First Look: ‘How I Met Your Mother’ – The Musical Episode

"It almost felt like an old-school MGM musical to me." - NPH

USA Today is giving us our first look at the upcoming 100th episode of the CBS hit TV series How I Met Your Mother … and it just so happens that said 100th episode will be musical in nature. Ever since Buffy the Vampire Slayer turned the TV world on its ear with its own musical episode (the fantastic Once More With Feeling …), other shows have tried to jump on the musical episode bandwagon and create special eps of their own. Here is a promo photo released by CBS of the HIMYM musical ep and some deets about what will happen during that episode:


For its 100th episode Jan. 11 (8 ET/PT), the CBS comedy’s cast will perform a grand musical number featuring 65 dancers and a 50-person orchestra. “It almost felt like an old-school MGM musical to me. It was a lot of cast and crew grouping together to make it special,” says Neil Patrick Harris, who plays the womanizing Barney. Harris, joined by fellow cast members Josh Radnor, Jason Segel, Alyson Hannigan and Cobie Smulders, is at the center of the 2½-minute song-and-dance piece: Nothing Suits Me Like a Suit. USA TODAY has a first look at the extravaganza, which was filmed over two days on the Fox studio lot’s New York Street. HIMYM executive producers Carter Bays and Craig Thomas wrote the words and music, then called on the talents of composer John Swihart and choreographer Zach Woodlee (Glee). Bays and Thomas have featured musical elements, such as the Robin Sparkles ’80s teen pop numbers, in episodes of HIMYM, which has a new episode Monday at 8. “The way we viewed it was our 100th episode would end with something that felt like a party, like an on-air party for fans, and create a jubilant celebration moment at the end of the show,” Thomas says. “It feels like a crazy movie fantasyland.” Harris, who has hosted the Tonys and Emmys, is happy Thomas and Bays wrote the song. “I’m glad we didn’t source it out. It still has the same sense of humor and sort of odd, obscure comedic ring to it.” In the episode, “Girls vs. Suits,” the ever-business-suited Barney has the chance to date a hot bartender, but there’s a catch: She disdains men in suits. Thomas describes the ensuing musical extravaganza as “kind of a love song to The Suit, capital T, capital S.” The episode will also reveal more, Thomas says, about the “mother” — Ted’s (Radnor) eventual wife — in the show’s title. “It’s the closest we’ve seen Ted get to answering the question: ‘Who is the mother?’ “

Interestingly enough, Alyson Hannigan will have appeared in both the BtVS musical ep and this new HIMYM musical ep and ironically, she hates to sing!! I have it on very good authority that fans of HIMYM and curious folks who tune in will be VERY entertained by the ep. After the jump, check out one more promo pic from this musical ep of How I Met Your Mother featuring everyone’s favorite womanizer played by Neil Patrick Harris, Barney Stinson


This looks great!! It would seem that Glee isn’t the only TV show paying homage to Gene Kelly‘s Singing In The Rain … this photo of NPH swinging from the lamppost appears to be going for that same feel. Make sure you tune in on January 8th to see this ep … even if you don’t watch the show, it’s gonna be a show you’re not gonna wanna miss.

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  1. Leela

    SO excited for this! Although this is my first season watching, I am totally hooked! Trent it was you and PITNB that got me into watching the show lol I can’t wait until winter break so I can catch up on past seasons : )

  2. roxster

    I really can’t wait for this….the show’s been going a little downhill over the past two seasons, and this one def took a noticeable nose dive, but I’ve got high hopes for this episode to put it back on track! And so genius given the number of musically inclined people (Cobie, Jason, NPH) in the cast!

  3. Fun! Love this show solely because of the supporting cast (NPR, Alyson Hannigan and Jason Segel), so I’m looking forward to this! :D

  4. Val 2.0

    I think Xena did it first.

    /lowers geek flag

  5. UnderTheDark

    Xena DID do it first, but they totally dubbed over Gabby’s voice for all of the singing and that ruined it!

    *sighs*

    But if they ever did a Xena recasting, Puck from Glee would make a fantastic Ares :)

  6. Mela

    Oh man yesterday I watched the episode where Marshal composed a song after the first slapsgiving and Barney sang along with him and I was in heaven, but this will be so much more awesome.

  7. New Jersey Girl

    For those not in the know about HIMYM – the Slapsgiving episodes are Hilarious!!!!! NPH rocks! Took me a while to get used to the show. Now it’s one of our faves in our household. The only bummer about Monday Night CBS is that they moved The Big Bang Theory from 8pm to 9:30pm in an attempt to ‘kill’ it. HA Ha. Ratings are through the roof at 9:30pm for BBT!

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