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2022-01-19 1:51:18 AM  
I hated the ending of HIMYM so much, I can not watch it in syndication, nor have anything to do with a sequel or a spin-off.
 
2022-01-19 2:05:58 AM  
I never watched one minute of HIMYM, but Cobie Smulders is so cute I nevertheless have a warm spot for the show.
 
2022-01-19 2:19:08 AM  
Don't cut yourself on that edge, Subby. The show was fine, the ending was awful.
 
2022-01-19 5:38:45 AM  
I gotta admit, I never expected the father to be Robot Hitler in a post-apocalyptic hellscape. Great plot twist. Oh, spoiler alert.
 
2022-01-19 5:40:22 AM  
Without NPH, that thing would have been unwatchable, but hey! NPH!
 
2022-01-19 7:35:09 AM  

Jesus McSordid: Without NPH, that thing would have been unwatchable, but hey! NPH!



NPH is hilarious.
Alyson Hannigan is adorkable
Colbie Smolders is smoking hot.


Maybe not the best show ever, but it had it's moments.


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/oh honey
 
2022-01-19 8:25:54 AM  
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2022-01-19 8:34:15 AM  
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2022-01-19 8:46:06 AM  
My wife had the first episode on while I was making dinner last night. Holy shiat was it bad. The characters, the dialogue. I laughed really hard at the fact that the lead was able to chase a guy all the way down to the boarding gate of an airport with friends in tow.
 
2022-01-19 8:48:45 AM  

MrBallou: I never watched one minute of HIMYM, but Cobie Smulders is so cute I nevertheless have a warm spot for the show.


Ditto.  Can't wait for Marvel's Secret War ... basically just to watch her get something real to do in the MCU.
 
2022-01-19 8:52:19 AM  

The Headless Horseman's Headless Horse: My wife had the first episode on while I was making dinner last night. Holy shiat was it bad. The characters, the dialogue. I laughed really hard at the fact that the lead was able to chase a guy all the way down to the boarding gate of an airport with friends in tow.


Even though it's a new show, it felt really dated.  And seeing Chris Lowell from GLOW and Veronica Mars in it made me feel sorry for him, and wish that GLOW would get at least one more season.
 
2022-01-19 8:54:06 AM  
Unpopular opinion here, but...

I hated the ending but it grew on me after I watched the final season again.  After I got over my disappointment about the fate of "the Mother", I realized it had to end that way.  How else did Ted have all that time to tell his kids about every microscopic, intimate and inappropriate detail of his love life.
 
2022-01-19 8:54:40 AM  
Is HIMYF to HIMYM the same as That 70s Show to That 80s Show?  Because that was arse.

/agree with the HIMYM was good, shiate ending
//dragged on for a few seasons longer than it should've
///Robin Sparkles for the lol
 
2022-01-19 9:03:18 AM  
First show bad.


Second show unnecessary (see: First show).
 
2022-01-19 9:03:54 AM  
When I first met my wife she made me binge that series with her.  It wasn't too bad.

The ending was kinda f*cky but I didn't hate it.  I will probably pass on this new one tho.

We need a new show and I'm really trying to convince her to start 'Peaky Blinders'.  Every clip that sometimes shows up in my YouTube shorts is amazing and makes me want to watch it all over the course of a week.
 
2022-01-19 9:10:04 AM  
Nothing against Josh Radnor but if it wasn't for Ted HIMYM would have been great.  The other characters made that show worth the watch.
 
2022-01-19 9:10:54 AM  

elvindeath: MrBallou: I never watched one minute of HIMYM, but Cobie Smulders is so cute I nevertheless have a warm spot for the show.

Ditto.  Can't wait for Marvel's Secret War ... basically just to watch her get something real to do in the MCU.


so it's not the secret wars like from the 80s?
 
2022-01-19 9:13:28 AM  

GetaLife: Is HIMYF to HIMYM the same as That 70s Show to That 80s Show?  Because that was arse.


Counterpoint(s):

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// also, Glenn Howerton not playing an evil douchebag
 
2022-01-19 9:23:35 AM  

You Are All Sheep: elvindeath: MrBallou: I never watched one minute of HIMYM, but Cobie Smulders is so cute I nevertheless have a warm spot for the show.

Ditto.  Can't wait for Marvel's Secret War ... basically just to watch her get something real to do in the MCU.

so it's not the secret wars like from the 80s?


It's actually Secret Invasion, not Secret Wars.
 
2022-01-19 9:25:40 AM  
am passingly familiar with how i met your mother but no more than that
spinoffs never seem to work unless they have people from the original show flung into a show of their own (all in the family begat maude, the jeffersons)

also, not sure the audience for how i met your mother has the sort of rabid hunger for more that will sustain a concept retread years later.

this show might do well, might be the next overnight sensation, might shatter worldwide viewership and longevity records. but probably it will run half a season and get dumped. unless it plays real big in asia. they say a lot of western stuff does well there even if people in the west hate it.

/obligatory hollywood is out of ideas
//its not lack of ideas, its lack of daring
///did not rtfa
////why would i?
 
2022-01-19 9:28:43 AM  
Has Hillary Duff ever been good in anything?
 
2022-01-19 9:31:14 AM  

EyeballKid: Has Hillary Duff ever been good in anything?


I thought Lizzie McGuire was good, but only because I'm her age and Disney back then kicked ass.

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2022-01-19 9:55:41 AM  
Waiting for the other spin off, "How I Met Your Gay Uncle"
 
2022-01-19 10:03:06 AM  
Crappy network sitcom, huh? As long as it's inoffensive they should still be able to get 6 or 7 seasons out of it.
 
2022-01-19 10:18:00 AM  

Erek the Red: Unpopular opinion here, but...

I hated the ending but it grew on me after I watched the final season again.  After I got over my disappointment about the fate of "the Mother", I realized it had to end that way.  How else did Ted have all that time to tell his kids about every microscopic, intimate and inappropriate detail of his love life.


How to Fix How I Met Your Mother (HIFHIMYM?):

Barney dies instead. He died years ago. Robin and him never divorced, but she was a widow at a young age and is content being single and "Aunt Robin" for now.

Why is Ted telling long, drawn-out stories? Because not only does he miss Barney, Tracy really is going in for a biopsy and he's terrified of losing her too. Ted's been known to live in the past a few times on the show, and he's known to exaggerate all the time. Barney WAS a bit of a ladies' man but not the crazed sex addict Ted jokes about to keep the legendary man alive in his head. Even as a middle-aged man he has a hard time letting go of the past and is afraid of an imperfect future.
 
2022-01-19 10:46:28 AM  

GetaLife: Is HIMYF to HIMYM the same as That 70s Show to That 80s Show?  Because that was arse.

/agree with the HIMYM was good, shiate ending
//dragged on for a few seasons longer than it should've
///Robin Sparkles for the lol


Slaps giving
low key nympho Lily

at the time Bro code

There were a lot of laughs there despite Ted
Think it went on a bit too long though but oh well
 
2022-01-19 10:46:56 AM  

csi_yellowknife: Erek the Red: Unpopular opinion here, but...

I hated the ending but it grew on me after I watched the final season again.  After I got over my disappointment about the fate of "the Mother", I realized it had to end that way.  How else did Ted have all that time to tell his kids about every microscopic, intimate and inappropriate detail of his love life.

How to Fix How I Met Your Mother (HIFHIMYM?):

Barney dies instead. He died years ago. Robin and him never divorced, but she was a widow at a young age and is content being single and "Aunt Robin" for now.

Why is Ted telling long, drawn-out stories? Because not only does he miss Barney, Tracy really is going in for a biopsy and he's terrified of losing her too. Ted's been known to live in the past a few times on the show, and he's known to exaggerate all the time. Barney WAS a bit of a ladies' man but not the crazed sex addict Ted jokes about to keep the legendary man alive in his head. Even as a middle-aged man he has a hard time letting go of the past and is afraid of an imperfect future.


I always assumed he was telling the stories of Barney being a crazed sex addict to his kids to manipulate them into hating Barney and being OK that Ted worked to break of the marriage. I also assumed that Ted poisoned the mom once she had kids and he was done with her. He wanted to be with Robin (who couldn't have kids) so he found another way to have them and be with her.
 
2022-01-19 11:02:35 AM  

Biscuit Tin: I hated the ending of HIMYM so much, I can not watch it in syndication, nor have anything to do with a sequel or a spin-off.


No way am I touching HIMYF after that. It has to be a heaping pile of garbage.
 
2022-01-19 11:03:12 AM  
HIMYM was a product of its time. It had a certain "style", for lack of a better word, that made it seem better than it really was.

That's part of the reason it's not much fun to rewatch it now. It aged horribly, and quickly. Well, that and the ending.  The ending did suck, but a lot of the reason it sucked is because the previous, like, *3 seasons* sucked, and that ending was just a sucky cherry on a sucky sundae.

Yet another case of a show that only had 3 seasons of good in it, but went on for 7. Sitcoms in particular rarely can  maintain quality after 3 seasons. Almost every sitcom ever, the first 3 seasons are far-and-away the best.
 
2022-01-19 11:03:19 AM  

SpectroBoy: Jesus McSordid: Without NPH, that thing would have been unwatchable, but hey! NPH!


NPH is hilarious.
Alyson Hannigan is adorkable
Colbie Smolders is smoking hot.


Maybe not the best show ever, but it had it's moments.


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/oh honey


Honestly that show would have been better without Ted.
 
2022-01-19 11:04:05 AM  

Earthworm Jim Jones: When I first met my wife she made me binge that series with her.  It wasn't too bad.

The ending was kinda f*cky but I didn't hate it.  I will probably pass on this new one tho.

We need a new show and I'm really trying to convince her to start 'Peaky Blinders'.  Every clip that sometimes shows up in my YouTube shorts is amazing and makes me want to watch it all over the course of a week.


Peaky Blinders is amazing.
 
2022-01-19 11:07:50 AM  

realmolo: That's part of the reason it's not much fun to rewatch it now. It aged horribly, and quickly.


It's still plenty of fun to re-watch for Barney alone.

Ted has a little sister
Gets hotter every day
And if I ever meet her
With her boobies I will play
Hey!
 
2022-01-19 11:09:47 AM  
Nothing dies harder than a bad idea, especially in the entertainment industry. When even CBS decided to pass on this spinoff from their very successful series, it should have been evident that this never should have been made.
 
2022-01-19 11:18:54 AM  
I watched HIMYF. It's not so much bad, just frighteningly mediocre.
 
2022-01-19 11:26:19 AM  

wiwille: I watched HIMYF. It's not so much bad, just frighteningly mediocre.


I've gotten to the point with sitcoms where, if I hear a laugh track, I just can't deal with it.  It's even made some sitcoms that are great but made in the laugh track era, like Seinfeld, Cheers, Taxi, or Barney Miller, hard to watch for me.
 
2022-01-19 11:27:45 AM  

wiwille: I watched HIMYF. It's not so much bad, just frighteningly mediocre.


We tried.  Laugh track was a bummer, but the real killer was the acting in a few scenes.  There was some conversation in the between [bar-owner] and [neurotic friend] where the delivery just screamed "High School Play".   My wife rolled her eyes so hard she almost sprained something.

If the show had landed within 2-3 years of HIMYM, then it might have stood a chance, but it's really hard to overstate how much the TV landscape has shifted in the EIGHT years since the predecessor finished.


/ Also, continually calling attention to the year as 2022 without addressing COVID was... a choice.
// Since it was obv filmed in 2021, I guess they assumed we'd be "done" by then?
/// Just leave the hard dates out and say "30 years ago", and it would have been... "fine".
 
2022-01-19 11:31:17 AM  

Biscuit Tin: I hated the ending of HIMYM so much, I can not watch it in syndication, nor have anything to do with a sequel or a spin-off.


They actually released on YouTube an alternate ending to the show. It's short, sweet, recaps the entire series, and is vastly superior to the train wreck that was the actual ending.

Having watched the entire series mainly because of Barney and Robin, to me it is the only actual ending.
 
2022-01-19 11:42:29 AM  

Erek the Red: Unpopular opinion here, but...

I hated the ending but it grew on me after I watched the final season again.  After I got over my disappointment about the fate of "the Mother", I realized it had to end that way.  How else did Ted have all that time to tell his kids about every microscopic, intimate and inappropriate detail of his love life.


No a better ending would be, "we met through an online dating site.  What the hell have you been telling them?  I was only in the bathroom 5 minutes."
 
2022-01-19 11:43:50 AM  

Biscuit Tin: I hated the ending of HIMYM so much, I can not watch it in syndication, nor have anything to do with a sequel or a spin-off.


Same.
The destination made me hate the journey because we basically didn't need to drive there
 
2022-01-19 12:12:15 PM  

Visual Howlaround Title Sequence: SpectroBoy: Jesus McSordid: Without NPH, that thing would have been unwatchable, but hey! NPH!


NPH is hilarious.
Alyson Hannigan is adorkable
Colbie Smolders is smoking hot.


Maybe not the best show ever, but it had it's moments.


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/oh honey

Honestly that show would have been better without Ted.


It really would have.
 
2022-01-19 12:18:45 PM  

Terminal Accessory: Biscuit Tin: I hated the ending of HIMYM so much, I can not watch it in syndication, nor have anything to do with a sequel or a spin-off.

They actually released on YouTube an alternate ending to the show. It's short, sweet, recaps the entire series, and is vastly superior to the train wreck that was the actual ending.

Having watched the entire series mainly because of Barney and Robin, to me it is the only actual ending.


The entire last season should have been edited down to a two-part episode ending at the train station.
 
2022-01-19 12:41:55 PM  
HIMYM had some excellent moments.

When Marshall's dad dies, for example. Fabulous episode. There are others.

It's a perfectly fine sitcom with some above-average writing in places.

The entertainment media cycle with shows like that is:

- When its on: Amazing show. Must-watch TV
- When it ends: Terrible show. Ending sucked
- A few years later: Here's why it's an understated work of genius

Predictable AF.
 
2022-01-19 12:47:09 PM  
Let's see it from Robin's point of view instead, shall we?

Synopsis: All these guys going after her but putting her in the friendzone, or making her hate them and dump them, so she ends up not with the good guy Ted, that great guy from the very beginning, who went on without her and married his ex-girlfriend's former roommate and had kids, but with Barney, who was kind of left over after doing every other woman in town.
 
2022-01-19 12:50:04 PM  

towatchoverme: It's a perfectly fine sitcom with some above-average writing in places.


Truth.

Every now and then we will still sit down and watch youtube supercuts of some of the show's through-lines like "All the Slap Bets", "All of Marshal's weird gaming", "All the Canada jokes", etc.  Also the entire Lin Manuel Miranda episode.

While a lot of the show lacks the timeless impact of something like MASH, Cheers, etc. (yes, I'm old), it was absolutely and enjoyable half hour about five people that had four interesting characters, plus Ted.
 
2022-01-19 12:51:56 PM  
... if you didn't like the first version, why the fark did you take the assignment to review the remake?

// The ending was hilariously catastrophic due to the writers getting cold feet on almost literally everything they'd written in often the same farking episode they wrote it, but everything prior to that was a very well-executed version of the generic sitcom that it was.
 
2022-01-19 1:19:17 PM  
Of all the bad endings of TV shows, only HIMYM and Lost have managed to pull off an ending so bad it retroactively ruined every previous episode of an otherwise good show. And of those two, HIMYM is by far the worst.
 
2022-01-19 1:36:41 PM  
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2022-01-19 1:51:16 PM  

Herbie555: If the show had landed within 2-3 years of HIMYM, then it might have stood a chance, but it's really hard to overstate how much the TV landscape has shifted in the EIGHT years since the predecessor finished.


The catch there is that the ending to HIMYM took a "scorched earth" approach to the goodwill the show had built over its run, so they couldn't launch the spin-off at what would have been the optimal time. If the series had ended just 2 episodes earlier (at "The End of the Aisle") they could have launched the follow-up series and milked it for all it was worth. Instead, they told their entire fanbase: "Hey, thanks for watching for a decade, but episode one is legitimately all you need to know to know the whole story - all of the characters aside from Marshall are lousy people, and Ted is in love with Robin so he steals her a blue French horn."
 
2022-01-19 2:21:51 PM  

EqualOpportunityEnslaver: The catch there is that the ending to HIMYM took a "scorched earth" approach to the goodwill the show had built over its run, so they couldn't launch the spin-off at what would have been the optimal time. If the series had ended just 2 episodes earlier (at "The End of the Aisle") they could have launched the follow-up series and milked it for all it was worth. Instead, they told their entire fanbase: "Hey, thanks for watching for a decade, but episode one is legitimately all you need to know to know the whole story - all of the characters aside from Marshall are lousy people, and Ted is in love with Robin so he steals her a blue French horn."


I think the impression people have of the show is really odd.  The end was nearly exactly what I expected since about season 2 or 3.  What happened was exactly what was built up the whole time.  They spent about 4 seasons leading up to the end hitting you over the head with it every farking episode.  How did people not get the lesson?

Ted has always - and always will - love Robin (and vice versa).  But their goals didn't line up.  Kids, etc.  Ted's lesson was that hyper-monogamous, one-love-of-your-life thinking can paint you into a corner.  Going after exactly what Marshall and Lily had isn't the solution for everyone.  His happiness was from having two loves of his life, not one.  Robin needed two lives as well - to have her career and THEN a relationship/family.  Also that you don't have to give birth to children to have a family.

To me, the show was the story of why you shouldn't chase rigid ideas of how you think relationships are supposed to work.  Marshall and Lily are an extremely rare occurrence.  The exception, not the rule.  And not something to aim for or force to happen.  It was nice and worked out for them, but it's not the "norm" or the "optimal".  Life's completeness isn't about hitting the lottery at 18 and riding the wave until you die.  It's messy and complex.  Roll with it.

I thought the ending was exactly in line with the lessons they were pushing every step of the way.  A little rushed after slow walking the final season.  But if you thought that Ted wasn't going to end up connected to Robin at the end in some significant way, you didn't pay attention for a decade.
 
2022-01-19 2:22:29 PM  

Visual Howlaround Title Sequence: SpectroBoy: Jesus McSordid: Without NPH, that thing would have been unwatchable, but hey! NPH!


NPH is hilarious.
Alyson Hannigan is adorkable
Colbie Smolders is smoking hot.


Maybe not the best show ever, but it had it's moments.


[Fark user image image 498x268]


/oh honey

Honestly that show would have been better without Ted.


So it would be better off, Ted?
 
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