Season Review: I have been a fan of How I Met Your Mother (from now on abbreviated HIMYM because I am a lazy typist) since it first debuted. Without giving too much away for those who haven’t seen it, HIMYM follows tells the story of Ted Mosby (Josh Radnor) as an older man (Bob Saget) telling his children the tale of how he met their mother.
Thankfully for Ted, he is surrounded by some great friends. Barney (Neil Patrick Harris) is a womanizer, Robin (Cobie Smulders) is a career-driven newscaster, and Lily and Marshall (Alyson Hannigan and Jason Segel) are the married couple that everyone wants to be. Ted might not always be the most interesting character, but luckily the people around him are almost always hilarious. Whether it is Barney’s “legendary” schemes to pick up chicks or the cute things about Lily and Marshall’s relationship that make people sick because of their cuteness but we all secretly want.
Season 7 is my favorite season of the last 3. There are some really great moments for fans of the show in this season and some hilarious new characters to get to know. I will admit now that the show has reached a point where it would be almost impossible for people who’ve never seen it to get in to it. There is so much shared history between these characters and fans of the show that I can see how certain episodes would lack emotional resonance for newcomers, but they will still find a fair-share of laughs along the way.
Sure the show has strayed a little from the original premise in the last few seasons, but I think this season is a great one to get the story a little back on track. We’re getting really close to knowing who the mother is, and that will be a great moment for the show, but I’m just glad we get to spend a little more time with these characters.
Commentary: There are 3 commentaries on the set, each one with different players. The first commentary involves the creators, the next a few writers, and the last Neil Patrick Harris and Becki Newton (his on-show girlfriend). My favorite of the 3 is the writer-narrated episode. Their narration is funny and insightful, I wish there was more of them.
Deleted Scenes: There are deleted scenes on each disc. It seems like there were about 15 minutes total. All of them were good even though you see why they got cut.
Gag Reel: There were a handful of scenes where the actors lose it. Not really much out of the ordinary here, but they always make me laugh.
How We Wrote/Make Your Mother: These are a few behind-the-scenes features talking about how they make the show and the origins of many of the story points.
Overall: This is a great season of a really great show. I’ll be sad when it’s gone, but I’m glad that it seems to be winding down a little bit before it runs out of steam. For any fan of the show this is a great season to own as there are many memorable episodes. If you haven’t seen this show I would recommend buying this, along with all the other seasons and stop talking to your friends for a few weeks until you catch up on this show.