It is interesting to think about how popular sitcoms were influential beyond the tv screen, and shows like Friends or I Love Lucy are still watched for comfort. After reading chapter 5 I was curious to explore how the imagery of media events were sometimes more influential than the actual events. Are there specific moments in television that changed how you see actual events? How much power do sitcoms actually have on framing our perspective in the real world?
I like to watch How I Met Your Mother while I’m doing homework or need some background noise. How I Met Your Mother takes place in New York City, which is where I was born and raised. Although the show is actually filmed in Los Angeles, they mention real places in New York throughout the series. This made me curious as to how they know what life is really like in New York, and I found a few articles mentioning the co-creators, Carter Bays and Craig Thomas. The co-creators used to live in an Upper West Side apartment and use that experience for inspiration. Bays and Thomas noted that they wanted to “write about our friends and the stupid stuff we did in New York.”
Why do people want to visit these places when the show was never actually filmed there nor were the actors in that spot. Have these spaces become more influential because of the series? Surprisingly there were tons of articles that list out guides to visit How I Met Your Mother spots in NYC. I was surprised that MacLauren’s, the pub where the characters regularly chat and meet up, is based on an actual bar, McGees, in NYC. They even have a menu dedicated to HIMYM, which includes foods and drinks!
Here are some of the guides I found:
Are there any places you have wanted to visit after seeing it on a sitcom show even if the actors never actually went there? Friends is another sitcom that has a ton of guides online and NYC spots, even though the show was filmed in Los Angeles. Friends I find has more incorrect depictions of New York. I added in a few Friends locations and NYC spots.
– Ziba Klein