In a world of fly by night sitcom and disappointing story lines, How I Met Your Mother was a refreshing and enduring TV love affair for many viewers. This unlikely show which combined flashbacks from 2030 in order for the main character, Ted Mosby, tells his two children the obviously long drawn out story of how he met their mother. The story took eight entire seasons in fact to reveal to us who the “mother” actually way. The show filled a niche that our reality TV swamped weeknights screamed out for. The show has often been compared to “Friends” and indeed it does appear the show was the “Friends” for a new generation, including the fact that both shows were able to mature at their own time and then call it quits at just the right moment on their own terms. It seems the finales of these shows are really the most emotionally for viewers and cast alike, because over time you really feel you have become a part of the characters’ little world. So after nine seasons what is it that viewers are going to miss most about their favorite Monday night sitcom?
Like “Friends” before them, the bonds of friendship within the group is what kept us tuning in week after week. We wanted to see these loyal, likable folks succeed as they searched for their place and love in life.
You know a show has been truly successful when the catchphrases evolve in to normal English lexicon. Neil Patrick Harris has forever stuck his epic, “Wait for it!” into pop culture. Other great catchphrases from the show include, “Suit up,” and “Bro.”
The creative, yet risky, idea of having the entire premise of the show based on the main character’s flashbacks worked incredibly well for HIMYM. No one could have known how intriguing it would be to get left hanging over and over and over for eight seasons, but it definitely worked. We even kept tuning in for another season after we knew who the “mother” was.
HIMYM has been the sitcom for our time and viewers everywhere are sad to see it done.