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Ted is trying to keep his architecture firm afloat by doing an all-nighter, but Marshall tries to lure him to the roof for a surprise 31st birthday party, on the fourth season finale.

Episode Title: The Leap
Airs: 2009-05-18 at 08:00 pm
  • Hal Boedeker

    Romantic comedies depend on appealing actors, and these five are irresistible.

    Orlando Sentinel Full Review
  • Henry Goldblatt

    We never thought we'd laugh out loud with a laugh track again. [23 Sep 2005, p.81]

    Entertainment Weekly Full Review
  • Charlie McCollum

    This is a cast that jells immediately, hitting on all cylinders from the very first scene.

    San Jose Mercury News/Contra Costa Times Full Review
  • Robert Bianco

    The script is humorous, though not hilarious, and the show boasts a fine cast that could, with time, jell into a great one.

    USA Today Full Review
  • Matthew Gilbert

    Like ''Friends," this is not a big-themed series so much as a bunch of little character jokes and relationship confusions getting batted around by an able cast.

    Boston Globe Full Review
  • Maureen Ryan

    Manages to get the balance of cuddliness and snark just right.

    Chicago Tribune Full Review
  • Mark Dawidziak

    What truly makes the Bays-Thomas collaboration smarter than your average sitcom is the storytelling chances taken by the script.

    Cleveland Plain Dealer Full Review
  • Barry Garron

    "How I Met Your Mother" introduces a level of unpredictability not usually found in comedies.

    The Hollywood Reporter Full Review
  • Robert Lloyd

    A considerably above-average Generation Y sitcom that manages to be both sharp and sentimental, like "Seinfeld" with feeling.

    Los Angeles Times Full Review
  • Jonathan Storm

    How I Met Your Mother is that rare TV comedy that relies more on character than jokes.

    Philadelphia Inquirer Full Review
  • Mike Duffy

    You know you're in the presence of a fresh, original sitcom when you don't even mind the laugh track.

    Detroit Free Press Full Review
  • David Hinckley

    The format is unusual, and the ending of the premiere nicely surprising - but the element that pushes this show into the potential hit category is Neil Patrick Harris.

    New York Daily News Full Review
  • Verne Gay

    Could... become a very pleasant surprise.

    Newsday Full Review
  • Rob Owen

    Cute but not overly cuddly, there's an authenticity to the relationships in "Mother" that makes it a comedy worth meeting.

    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Full Review
  • Melanie McFarland

    "How I Met Your Mother" may not break any comedic ground, but it's the sort of comfortable, reliable hitter CBS needs on Monday nights.

    Seattle Post-Intelligencer Full Review
  • Robert Abele

    Time will tell if viewers take to this quintet as completely as they did [Friends'] Central Perk crew... but it seems as if How I Met Your Mother is the most legitimate knockoff yet of that youthful-urbanite juggernaut.

    L.A. Weekly Full Review
  • Aaron Barnhart

    A viewer-friendly diversion.

    Kansas City Star Full Review
  • Alessandra Stanley

    The writing does not yet live up to the show's premise, but the series has potential to improve.

    The New York Times Full Review
  • Tom Shales

    It is a little better than most other sitcoms, past and present -- especially those featuring wacky urban friends in their twenties experiencing the bittersweet mysteries of life.

    Washington Post Full Review
  • The premise is a winner, and the cast... couldn't be more appealing. But the overtly sitcom-y beats and one-liners seem overworked.

    The A.V. Club Full Review
  • John Leonard

    Not so funny but genuinely touching.

    New York Magazine (Vulture) Full Review
  • Linda Stasi

    The plot is clever and there's a nice twist at the end, but the actors haven't found a rhythm, nor have they developed any chemistry.

    New York Post Full Review
  • Doug Elfman

    The script is just poor.

    Chicago Sun-Times Full Review
  • Michael Abernethy

    The comedy that does occur in How I Met Your Mother isn't enough to compensate for its inconsistencies.

    PopMatters Full Review
  • Lee Siegel

    Cloying [and] lackluster.

    The New Republic Full Review
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