Tag: How I Met Your Mother

How I Met Your Mother: The Imperfect Love Story

It’s been about three years since showrunners Craig Thomas and Carter Bays treated viewers to the finale of their nearly decade-long sitcom, How I Met Your Mother. The series, which focuses on Ted Mosby (Josh Radnor) recounting to his children the many events that led up to his first encounter with their mother, grew in popularity as Ted’s fictional journey to meet “the One” grew ever more lonely and desperate. The following the series brought in could be attributed to audiences’ attachment to Ted’s story (possibly due to the similar popularity of heartwarming rom-coms of the 2000s), or to...

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How to Finale

*Spoilers for multiple finales – namely How I Met Your Mother, Breaking Bad, Lost, The X-Files, and The Wire* There are two kinds of finales for a TV series: the narrative ending and the character ending. One is all story, the other all emotion. The show you’ve created will help you decide which one to do and chances are, whichever you choose, there’s still going to be a vocal group of fans who hate it anyway. Hello, class, and welcome to our follow up lecture from last week’s How to Pilot. Finales are very tough. You have a lot of plates...

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How to Pilot

A pilot episode is like a job interview. It is your one chance to show people who you are and what you’re capable of. It is the 30-45 minutes on which everything hangs. A failed pilot means no show. Hello, students, and welcome to the master class in making a pilot from a person who has, through his podcast work, watched and analysed his fair share. In my research, I have found that a pilot must achieve three things: The first is to tell a complete story. A pilot must have a beginning, middle, and an end in order...

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5 TV Shows That Would Work Better as Anthologies

There are a lot of shows that get cancelled or limp to a disappointing finish, forcing us to say, ‘Well, it used to be good. Fatigue through perpetuity, changes in onscreen talent, and a lack of a through-plan mean that some shows that blossom like roses, end up as manure a few years later. With the current success of shows like Fargo and American Horror Story, the trend is drifting more towards self-contained seasons with a revolving cast of players or, in the case of Fargo, a whole different cast and story that retains some basic elements and ideas...

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