this show. In every episode, there is one or two scenes that is gut-laugh worthy. Two weeks ago, Neil Patrick Harris' line of "she stared in porn...wait for it...ography" was priceless. Unlike either late or early period Friends, the characters seem much more believable. Plus, with a title of How I Met Your Mother, they're at least totally honest that this show is about relationships.


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My wife and I got hooked from the beginning. Legend-ary.

The episodes with "Robin Sparkles", Atlantic City, Jane Seymour, and the chasing-after-"Ted" from this season are especially strong. But all last season was quite good too, particularly with the before-Barney-became-Barney episode. Neil Patrick Harris totally reinvented himself with this show, but he's properly balanced with outstanding players all around.

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Oh goodness gracious the "Robin Sparkles" material was hilarious, not to mention the Atlantic City episode. The silly card game Baney played is a perfect example of how fun this show can be. Add in the whole "slap bet" thing - great, great stuff.

Unfortunately, I haven't seen much of Season One but that will all change soon as it is currently in our netflix que.


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Haven't missed this show from the beginning. Last night reprised the first show of the season. Looks like there will be a mix of reruns and new stuff until the Holidays are over.


"During the contest trial, the Coleman team presented evidence of a further 6500 absentees that it felt deserved to be included under the process that had produced the prior 933 [submitted by Franken, rk]. The three judges finally defined what constituted a 'legal' absentee ballot. Countable ballots, for instance, had to contain the signature of the voter, complete registration information, and proper witness credentials.

But the panel only applied the standards going forward, severely reducing the universe of additional basentees the Coleman team could hope to have included. In the end, the three judges allowed about 350 additional absentees to be counted. The panel also did nothing about the hundreds, possibly thousands, of absentees that have already been legally included, yet are now 'illegal' according to the panel's own ex-post definition."

The Wall Street Journal editorial, April 18, 2009 concerning the Franken Coleman decision in the Minnesota U.S. Senate race of 2008.

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Joining the enthusiasm. I started watching because Alyson Hannigan was in the cast--and she's been doing a great job, too--and ended up just enjoying the whole show. I, too, don't watch many sitcoms (Scrubs, My Name Is Earl, occasionally Arrested Development...when it was on) and never was a Friends devotee. As long as the show remains balanced and doesn't become the "Barney" show, I'll continue watching.

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With a gift card from Christmas, my wife and I just picked up Season 1 on DVD yesterday. After watching all 22 episodes it only confirmed what a wonderful show this is. I'm really impressed at the strength of the cast. It's funny. It has memorable catch phrases that aren't overused (yet). The characters (even Barney) are likeable and sympathetic. Around our house, we can't stop talking about this show.

BTW. Season 2's Christmas episode, "How Lilly Stole Christmas" was fantastic. Ted's visit to his fundamentalist sister's was priceless.


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BTW. Season 2's Christmas episode, "How Lilly Stole Christmas" was fantastic. Ted's visit to his fundamentalist sister's was priceless.
Ack! Season 2 had a Christmas episode? And I missed it? Aren't all television shows supposed to be reruns for a few weeks?

I haven't seen HIMYM on iTunes, but maybe I can catch that ep there.

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BTW. Season 2's Christmas episode, "How Lilly Stole Christmas" was fantastic. Ted's visit to his fundamentalist sister's was priceless.
Ack! Season 2 had a Christmas episode? And I missed it? Aren't all television shows supposed to be reruns for a few weeks?

I haven't seen HIMYM on iTunes, but maybe I can catch that ep there.

Nick

I actually watched it at cbs.com. I'm not sure if it is still up though.


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I received the first season of the show as a Christmas gift, and I've already barreled all the way through it. I definitely prefer it to Friends. Rather than working at cafes and massage parlors, these people are law students and architects. But it's definitely a playful script, just look at the 'scientific' computer that matches you up with your perfect soulmate!

Initially, the premise of the show (a guy telling the story of his youth to his children) threw me off a bit. It seemed like it was only used for a few good punchlines. But I've really grown to love the idea. We already know the end of the story, so often Ted's romances are doomed from the get-go. I can't guess at results, so I just enjoy the trip. That's one way for a TV show to avoid being predictable!


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On Monday's episode I actually laughed so hard I spit beer across the room. After Marshall paid Barney the $50 from their best, Barney looked at the money and said, "they haven't made a coin for this yet?" I just lost it. It wasn't the funniest thing I'd ever heard but the comment just surprised me.

I'm continually impressed about how "fate" is a major character in this show. And as Sundered mentioned, you know Ted's relationships are doomed from the get-go so you just sit back and enjoy the ride.


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My wife and I finally got around to watching this show -- we just saw the Robin Sparkles episode -- and we're totally hooked. It's got an absurd/surreal bent to it that we really enjoy, and which sets it apart from your "traditional" sitcoms. And yeah, Neil Patrick Harris just steals every scene he's in.


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My wife and I finally got around to watching this show -- we just saw the Robin Sparkles episode -- and we're totally hooked. It's got an absurd/surreal bent to it that we really enjoy, and which sets it apart from your "traditional" sitcoms. And yeah, Neil Patrick Harris just steals every scene he's in.

Be on the lookout for more "Canadiana". of course, I live in a bordertown so it's a little different for me. The poking fun at Canada is a cute recurring theme.


"During the contest trial, the Coleman team presented evidence of a further 6500 absentees that it felt deserved to be included under the process that had produced the prior 933 [submitted by Franken, rk]. The three judges finally defined what constituted a 'legal' absentee ballot. Countable ballots, for instance, had to contain the signature of the voter, complete registration information, and proper witness credentials.

But the panel only applied the standards going forward, severely reducing the universe of additional basentees the Coleman team could hope to have included. In the end, the three judges allowed about 350 additional absentees to be counted. The panel also did nothing about the hundreds, possibly thousands, of absentees that have already been legally included, yet are now 'illegal' according to the panel's own ex-post definition."

The Wall Street Journal editorial, April 18, 2009 concerning the Franken Coleman decision in the Minnesota U.S. Senate race of 2008.

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My wife and I finally got around to watching this show -- we just saw the Robin Sparkles episode -- and we're totally hooked. It's got an absurd/surreal bent to it that we really enjoy, and which sets it apart from your "traditional" sitcoms. And yeah, Neil Patrick Harris just steals every scene he's in.

"She does porn...wait for it...ography."

"Yeah, we didn't have to wait for it."

Classic, classic episode.

HIMYM is one of my favorite shows. I never really tire of it. I've probably watched season one five or six times through now. While each season is good, Season One is something wonderful.


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Just finished the episode where Ted attempts to put the moves on Robin while his girlfriend is living in Germany, and was impressed at how the series never shied away from how stupid and pathetic his reasons were (the mental conversations with his girlfriend were quite brilliant, I thought). But I also love the portrayal of friendship in the film, as loony as it gets sometimes. Even though Ted makes incredibly dumb mistakes, Marshall and Barney are always there to take him out for a drink, etc. Something about that really resonates with me.

Oh, and it's freakin' hilarious at the same time. That's totally steak sauce in my book.


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Just finished the episode where Ted attempts to put the moves on Robin while his girlfriend is living in Germany, and was impressed at how the series never shied away from how stupid and pathetic his reasons were (the mental conversations with his girlfriend were quite brilliant, I thought). But I also love the portrayal of friendship in the film, as loony as it gets sometimes. Even though Ted makes incredibly dumb mistakes, Marshall and Barney are always there to take him out for a drink, etc. Something about that really resonates with me.

Oh, and it's freakin' hilarious at the same time. That's totally steak sauce in my book.

I could be parsing this way too much, but I think Veronica might be the mother. I don't believe it's ever said she's NOT the mother and in season three when Ted starts sowing his wild oats a voice over describes it as the trying time where he had to become the person he needed to be in order to marry the mother. Clearly, season one Ted who would have cheated on his girlfriend is not yet that person.

It could also be that I just really like Veronica.


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Veronica? Do you mean Victoria?


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Victoria. Yes, that's who I meant. Since I like her so much, you think I'd be able to remember her name.


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For the record, I think my favorite episode thus far is "OK Awesome":

The "doosh, doosh, doosh" joke about techno music.

The throwaway joke about Norah Jones being edgy and letting talons mellow.

Barney's wisdom that women are like fish and attracted to shiny things.

And don't forget Ted was humping a whale and peed his pants.

So funny.


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Wait. 21 comments from at least 7 different users, and no one has ANYthing NOT glowingly positive to say?

What is this, the best TV show ever?


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Wait. 21 comments from at least 7 different users, and no one has ANYthing NOT glowingly positive to say?

What is this, the best TV show ever?

More like, "the show, that happens to consistently bring on the laughs, in the most surprising ways."

And four seasons in, it still hasn't lost its mojo.

In my world, it's already legen... waitforit... waitforit...

Nick

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