How Ted Met the Girl with the Yellow Umbrella
October 01, 2013
The ninth and final season of How I Met Your Mother, the longest story of how two people met in history, began on September 23. For those who are not familiar with the show, it is the story of Ted Mosby and his quest to find the love of his life. The concept sounds simple until you watch the first episode and realize that Ted's "love at first sight," Robin Scherbatsky, is not the mother. Instead, meeting her is the moment that will change his life.
Like any great show, it begins with writing, and Carter Bays and Craig Thomas have mastered the art of flashbacks and time consistency. Entire episodes are written from multiple character perspectives and tied together neatly in the end. Many scenes and episodes end with "but we’ll get to that" --and they do!
Bays and Thomas created relatable characters in Ted, Robin, Marshall Erikson, Lily Aldrin, and Barney Stinson. Maybe you have never had a goat in your apartment on your birthday or created a March Madness-esque bracket to determine which woman is telling other women not to date you; but you have likely succumbed to the cheerleader effect or taken part in a slap bet.
Finally, one of the best and different aspects of How I Met Your Mother is that it is a love story that centers on a guy looking for love, ignoring the stereotype of the romantic comedy. Navigating the dating world is something almost everyone can relate to, and Ted has certainly found himself in nearly every dating situation.
So, thank you How I Met Your Mother for nine wonderful seasons. The series has given us memorable episodes, characters, and situations including The Bro Code, The Naked Man, Robin Sparkles, The Perfect Week, and The Possimpable. The longest "How We Met" story is coming to an end, and from the look of the first couple of episodes, it should be legen-wait for it-dary.