'How I Met Your Mother' - 'The Best Man'/'The Naked Truth': The mighty Beercules returns

"How I Met Your Mother" is back for a new season and I have a review of the first two episodes coming up just as soon as I lick the plane... 

When I gave my list of shows I'd try to cover every episode of this fall, some people expressed surprise that "HIMYM" was still on it. Some of that is sentimental value (I started blogging early in this show's first season and would kind of like to see it through) and some is structural (the design of each episode is so complex that it inevitably gives me a lot more to talk about than, say, "Modern Family," even if "Modern Family" might be funnier), but some is because I'm simply not ready to give up the ghost just yet. 

For all that I hated Zoey, and for all that the season finale - specifically, the obnoxious  "And kids, that'show I met your mother... psych!" joke - I didn't hate last season. Without going episode by episode, I would say Bays, Thomas and company batted about .500 last season, with the Marshall and Barney arcs mostly compensating for Ted/Zoey and the way Robin became completely adrift. I think there are still things "HIMYM" can do well, and often does, and barring them making another ill-advised 13-episode commitment to an actress/character who's going to become an anchor on the show, I think there's still some life in the old girl. Read More...



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