You must watch this show! There’s my recommendation, right off the bat. Though I have a good feeling you’ve watched at least one episode of this show. A critical and commercial success in the United States, How I Met Your Mother is one of the best sitcoms ever made. With such failures such as ‘Till Death, Accidently on Purpose, Back to You and…Two and a Half Men (shut up it should be!!!!!), multi-camera comedies were having a hard time in the 2000s while its single-camera cousins such as Scrubs, Modern Family and 30 Rock were doing well. The golden years of American multi-camera set-up comedies of the ‘90s in the vein of sitcoms such as Friends, Seinfeld, Everybody Loves Raymond and Frasier, may be a distant memory, but How I Met Your Mother can easily sit next to the above when it comes to quality.
How I Met Your Mother’s premise is the main character, Ted Mosby, in the year 2030, tells his son and daughter the various happenings that eventually led to him meeting their mother. Using voiceover narration to tell the story, Ted’s various adventures are set in our present day, in Manhatten, New York City. Telling a story that happened 20 years ago can be tough, so Future Ted is an unreliable narrator, although the writer’s have made an effort to establish a strong continuity. These stories focus on Ted (who narrates using voiceovers) and his friends Marshall Eriksen, Robin Scherbatsky, Lily Aldrin and Barney Stinson. Each episode has a number of flashbacks and flashforwards, making it a non-linear show. The relationship between the characters is quite similar to Friends, as the main themes are the friendships, social lives and romances of the main characters. The other thing that’s similar to Friends is the majority of the scenes is filmed in Marshall, Lily and Ted’s apartment and the Central Perk cafe in Friends is replaced with the bar MacLarens. What appears on the outside is a Friends rip-off, but How I Met Your Mother is much more than that. Here’s a warning for the minor Seasons 1-3 spoilers that lurk below.
In the beginning of Season 1, present day Ted (2005), a 27-year-old architect, decides to search for his perfect woman after his roommates and friends, Marshall, a law student, and Lily, a kindergarten teacher, get engaged. He takes an interest in Robin, a Canadian reporter. Ted’s friend/wingman, Barney, spends most episodes trying to sleep with women through elaborate schemes.
I just finished watching Season 3, and I’m so impressed by how consistently good the series has been. There hasn’t been a single bad episode, and the show creates so many memorable ideas. Off the top off my head I’m thinking of the Bro Code, Revertigo, Barney’s “Legendary” phrase, Riding the Tricycle, the Hot Crazy Scale, The Platinum Rule. All these were featured in Season 3.
Season 8 is about to air, and rumours are abounding that it’s the last. While I haven’t watched Seasons 4-7 yet, it would make sense for the show to end this coming season or the one after because Ted spending more than 8 or 9 years finding the mother might make the show’s audience impatient. I really hope the series finale is worth it, because even Seasons 1-3 contain many hints and teasers to the identity of the mother.
You will be astonished on the creativity this series offers. It’s no wonder How I Met Your Mother has become a cultural phenomenon. I do strongly recommend obtaining whatever means you can to catch up all seven seasons as soon as possible, because the show creates tons and tons of surprises. Read as little about the show as possible and watch as much as possible between now and the final episode. I certainly want to be along the ride once that final episode airs. Anyway, I better start watching Season 4, so I’ll quickly wrap this up by rating what I’ve seen (Seasons 1-3) of How I Met Your Mother, a perfect score of 5/5.