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  • Series Premiere Date: Sep 19, 2005
  • Season #: 1 , 2 , 3 , 4 , 5 , 6 , 7 , 8 , 9
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  • Starring: Alyson Hannigan, Neil Patrick Harris, Jason Segel
  • 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
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. 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. How I Met Your Mother is that rare TV comedy that relies more on character than jokes.
  4. Cute but not overly cuddly, there's an authenticity to the relationships in "Mother" that makes it a comedy worth meeting.
  5. 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.
  6. The writing does not yet live up to the show's premise, but the series has potential to improve.
  7. 20
    Cloying [and] lackluster.

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Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 29 out of 198
  1. HR
    Jan 7, 2010
    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. JohnS
    May 28, 2009
    This is an amazingly funny and addicting show. Highly recommended.
  3. May 6, 2012
    A completely brilliant show, starring Neil Patrick Harris who plays a hilarious role as a lady killer, joker called Barney. It's all about the story of how Ted (Josh Radnor) went through so much before he met his wife, every episode is just another hilarious story of his, he is telling the whole story to his kids hence 'How I Met Your Mother"

    Who ever rated this '0' has no taste in pure hilarious American comedy and should go home.
  4. FengZ
    Mar 18, 2007
    actually between 8 and 9 cleverest script among recent ones. fine cast. love it.
  5. PHJ
    Mar 7, 2014
    Great starturn! The show sems like some kind of Friends and Big Bang Theory, but the idea is great and the shows follows it nicely, the characters are outstanding, the actors are great as well the performance, just great!

    It's a starturn for this show really, but somes jokes sems to be repetitives, isn't something that spoilers the show at all, but is a little awkward detail.
  6. Karan
    Dec 15, 2007
    I actually like the way it makes you follow the leads in the story but it used to be much funnier than the recent episodes. The FUN part of the series is fading gradually! But the previous seasons were VEREY funny! Expand
  7. Feb 4, 2011
    Bring back friends, Bring back friends, Bring back friends, Bring back friends,Bring back friends, this show is the best, how I met your mother is crap an should be band for how bad it sucks. Bring back friends, Expand

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