Mad Love Is How I Met Your Mother's Bizarro Twin

Let's just run down the checklist, shall we?

Set in New York City?
Check.

Eerily similar bar meet-up?
Check.

Vanilla lead male looking for love?
Check.

Voiceover by funny guy?
Check.

Attractive, Canadian girl-next-door as female lead?
Check.

Funny redhead we've always thought was unconventionally cute?
Check.

Care free, crass best friend who thinks with his penis? Check. Cast featuring American Pie alumni? Check. Veterans from two great, canceled-before-their-time comedies (Arrested Development, Freak and Geeks)? Check. Multi-camera comedy? Check. Laugh track? Check. Almost funny enough to watch again but when you really think about it not actually that great of a show? Check.


What did you think of Monday's premiere? Did you notice all the similarities between Mad Love and How I Met Your Mother?


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realized it was a bad how i met your mother clone in the first minute and turned it off. LAME!
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I watched the first episode and it was beyond stupid. I doubt it will last long.
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when i watched it all i could think of it himym... especially cause it was directed by the same person who directs all the himym episodes it just felt like a regurgitated copy
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argh, Guys come on... hire some one whos a little good at photoshop, i hate the poor cutting job done on photos... ask me next time, i'll do it for free :p Seriously, it leaves a bad taste in mouth to see such a big site with crappy photoshopped pictures...
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what i'm trying to say is, of course everyone can have their own opinion. but when people dislike something and then portray it as bad (like it's FACT that it's bad), that is something i really can't stand.

HIMYM may not be all of your guys favourite show (anymore), but personally i still watch it and i still love it just as much as i did at the beginning. and Mad Love didn't do anything for me, because it looked so much like a rip-off while lacking the charm and NPH-awesomeness that HIMYM has. that's just my opinion though. xD
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@ dumbsaint: actually, bitter people don't have deserve my respect. xD that would just encourage bitterness, and since that is something negative, you might see how this just won't work (for me). ^.^
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For me it felt kind of forced.. the jokes weren't really great, hated the narration. And yeah looked like a total rip off of HIMYM wich has already built its roots with me, so in the end this just looked like a bad imitation. Anyway gonna watch the next few episodes, to see if the show can create its own identity.
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I didn't really like it but I;ll watch the next episode, it may get better :) Sarah Chalke reminds me of Elliot a bit too much :(
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hey, Tim may be extra-ordinarily bitter, but that doesn't mean he isn't right. bitter people still deserve our respect.
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i don't know why you keep ripping on really good shows like HIMYM. you must be extra-ordinarily bitter, Tim Surette.
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HIMYM ripped off Friends pretty blatantly also so it does not really bother me. If either show can make me laugh with different new jokes than I dont care.
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Wow......copyright infringement?......how the hell can they rip it off SOOOO BLATANTLY
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well if a show is like HIMYM then that's a pretty good show :)
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Is Timattvdotcom saying that HIMYM is not funny enough to watch again?
HIMYM is fantastic and to me the best comedy on TV right now.
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like an alternate Universe HIMYM, your'e kind of expecting the set to be HIMYM but then.. things are in the wrong Places, and with different People.
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Mad Love was okay and I totally kept thinking it was exactly like HIMYM the entire time
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Similaritiesbe damned, I enjoyed the fikrst episode, I like the characters. I hope this gets more American Pie/Off Center'ish - I hate that they canceled Off Centre! I'll be tuning in next week for more Mad Love.
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I think Peter Griffin said it best, why does Bob Saget do voice over for Ted Mosby?? He's already an adult, and he's not gonna grow up and become Bob Saget. It makes no freakin' sense!!!!!!!!
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I love Judy Greer. She is the only reason that I'll continue to watch Mad Love.
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LoL. yeah all i saw was HIMYM, but i was hoping for a moment there that they'd leave a potential for a show crossover at some point, like friends did way back when with a show called..erm...Mad about you [helen hunt ne one?] with Phoebe's sister Ursula :) Well stella could be this lady`s twin, except that, oh yeah, the personality`s are pretty much exactly the same between shows. meh.
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The sets even felt similar to me, I'm not sure I'll bother giving it a second chance.c
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It's hard to tell after just one episode but I think that HIMYM is way better. And yes, I did notice all the similarities - actually there was nothing new, unique for the new show. Plus Sarah Chalke was on HIMYM too.
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I love both shows. I'm a huge fan of Tyler Labine's which is why I checked out this show in the first place. (we went to high school together). I think it's the NEW HIMYM. As much as I love HIMYM it is getting old. How long can they do this for? Barney, as funny as NPH is, is getting lame. Him being a slut is just not funny anymore and they stopped the he loves Robin plot line. I will still continue to watch it though as I want to see the mom. But Mad Love rocked for it's pilot and I am looking forward to next week.
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Thats actually really funny how similar they are...
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I watched it last night and thought the same thing, the show was actually funny, but wow was it the same thing.
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I admit that when I watched the first episode of HIMYM years ago I thought it was rubbish but it grew on me. The first episode of Mad Love was pretty bad, but I'll give it chance for a few more episodes, if it is as funny as HIMYM season 1-2 I'll watch it, if its HIMYM season 4-5 I'll give it a miss.
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It's a shame, HIMYM used to be great back in seasons 1-3... I still watch it, but its just not as fun..
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Tim is right HIMYM is fairly awful now, a sweet show at the start but now just predictable, silly and not funny most of the time, so comparing it to this new show does not make me want to watch this new thing.
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what? I liked the article until you said HIMYM isn't actually a great show. Damn right when you were about to have me agree completely with one of your articles, Tim..you go and insult a great show
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i didn't think the show would be any good but i gave it a shot just because of Judy Greer.. but it was good enough to be on air atleast, can't say that for anything on CBS except for HIMYM, Mike & Molly, and Hawaii Five-0.. i did keep thinking "man this is pretty similar to HIMYM" the whole time i was watching it though
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I totally agree with this article!
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if i remember correctly when HIMYM started every one b!tched that it was just friends but in a bar not a coffee shop. now its progressed and people see it as its own show, regardless of its similaritys ill give mad love a chance to do the same for itself.
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not bad comparison at all, but the show is quite decent
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Only thing I can think is at least they're on the same network. CBS found a formula that worked and is trying it again... strangely while the first one is still running.... Just be thankful it's not a different network running with Mad Love... It'd be the whole Wife Swap / Trading Spouses, Supernanny / Nanny 911 type fiasco all over again.
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I think this show needs more characters. How I Met Your Mother has 6 mains, I think this show will struggle with only 4, especially with its weak premise. Also, the current characters aren't terribly interesting or original, so I have no idea where this show is going at all
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without NPH mad love will never be in the same league as HIMYM
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Hi I'm Tim Surette, I write a clever article and then ruin the entire thing with the last line. FAIL AND WRONG. HIMYM is charming, funny, clever show.
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seemed okay to me. I prefer to judge based off more than one episode. The cast has the potential to pull it off, even if it is stealing another show's formula. Yeah. Like that's the first time THAT'S happened.
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Beep you! HIMYM is a solid, funny, clever show.
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totally. i prefer HIMYM though. too much alike for now.
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Deja vu
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It is obvious but Mad Love sucks
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Who cares. it was funny. Probably the only new sitcom this season that was. I love HIMYM, so i welcome this so-called bizarro twin. You guys said the same thing about parks and rec, and now is a favorite (of mine, and i think of yours too)
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The similarities are pretty obvious.. CBS's just not taking risks and are now repeating the formula of HIMYM (sort of anyway) to fill the void left by The Big Bang Theory on mondays.
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Let's not forget that Judy Greer guest starred on HIMYM in season 5.

Pam Fryman is directing Mad Love.

Ben's red phone case can also be related to Ted's red cowboy boots. And I recall Larry saying "Wait for it...."
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The second i watched this show i saw the similarity in shows. Plus the fact that Sarah Chalke was also on HIMYM as Stella, Ted's fiance
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the lead male in Mad Love is actually kinda creepy looking.
ted mosby has appeal because he's pretty average looking guy.
cobie smulders is more attractive than sarah chalke.
and no one can doubt the amazingness that is NPH.
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Absolutely. I think Jason Biggs is funnier than the dude who plays Ted Mosby. I don't know why I forget his name, I've watched every HIMYM episode.
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yup i did notic it and they dont have the star cast of himym -barney stinson .
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