Not-So-Legendary?! A Second Opinion on the HOW I MET YOUR MOTHER Series Finale

By: Emily Cottone

There has been a lot of controversy over the How I Met Your Mother finale and weighing in at this point may seem a bit redundant but as a diehard fan who proudly owns a bright yellow umbrella; there are some things that need to be said.

My colleague Victoria Nelli wrote a very eloquent essay on why the finale worked. It was was well reasoned, justified, and by all accounts a fair assessment of the shows final bow…but to me it was just all wrong.

The finale we watched last night was conceived from the HOW I MET YOUR MOTHERS earliest days and if the show had ended in season 2 or 3 than this finale would have been very strong ( I can’t say brilliant because there were too many pacing issues) but here is the cold hard truth: The show outgrew its ending.

I fully understand how hard it is to let go of your vision. This is especially true for a sitcom as meticulously thought out as HOW I MET YOUR MOTHER but that doesn’t mean you should ignore the natural progression of your show. Characters have a tendency to take on a life of their own, that’s simple a happy side effect of good writing, but the finale felt entirely too much like a rushed effort to accommodate an end game that simply no longer fit into the mythology. [Read more…]

Was it Legendary? One Critics Take on the HOW I MET YOUR MOTHER Series Finale

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And that kids is how Carter Bays and Craig Thomas made millions of people scream at their TV’s because all this time Robin (Cobie Smulders) is who Ted (Josh Radnor) ends up with.

When a shows finale rolls around hundreds of articles always pop up about how it was a wonderful, groundbreaking, and life changing show. I hate when these articles pop up and I hate that I am writing one right now. You see, I hate these articles especially now because they are about one of my favorite shows of all time, HOW I MET YOUR MOTHER. From the title alone viewers knew the Carter Bays and Craig Thomas comedy would be special. We knew why Ted (Josh Radnor) was telling us this story. We knew how it would end, with Ted meeting the woman of his dreams, or so we thought. [Read more…]

HOW I MET YOUR MOTHER Series Finale Previewpalooza: “Last Forever Parts One and Two” Sneak Peek!

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This just in, new episode photos and previews from the Monday March 31st episode of HOW I MET YOUR MOTHER. Direct from CBS, “Ted finally finishes telling his kids the story of how he met their mother, on the special one-hour series finale of HOW I MET YOUR MOTHER.” [Read more…]

On the Scene: Barney Films his Final Frame of HOW I MET YOUR MOTHER

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Behind the scenes: The crew of How I Met Your Mother, including director Pamela Fryman, left, cheer Neil Patrick Harris after he films his final scene of the ninth and last season finale of HOW I MET YOUR MOTHER Thursday February 27 for the CBS Television Network. Photo: Cliff Lipson/CBS © 2013 CBS Broadcasting, Inc. All Rights Reserved.

HOW I MET YOUR MOTHER: Tonight’s Must See TV Moment!

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Appropriately titled “Rally,” tonight’s inagural must see TV moment sees the gang try to figure out the far-fetched ingredients to concoct the Stinson Hangover Fixer Elixer (Patent Pending!), after Barney wakes up on the morning of his wedding suffering from the world’s worst hangover. 8PM on CBS (City in Canada)

Must Read TV: Series Finales Are The Worst!

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By: Victoria Nelli

With the HOW I MET YOUR MOTHER finale coming up I decided to talk about finales, and what I think about them. So here it is, if you’re going to end my show, and take it off the air you better give me a good ending. You better tie up all of the loose ends, finish every story arc, and make sure all of my favorite characters get everything they want out of life. Am I asking for too much? I don’t think so! As an avid TV watcher I think I am well versed enough to say that a good finale can make or break a whole series. Usually, the show is ending because the ratings are sinking, or a cast member wants out. Only in rare cases the producer chooses to end the show for creative reasons, such as BREAKING BAD. (Which was a fantastic finale)

In my opinion a finale is supposed to put you at ease, or at least that’s what I look for in a finale. At the end of the episode when I see the Executive Producer title card come up I want to feel relieved, and emotional because of how moving it was and because everything I have ever wanted for the main characters has happened. Since the pilot episode we invest our time and emotion into these characters, we want good things to happen to them.

J.D. (Zach Braff) in the SCRUBS finale said “Endings are never easy, I always build them up so much in my head, they can’t possibly live up to my expectations and I just end up disappointed, I’m not even sure why it matters to me so much how things end.” Whether we realize it or not we do the same thing. From the first episode we map out these lives for our favorite characters and we realize what we want for them. Sure, there will probably will be some jaw dropping moments throughout the shows run that will make us change our minds a dozen times, but we still have that small hope that things turned out the way we always imagined. And when they don’t turn out how we hoped they would we freak out, boycott the show (even though it’s already over) we are so mad and don’t know what to do about it. [Read more…]

Why We’re Not Excited About HOW I MET YOUR DAD


Following last night’s late breaking news that the HOW I MET YOUR MOTHER sorta-spinoff HOW I MET YOUR DAD has cast Greta Gerwig as Sally — the show’s central character described as a female Peter Pan who has never grown up and has no idea of where she’s going in life — this TV addict feels the inexplicable need to get something off our chest.

We are not the least bit excited for this show. [Read more…]

HOW I MET YOUR MOTHER Previewpalooza: “Sunrise” Sneak Peek!

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This just in, new episode photos and previews from the Monday February 3rd episode of HOW I MET YOUR MOTHER. Direct from CBS, “While out looking for an inebriated Barney on the day of the wedding, Robin and Ted reminisce about past relationships. Meanwhile, Marshall and Lily finally resolve their issues and Barney befriends two young guys eager to meet women.” [Read more…]

HOW I MET YOUR MOTHER 200th Episode Previewpalooza: “How Your Mother Met Me” Sneak Peek!

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This just in, new episode photos and previews from the momentous Monday January 27th episode of HOW I MET YOUR MOTHER. Direct from CBS, “On the 200th episode, we learn what The Mother has been up to over the past eight years, leading up to the wedding weekend where she will meet her future husband, Ted, on the final season of, HOW I MET YOUR MOTHER.” [Read more…]

The Beginning of the End: A Reflection on the Final Season Premiere of HOW I MET YOUR MOTHER

Emily Cottone

HOW I MET YOUR MOTHER has returned and if yesterday’s hour long premiere is any indication, we’re in for one hell of a ride. Can I just say how thankful I am that HOW I MET YOUR MOTHER was renewed for a final farewell season? Fans have put eight solid years into this show and I personally would have felt short changed if I didn’t actually get to know the woman Ted would one day marry.

As shown in the preview, Lily was the first of the bunch to actually meet The Mother. Admittedly, I was a little nervous about this initial encounter because I knew Lily’s interaction with The Mother would be the litmus test for her eventual chemistry with the rest of the gang. Thankfully, she was as lovely as I could have asked for and her scene with Lily was effortlessly charming. It was all too easy to picture The Mother sitting in the usual booth at McLarens. [Read more…]