It's the year 2030 and an older Ted Mosby is telling the story to his son and daughter about how he met and will eventually marry their mother. This is where we meet for the first time Ted, Lily, Marshall, Barney and Robin.



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In Brooklyn, Marshall Eriksen, a terribly insecure, sissy but sweet law student, pops the question to his assertive girlfriend Lily Aldrin, in an inadvertently explosive way (with champagne). This makes their year long cahoot, Ted Mosby, anxious that he may be left all alone. His overbearing 'other best friend', Barney Stinson, forces Ted to play a 'pick-up' game in the bar where he has decided to hunt for Lebanese girls. To both their surprise, Ted actually meets a suitable girlfriend, TV reporter Robin. As soon as he sees her on TV, Ted rushes to her apartment (with five dogs) to declare his love - while the others wait in Bangladeshi Rajit's cab- which startles her. Written by KGF Vissers

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19 September 2005 (USA)  »

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Features not only the debut of the five main characters, but also the debut of the recurring character Ranjit (Marshall Manesh). Who usually works as a driver for the main characters. He has thus far appeared in every season. See more »


When Marshall asks Lilly to Marry him, the foil is still sealed on the bottle of champagne as they fall to the floor. Later, when they get up from the floor, the foil is completely removed from the bottle. See more »


Barney: [Robin throws a drink in Ted's face] De -wait for it- Nied! Denied!
Ted: [flashes Robin's Phone Number] We're going out tomorrow night.
Barney: But I thought we were playing laser tag tomorrow night.
Ted: Yeah, I was never going to go play laser tag.
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A Funny Pilot Episode
6 November 2014 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Plot In A Paragraph: It's the year 2030 and architect Ted Mosby sits his teenage children (A son and daughter) down to tell them the story of how he met their mother.

Told in flashback, the story starts In Brooklyn in 2005, we see the younger Ted (Josh Radnor) living with his best friend Marshall Eriksen (Jason Segel) a sweet law student, and Marshall's girlfriend Lily Aldrin (Alyson Hannigan) 'other best friend', Barney Stinson (a fun Neil Patrick Harris whose character seems to be obsessed with suits and laser tag) we also meet an attractive TV reporter called Robin who Ted meets in his favourite bar 'Maclarens". And the final character we meet is a cab driver named Rajit.

Of all the cast I only knew Neil Patrick Harris (who I am a fan of) from TV's "Dougie Houser MD" in which he played the title character years earlier and several TV movies in all of which he was excellent. Alyson Hannian I knew from the "American Pie" movies, other than that, all the cast are new to me.

All the cast do well in a solid first episode.

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