How I Met Your Mother: 2005 – 2014
Created by: Carter Bays and Craig Thomas
Cast: Neil Patrick Harris, Cobie Smulders, Josh Radnor, Alyson Hannigan, Jason Segal
A bit of an interesting entry today. Not because it’s basically a watered down version of Friends, no, but because of something very interesting indeed. I can’t actually talk about that very special something either because it would spoil the entire show. So, read on and find out if this show is worth your time.
Well, it is worth your time. I may have spoilt that by putting it on the list. I really must come up with a better title for this. Anyways, I’m getting off topic, you’re probably wanting to know all about this show.
The plot is simple enough, there are five friends. They are friends. It’s a bit like Friends in the sense that they all hang out somewhere and have various life problems per episode that are never mentioned in any further episodes. But How I Met Your Mother does something much different to Friends that I really liked. It fleshed out every character.
I’m not saying Friends didn’t flesh out every character, but they did leave one. Joey. Joey wasn’t fleshed out beyond:
- He is an actor
- He likes women
That’s all anyone remembers of Joey. Now we look at the counterpart to Joey, Barney Stinson. We know Barney:
- Likes women
- Has a job that is kept a mystery to everyone
- Doesn’t know his father (key plot point)
And so much more, but I don’t want to list anymore because that third point has ruined most of the show. I don’t want to compare the show to Friends either, because Friends and How I Met Your Mother are two very different shows.
How I Met Your Mother is told to us through the narrative of one of the main characters, Ted, and how he met his children’s mother. It’s great how they manage to do this though. They manage to keep it as a story he’s telling his kids, who have constant interruptions throughout. It’s a great way of telling the audience “Hey, this is why the episodes don’t link” and I can live with that.
Casting wise was peak perfection, most notably Neil Patrick Harris as Barney Stinson and Jason Segal as Marshall. They work well with each other and when they’re on screen together it’s often comic gold.
If you’re wanting to watch this, keep in mind it’s an American comedy so be prepared to watch nine seasons with 20+ episodes in each. You can find the show on Sky right now or you can buy the boxset. It’s actually quite funny at times and I do recommend you watch it.