How I Met Your Mother : Season 1

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  • Series Premiere Date: Sep 19, 2005
Season #: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9
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69

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8.5

Universal acclaim- based on 883 Ratings

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  • Summary: Narrated by an (unseen) man in the year 2030 telling his children the story of his 20-something years, this "Friends"-like sitcom actually revolves around a group of five friends in present-day Manhattan.
  • Genre(s): Comedy

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 16 out of 25
  2. Negative: 3 out of 25
  1. 100
    Romantic comedies depend on appealing actors, and these five are irresistible.
  2. USA Today
    Reviewed by: Robert Bianco
    88
    The script is humorous, though not hilarious, and the show boasts a fine cast that could, with time, jell into a great one.
  3. Cleveland Plain Dealer
    Reviewed by: Mark Dawidziak
    80
    What truly makes the Bays-Thomas collaboration smarter than your average sitcom is the storytelling chances taken by the script.
  4. 70
    Time will tell if viewers take to this quintet as completely as they did [Friends'] Central Perk crew... but it seems as if How I Met Your Mother is the most legitimate knockoff yet of that youthful-urbanite juggernaut.
  5. Newsday
    Reviewed by: Verne Gay
    70
    Could... become a very pleasant surprise.
  6. 60
    It is a little better than most other sitcoms, past and present -- especially those featuring wacky urban friends in their twenties experiencing the bittersweet mysteries of life.
  7. 20
    Cloying [and] lackluster.

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Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 30 out of 212
  1. HR
    Jan 7, 2010
    10
    I had avoided the show, it didn't sound sooo compelling, but after the first episode I was immediately hooked. This show easily tops I had avoided the show, it didn't sound sooo compelling, but after the first episode I was immediately hooked. This show easily tops "Friends", and makes my wife and me laugh out loudly. It's funny, it's versatile, and the acting is totally impressive - because it's convincing. A real gem! Expand
  2. GuilhermeM
    May 9, 2009
    10
    This show is awesome.
  3. Dec 30, 2012
    10
    Great script and hilarious.
  4. NCdudeHIMYM
    Jan 19, 2006
    9
    A better version of friends. Funny, wit and young.
  5. Jun 12, 2013
    9
    I've been watching this show from the start, since it aired to be accurate. And I love it, Barney's jokes with the playbook and his otherI've been watching this show from the start, since it aired to be accurate. And I love it, Barney's jokes with the playbook and his other books are fantastic. Ted being a little baby about not finding his love can be very touching at stages. but sometimes funny, because one time he gets a tramp stamp.
    Robin is a buzz kill, whenever Marshall has fun, 85% of the time she buzz kills the fun... Sometimes that is boring, but sometimes funny.
    Lily and Marshall, the lovely couple. They have been together for sooo long, and now they share something that they can't just erase from their lives.

    They've added some fun things that I've never heard before. The slapbet for example, I had never heard anything about this until HIMYM.
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  6. Feb 2, 2017
    7
    How I Met Your Mother’s pilot season moves at a quick pace and provides plenty of laughs, although it is derivative of other sitcoms and can’tHow I Met Your Mother’s pilot season moves at a quick pace and provides plenty of laughs, although it is derivative of other sitcoms and can’t help feel inferior to ‘Friends’. Expand
  7. Apr 27, 2015
    0
    This show falls amazingly flat. The cast is so not funny and Neil Patrick Harris can not act (and he can be very rude). Jason Segal isThis show falls amazingly flat. The cast is so not funny and Neil Patrick Harris can not act (and he can be very rude). Jason Segal is generally very funny, but not in this. Expand

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