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6 Degrees Entertainment

'How I Met Your Mother: Season Six'
(Josh Radnor, Jason Segel, Neil Patrick Harris, Alyson Hannigan, et al / 3-Disc DVD / NR / 2011 / 20th Century Fox)

Overview: Take a comedic trip down memory lane with Ted Mosby as he re-lives the story about his single life in New York with his best friends and the tale of how he met his soul mate when 'How I Met Your Mother Season 6: The New Is Always Better Edition' arrives on DVD!

u>DVD Verdict: Season 6 is, to me, fundamentally different from all other seasons of HIMYM thus far. As with all seasons, Ted has his lady interest, in this case Zoey, who is a polar opposite of Ted yet ingratiates herself briefly into the gang's social group. Zoey is a radical protestor who, it turns out, has set her sights on protesting the destruction of the Arcadian, a building which is being destroyed to allow for the construction of a new Goliath National Bank HQ, which, ironically, Ted has been chosen to design.

Nonetheless, Ted is his usual self, falling in love without heeding the potential consequences. Clearly, this provides for interesting tension over the course of the season as the two battle their feelings for each other. Oh. Did I forget to mention? Zoey's married!

This season contains heartbreak and fundamental events in the lives of some of the characters. Marshall is plagued by a loss even as he attempts to conceive with Lilly. Robin attempts to get over a brutal break-up with flame Don, while Barney may just be turning human.

The humor retains top form in this season. However, it is not akin to the humor of the opening seasons, as a shift has taken place in order to emphasize the storyline of the season as this show draws to an inevitable close in the (near?) future. Some development is made regarding Ted's future wife, yet most of this season's development centers around Barney. Confronted with his father for the first time, Barney is forced to make difficult choices and just may be growing into a more sensitive individual, both romantically and emotionally. On the whole, this season is as good as the others and, for me, was better than any season since the first two. Standing out are the following episodes:

"Glitter"-- Maybe the funniest episode in the show's history (featuring Robin Sparkles)
"The Exploding Meatball Sub"--Featuring Barney's childlike sense of humor (don't worry, it's retained despite his development)
"The Mermaid Theory"-- An interesting take on human desire
"Subway Wars"--The ultimate NY battle

On the whole, don't hesitate to buy this set. Still the laughs and the cast you love, without the monotony that often comes with a long-running series! As creative as ever! [SR] This is a Widescreen Presentation (1.77:1) enhanced for 16x9 TVs, comes with all 24 episodes and is filled with hilarious never-before-seen footage including deleted scenes, featurettes, a gag reel, commentaries, an extended performance of “Stand By Me” and much more!