Since this posting is a little too long for a reply, I am posting my thoughts here and pinging it back (or is it “pingbacking”?) to Life’ After Party’s blog on CBS’s sitcom, “How I Met Your Mother.”
Originally, I did not care for HIMYM. I watched the pilot episode and thought that the way it ended was a cheap hook to get people to watch every week. During the next few years, I watched an episode here and there when I couldn’t find anything else to watch. Like you, there are certain characters whom I find over-the-top, often to the point of being annoying. Yet, the stories themselves were clever. I then saw HIMYM and “Rules of Engagement” (not as zany as HIMYM, but in my opinion, a better show) as “Friends” and “Seinfeld” for the new generation.
So, I began to watch HIMYM more and more, torn between the clever writings and the good actors playing 2-dimensional characters. Overtime, HIMYM became more and more of a disappointment. Okay, a lot of time is spent in a bar (as opposed to a diner or coffeehouse), and once in a while someone may be tipsy, even drunk. But, what is with all the pot? Even those viewers who never saw the original reference, know what the characters are talking about when they go on about “sandwiches”. While tuned into CBS, I watched other sitcoms as well: “Two and a Half Men,” “2 Broke Girls,” and other sitcoms which helped lower the standards of the CannaBiS network.
Drug references aside, what made HIMYM a big disappointment is that the focus of the show shifted from it’s original premise, the last 2-3 seasons being “How Ted Learned to Finally Let Robin Go” and “How Robin and Barney Became a Couple.” This season, HIMYM’s final season, seems to have been thrown together haphazardly. (Oops, before we end this show, Ted has to meet his wife, doesn’t he?)
I am not a writer of TV sitcoms or a professional TV critic, just an average TV viewer who enjoys a good sitcom. CBS, who once dominated the airwaves with ground-breaking sitcoms – All in the Family, The Mary Tyler Moore Show, The Bob Newhart Show, M*A*S*H, WKRP in Cincinnati, and One Day at a Time, just to name a few – has become a big disappointment.