Righto! Because of… something, we’re gonna do a TV show review of How I Met Your Mothet Today. Now, I know what you all are gonna say. “This show is in like its 6th season or so. Do you need to review it?”
While that is a fair point, I think something can be gained from providing an honest appraisal of the show as it was, and what it has become. Indeed, the show has become a good example of something that was really good that is now cruising along purely on the fact that it is popular.
How I Met Your Mother is a show about a group of quirky late- twenty somethings that centers around the character of Ted. The twist to the show is that the entirety of the show is dedicated to Ted telling his children about how he met their mother, through the use of flashback episodes. A typical episode centers around Ted telling his kids about life lessons he has learned, and how he learned them. Then, the episode will show Ted and the gang going through some wacky hi-jinks.
As far as the show itself goes, it is completely formulaic and standardized, with a few notable exceptions. Along with the usual attractive characters amusingly bonking around New York being completely self centered and self sabotaging, there are a couple of fun twists.
The first twist is of course the overarching story about how Ted meets his wife, which is constantly hinted at and never actually followed through with. If you think about it, the hook of the show is a marketing dream, because they can tease about Ted’s wife without ever revealing her, allowing for potentially endless seasons of buildup.
The other standout quirk of the show is Neil Patrick Harris, who plays the smooth and smug womanizer known as Barney. While the role is hardly unique, Neil Patrick Harris brings such an infectious charm and obnoxiousness to the character that you can’t help but be amused.
When it all comes down to it, it is the familiarity of the show and the standout moments that make people watch it. Everything else has been exhaustively done before, lending a weird sense of deja vu to a lot of the proceedings. The show is in a state of decline right now, because they have completely exhausted amusing premises and stretched things too far. They haven’t jumped the shark yet, but they are well on the way.
When it call comes down to it, How I Met Your Mother is simple fun. There’s no other way to put it. There’s nothing that the show does astoundingly well, and the premise and jokes are stretched quite thin at this point in time. But, there’s something comforting about its familiarity, which makes it something that is enjoyable to watch.
It’s a good show, but it’s not a great one. But, it’s probably the best successor to Friends that has come about in the last few years, filling the need for that kind of comedy. And it’s crossed over the point where it is fresh and new. Friends had the characters move on with life and evolve, but How I Met Your Mother kind of hasn’t, so it always feels the same. But, that’s TV for you.