I’ve mentioned that I’ve been binge watching shows lately in hopes to catch up with current episodes on air now. The first show that I ever did this to was How I Met Your Mother. I have several friends who are heavily into the show and they kept telling me I needed to watch it. “It’s exactly what we as late 20-somethings are going through!” is what they kept telling me. I had been hesitant because the ads for the show never really got to me and plus I wasn’t really a big comedy watcher.
Then last fall, I was going through a rough time emotionally and I wanted to distract myself from all that emotional angst and I gave in and started watching. HOLY FUDGE. I loved the show. I loved the show so much (and apparently I needed a LOT of distracting) that I watched all six seasons that were available on Netflix in a month. And then through a lot of pleading, begging, and bartering with friends, I was finally able to catch up on season 7 and 8 through their downloads in time to watch this season live with the rest of the world.
Warning: I am going to bank on the fact that you have already seen this show. Therefore there will be a lot of spoilers. You’ve been warned.
I could SO relate to the show. I feel like I have friends who are just like Marshall and Lily (even down to having a baby and the guy being super tall! If you know who are you are….). A lot of the things the group goes through (new jobs! finishing grad school! losing job! dating! breaking up! turning 30! getting engaged! people having babies!) is exactly what my friends and I are going through right now.
The girls, I can give or take on the show. I do love the boots that they wear and I LOVE Lily’s hair in season 2. But they drive me insane sometimes. I want to throttle Robin. I hope I don’t act like that in real life. But I really enjoy how the show has portrayed the men. I adore Marshall. Seriously, he is a favorite. THAT is the type of guy I want. Also it’s really interesting for me to see Jason Segel in this light, because I had only previously seen him in all those R-rated comedy films. Had no idea he was such a sweetheart. And Barney. Oh Barney. You are hilarious and bring the best comic relief to the show but stay away from me in real life.
And Teddy Boy. Yes he has his moments (really, those red boots are super ugly) and there are times when I want to strangle him. He’s definitely not the perfect guy and it takes him a few seasons to realize that he wants to make his intentions serious. But you know what? In a world where so many 20-something year old guys DON’T want to even pursue a girl let alone settle down, I want a Ted. (Actually I would rather have a Rory, but that’s another show) I would love to meet a guy who is attractive as Ted, has a steady job, and knows he wants to find a woman to be serious about with the intention to at least consider settling down and getting married.
I just wish he could get over Robin. And I know that it’s going to happen. It’s just…he’s in a bad situation where he’s not going to get over her very easily, as we’ve seen over the past 8 seasons. You can’t fall in love with your best friend, break up, stay friends, try to keep those feelings reigned in only to have them date/marry your other best friend, and not be emotionally affected unless you are a Dalek. Ted compared every girl he dated to Robin and therefore was unable to move on. It also didn’t help that she was RIGHT THERE all the time. Actually this kind of frustrated me. Why did Robin choose Barney over Ted? Ted LOVES her and from their interactions they would make a great couple. Barney loves her too, but I feel like Barney loves Robin best when she acts like a bro. When she acts like a girl, he’s not there. Unfortunately Ted is. And yet Robin doesn’t see this. And so Ted is stuck. Because her friends are his friends. And he can’t really escape it if he stays. And so he has to face his hurt every time they all hang out, which seems to be all the time. And so even though I feel it’s been dragged out for a loooooong time and I throw my head in my hands every time it happens, I think it’s actually quite realistic to see Ted’s struggle with this. Because it does take a long time for the feelings to go away and it’s hard and it sucks. The joy and pain of falling in love with someone you are very close to and then realizing they don’t feel the same way. I get you, Ted. (But that’s another post for another day).
There are way too many funny instances in the show for me to highlight any (though I do love when Future Ted, played by Bob Saget, says that he was a fan of Dave Coulier). So as we are into the final season of the show, I’m looking forward to seeing how everything turns out. I’m hoping for a good send off and that they properly end all story lines (more slaps! and I just saw Bryan Cranston is coming back for an episode!). I think I tuned into the show at just the right time in my life. Any earlier or later, and it wouldn’t have the same impact that it does now on me. It would be totally awesome if one day I can tell a similar story to my kids on how I met their father (granted, it won’t be this long and I wouldn’t tell them as much as Ted has).
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Chances are you’d probably love it at other stages of your life, too. The beauty of it is that with all the varying characters everybody has somebody to relate to.
Ted gets a lot of hate because as the center of a wacky ensemble it’s his job to be the least outwardly interesting. Plus the writers play up his negative qualities (prissiness and pretentiousness, for example) for laughs too much at times, and those qualities are more grating to the audience than the bad habits of the other characters, such as Barney’s shameless sleazebaggery and Lily’s outright craziness. In a way Ted and the show were victims of the show’s own success: if they’d decided to end things a couple years ago, the narrative wouldn’t have dragged on so much, and the writers wouldn’t have had to keep going back to “This episode, Ted is going to learn how to FINALLY get over Robin… but not really” well so many times.
If you only know Segel from this and his R-rated comedies you should watch Freaks & Geeks (well, you should watch that anyway. It’s on Netflix). He likes to do really raunchy stuff, and he is good at it, but he really excels playing these big doofy characters who wear their hearts on their sleeves.
Ok I agree later on in my life, I will probably still enjoy it. But I think earlier in my life, I was at a different stage and I don’t think I would have enjoyed it as much. It’s only now that I’m experiencing what the characters are going through. In my earlier 20s, I had nothing in common with them so I would have been like…um. i don’t understand or get you.
Freaks and Geeks is on the list for binge watching, thanks to your suggestion a few months ago. It’s happening after I do Firefly.