Viewers taken by ‘Mother’s’ charisma
Hit sitcom reels in viewers through slapstick comedy
Published: Tuesday, April 5, 2011
Updated: Tuesday, April 5, 2011 17:04
One of the most memorable stories that can be told to children is how their parents met.
CBS' hit television show "How I Met Your Mother" illustrates an enjoyable tale of friends living their lives with an interesting and witty way of storytelling.
While the story is in the present, it is voiced from the year 2030 by the main character, Ted Mosby, who is telling his two teenage children the long story of how he met their mother.
Narrated by Bob Saget, who plays the older version of Ted, the story is told as a flashback in present New York following the young version of Ted, played by Josh Randor, and his group of friends.
The series starts off and mainly continues around the idea of Ted trying to find his soulmate after two of his best friends, Marshall and Lily, get engaged in the first episode.
Marshall and Lily are the group's token couple who at times provide a voice of reason for the other characters while still keeping their own goofy personalities.
Despite Ted being the series' main character, the breakthrough character of the show is Barney Stinson, played by Neil Patrick Harris. Famous for "Doogie Howser, M.D." and playing himself in the "Harold and Kumar" series, Harris has been nominated for numerous awards for his role as Barney.
Barney is known for wearing suits and always creating crazy schemes either for his own entertainment or for trying to sleep with women.
His character has also helped advance the plot many times by putting the other characters into situations with his ridiculous schemes.
This is especially true in the third episode of the series, when he convinces Ted to go to the airport with him to try to pick up women.
They eventually board a plane to Philadelphia but soon find out on the plane that the women they are trying to flirt with have boyfriends.
Robin Scherbatsky appears in the first episode of the series as Ted's love interest, but gradually becomes part of the group.
While the two do date in the early stages of the series, right from the first episode Ted tells his child that is how he met their Aunt Robin.
That right away tells the audience not to get their hopes up for that particular pairing.
With the flashback style of storytelling, Ted gives clues throughout the series on how he met his wife.
One of these repeated clues is that she has a bright yellow umbrella that is seen in several episodes, but Ted has yet to meet her.
Throughout the six seasons, the characters have evolved and matured while still keeping their own personalities intact.
The current season has brought growth to several characters and the show continues to be more than interesting enough to bring back viewers.
The series does not only show the good times, but also the bad times and illustrates how the characters support one another.
The audience can learn a lot from the experiences of the characters in the show because of their realism and charisma.