Day Six – My Current Favourite TV Show: How I Met Your Mother

6 01 2010

The first time I watched How I Met Your Mother, I only made it through the first 3-4 episodes before giving up. There was nothing really wrong with the show, but I just wasn’t as into it as other shows that year. I think this goes to show why network execs should take a breath before dropping the axe. Some shows need some time before hitting their stride, and from what I’m seeing now, How I Met Your Mother clearly did.

I nearly passed on this show, but I'm glad I gave it a second chance

Though it’s hard to get used to a show with a laugh-track again, I really think this show deserves the attention it’s been getting. The gimmick from the title is pretty clever. Basically, the main character, Ted (Josh Radnor, though narrated by Bob Saget), tells his son and daughter the story of how he met their mother. The gimmick allows it to fit right in on network television with a simple “I can’t repeat what he/she said, but it was inappropriate”. Not only is it clever, but it allows them to talk about what 20-somethings would actually be talking about without having to address it directly.

There are a bunch of running gags throughout the series rewards the loyal viewers, some of which lasts multiple seasons, while still being funny for people watching the first time. They also have a tendency to quickly re-visit events for first time viewers, which can get tedious when watching in a DVD marathon format.

I did myself a disservice by watching episodes from Season 5 before going back to watch all of Season 1 and half of Season 2, so far. Many of the plot lines leading up to today are spoiled, yet you wouldn’t know based on the Season 5 episodes.

It’s a tricky thing they do. You think the characters are developing, taking each life-altering step in front of your eyes,  but it’s like their on a treadmill. They stay the same no matter what happens, but you still get the satisfaction of perceived progress.

I’ll probably finish watching the 3 seasons to catch up to the current episodes before the New Year premieres begin. It’s only a matter of time before two more  of my favourite shows (NBC’s Chuck and Fox’s 24) start pushing their way into my schedule, and wouldn’t you know it, all on the same day.

Happy Mondays all!