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How I Met Your Mother Season 1, Episode 1 “Pilot”

Written by Carter Bays & Craig Thomas

Directed by Pamela Fryman

Aired 9/19/2005 on CBS

 

“Kids, I’m going to tell you an incredible story: the story of how I met your mother.”

 

From the very moment it begins, How I Met Your Mother is a love story. We haven’t even seen the protagonist yet – just his children – and we’re already being told the ending of the story. Already, there’s a lot of things working against the show, and it’s only existed for twenty-five seconds: thankfully, the twenty-plus minutes to follow are a near-flawless set of character introductions and world building that launched one of the most popular, everlasting comedies in recent memory. Suprisingly enough, it does so without using some of the show’s signature touches: without a ton of self-referential humor to Inception itself with (as it increasingly »

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