How I Met your Mother: Entire Series
Review: I was going to give this a full review but after the finale I just decided to write about it a bit. The ending was awful but it also was great in showing the problem with the show as a whole.
The real problem with How I Met your Mother was the last line in the pilot “And that’s how I met your.. Aunt Robin.” That little line ended up defining the show and let the creators believe that we wanted a lot of twists and turns along the way. The problem of course was that the gimmick of the title, the twists, and the cope outs were never what made the show great. It was the characters, the jokes, and the story.
Of course, the show was strained. It ran way to long and the creators scared that introducing the mother would ruin the show, kept the gimmick to the point where Ted felt like a dick talking about all the women he boned. And yes, the characters all became cartoons, and horrible people to the point where I didn’t care. But those are all characteristics of all popular shows so that’s to be expected if not accepted.
But it was the twists, the twists were the worst. From the little twists that made Lily from a drunk woman being crazy to a malicious woman being terrible so other would think she was drunk to the big twists like that Barney was the one getting married that set this whole thing in motion. But the final one was the worst.
Now before I go on I will say that I never really felt that Barney and Robin made sense. It felt like fan service and to couple up two characters that were single. But I went with it, and I accepted it as the series decided to spend the entire last season on the wedding. I also wanted Ted and Robin to get together for all the time I was watching. I quit maybe two seasons ago when it became all little in jokes and winks at the audience. I started again with this finale season because at one point the show was great so I gave it a chance. And I was disappointed. While this final season had some good moments, it felt too much like it had run out of steam. All the characters kind of became jerks and the setting the whole thing around the wedding seemed like a good idea until you realized that every episode was just Robin and Barney deciding they shouldn’t be together and then deciding they should. The only bright spot was the mother who showed up occasionally. She was charming and you always felt you wanted more. So by the end, the show that spend nine seasons trying to convince us that Robin and Ted shouldn’t be together and that this girl was great decided against that for ONE LAST TWIST. And I guess I was wrong. This show wasn’t about characters, story, or even jokes. It was about twists, about gimmicks, and about being cheap.
So at the end of the day, How I met your mother will go down not as a touching show about love but as a show that was limited by it’s gimmick, it’s popularity, it’s writers lack of knowing what the fans wanted, and it’s twists. Which is quite a shame.