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CBS Comedies Ready to Kick-Off New Seasons

Thorsten Heinze

On Monday, Sept. 24, the season premiere of one of the three popular CBS comedy sitcoms, How I Met Your Mother, is scheduled to air at 8:00 p.m., followed three days later by the season premieres of The Big Bang Theory, at 8:00p.m. and Two and a Half Men at 8:30p.m.

All three new seasons are among the most important in the shows’ plotlines yet, in particular for HIMYM, where Barney, played by Neil Patrick Harris, is set to get married in the opener, as revealed by the final episode of the last season.

In Men, Ashton Kutcher had for the first time a full off-season to prepare for his role on the show as Walden Schmidt, in which Alan’s (Jon Cryer) son Jake (Angus T. Jones), went off to the military following his high school graduation at the conclusion of the most recent episode.

And in The Big Bang Theory, without much drama in last season’s finale, pits Howard, played by Simon Helberg, in space on a NASA mission, following his rooftop marriage to Bernadette, played by Melissa Rauch.

Regarding HIMYM’s Barney, some fans are skeptical, shocked, and/or saddened about the upcoming wedding between him and Robin.

“I think Barney will leave the wedding and continue his life as a bachelor,” Adam Dulsky ’14 said, referencing Barney’s past love for one-night-stands and notorious fear towards commitment.

Some think that the wedding will indeed happen, but have mixed feelings about it.

“I’m disappointed that Barney is getting married,” Connor Hardy ’14 said. “He’s no longer the real Barney: a player, a true bro.”

As for Two and a Half Men, the majority of viewers felt that last season did not compare to when Charlie Sheen was the star of the show. And some of those viewers aren’t planning on coming back.

“I stopped watching Men (a little while after) Charlie Sheen was kicked off,” Daniel Lehrman ’15 said, citing the show’s lack of excitement generated by Sheen, now starring in Anger Management on FX.

On The Big Bang Theory, the characters seem to be far more relevant than the plot, and for this season some Staples students are continuing to think along those lines.

“Sheldon is extremely funny. I can’t wait to see what he does this season,” said Jason Chaskin ’14.

How I Met Your Mother, with a maximum of only two seasons remaining, will probably be the most interesting of the three shows for this year, as Ted (Josh Radnor) should make significant steps towards finding his future wife. But that doesn’t mean the other two shows won’t be entertaining.

“I’m very excited for all the new seasons,” T. Sterling Price ’14 said. “They will give me a comedic break from homework.”

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