Starring: Neil Patrick Harris, Jason Segel, Alyson Hannigan, Cobie Smulders, Josh Radnor, Bob Saget
Created By: Carter Bays, Craig Thomas
Studio: 20th Century Fox/CBS
How I Met Your Mother, starring Neil Patrick Harris, Jason Segal and Alyson Hannigan now in it’s 5th season, focuses on Josh Radnor’s character, Ted and how he describes to his children in the future, how he meets his mother, shown as a series starting back in 2005 and onward. Narrated by Bob Saget as Ted Mobsy in the future, Season 5 hit the mark of 100 episodes this season, but in the end was a disappointment amongst fans.
Season 5 starts out with the news that Neil Patrick Harris character “Barney Stinson” and Cobie Smulders “Robin” have gotten together but the relationship doesn’t stick and only lasts about 8 or 9 episodes. Also, as far as the real reason the series is around, Ted Mobsy describes stories of his past to his children and how he met their mother. I would think after 5 seasons they are sick of sitting on that couch listening to Dad talk. Not much as far as any ground made in the Ted department with showing how we get to meet his bride someday. Marshall and Lilly (Segal and Hannigan) as the lovable married dorks of the group near the end of the season start to discuss the idea of having a child, which will carryover into Season Six.
The set features plenty of extras on this Season 5 DVD set including bloopers, featurettes like the Making of “Super Date”, an extended version of “the Wedding Bride” trailer, and a behind the scenes look at the making of the 100th episode of the series including plenty of musical renditions. The bloopers were hysterical and I was laughing out loud throughout the extended blooper gag reel. Those kids act crazy on the set. The making of the 100th episode featured all the behind the scenes work that went into the episode like the pre recorded music and singing that the cast had to do as well as the musical numbers. “Super Date” was also a look at another musical that Barney and Ted were in and shows the making of that as well.
Before tuning in for Season 5, I watched the entire series and loved Seasons 1-4. Season 5 was a bit of a let down as it constantly teased the viewer with the prospect of Ted finally finding the “Mother” and progressing the storyline. There were a lot of one off episodes and a few story arcs throughout the year. I read online during the show’s 100th episode that critics loved the episode. I am on the other side of that spectrum as I really could not stand watching it. I’m sorry but Barney Stinson is not Mr Musical theater. Neil Patrick Harris is and that’s fine but that’s where it wasn’t very funny and it didn’t fit in with the story. I found that Season 5 wasn’t as humorous as prior seasons as well.
The Making of “Super Date”
“The Wedding Bride” Trailer- Extended Version
Behind The Scenes of the 100th Episode
5.1 Dolby Digital Stereo
English, Spanish, French, Mandarin
Bottom Line: Some great episodes but fell short compared to the other seasons.
Running Time: 638 mins