At the risk of using one of this show’s most popular catchphrases, How I Met Your Mother is (wait for it) legendary and is just basking with awesomeness. Few television shows can elicit snort-out-loud laughs from me and yet retain its basic essence: a love story in reverse.
The show centers around the main character, Ted Mosby (played by Josh Radnor), who tells the story to his two kids about, you guessed it right, how he met their mum. The story begins in the year 2005, when he was living in New York with his best friend Marshall Eriksen (Jason Segel) and his then-fiancée Lily Aldrin (Alyson Hannigan). Enter the hot TV reporter, Robin Scherbatsky (Cobie Smulders), who quickly becomes Ted’s the One (and no, she is not the mum he’s telling his kids about) and becomes one of the gang.
But the real reason why I’m terribly fascinated by this show is Barney Stinson, played superbly well by Neil Patrick Harris of the 90’s hit Dougie Howser, MD. He claims to be Ted’s real best friend and is a serial womanizing jerk who wears awesome suits. Now, I’ve never been a fan of anyone who classifies women merely as “hot” or “not”, but Barney’s antics and pick up lines are just too crazy to be true in real life (at least, I hope not). From trying to pick up girls in a penguin costume to hoping to score with a 20 year old “chick” while looking like an 80 year old grandpa, Barney Stinson has turned getting into a girl’s pants into an art form.
Every episode from season one to four has remained charming and hilarious, but does not stray from the basic elements that tire the entire show together: friendship and love. It’s so heartwarming to see how four people simply enjoy each other’s company and pull through whenever one of them is in trouble. We saw Robin take Lily to a “Shopaholics Anonymous” meeting when her credit card debt spiraled, Lily giving relationship advice to Barney when he found out he has feelings for Robin (who knew he had feelings?) and even entire gang almost having dinner under a table when Ted tried to avoid seeing his ex-girlfriend at a restaurant. Even Barney, as morally degraded as he is, swears by the “bro code” (which coincidentally is now book outlining the rules governing how “bros” show treat one another). And of course, the never-ending search for true love, whether its finding out if the other person is truly the One, keeping the spark alive when you’ve been with the other person for more than a decade, or in Barney’s case, how to say you love a girl and then leave while she’s still in the shower.
I think I love this show so much that it’s inspiring me to tell my own future kids about how I met their father. Unfortunately, I think I can barely make an episode out of it: we just met at my office.