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.