By Sam Rice

The old-dad’s tale of America’s favorite values – love, friendship, romantic comedy, and bars – has struck a chord with it’s audience, bringing both groups into an ensemble of understanding. CBS’ How I Met Your Mother is a show of relatable themes and constant laughs created by Carter Bays and Craig Thomas. The show has lasted for nine seasons, the ninth being confirmed to be the last season.

Ted Mosby (Josh Radnor) is telling his kids in the year 2030 how exactly he met their mother. Keyword: Exactly. With his friends Robin Scherbatsky, (Cobie Smulders) Marshall Eriksen, (Jason Segel) Lily Aldrin, (Alyson Hannigan) and Barney Stinson, (Neil Patrick Harris), young Ted seeks out the woman of his dreams through dynamic adventures. The storyline takes off at the faintest hint of the mother – her heel as she quickly walks out of the bathroom and into her bedroom. Ted didn’t even know he was in her house (he was dating her roommate at the time). From here the story goes through twists, turns, and shenanigans involving the personal lives of all characters and their group as a whole to bring us to the fateful moment – when the cast finally meets the mother.

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Most television shows haven’t gone for as many seasons as HIMYM. This is an impressive number for a sitcom.  30 Rock, a similar show in both genre and timeliness, reached 7 seasons. While this is still a large number, HIMYM has surpassed it. In addition, each season has been of a higher-end length – usually being 20-25 episodes. This goes to show how loved and reliable the show is without being repetitive.

The show has been nominated for a whopping 72 awards, winning 18 of them. It’s been nominated for 28 Emmy’s as well. Actors Hannigan and Harris have received acting accolades as well as People’s Choice Awards, and Harris has received an Emmy in addition to Golden Globe nominations.

How I Met Your Mother continues to satisfy, drawing in a cult audience as it spreads over the airwaves, making people want to gather in their favorite bars to find out who they want to be. It’s a story of self-discovery and self-realization. This is how it communicates and relates with it’s audience – the characters undergo what their viewers do, need to, and want to. Through friends, lovers, trial-and-error, loss and gain, the characters unbegrudgingly find where they wanted to be. With it’s wit and creativity, HIMYM, has broken it’s way into the mainstream and into pop culture.

Image Caption: The cast of HIMYM models in an episode in which Barney has a music/dance number about his love of suits.

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