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 906 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 215
  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. sg
    Jun 24, 2009
    10
    best show ever
  3. Jun 1, 2013
    10
    A truly wonderful sitcom that manages to strike a brilliant balance between comic moments and impressive character development. HIMYM'sA truly wonderful sitcom that manages to strike a brilliant balance between comic moments and impressive character development. HIMYM's characters seem realistic and draw the audience in making them truly feel emotions towards the characters of the show.

    The way in which the story is told through a series of flashbacks is also very impressive and a great deal of credit must go to the writers as this cannot have been an easy way to write the show but simply it works.
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  4. Jen
    Jan 21, 2006
    9
    A standout cast. Unpredictable writing. Funny and witty and warm. Uneven at times, but well worth watching.
  5. Jul 29, 2013
    9
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. When first hearing this show I was skeptical that it would be any good. However on watching it, I came to realize that is was a very good show indeed. The jokes are generally funny on the show (which is important for a comedy) and it is easy to like and relate to the characters. Exploring the past of Ted Mosby through his future perspective gives it an unique element that other comedies most certainly lack. The season ends well, and certainly encourages you to want to start watching season 2. Expand
  6. Feb 24, 2015
    7
    HOW I MET YOUR MOTHER is often unintentionally dry and repetitive. Often you find yourself yelling at the screen in frustration of theHOW I MET YOUR MOTHER is often unintentionally dry and repetitive. Often you find yourself yelling at the screen in frustration of the stupidity of some of the lead characters, but the whole show is saved by a hilarious Neil Patrick Harris. 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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