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How I Met Your Mother – Season One


Picture: C+     Sound: B-     Extras: C+     Episodes: B-



FINALLY!  Neil Patrick Harris (Doogie Howser) returns in all his witty glory to a new, fresh, and funny sitcom.  Sure, N.P.H. is not the main character but his great sense of comic timing and smugness shine through each scene.   Season One of How I Met Your Mother tells the tale of a man who searches for the love of his life.  The sitcom is set up in a flashback narrative setting, in which a father (Ted) tells his teenage children of (obviously) how he met their mother.  This particular sitcom infuses sentiment, sexual implications, physical humor, and an overall great sense of comic delivery.  How I Met Your Mother Season One is a great show with even greater potential, embodying many of the same elements that made Friends a memorable series, having a great cast with skilled writers.  The main story starts with Marshall (Jason Segel) and Lily (Alyson Hannigan of the American Pie series), friends of Ted (Josh Radnor), preparing to get married; this situation spawns an array of situations filled with heart and great high jinks.


There is not a great deal to say about the show seeing as how there is little depth in the storyline, but the appeal of the show lies in the casting.  As stated previously the combination of Radnor and N.P.H. is classic and they play off of each other very well.  From their favorite hangout at the bar to picking up chicks in the airport, N.P.H. and Radnor are a great comic duo that couple comedy with soul to make each and every line glow.


The technical aspects of the 22 half-hour episodes from the DVD set for a budding show such as this one are sad.  The picture is presented in a 1.33 X 1 Full Screen format which is disappointing seeing as how the show is filmed in a crisp HD format.  The picture remains adequate due to the original transfer being HD but for some reason the picture transfer is not quite right having light/dark issues and some blurriness.  The sound is presented in a simplistic Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround Sound that for the most part is clear.  The extras are adequate but nothing to write home or tell your kids about.  The audio commentaries are the most amusing part of the extras but this box set also offers a ‘Video Yearbook’ featurette, as well as a ‘Happy Hour Blooper Reel’ segment which is worth a watch.  Overall, this reviewer can say where the show has great potential and timing the set may have been rushed in order to catch season two’s premiere.


In the end, this show goes back to the basics of sitcom comedy fun and does it right in o’ so many ways.  With a talented cast that has great chemistry (especially the womanizing N.P.H.), as well as a crack team of writers that understand the balance of heart and comedy this show will be on for many seasons.  How I Met Your Mother: Season One would make a great gift for any television comedy fan, demonstrating great room for growth and an overall positive nature.



-   Michael P Dougherty II


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