Monday, April 27, 2009

How I met your mother: a love story in reverse

How I met your mother is an American situation comedy or sitcom, i.e. a television programme which consists of recurring characters in a common environment and generally includes laugh tracks or studio audiences. It was launched on CBS in September 2005. The series, shot on location in New York, was created by Craig Thomas and Carter Bays. There have been four seasons so far.

The title of the series can easily be explained by the framing device, since episodes generally start with a short shot showing Ted’s children sitting on a couch and listening to their father who relates the story of how he met their mother. A short opening credit screen follows and launches the show for good. Each episode consists of one huge flashback, going back to the days when, 25 years earlier, Ted Mosby (Josh Radnor), was 27 and was living in New York.

The plot begins in 2005, showing all about Ted and how he fell in love. He is a single, 27-year-old architect living with his two best friends that he met at the university, Marshall Eriksen, a law student, and Lily Aldrin, a kindergarten teacher. Those two have been dating for nine years when Marshall proposes. Their engagement causes Ted to think about marriage. He realizes he also wants to find true love and begins his search for the perfect soul mate, which does not please his friend Barney Stinson, known as a confirmed bachelor and womanizer with sometimes outrageous opinions and a passion for suits. Ted is introduced to a young reporter Robin Scherbatsky, when Barney plays the game he invented to introduce his friend to women: "Have you met Ted?" When he sees her, he is convinced it is love at first sight. He quickly falls in love with her and thinks about settling down, but destiny has something else in store.

There are three main sets: the apartment, the bar MacLaren’s and the taxi. The Maclaren’s, in which a big part of the show takes place, is as important for Ted and his friends as the Central Perk for the characters of the series Friends. It is based on a bar in New York called McGee's.

The theme song is a portion of the piece of music "Hey Beautiful" by The Solids, a group of which Bays and Thomas, the creators of the sitcom, are members. The opening sequence is made of several photographs which were taken by Ted and his friends when spending time together.

The show has received favorable reviews. So far it has had an average of 10.54 million viewers for season 4 and the show’s highest rating since season 1 is 11.85 million viewers.
Yaƫl Halterman & Marie Demez

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