I know... Again?! The last time I wrote about this show, it wasn't a review. It's more of a promotion for the handful of readers I have to watch this show. But this time around, it's going to be the proper review of How I Met Your Mother. No violent reactions please when I say proper... I'm not a professional writer... yet!!!
Obviously, this is one of my favorite sitcoms... ever!!! THis is so much better than Friends. ANd I place Friends in the holy grail of sitcoms. THe show is about Ted Mosby (Josh Radnor), retelling to his children how he met their mother. The thing is, after 3 seasons, we haven't actually met the mother yet. So for now we settle for all of the misadventures he's having with his wacky friends.
And wacky is actually an understatement. Ted's joined by his good buddies Robin, Marshall, Lily and Barney, all of which has a personality that is similar to mine. Robin (Cobie Smulders), is sort of sarcastic, and her being a Canadian actually brings comic relief as she sometimes can't understand all the Americanness (is that a word?) of her friends. Marshall (Jason Segel) is Ted's best friend and possibly the mushiest guy in the world. Lily (Alyson Hannigan) is Marshall's girlfriend and just like Buffy's Willow is sort of a geek... who's having lots of sex!!! And of course there's Barney (Neil Patrick Harris), Ted's other best friend, the ultimate wingman, and the funniest character of the show.
Anyway, to say that all their adventures are LEGENDARY is appropriate because it's not only laugh-out-loud funny, but everyone who's ever fallen in love will be able to relate to it. Yeah, the show tends to be cheesy most of the time, but that's fine. You won't notice it because you'll have an unstoppable urge to laugh every other scene.
True story, I'm a child of the eighties and nineties, and I can see that this show is written by people who's of the same age if not a bit older than I am. Finally, a show whose characters, whose childhood I can relate. Plus, there's the love for New York. I don't see myself ever living there, but sometimes it makes me wonder how my life will be if ever that happens. ANd one more great thing about How I Met Your Mother, the websites people visit in the show actually exists. Click here to access Barney's blog. And here for the Ted Mosby is a jerk website. A running joke on the second season.
And one more thing that I love about this show is that it respects continuity. Stories from season 1 are still discussed in the latest season. And one of my favorite arc (if I may say) is the 10 slaps Marshall has to give Barney after losing a bet. This started in season 2, and the running number is 3. For you to really appreciate the show, watch it from season 1, it'll be worth your time.
But the real strength of this show is on how they perfectly depict long-time friendships. It's like the cast really met during college. They finish each other's sentences. They know each other's hang-ups, their likes, what makes them tick. You'll really believe that they truly are that close. My friends and I are like that in a way, but I still envy what Ted and his gang has. It's ideal, and even if it's not perfect, it'd still make you wish you'll have your own Barney or Robin or Marshall and Lily.
So okay, to keep you up-to-date with the latest season before season 4 begins in September or October... SPOILER ALERT!!! Season 3 ended with TEd proposing to Stella (she's a doctor... highly doubtful that she's the mother as she's the actress in Scrubs). Ted and Barney's falling out came to an end after both Ted and Barney got into an accident. The falling out was because Barney broke the Bro Code by sleeping with Robin (Ted's ex). Apparently, Barney's starting to have feelings for Robin. Marshall and Lily bought a crooked apartment beside a sewage treatment plant. There's a lot to look forward to in season 4, and I honestly can't wait.
Suit up, and watch this show. It's legen-wait-for-it-hope-you're-lactose-intolerant-because-it's-totally-dary!!! I've been itching to write that line since I started writing this post. If you can't relate, it's high time you watch the show.