Let’s carry on with the A-Z Challenge. This has kind of become a pet project of mine, and I’m still having fun coming up with these shows 😀
I is for How I Met Your Mother. Okay, so this is kinda cheating, but this letter was surprisingly hard to do. It’s still in the title so I have decided that it works 😄
You may have noted that this is yet another sitcom. I told you, I love sitcoms. They’re so fun to watch and breeze through. Sometimes all you want is a light-hearted funny show after a long day at work you know? Plus, it’s got some great actors in it! Neil Patrick Harris is amazing! I would love to see him live in some kind of show some day. I will say though, I am one of the fans who was incredibly disappointed in the ending. I also just lost interest in around Season 7. The show didn’t feel as fresh anymore, and it never made me laugh anymore. But, the first 5 seasons are filled with some of the best sitcom episodes and tropes. I still love to rewatch it.
Here comes the premise. Future Ted is married, has two teenage kids, and sits them down to tell them the story of how he met their mum. He takes a reeeally long time with it. Basically, the show deals with the adventures of Ted and friends, as they navigate, life, love, jobs and relationships. They are all 20 somethings, living in New York, and seem to spend more time in a bar, rather than at work. A typical modern sitcom set up. It’s all about the friend groups now, not so much family.
As a show aimed towards young millenials, this show was a lot of fun. It’s funny, relatable, has a good core group of characters. You get to watch them grow, go through relationships, have career struggles, and they become your own friends in a way. It’s a good show, and it’s worth looking into if you don’t already know about it 🙂
Now, let’s look at some quotes. Because this show has so many great ones. As well as lots of recurring gags and phrases.
A lot of these are courtesy of Barney. He is amazing, and his character goes through such a change over the course of the show. NPH can do no wrong it seems.
Okay, let’s take a closer look at the main five.
Theodore (Ted) Mosby (Played by Josh Radnor)
Ted. He is the textbook definition of a hopeless romantic. His dream is to find the love of his life, get married, have kids and settle down. He is very into over the top gestures, and when he falls for a girl, he falls hard. He can be both a little clueless (sometimes insensitive), as well as overthink everything at times, but he really does mean well, and he’s also a very loyal friend. He works as an architect, but eventually becomes a professor (in architect). He has known Marshall since his college days (and met Lily soon after).
Robin Scherbatsky (Played by Cobie Smulders)
Ahh, good old Canadian Robin. The only non ‘New Yorker’ of the bunch, but also the most dangerous. She’s very into guns, is very stubborn, ambitious and is an all-round badass. She starts off as a love interest for Ted, but soon becomes a core member of the group. She’s not into that touchy-feely stuff, and can also sometimes be a bit rude/brash. But she is such a sweetheart, and an amazing woman. She works as a news anchor (and used to be a teen pop star!).
Marshall Eriksen (Played by Jason Segel)
Marshall is a bit of a goof. He is a big softie (possibly the biggest in the group), even though he is a literal giant. Marshall is an optimist, and a big supporter of his friends. He is the ‘dad’ of the group and will rein in his friends when they’re being stupid. He will sometimes get a big silly himself, and has lots of little eccentric quirks and gimmicks. He’s also amazing at games.
Lily Aldrin Eriksen (Played by Alyson Hannigan)
Lily is kinda crazy, a little vindictive, and definitely not to be messed with. She is also a sweetheart, fiercely loyal and wise in her own way. She can be counted on to rein in her friends, and is the ‘mum’ of the group, which works well since she’s married to Marshall. She becomes best friends with Robin, and these two have their own little adventures. She also becomes a confidante of sorts to Barney. She is also known to be terrible at keeping secrets. She works as a kindergarten teacher.
Barney Stinson (Played by Neil Patrick Harris)
Barney is the serial dater of the group. He’s very confident, a ‘suit’ (he has a fancy corporate job that pays well but we don’t know what he does), which all masks a whole myriad of insecurities. While a lot of these ‘plays’ can be seen as mean, and cold-hearted, he is very caring and loyal towards his close friends. He also has a number of catch phrases throughout the show (HAaaave you met Ted?, Wait for it, High-Fives, Bro Code…) As the show goes on, his character grows a little and he gets involved in a number of serious relationships.
All in all, if you enjoy sitcoms and shows about groups of twenty somethings going through life, you will love this show 🙂
J will be coming on Friday.