How I Met Your Mother, CBS's comedy focusing on one man, Ted Mosby (Josh Radnor), recounting to his children the search he went on to find the love of his life and mother of his children, is now entering its fifth season. Ted, however, often seems no closer to actually finding the woman in question, even if they repeatedly have crossed paths.
The fifth season premiere actually features Ted teaching a class where said mother is a student, but there is no actual indication that the two will ever meet under these circumstances. For the show, however, that's not a real problem; the series is built on the search for the mother, and Ted's finding her may mean the end of what has, for four years now, been one of the most consistently funny shows on television.
Those who do, however, wish to see their comedies feature coupling (but not in a graphic way) do have some options on How I Met Your Mother. The series features Ted and his four best friends, two of whom, Marshall (Jason Segel) and Lily (Alyson Hannigan), began the show as a couple. Additionally, the finale of the fourth season featured the possible coupling of the other two, Barney (Neil Patrick Harris in a role for which he has been nominated for several Emmys) and Robin (Cobie Smulders). It is with the thread of this last possible relationship that the fifth season of the show begins.
Neither Barney nor Robin however are really the couple type. That is to say, that while they see members of the opposite sex for romantic encounters on a regular or semi-regular basis (Barney is something of a ladies man), neither has ever really been into Sunday brunch, the farmers' market, and antiquing – the well-known couple hotspots. It is clear though that the fifth season will feature the two of them at the very least contemplating some sort of bed and breakfast, weekend in the country at one of those quaint places with ruffles sort of activity. Well, they may not quite go that far, but they are, at the very least, going to be mulling over the possibility that the two are right for one another. It will be a bold experiment for these two whose personalities don't necessarily lend themselves to being in a long-term romantic relationship (even if Robin did date Ted for a while).