How I Met Your Mother, episode (21:39)- Legendaddy. Air date 3.21.11
In this weeks episode of How I Met Your Mother, Barney finally gets a chance to meet his father, played by guest star John Lithgow, with whom he has been estranged from for most of his life. After spending time with his father, Barney is clearly disappointed at the way his fathers life has turned out. He lives a normal life with his family in the suburbs and is not the rock star tour manager that Barney fantasized about. As the episode progresses, Barney reveals his hurt over the fact that his father is able to live a normal life with his new family and be the father that he never was to Barney to his other son.
As Barney is going through this process with his dad, the rest of the gang is pointing out each others “gaps.” The “gaps” are things that each of them did not know until they reached adulthood, like Robin not knowing that the North Pole was actually a place. Or that Ted has been pronouncing chameleon wrong for all his life until he is corrected by his students.
This episode does not really illustrate any assumptions about children and youth except for when we see that Barney’s child hood was extremely effected by the absence of his dad. At the end of the episode he asks his dad why he couldnt be a normal father for him like he is for his younger son. We can see that Barneys not having a full time father left a mark on him and his future.
Part of the reason why I chose this program was to try to find the educational value. I think that by discussing real life issues like in the last episode I blogged about, children can find meaning and relate to the characters and what they are going through. Since some of the characters have known each other since college, we see flash backs of who they were during those years. These clips tell us how Ted was awkward and Marshall was dorky and how Lily and Marshall started to date. The college versions of the characters are grungy, pot smoking, partiers. Usually their stories are filtered by Future Ted as he is relaying them to his kids. It is in these stories that we find assumptions about youth.
To me the show is more about young adulthood post college and the trials and tribulations that we go through as we are trying to find ourselves through careers, family issues, and love.
For the rest of the semester the show that I will focus on is one of my very favorite programs, How I Met Your Mother. Although the show has been running on CBS since 2005, it was not until last year that I truly gave it a chance. The show centers around the main character Ted Mosby recollecting the events to his children of how he met their mother, hence the name. The older Ted is narrated by Bob Saget, and each starts off with him telling another tale that led the way to his eventual meeting. Other main characters of the show include his best friend Marshall Eriksen, and his wife Lily Aldrin, Ted’s ex girlfriend, career driven Robin Scherbatsky, and his other best friend sex-crazed Barney Stinson. Each week is a new story surrounding these characters with flashbacks, voice overs by young and old Ted and references to past episodes.
The episode that I watched for this assignment, is called Desperation Day. In this episode Barney declares February 13th Desperation Day because it is the day before Valentines Day when single women feel lonely and vulnerable. Robin and her single co-worker friends try to prove him wrong by going out and having fun to show that they are not desperate. Robin tries to set up Barney with another one of her co-workers by giving her her ticket for a laser tag tournament that Barney is in. Meanwhile, Marshall is in his hometown in Minnesota trying to console his mother after his fathers recent death. Living with his mother Marshall has reverted back to his childhood ways by asking for snacks, playing video games all day, and driving his mother crazy. Lily goes to Minnesota to bring Marshall back to New York, but fails at her attempts. Ted decides to make a last minute trip to Minnesota when he realizes that he is getting cold feet because his relationship with Zoe is moving too fast.
I watched this program on my TV at home. I have it DVR’d weekly. The show can also be watched on CBS.com. The intended audience is adults 18-35 years old according to the dailybeast.com.
What I love about the show is that it is just so funny and heartwarming at the same time. Each character goes through the trials and tribulations that alot of us go through in real life, and they have these friends to help them along the way. Many people can relate to losing a parent, trying to find love, trying to find a successful fulfilling career, heartbreaks, fertility issues, etc. Although comedy is much of what the show is about, these subjects are relatable to most of the people watching. I think that maybe seeing Ted fearing commitment or Marshall going through a morning period after losing his father can help others recognize and deal with their own issues surrounding these matters.
I watched this show at home and I usually watch it during the day in between doing work while taking a break. Other contexts in which i would watch the show is at home with my husband, or at my sisters with her husband, and with friends. It is a very funny show for people in my age group and very relatable. I am thrilled it has been picked up for another two seasons!!!