In the year 2030, Ted Mosby (Josh Radnor) decides to tell his son and daughter the story of how he met their mother.
Set in Manhattan from 2005 to 2013, Ted’s story is about him, his close friends and the lessons learned as they become older adults.
Throughout the series, the obstacles Ted faces leads him closer to meeting his children’s mother.
Ted’s friends include long-time couple Marshall Eriksen (Jason Segel) and Lily Aldrin (Alyson Hannigan), playboy womanizer Barney Stinson (Neil Patrick Harris) and news anchor Robin Scherbatsky (Cobie Smulders).
Created by Craig Thomas and Carter Bays, HIMYM was inspired by the situations they both experienced with their friends while living in New York City.
Overall, HIMYM is one giant memory.
And in that memory are a group of friends telling stories to one another.
From Barney’s exploding meatball sub to Marshall being mugged by a monkey, every story in this show is embellished to show how memories make the past seem more entertaining than what actually happened.
Other themes in HIMYM include the importance of patience, uncertainty of the future and the enduring bond of loyal friendships.
The ultimate HIMYM episode comes from season two, episode nine. “Slap Bet” sets the tone and humor for the entire series.
For anyone who has never seen HIMYM, “Slap Bet” is the perfect place to start.
While HIMYM is among the best television comedies of all time, many did not enjoy the finale.
Most viewers expected something predictable while the creators gave fans a genuine, honest ending.
An ending all fans will appreciate as they grow older and overcome tremendous grief.
Seasons one through eight are available on Netflix. This fall the final season will be available.