We’re both fully aware that I’m a full-fledged How I Met Your Mother apologist (complete with blaming any lame eps or occasional hokiness on the bulletproof “oh give it a break, it’s just a sitcom!” excuse), so take this for what it’s worth, but last night’s episode was another memorable effort.
In this case, it wasn’t the execution so much as it was the premise. The plot centered on Ted’s creation of a “Murtaugh List,” which encompasses everything that was fun in your early twenties but that you’re too old to do at thirty. Beer bongs, piercing your ear, hanging a poster without a frame, eating a full pizza in one sitting, shots with strangers, what have you. Barney tries to complete the entire list in one day, followed by a counter-challenge, and … well, the plot is not the issue here.
What made it so impressive is the latest example that this show so completely fucking nails its targeted age group. Every example was dead on, and the very creation of such a list is right up the alley of people in this life stage (and may become one of my go-to conversation starters). I’ve said it before and I’ll repeat it again: HIMYM grasps the late twenties/early thirties experience like no other show. It’s everything Friends should have been.
And again: yes, I understand I’m hopelessly biased, and I understand that this show – and the series as a whole – isn’t a seminal element in pop culture history. But give it a break. It’s just a sitcom.