Meg Ryan Joins How I Met Your Dad! CBS' Upcoming HIMYM Spin-Off Finds its Narrator

Meg Ryan Joins How I Met Your Dad! CBS' Upcoming HIMYM Spin-Off Finds its Narrator How I Met Your Mother's upcoming spin-off has officially found its narrator! Meg Ryan has joined the cast of How I Met Your Dad as "future Sally."

SideReel Loves Moms

To paraphrase Homer Simpson, moms: the cause of, and solution to all of life's problems. Or at least, the cause of and solution to most of television's problems. It was tough to narrow this list of TV's iconic moms to just eight—we suspect that both Sofia Petrillo and Carmela Soprano have it out for us now—but we took our best stab at it, though, OK, we  kind of  slipped in a ninth. Let us know your thoughts in the comments!       Game of Thrones : Cersei Lannister/Daenerys Targaryen One is the mother of dragons and the other is the mother of a monster, and they're two of Game of Thrones ' most notorious power players. By turns ruthless and loving, Cersei and Daenerys will do anything to ensure their legacies—including using their children to do their bidding.       Arrested Development : Lucille Bluth Speaking of power players, Lucille, matriarch of the dysfunctional Bluth clan, turned out to be the real brains behind the "lightly treasonous" business deals that shaped the AD storyline in seasons one through three—only to be stuck under house arrest come season four.       How I Met Your Mother : Tracy (The Mother) Tracy, the titular-yet-oft-unseen mother, is the reason we got to spend nine years with the HIMYM crew, even though we only got to spend one year (or is it more like one weekend?) with her. She may not have been integral to the story in the end, but as the catalyst of the long-running sitcom, she gets to take her place among the iconic TV moms of the new millennium.     Seinfeld : Estelle Costanza For decades, television tended to idealize mothers. Thankfully, '90s tended towards cynicism—in large part due to the success of Seinfeld —and brought us the wonder that was Estelle Costanza. Shrill, nuts, adoring, and petty, she was every bit the equal to her husband, Frank, and a big part of what made George so, well... George.     Friday Night Lights : Tami Taylor Not that there's anything wrong with idealized moms—and Tami is living proof. She's loving, dedicated, ambitious, brilliant and a perfect partner to husband Eric ("Coach") Taylor. She's so great, she managed to make a career jump from guidance counselor to principal after just two years at Dillon High! Coach might get cast aside, but Tami is irreplaceable (except maybe to daughter Julie, but eventually, she'll learn).     Mad Men : Betty Draper/Francis Pity Betty. She's had a poor little rich girl existence since the start of Mad Men , what with Don constantly cheating on her, her kids not loving her (not that she's been any great help on that front), and getting remarried to a guy she's not entirely sure is on her side. As Tolstoy said, "Happy families are all alike; every unhappy family is unhappy in its own way." At least when it comes to Betty, that unhappiness makes for a mesmerizing character.     Roseanne : Roseanne Conner Roseanne Conner might just have been the anti-Betty. She was working class, and caught zero breaks, but she was a bedrock for her family. Her husband adored her, her kids respected her, and before things went all wacky in the final season, she was one of the (very) few everywomen on TV, with a family we didn't admire so much as relate to.     Parenthood : Kristina Braverman Kristina is the closest thing we have on this earth to an angel. She's even got a halo of white-blonde hair to prove it. She's the sounding board for her (extremely large and complicated) family, she has the patience of a saint (yes, the metaphors just got mixed; deal with it), and it's pretty impossible not to love her. You'll cry with her, laugh with her, hurt with her and generally just want to be her. Given that she's perfect, she's the only acceptable way to end this list.     Leah E. Friedman  is the editor of She loves her mom. You can follow her musings on  Twitter .

'How I Met Your Mother' DVD will include an alternate ending

Late Friday (April 4) afternoon, just days after a series finale which was, let's just say "contentious," series co-creator Carter Bays took to Twitter to explain and confirm that an alternate "How I Met Your Mother" ending might appear on complete series DVD.   Read More...

Top Moments: HIMYM's Mother of an Ending and Walking Dead's Train Wrecks

  Our top moments of the week: 12. Worst Fake Wife: Liz finally takes action on The Blacklist ! We've seen Liz's so-called husband Tom outsmart her (and even sucker-punch her in the face!), but this time our favorite bewigged FBI profiler is onto his lying, sham-marriage ways. She first outmaneuvers his romantic re-proposal by throwing a party ...

'How I Met Your Mother' alternate ending: Fan-made video keeps Ted and Tracy together forever

Outrage over the way "How I Met Your Mother" ended is starting to dissipate. This video may help.An enterprising fan has excised the last couple of minutes from Monday's (March 31) series finale, and in so doing has allowed Ted (Josh Radnor) and Tracy (Cristin Milioti) to remain together forever, instead of what actually happened.The real ending does have its defenders, including Radnor himself. "I thought the title of the show was always a bit of a fake-out," he tells Vulture. "It was more of a hook to hang the thing on. Really it was more about, these are the crazy adventures and these are the lessons I had to learn before I met your mother." YouTube user "Ricardo J Dylan" begs to differ. "I believe that this is more like the ending that we deserve," he writes in the "about" section of the video. His version cuts out the conversation between Ted and his...

'How I Met Your Mother' Finale Hits Series Highs, Josh Radnor Talks About the Final Scene

Radnor says the most important Robin-Ted scene, which would explain their last scene, was cut from the finale, gushing that it's 'really sweet and sad and funny.'   Read More...

'How I Met Your Mother' Series Finale: The Story Behind the Music (Video)

Music supervisor Andy Gowan outlines how a Tom Waits cover and a Walkmen track make Ted's final moments "less about love and more about companionship."  

HOW I MET YOUR MOTHER Series Finale: Some Thoughts

[This post contains massive, massive, massive spoilers for the series finale of HOW I MET YOUR MOTHER. If you have somehow managed to avoid them all, and intend to stay spoiler-free, I'd advise against reading this post.] It’s been a couple of hours since I’ve seen the HOW I MET YOUR MOTHER series finale, and […]

TV ratings: 'How I Met Your Mother' finale scores series highs, 'Friends With Better Lives' has OK start

Fast National ratings for Monday, March 31, 2014The series finale of "How I Met Your Mother" went out on a ratings high, scoring the biggest total audience and best adults 18-49 rating in its nine-year history. It dominated NBC's "The Voice" in their common hour in the 18-49 demographic."HIMYM" also helped new comedy "Friends With Better Lives" get off to a decent start. It fell off significantly from its lead-in but still drew solid numbers. Elsewhere Monday, "Dancing With the Stars" dipped a little for ABC, while "Bones" ticked up opposite "HIMYM." "The Blacklist" was steady for NBC.NBC snagged the night's top spot among viewers with 11.85 million and a 7.2 rating/11 share in households. ABC (11.6 million, 7.7/12) was a close second, and CBS (8.7 million, 5.3/8) came in third. FOX took fourth with 4.9 million viewers and a 3.1/5. The CW (1.1 million, 0.7/1) trailed.Despite the big "HIMYM" numbers, CBS couldn't overtake NBC...

Video: 'How I Met Your Mother' Series Finale Pays Tribute to the Pilot

The last episode reveals what happens to Ted and the gang in 17 years and confirms some of fans' speculations.   Read More...