How I Met Your Mother doesn’t know to let things go. But that’s what we love most about the show.
The long-running CBS sitcom is quickly approaching its series finale on March 31st. In its victory lap, HIMYM is pulling out every throwback in its nine-year history, with even jokes from the first season being fair game. The show doesn’t do so from a lack of fresh storylines; HIMYM is blatantly reminding us why we fell in love with these five people over the past decade. With each reference used, it's like the writers are gently nudging the viewers in the side, reminding us how much we'll miss them when [...]
As CBS's hit sitcom How I Met Your Mother is kicking off its ninth and final season, Variety reports that the network is considering launching a lady-centered spinoff of the show. Referred to as How I Met Your Father, the show would come from HIMYM creators Carter Bays and Craig Thomas and focus on "a group of friends living in Gotham and one woman’s quest to meet her future husband."
None of the friends would be linked to the current HIMYM group. The network is said to be "in on-going discussions" about the idea but no deal has been made.
The men of How I Met Your Mother are all nice, law abiding people, but they are definitely all flawed: Ted knows a lot of things about a lot of high brow subjects, but whenever he exhibits his knowledge he is an alienating, insufferable prick about it; Barney's childhood abandonment issues have led to a lifetime of overindulging on female flesh and crude, groan inducing sexual punnery; Marshall gives every human being the benefit of the doubt, even though he is a New York City resident, where it's a minor miracle that he doesn't get mugged every time he leaves the apartment.
Ted and Barney's issues are broader, and [...]
Aren't we still in the promised Autumn of Break-Ups on How I Met Your Mother? The month of broken hearts, despair, endless tears, poor dietary choices, looking out the window through the raindrops, Mumford and Sons and more poor dietary choices? Why, with one more episode to go in October did we witness "Who Wants to Be a Godparent?", an episode with a story that could have been told at any time this season? Where is my promised misery?
Instead, we had Marshall and Lily waltzing into MacLaren's, content that for the first time in five months they can hang out with their friends and away from their newborn son [...]
In the beginning, sitcoms would almost always feature self-contained 22-minute stories, with there never being a consequence to what anyone did or said that would carry over to the next episode. Johnny slipped on a banana peel. And it was good. Eventually that would change: a character began to be able lose or get a job, and pick up a new love interest and maybe someday marry them, and the tired show would be able to sprout some more material. And that was good. Then the meteoric rise of The Sopranos begat the HBO model of airing shows that didn't have episodes, but installments of an epic story, making banana peels [...]