The fifth season of “How I Met Your Mother” was admittedly a bit “meh.” Like so many shows before it, the writers seemed to find themselves in a corner and couldn’t see the way out. There were a couple of extremely strong moments (“100 Suits” was one of the five best episodes the show has ever done) but those moments were vastly overshadowed by wheel-spinning and relative mediocrity. There’s only so long you can keep the audience waiting for main character Ted Mosby (Josh Radnor) to meet his wife and Season 5 brought us to that breaking point.
The people behind “HIMYM”, however, seem to understand the lackluster attitude toward their previous effort and have promised to provide some answers this time around. The Season 6 kickoff was vintage “HIMYM”, complete with a new dilemma for Marshall (Jason Segal) and Lilly (Allyson Hannigan), charming crudeness from Barney (Neil Patrick Harris), and a small piece of the “How Ted Met His Wife” puzzle. Season 5 fell apart because the writers couldn’t figure out how to progress Ted’s character and focused too much on Barney who is without question the show’s best character but, like Dwight on “The Office”, is better in doses rather than in bulk. One episode in and Season 6 seems poised to restore the hierarchy to its natural order and point the characters back in the right direction.
Verdict: Season Pass