• Season 2 picks up with fallout from the Marshall-Lily split.
Logistics: Premiere airs on CBS at 7:30 p.m. (Central) Monday.
I've watched this Neil Patrick Harris vehicle just enough to know that he's far less appealing here than he was as Doogie Howser, but I'm starting to warm to it despite him. In the second season premiere, Marshall (Jason Segel) is wrecked over his break-up with Lily (Alyson Hannigan), who has gone to San Francisco to find herself, and the pals spend the episode trying to cheer him up with strippers and tough love. Meanwhile, Ted (Josh Radnor) and Robin (Cobie Smulders) have made the love connection. The episode is fast moving and well crafted; while watching, I realized that this ensemble show has developed a distinctive personality, something that's utterly lacking in many of today's freshmen sitcoms. How I Met Your Mother is a worthy link in CBS' blossoming Monday comedy block.