How I Met Your Mother (2005–2014)
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Pilot 

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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Storyline

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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Comedy | Romance

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19 September 2005 (USA)  »

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Trivia

This episode was debuted on the same date (September 19th) as Doogie Howser, another show staring Neil Patrick Harris. See more »

Goofs

When everyone was at the bar after Ted failed to kiss the girl for a second time, Marshall poured champagne into everyone's glasses. After Barney's bubbles fizz down, in the next shot the bubbles return, and continue to go away and come back within the next few shots. See more »

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Ted: You know ever since college it's always been Marshall and Lily and me. Now it's gonna be Marshall and Lily... and me. They'll go off get married, start a family, and before you know it, I'm that middle-aged bachelor their kids call "uncle Ted."
Barney: [smacks Ted] I see what this is about. Have you forgot what I told you the night we met?
[flashback, 2001]
Barney: Ted, I'm gonna teach you how to live.
Ted: Barney, we met at the urinal.
Barney: Oh right.
Barney: Lesson one, lose the goatee, it doesn't go with your suit.
Ted: I'm not ...
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References Ghostbusters (1984) See more »

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Hey Beautiful
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Written by The Solids
Performed by The Solids
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What a great pilot for a show :)
3 February 2011 | by (Norway) – See all my reviews

Completely without spoilers : There's a reason I'm giving the pilot of the show a 10/10. This sets the standard for how the show is going to progress. It's hilarious and introduces us to all the main characters perfectly, we all get a great feeling on who they are and where they are in life. The humour is great, the pilot story is a great introduction to the rest of the series and the characters is a perfect mix where everyone can identify.

Ted himself is a naive romantic, though a bit nevrotic, but just lovable ( this coming from a guy ). He's the perfect lead, but compared to other series where the lead is the most reasonable and sane ... Ted is perhaps the one who really needs guidance. He is flawed, but in a likable manner. His friends are flawed, but they all got the components to learn Ted to overcome his nevrotics and and naiveness.

Have we seen this before? Yes. But not this well executed. A great pilot for a great series, it absolutely shows what the show is all about and really sets a high bar of standard the show has managed to keep up.


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