Film (with rating): How I Met Your Mother, The Awesome
Studio: Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment
Summary: The woman of his dreams is out there, but who is
she? And where is she? “How I Met
Your Mother” tells the tale of how twentysomething Ted Mosby meets his soulmate
(eventually) all while living one adventure after another with his best
friends. The series, set in modern-day New York, is told in flashbacks (voiced
by Bob Saget) by the off-camera dad talking to his teen children about how he
met their mother.
Review: This series is one of my favorite television shows
of all time. The writing is witty, the characters are believable and likeable,
and the show has survived four seasons without resorting to overworked plot
points or improbable twists. In too many comedies today, the writing strains
hard to get the obligatory chuckle, and the characters come across
one-dimensional at best.
In “HIMYM,” that just doesn’t happen. It’s
one of those rare shows that sidesteps all the pitfalls of the average comedy
and races without a hitch season after season. All five main actors are brilliantly played, and the
chemistry between them all is legend-WAIT FOR IT-dary. (Sorry. I couldn’t
resist. The series produces some of the best one-liners to date). Neil Patrick
Harris, about a million miles away from his Doogie Howser days, is a true gem
in this series, never failing to polish every single scene he’s in, as do the
other anchors–Josh Radnor (Ted),
Jason Segel (Marshall), Cobie Smulders (Robin) and Alyson Hannigan (Lily).
extra fun, check out the first three seasons on DVD; you’ll see the series just
keeps getting better. And you’ll see my all-time favorite episode: “Slapsgiving.” It makes me want to hang out at a bar like MacLaren’s, to
move to New York, to have best friends like that, to come home one day and find
a goat in my apartment, to buy lots of suits, or to jump across the rooftops to
the neighbor’s terrace. Well, maybe not that. But it would definitely earn me a
high-five from Barney if I did.
Extra highlight: Check out the gag reel, and “Eriksen’s
What to serve for dinner: Pub food, such as pub stew
(cooks.com). Serve with thick steak fries and some Guinness beer.
1 1/2 lbs. top quality beef, cut into chunks
1/4 c. butter
10-11 oz. can tomato soup, plus an equal amount of water
3 carrots, peeled and cut into chunks
4 med. potatoes, peeled and cut into chunks
1 rib celery, cut into chunks
4 onions, cut into chunks
2 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. pepper
1/4 c. minced fresh parsley
1/2 c. cooking sherry
2 bay leaves
Preheat oven to 275 degrees. In a heavy skillet, brown the
beef in the butter over medium-high heat. Add the soup and water and stir well.
Add the rest of the ingredients and cook for about 5 minutes, stirring once or
twice. Transfer the mixture to an oven-proof pot and cook in the oven, covered,
for 5 hours, stirring occasionally if desired. Serves 4-6.
What to talk about over dinner: Would you want to be a
twentysomething again in search of your soulmate? Which “HIMYM”
character do you most relate to? Which one is your favorite? List as many
Barneyisms as you can. I’ll start you off: legendary, Bro Code, suit up…..Do
you think we’ve met Mrs. Mosby yet? What did you think about Stella? What was
your favorite episode of Season 4? “The Naked Man,” anyone? Are you a
Woooo Girl? Have you ever been one? Anyone have brothers like Marshall’s? Why
is Neil Patrick Harris so awesome? Did you catch the jokes about Cobie and
Alyson’s real-life pregnancies, which weren’t written into the script? Would
you ever jump from building to building? What do you think of Barney and Robin? Do you know the words to “Sandcastles in the Sand?” Do you have friends like this gang?