HIMYM: rocking the party hunch

30 Mar

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.

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5 Responses to “HIMYM: rocking the party hunch”

  1. Moe March 31, 2009 at 7:23 am #

    I’m right there with you. Love HIMYM. It really should get the attention it deserves.

  2. ms. mpls March 31, 2009 at 11:20 am #

    i also HEART this show, but unlike Moe do NOT want it to get the attention it deserves. it seems every show i love that flies under the radar then reserves mad props gets canceled the next season.

    so HIMYM keep doin’ what you’re doin’.

  3. BreAnne March 31, 2009 at 12:18 pm #

    I loved this episode, I thought the basketball story was equally hilarious.

    On a side note, I’m very happy that they didn’t write Alyson Hannigan’s pregnancy into the show, but am I the only one that thinks the ways they’re hiding it keep getting weirder? When she was playing the guitar at the basketball game, I kept thinking that they’re purposely trying to find ridiculous ways to hide her bump to make fun of the fact that they have to…and it makes me love the show even more.

  4. lattewarrior March 31, 2009 at 5:49 pm #

    Lily is pregnant? Is the father funk legend George Clinton?

  5. B. March 31, 2009 at 8:55 pm #

    Well, not anymore: http://www.avclub.com/articles/alyson-hannigan-gives-birth,25973/

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