How I Met Your Mother was one of CBS’s most successful sitcoms, that aired from 2005-2014. Personally, this is one of my favorite sitcoms that I spent a semester watching on Netflix. This is one of the most underrated sitcoms on television. Before I started watching the show, it had been recommended to me by one of my friends for a “feel good” show you can watch at any time. After I completed the series, I was surprised at how good it really was, and why it hasn’t gained as much attention in comparison to a show like Friends.
The similarities between the two shows are evident. How I Met Your Mother group of friends consists of 2 girls and 3 boys, and Friends consists of 3 girls and 3 boys. Both of the sitcoms take place in New York City, and have a hang out that is featured in every episode. For Friends, it is the Central Perk Coffee Shop, and for How I Met Your Mother, it is McGee’s Pub. The two friend groups in both shows go through experiences that bring them closer together. They go through breakups, marriages, divorces, and even have romance between each other.
How I Met Your Mother is different than Friends for one specific reason. It is narrated, and from beginning to end, there is a goal. The goal of the show is centered around Ted Mosby meeting his wife. The show is narrated by Ted, as he tells it to his two children in present time. I think that this is one of the most interesting ways to set up a sitcom, and it often overlooked by other successful sitcoms.
How I Met Your Mother totaled 9 seasons, just under the 10 seasons that Friends reached. How I Met Your Mother is now in syndication on FX and streaming services including Netflix, which contains all 9 seasons. After I watched this show, I was pleasantly surprised by the light-hearted content and consistent entertainment of the series. It’s a show that I recommend to my friends if they are fans of Friends, The Office, Parks and Rec, Modern Family, and many other network television sitcoms.
For more information about the show, here’s an article written by Vanity Fair about reactions to the series finale.