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It comes to a pretty pass if the most rebellious thing in your life is eating a banana outside of lunch. A monkey wouldn't think twice about eating a banana whether it's 10am, 3pm or 11.30 at night. Eric would throw lunchtime caution to the wind when gobbling a banana to turn into superhero Bananaman. But for Willow Rosenberg, chomping on a banana whenever she pleases depressingly sums up her current mid-teen crisis. Her friends are taking her for granted. The new Slayer in town is a double-crossing sleaze. Worst of all, Snyder's using her in his ongoing plan to give a free pass to every arrogant jock gracing the halls of Sunnydale High with only tinned meat for brains.
It's fitting that Buffy The Vampire Slayer's 50th episode pays tribute to one of it's best loved characters. Ironically, I've come across many an article and list that puts Willow »
The Dark Horse Comic, Buffy Season 10 was released earlier in March, and that's as good of a reason as any to look back at the start of the heroine's journey. (Also note that James Marsters and Nicholas Brendon are also a part of the Buffy Season 10 team, as writers. Ohmygodsoamazingwhat!)
During its run on television, and after, Buffy the Vampire Slayer inspired the creation of philosophical books, college courses, Joss Whedon's equally profound and fun spin-off series Angel, and countless Buffy-like fictional characters. Buffy herself became an icon of epic proportions. The show also changed the way people viewed television – not just in the experience of watching it, but how it was considered as a medium for telling powerful stories.
Season One is where it all began (well, actually ... it all began with the Buffy the Vampire Slayer movie, but I digress) and it's interesting to see how »
- Nancy Greene
Feature Mark Harrison 7 Apr 2014 - 07:00
Now that it's left our screens, Mark details what How I Met Your Mother did right...
This article contains major spoilers for How I Met Your Mother, especially the finale - if you're watching at E4 pace, you'll probably want to come back later in the year.
Last year, we made the case for CBS sitcom How I Met Your Mother's geek credentials, and came to the conclusion that while the leads are all cool, good-looking people in that sitcom way, they also have geeky interests in common as they grow into their thirties together.
For people who don't watch the series, or have maybe seen an episode or a clip while channel-hopping past E4, this show is essentially Friends warmed up. Whenever you hear that comparison, it never seems to come across in a flattering way, but that's reductive to both Friends, »
One person missing from Monday’s How I Met Your Mother finale? Robin Sparkles.
Many fans were hoping for an encore performance from Robin’s Canadian pop star, but it wasn’t meant to be. But — as How I Met Your Mother prop guru David Baker showed on Twitter — a musical moment was shot: Wearing a jean jacket over her wedding dress, Robin channeled Ms. Sparkles and broke out her first hit, “Let’s Go to The Mall,” at her wedding reception, complete with The Mother on bass. (Pause for a moment and ponder the cuteness — and the inevitable heartbreak. »
- Erin Strecker
If, like me, you were pretty unhappy with Monday's series finale of "How I Met Your Mother," the revelation that several key scenes were cut -- including one featuring Robin Sparkles -- might make you even more upset.
The news was shared by cast and crew members on Twitter and in interviews this week. Alyson Hannigan, who played Lily, tweeted that the episode was originally 18 minutes longer, and needed to be cut down considerably to fit into into allotted one-hour airtime.
But could those scenes have made a difference in the controversial ending, which featured the mother's (Cristin Milioti) offscreen death and Ted's (Josh Radnor) seemingly immediate race to reunite with Robin (Cobie Smulders)? Yes and no.
Some of the moments, shared by Hannigan and in behind-the-scenes photos by Himym prop master David Baker, included callbacks to running gags including the pineapple, Lily and Marshall's bet over whether or not Ted ends up with Robin, »
- Katie Roberts
It is hard to believe it now but How I Met Your Mother teetered between renewal and cancellation in its first two seasons. On Monday it wrapped up its ninth and final season and it did so as primetime’s third highest rated comedy.
While the very title of the show placed the focus on the story of how Josh Radnor’s Ted Mosby met the mother of his children, it soon became clear that the focus was more on the lives and friendship of Ted and his friends. It was in that element that the show excelled and found its audience of diehard fans, all thanks to its incredibly likeable cast. Alyson Hannigan and Neil Patrick Harris were no strangers to television after their previous successes in Buffy and Doogie Howser, M.D. respectively, with Hannigan also coming off the back of the American Pie series. They were »
- Philip Frazer
It's the last season of CBS' How I Met Your Mother. Will the sitcom's ratings soar for these last episodes or could viewership fizzle out? Has the series gone on too long? Stay tuned to find out.
The usual cast of How I Met Your Mother -- Josh Radnor, Jason Segel, Cobie Smulders, Neil Patrick Harris, and Alyson Hannigan --all return for the final season. This season they're joined by Cristin Milioti, the future mother of Ted's kids.
This chart will be updated as new ratings data becomes available -- usually the next day, around 11:30am Est/8:30am Pst. Refresh to see the latest.
How are your shows doing? Check the season rankings: ABC | CBS | The CW |Fox | NBC
4/1 update: You can see the rest of the latest night's ratings in context. »
The co-creator of How I Met Your Mother defended the hit show's controversial finale Monday night, thanking fans despite their split reactions. In a series of Tweets, Craig Thomas responded to viewers' anger over main character Ted (Josh Radnor) finally meeting the titular mother … only for her to die, leaving him to move on to former flame Robin (Cobie Smulders). Some of the episode's scenes were filmed nine years ago, Lyndsy Fonseca, who played Ted's daughter, previously told People. But Thomas stood by the show's final plot twist. "Thank you all. I mean it: Every possible reaction to the last 44 minutes… »
- Michele Corriston
For many casual fans of How I Met Your Mother, the treacly plot of Ted seeking out “the Mother” grew unbearably manipulative, right up through the twists and turns of last night’s final episode. And yet, our nostalgic flame will burn on for many aspects of Himym, among them the awesomeness of Lily and Marshall. The married college sweethearts, played by comedy heavyweights Jason Segel and Alyson Hannigan, provided a model for happy but rarely boring coupledom, even as the show’s other characters fumbled romantically. For every obnoxious rom-com gesture that Ted attempted, Lily and Marshall were there to point out that the real thing is as messy as it is sweet.In fact, these two offered a new paradigm for long-term couples on TV sitcoms, one that we now see to hilarious effect on shows like Parks and Recreation. (Would there be a Leslie and Ben without Lily and Marshall? »
- Sarah Seltzer
Episodes: 208 (half-hour)
TV show dates: September 19, 2005 -- March 31, 2014
Series status: Ended
TV show description:
A sitcom that's best described as "a love story in reverse." The series begins in the year 2030, with Ted Mosby (voiced by Bob Saget) telling his teenage children the story of how he met and fell in love with their mother.
The story he relates begins in 2005 with 27-year-old architect Ted (Josh Radnor) sharing an apartment with best friend and law student Marshall Eriksen (Jason Segel) and kindergarten teacher Lily Aldrin (Alyson Hannigan). After a long courtship, Marshall proposes to Lily »
The series finale of How I Met Your Mother offered a look back through the show’s most enduring gimmicks over the course of its nine seasons – including the blue French horn.
How I Met Your Mother Finale Recap
“Last Forever Part One and Two” began with a flashback to McLaren’s on the day that Robin (Cobie Smulders) first became a member of the gang. When Robin gets up to order a round of scotches, Lily (Alyson Hannigan) stipulates that the guys cannot sleep with her – unless they intend to marry her. Flash-forward to the present, and the group can’t believe that Barney (Neil Patrick Harris) and Robin actually – finally – tied the knot.
While dancing at their reception, Barney spots The Mother (Cristin Milioti) and rushes over to Ted (Josh Radnor), hoping for the chance to employ the “Haaaave you met Ted?” tactic one more time. Ted brushes him off, »
"And that, kids, is how I met your mother." With that line, How I Met Your Mother came to an end on Monday with an hour-long episode that finally wrapped up the story Ted (Josh Radnor) has been telling for nine seasons. While fans have known all along that Ted would meet The Mother (Cristin Milioti) at a train station platform in fictional Farhampton, Long Island, the show's final episode revealed several new twists in the story of the gang: Marshall (Jason Segel), Lily (Alyson Hannigan), Barney (Neil Patrick Harris) and Robin (Cobie Smulders). Below, we recap the finale's best moments in quotes. »
- Kiran Hefa
Warning: Legend -- wait for it -- dary spoilers ahead! After all the slaps have been counted and there are no more "darys" to wait for after the "legends," How I Met Your Mother came to an end on Monday, March 31. Don't worry, Neil Patrick Harris, Cobie Smulders, Josh Radnor, Alyson Hannigan, and Jason Segel's characters' fates were all revealed! After nine seasons and nine years, the highly-anticipated CBS series finale didn't disappoint. It was chock full of Canada jokes, Barney Stinson pick-up lines, and a series [...] »
The series finale of "How I Met Your Mother" airs Monday (March 31), and it's prompted a lot of nostalgia here at Zap2it. The show loves jumping back and forth in time, so we thought we'd do the same.
Here are our 10 favorite episodes of the series, along with one more that packed a big wallop at the end. They're arranged in the order in which they aired.
'Sweet Taste of Liberty'
(Season 1, episode 3) Ted and Barney's first wild adventure: A night out to pick up women turns into a trip to Philadelphia, being taken into custody by airport security and a last-minute detour to lick the Liberty Bell.
While Ted might complain about how crazy Barney is most of the time, their adventure to Philly and back was indeed legendary. Besides, now he knows what the Liberty Bell tastes like: Freedom and pennies.
-- Chris Hayner
'The Pineapple Incident' »
Boy meets girl; boy marries girl; boy and girl have a boy and girl; boy tells his boy and girl how he met his girl.
In a nutshell, that's the premise of the CBS comedy "How I Met Your Mother," which ends after nine seasons with a one-hour series finale on Monday (March 31).
If all goes as fans hope, by the time the last credits roll, New York architect Ted Mosby (Josh Radnor) will at long last lock eyes -- and who knows, maybe even lips -- with "The Girl With the Yellow Umbrella" (Cristin Milioti), his future wife and the Mother of the title.
They've already seen retired playboy Barney Stinson (Neil Patrick Harris) exchange vows with news anchor Robin Scherbatsky (Cobie Smulders), Ted's ex-girlfriend. Signs also point to Marshall and Lily (Jason Segel, Alyson Hannigan), Ted's longtime pals continuing to be the adorable couple they've always been.
Carter Bays, »
After 9 seasons, How I Met Your Mother takes its final bow with an hour-long series finale on Monday, March 31. BuddyTV was there when the cast, including Josh Radnor, Alyson Hannigan and Cristin Milioti walked the red carpet at the show's recent event at Paleyfest 2014. Check out the interviews to find out what were some favorite moments of filming and what some actors will be doing after the show is over.
How I Met Your Mother, CBS’s hit comedy sitcom, will come to an end Monday night after nine seasons. The hour-long finale, titled “Last Forever Parts One and Two” promises to wrap up all of the major (and some minor) storylines of its main characters.
How I Met Your Mother Finale
Fans of the series have long been trying to figure out how Carter Bays and Craig Thomas have decided to say goodbye to the gang – Ted (Josh Radnor), Marshall (Jason Segel), Lily (Alyson Hannigan), Robin (Cobie Smulders), Barney (Neil Patrick Harris), and last but not least, The Mother (Cristin Milioti).
"I hope people feel the love that went into making not just this finale, but this entire series," Bays told E! News. "This is the ending we've been writing toward from the beginning. There will be laughs and tears along the way, but ultimately it's a very fond farewell. »
Lest nine seasons of the sitcom not be enough as “How I Met Your Mother” nears its swan song, the cast provided a few more laughs while visiting “Inside the Actors Studio,” thanks to Neil Patrick Harris and Jason Segel’s musical talents.
During the show, a fan asked Patrick Harris and Segel to sing “Les Miserables” duet “Confronation,” a bit they did in 2006 on “The Megan Mullally Show,” but were sadly cut short. Patrick Harris seized on the opportunity immediately, taking off as Javert, with Segel jumping in as Jean Valjean shortly after.
Fellow cast members Alyson Hannigan, Cobie Smulders and Josh Radnor looked on, along with the audience, as the two gave a perfect a cappella performance that earned a standing ovation. For other parts of the hour, the cast answered questions from James Lipton both in and out of character. The full episode can be seen here. »
- Alex Stedman
When "How I Met Your Mother" comes to a close Monday (March 31), it will leave behind a legacy of many great recurring jokes, memes and lines. The show launched more catchphrases than any comedy since "Seinfeld," and it created some all-time great running gags for its characters.
Here are 10 of Zap2it's favorites.
1. Robin Sparkles
Obviously. The definitive Robin Sparkles rankings, incidentally, are: 1. "Let's Go to the Mall" (above). 2. "Sandcastles in the Sand." 3. Robin Daggers/"P.S. I Love You." 4. "Space Teens."
2. The slap bet
Barney totally should've taken 10 slaps in a row. Fun fact: The first Robin Sparkles video is the subject of the initial slap bet, meaning the show's two greatest bits came in the same episode.
3. 'Wait for it ...'
Also, "Suit up," "Legendary," "Awesome" and others in the vast trove of Barney Stinson catchphrases. Above, a "legendary" compilation.
The euphemism Future Ted uses to get around »
Maybe now that “How I Met Your Mother” is coming to an end, Neil Patrick Harris and Jason Segel can start a musical act together. The “Himym” co-stars burst into song during an appearance this week on “Inside the Actors Studio” ahead of the Monday finale of their CBS series. See video: ‘How I Met Your Mother's’ Alyson Hannigan Will Never See Her Sitcom Co-Stars Again Responding to a request from a studio-audience member, the pair belted out a spirited version of the Les Miserables song “The Confrontation” — a tune that the pair have occasionally sung together, after finding out. »
- Tim Kenneally
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