In September of 2005 my roommate Alex and I saw the first trailers for How I Met Your Mother, a new comedy on CBS. We had no idea what to expect, but we DVR’d it anyway. What we got was a laugh-a-minute show that managed to keep us in hysterics while simultaneously tugging at our heartstrings. For most of HIMYM’s nine seasons it was a grand slam home run. Cobie Smulders, Neil Patrick Harris, Alyson Hannigan, Josh Radnor, and Jason Segel were the epitome of comic timing in the type of ensemble cast we haven’t seen since FRIENDS and we welcomed them into our living room with open arms.
Now…raise your hand if you STILL get excited when one of your favorite episodes comes on in rerun. Me too!! From the “Blah Blah” episode to the Slap Bets to songs like “Are you free, are you free, are you free, are you free, are you free next Saturdaaaay…” (You just sang it, you know you did!) HIMYM gave us some of the funniest moments on television for the last decade. As much as I didn’t really like this current season, the finale was absolutely flawless.
Thank you Carter Bays and Craig Thomas for creating a show that will stay with us forever. Thank you Pamela Fryman for getting the best out of not only a great cast, but a sea of high profile guest stars from Britney Spears to Regis Philbin. Thank you, all of you, for reminding us just how powerful good television is. But most of all…thank you Marshall, Lily, Robin, Barney, Ted, and now Tracy for coming into our homes every Monday and giving us something to laugh about, and in several instances, this one included, cry about.
I’m going to miss How I Met Your Mother…and that’s all that needs to be said. Goodnight, gang. See you at MacLaren’s. It’ll be legen…wait for it… ~dc