Guest Author - Edie Dykeman
How I Met Your Mother is a situation comedy (sitcom) about five friends who live in New York City. The premise of the show reveals that in 2030 Ted Mosby (Josh Radnor) is telling his son and daughter how he met their mother and fell in love. Bob Sagat narrates each episode as the future Ted using flashbacks from the future. This way the narration of the show stays in the past tense.
Other characters are Marshall Eriksen (Jason Segel), Robin Scherbatsky (Cobie Smulders), Barney Stinson (Neil Patrick Harris), and Lily Aldrin (Alyson Hannigan). When Marshall proposes to Lily, Ted realizes he also wants to meet someone and settle down.
His best friend Barney helps him in his quest to find the right woman causing all kinds of crazy escapades. Barney is an executive with an unnamed company and a confirmed bachelor with opinions and ideas that often get Ted in trouble with the women.
Because the show uses multiple flashbacks requiring many more shots than other sitcoms, it is not shot in front of a live studio audience like most shows. Once all the scenes are shot, the film is edited and then shown to a live audience where the laughter is recorded.
Many of the bar scenes are based on a New York bar called McGee’s. On the show, their hangout is called MacLaren’s, named after Carter Bays’ assistant Carl MacLaren. Also, Carl is the name of the bartender at MacLaren’s.
During the past four seasons, there have been a number of breakups and makeup’s among the friends. Although the story begins with the engagement of Marshall and Lily, they later breakup and Lily moves to San Francisco to study art. Ted dates off and on, and Barney continues his womanizing ways.
Ted and Robin become a couple, but they later split and now are just friends. Marshall and Lily later get back together. It is revealed that Barney has feelings for Robin. Toward the end of season four, the gang is now all in their thirties, still friends, and still hanging out at MacLaren’s bar.
Craig Thomas and Carter Bays, who based the show on their experiences living in New York City, are the creators. The show premiered on CBS September 19, 2005. Thomas and Bays remain co-producers along with Pamela Fryman and Rob Greenberg.
As of this writing, How I Met Your Mother continues to air on CBS at 8:30 p.m. ET/PT on Monday nights. The first three seasons are now available on DVD at Amazon.com for those who would like to see more of this fabulous show.