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How I Met Your Mother: 10 Reasons Why We Love & Hate The Show!



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How I Met Your Mother (often abbreviated as HIMYM) is an American rom-com sitcom created by Craig Thomas and Carter Bays. The show first aired on CBS. How I met Your Mother revolves around, Ted Mosby, and his group of friends in Manhattan. The show is kinda set as a flashback from the future. Ted in the year 2030 tells their kid the story of how he met their mother. How I met Your Mother garnered 30 Emmy Awards nomination and winning 10 of the times. The show has kept its audience entertained since 2005. The following are some of the reasons why we love or love-hate the show.

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The Main Characters

Ted Mosby is what the story is all about, the tale of how he found his love of life. Ted Mosby, a nerdy self-righteous guy goes on to become one of the best architects of NYC. The constant urge to correct people portrays him to be somewhat cocky. But, Ted has been the apple of the eye to the fans.

Robin Scherbatsky, a struggling news reporter cum drinking game host struggles through the Canadian American differences with her friends. Robin is often seen falling in and out of love with the characters here.

Barney Stinson, the womanizer spares no woman in his purview. He is someone you wish to keep your sisters away from. We come across fancy quotes on his template almost daily.

Marshall Ericson aka The Singer spares no event of his life without singing, be it laundry or cereal. Marshall is set to be the ideal guy in the show. He is a one-woman man, aspiring environmentalist, a loving father, the whole package. Probably too good to b true.

Lily Ericson aka Chewbacca is a flop painter and a kindergarten teacher who always knows what’s up in everyone’s life.

SPOILER ALERT: If you haven’t seen the show already, the following information may substantially spoil the show. We recommend that you see the show first and then come right back.


The Playbook: Suit Up, Score Chicks And Be Awesome

The Playbook is a book authored by Barney Stinson that contains a collection of scams Barney uses for picking up women. The Playbook also talks about the bro code and what’s off-limits. Ironically, Barney got together with Robin even when she was Ted’s ex.

Barney burns The Playbook as the group watch Barney’s life’s work gone just like that. But Barney being Barney has a spare copy even more “Legendary” than before, Ted tells Robin about Barney’s proposal to Patrice on the top of the World Wide News Network. Robin wants to tell Barney she loves him goes to the top of the World Wide News Network. She arrives at the roof to find that Barney and Patrice aren’t there, all that is there is a page of The Playbook left on the floor. Picking it up Robin reads about Barney’s long and complex plan to get her to marry him.

“Hope she says Yes” was the last phrase used from The Playbook.

Did Ted Dump a Girl on Her Birthday?

Oh Yes! As horrible as it sounds, Ted did dump Natalie on her Birthday. Not only that, but he also did it over a voicemail. The message was delivered to Natalie’s friends who were waiting in her apartment to surprise her. It was more of a shock than surprise. Natalie was a potent girl with anger issues, she detests Ted for dumping her on her birthday twice.

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Let’s Go To The Mall

Everyone in the show had a back story, Barney had this girlfriend who turned out to be the reasons behind what Barney is today. Ted, Marshall and Lily were tied together since college. Evidently, Robin has these issues with her father which drives her to be(and prove to everyone that she is) strong. More interestingly, one day Barney finds out that Robin was involved in a porno movie. It started as a modeling job and Robin knew no better than that. Do watch the following video at your own risk.—–

Smulders rejuvenated Robin Scherbatsky’s alter ego Robin Sparkles. In this lockdown, Sparkles asks us not to go to the mall and stay at home. Here is what we have:


Ted Sleeps With Barney’s Sister?

Ted dates this hot 20-year-old saleswoman from the leather cuff shop. Ted likes this girl but they have absolutely nothing in common. So, Ted decides to break up with her until he notices that Carly has a ringtone from R2D2. We all know how much the gang romanticizes Star Wars. That one common thing leads them to hookup. Tables turn when Ted shows Barney a picture of his girlfriend. Turns out Ted’s girlfriend is actually Barney’s half-sister. Barney gets furious at Ted and storms of the bar. Barney later realizes that he’s always been on the causing end. Being at the receiving end of it made him realize that he’s over the one-night stand phase and ready to commit wholly to Robin.

Also Read: Star Wars now available on Disney+

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Are there one too many resemblances with FRIENDS?

Romcoms often come across a comparison. But, HIMYM shares the basic premise of FRIENDS, the group of 6 friends living a city life trying to figure out career, love & life at large. Both the shows are set in NYC. Regular hangout place where they chill in regular working hours. Gunther for barista and Carl for bartender.

The nice nerdy guys like Ted and Ross who end up with career-oriented girls like Raechal and Robin. Both Ted and Ross are professors and have made fun off. Both of them date their students and fail awfully. The romantic off-on. Funny guys Chandler and Marshall having the friendship since college. And last but not the least, the Playboys Joey and Barney Stinson.

Despite the similarities, both How I Met Your Mother and FRIENDS have a personality of their own. Both shows have different zing, they’re set in different decades making the surroundings distinct. One more similarity is that both the shows have managed to carry the characters right to the end.

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Stella Shouldn’t have left Ted at the Altar

Yes, it’s a bad idea to invite your ex to your wedding. Like Ross Gellar once said “I, Ross, take thee Raechal!” and it all changed(definitely the last FRIENDS reference).

Ted had a long journey before he found The One, and for a while, it looked like Stella Zinman could be that one. But, she went back to her ex. Remember? Dumping Ted at the altar and fans still aren’t over it.
Speaking to Metro, Sarah Chalke(Stella) said “I still get people to get so mad at me for leaving Ted at the altar on social media” “and sometimes in the street!” Ted deserved better. Also, if she hadn’t left, how would we have met the Umbrella Girl?

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The Controversial Ending

The final season seemed to be dripping with the filler episodes. But when the exact wedding happened, it was monumental. Many fans felt let down by the final episodes as it was revealed that Tracy had died six years ago and the show pivoted back to Ted’s on-off relationship with Robin Scherbatsky (Smulders), despite her having married and divorced his best friend(debatably), Barney Stinson.

The show’s finale certainly split the fans into two. If we look at this closely, it gives a clear understanding of why was the ending the way it is. Ted and Robin go way back to the beginning, right from the getting a drink thrown at. On the other hand, we saw Barney relapse many times to his routine fling life. Both these facts strongly hinted to a short-lived marriage of Barney and Robin. The ending brought the characters true to their nature. Lily and Marshall lived happily ever after. Ted married someone with who he has almost no history. Ted has shared plenty of connections with Robin. In a way, the show tied all the links together making it a great finale, Although, we could use a little bit more on the aftermath of Barney’s character. It’s about time to forgive the ending of How I Met Your Mother.

Why Ted and Not Barney?

Robin is often seen defending the shows ending at public platforms.

In a candid conversation with Metro, Smulders, said: “People are going to feel how they’re going to feel about that. But I think that there’s been enough time.”

“Watching it as a streaming show now, you get a little bit more of a connection for other relationships.”

“I think at the end of the series between Robin and Barney that was sort of the relationship everyone was rooting for. But when you go back to the very beginning of the show, it was Robin and Ted,” she continued.

“So, I think that it’s a different way to watch the show now when you see it in its entirety,” she added.

Well, Smulders does have a point. Afterall there’s only so much that can be done with the ending. Also, arguably, fans rooting for Ted and Robin greatly superseded the number of people rooting for Robin and Barney.

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Why Staying With Barney Would’ve Made Sense?

For starters, we saw a transformed Barney towards the end. A Barney who would stick around. On the contrary, despite many connections, Ted and Robin couldn’t overcome their differences and just growing old can’t be enough for both to live happily ever after.

Tracy could’ve stuck around.

Barney, after being with innumerous women, found “The One” in Robin. Again, Barney’s ending was too abrupt to be digested. Things would’ve been different if Robin carried Barney’s baby instead of some dalliance.

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What’s Cooking? Did Anyone Say a REUNION!?!

There’s been much reporting around whether How I met Your Mother is having a reunion like FRIENDS(What?!? More similarities?).

Speaking about the show’s probable reunion to Metro, Cobie or Robin Scherbatsky said: “There’s certainly nothing in the works for it, but I would love to work with everybody again. It’s been too long but there’s nothing on the horizon.”

While Lily mentioned that she would love to go to a HIMYM reunion.

But there sure is some reunion, the reunion of Robin and Ted

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