How I Met Your Mother: Season Three

How I Met Your Mother: Season Three
Heavily based upon flashbacks and alternative universe "what ifs?,” How I Met Your Mother continues to maintain its grip at the top of the sitcom heap with season three. The story of how average New Yorker Ted Mosby (Josh Radnor) met his wife and future mother of his children continues with even more tangents, finding humour in the relationships he and his friends build along the way. In this season, Ted finds true love (again), his wingman Barney (a very funny Neil Patrick Harris, who usually steals the show) breaks the "bro code,” recently married Marshall (Jason Segel) and Lily (Alyson Hannigan) buy an apartment, and Robin (Cobie Smulders) reveals another hidden video from her previous pop singing profession. With mid-season highlights like "Dowisetrepla” and "Spoiler Alert,” along with some great reveals about the "mother” of the title, season three might just be the best one so far, and it doesn’t hurt to have hilarious guest spots from superstars such as Enrique Iglesias, Mandy Moore, Sarah Chalke (of Scrubs), supermodel Heidi Klum and the much talked about recurring appearance of Britney Spears. On DVD, it’s much easier to pick up on the continuity (and occasional lack thereof) within the series, like the yellow umbrella that’s introduced in the first episode, "Wait For It...,” reappearing in "No Tomorrow.” The DVD set also contains a few select commentaries that often combine a variety of writers, actors and other crew for an always different style of commentary, although the one that stands out most is Jason Segel’s drunken, sexual innuendo-filled commentary for "The Chain of Screaming,” accompanied by writer Chris Harris (who has nothing to do with that episode) and occasionally, Segel’s driver, Danny Bress. It has little connection to the episode but it’s both funny and uncomfortable. There’s also additional scenes, a gag reel, music videos for Marshall’s "You Just Got Slapped” and Robin Sparkles’s "Sandcastles in the Sand,” and more. The "Ted Mosby Is a Jerk” audio track is a bit much though. Still, it’s all about the series, which is legen — wait for it — dary! (Fox)