Articles for How I Met Your Mother Season 2

In the 1990‘s sitcoms were it. They were TV. "Seinfeld", "Friends", "Cheers". The top-rated, most beloved shows were traditional, three-camera sitcoms with ensemble casts. Then, as the new millennium approached, reality TV arrived and changed the whole face of the medium. Sitcoms have since faded from glory and are now overwhelmingly outnumbered by procedural dramas, serials, and the aforementioned reality shows. Sitcoms had grown stagnant. But now there is hope and it comes in the form of CBS‘s How I Met Your Mother.  Read more »
Last night, a new episode of “the best classic sitcom on TV”, How I Met Your Mother, featured two very talented guest stars: Jane Seymour and Bryan Cranston. We all know Jane Seymour from her days as “Dr. Quinn: Medicine Woman”, but Bryan Cranston? He‘s a classic one of “those guys” whose faces are immediately recognizable, yet have little-to-no name recognition. Cranston has appeared most memorably in various TV roles, including as Malcolm‘s dad on “Malcolm in the Middle” and as Jerry‘s dentist on “Seinfeld”.TVSquad has a nice recap of the episode. Read more »
Actress: Cobie SmuldersShow: How I Met Your MotherOccupation: News ReporterPros: Lives in New York. Job is a relatively easy one. Has no problem drinking beer with the boys. Remarkably good-looking.Cons: Lives in New York (yep, its a pro and a con). Being a news reporter, every time you go out in public with her, people yell “Hey! It‘s the lady from the news!” Doesn‘t like “Field of Dreams”.I‘ve only recently been introduced to Robin, but, from what I‘ve seen, I‘m already a big fan. However, do I want to live in New York? Do I want to put up with the occasionally crazy hours of a news reporter? Other than that, she‘s pretty much the total package. #10 / #9 / #8 / #7 / #6 / #5 / #4 / #3 / #2 / #1 Read more »
Barney Stinson, Played By Neil Patrick HarrisBarney is the anchor on CBS‘s hit sitcom How I Met Your Mother. Who knew, after his Doogie years, that Harris had this kind of comedic ability?#10 / #9 / #8 / #7 / #6 / #5 / #4 / #3 / #2 / #1 Read more »
How I Met Your Mother is the best comedy on network television this side of The Office. I am wary of making this claim, but How I Met Your Mother keeps exceeding my expectations every time I tune in. I had no interest in this show over its first season; it looked like any number of cookie-cutter "Friends" rip-offs. But, when I began to watch How I Met You Mother this season it became clear that, while Friends should be viewed as the obvious inspiration, the show is clearly its very own beast.On the surface this may seem like a bizarre comparison, but How I Met Your Mother is very similar in form to FOX‘s Family Guy. Yeah, one is animated, one isn‘t, but the way each show uses flashbacks is similar. How I Met Your Mother, even though the flashbacks are Family Guy‘s signature move, use those flashbacks better than the FOX comedy. Not only are they funny, but they are plot-revealing; when Family Guy flashes back it is totally random and holds no important plot information. How I Met Your Mother (and this was on full display last night) is the most experimental and unique comedy on television. Read more »
How I Met Your MotherHow I Met Your Mother is the new "Friends". I might end up being better. Still only in its second season, How I Met Your Mother relies on a talented ensemble cast who all bring their own comic sensibilities to the show. The show has still yet to reach its potential and, when it does, it may enter the pantheon of all-time greats.Start Page / #10 / #9 / #8 / #7 / #6 / #5 / #4 / #3 / #2 / #1 Read more »
Yesterday, The Writers Guild of America announced its nominees for their annual end of the year awards. This is the season for awards and, while largely inconsequential, I‘m a sucker for all of it. I love awards, I love nominations. I like to intelligently discuss (read: argue incoherently) the nominations with my friends and foes. Whose deserving? Who got the shaft? All good topics.The Writers Guild are, obviously, concerned with the written aspects of television, so it‘s right up my alley. I‘m generally in agreement with the group‘s nominees this year, although I have a couple of minor nitpicks.The nominees are... Read more »
The category of Best Actor in a Comedy Series has always been full of heavyweights. This year is no different. The Golden Globe nominees in this category are big names and all quite deserving, but I have a couple questions (though they may be deemed moot for eligibility reasons). The dearth of comedy on TV these days has thinned out the field, but what remains is still formidable.Digressing for a second; Isn‘t it about time we nominate voice actors in a category? Think about who would be nominated in a Best Voice Actor - Comedy category: Read more »
Josh Radnor may appear to be a bit kooky and geeky but he certainly has tons of appeal. His charisma extends to a wide variety of viewers ranging from theater goers to television fans. Ultimately, his comical talents, not to mention his delightful façade land him a spot on the hilarious show How I Met Your Mother.  Read more »
Cobie Smulders is more than just a pretty face on the block. Heavily backed up with intelligence and a jolly personality, this brunette beauty lands a spot in the hilarious comedy How I Met Your Mother. Overflowing with determination and passion, she excels in nearly anything she puts her mind into.  Read more »
The sitcom genre is a dying breed. I think we can all agree on this. From their mid-90‘s heyday to now, the drop in classic sitcoms on the air is staggering. At this point, there are more single camera comedies on TV than there are multi-camera sitcoms. There is a reason for this: most sitcoms are bad. I don‘t mean this to be derogatory. I love a good sitcom, but the simple truth remains that a vast majority are, and have always been, terrible.How I Met Your Mother, in my estimation, is the only good sitcom on TV. Fans of Two and a Half Men or George Lopez may disagree. So be it. But, even though How I Met Your Mother is good (often very good), it‘s ceiling is lower than the single camera comedies. As much as How I Met Your Mother strives to break common sitcom conventions, it still gets bogged down occasionally by the sitcom formula. Read more »
Openly gay actor Neil Patrick Harris, whose initial claim to fame was for his Golden Globe nominated-portrayal of teenage doctor Doogie Howser, explained on The Ellen DeGeneres Show last week that the main reason why he decided to formally come out last year was because he wanted to avoid getting involved in an unnecessary scandal. “The last thing you want to do is talk about your private life based on scandal,” Harris explained. “I‘m not a very scandalous person.” Also during the interview with DeGeneres, who came out regarding her own homosexuality ten years ago, Harris expressed that he did not perceive his coming out as “important,” as he and his partner had already been seeing each other for a number of years with their respective families’ blessings. However, because he “sensed this witch hunt brewing, “ and because others had started to inquire about Harris’ relationship history, the 33-year old actor “made a statement and sort of squashed the fires.” Read more »
Finally.After a month of holidays, egg nog, and more Snoopy and Ralphie Parker than one knows what to do with, we‘re finally back to normal. January is upon us, 2007 has begun its tyrannical, 300-plus day reign, and our favorite TV shows will no longer bludgeon us with repeats. Tomorrow, January 3rd, brings the return of a couple of our favorites, as well as two brand new shows.After that, the flood begins, and over the next month virtually every original program will air new episodes. A full list of the returning dates for most every show on television is after the jump. Read more »