How I Met Your Mother is described as a love story in reverse. The show is set 30 years in the future where a man named Ted (voiced by Bob Saget) tells his two children the story of how he met their mother. The episodes are set in the present, told as flashbacks by Ted; the show chronicles the escapades of five friends in their late 20s living in New York City.
You would think that with a title like How I Met Your Mother we would have learned who that is already, but after two full seasons and a handful of episodes into the third we have yet to meet Ted’s future wife. Rather than just focus on Ted and his life, we get the exploits of the five friends. Among them are newly married Marshall and Lily (Jason Segel and Alyson Hannigan) who have had their ups and downs including a break-up in the first season's finale. The second season saw how they dealt with being apart, working things out, and getting back together, culminating in their marriage in the second season finale. In season two we saw Ted (Josh Radnor) and his on again/off again relationship with Robin (Cobie Smulders) and what seems like the final break-up since future Ted always refers to her as “Aunt Robin” when speaking of her to his kids. And we got to see more of the scene-stealing, womanizing Barney Stinson, played powerfully by Neil Patrick Harris. Barney has become my favorite character to watch just because of some of the situations he puts everyone in are cringe-worthy or am-I-glad-its-not-me.
Eventually Ted will meet his wife and the quintet will become a sextet and hopefully the show will remain funny and not feel forced or like it’s jumped the shark. But the series keeps you guessing with each woman Ted meets if she’s the mother referred to in the title.
This set is loaded with extras including:
Audio commentary on "Where Were We? by show creators Carter Bays and Craig Thomas and director Pam Fryman.
Audio commentary on "Swarley" by writer/producer Greg Mailins and cast member Alyson Hannigan.
Audio commentary on "Robin Sparkles" by show creator Craig Thomas, writer Courtney Kang and cast member Cobie Smulders.
Audio commentary on "Single Stamina" by writer Kristen Newman and cast member Neil Patrick Harris.
Audio commentary on "Arrivederci Fiero" by writer Chris Harris and cast member Jason Segel.
Audio commentary on "Bachelor Party" by show creator Carter Bays, director Pam Fryman and cast members Bob Saget and Josh Radnor.
Audio commentary on "Showdown" by show creators Carter Bays and Craig Thomas and director Pam Fryman.
The best of the audio commentaries has to be the “Bachelor Party” because we have commentary by both Bob Saget and Josh Radnor, who play future Ted and present-day Ted.
The full "Robin Sparkles" video is included. This is from the episode “Robin Sparkles” where the gang learn that Robin was a pop star back in the 1980s up in Canada. The video set in a mall is a cross between the Debbie Gibson and Tiffany videos back in the day and is very tongue-in-check and very funny.
Gag Reel is a funny 10 minute feature of the cast flubbing their lines, laughing at the wrong moment, and just having fun.
"Featurette: How We Make Your Mother": This featurette goes over the process of creating a script, shows the read-through, what changes have been made by the writers and what notes the studio gave, shows the rehearsal and how the episode ends up.
And some fun deleted scenes from the episodes "Moving Day", "Showdown", and "Bachelor Party".
How I Met Your Mother is a very funny sit-com and I hope that it’s around for years to come.
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