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!!!