WARNING: Spoilers ahead!
It’s hard to believe that How I Met Your Mother aired its’ last episode five years ago in 2014.
The CBS television series ran for nine seasons before coming to an end. The endless one-liners, running gags and heartfelt moments made the series ‘legen… wait for it… dary’.
The first season starts off with Ted Mosby (played by Josh Radnor) in the year 2030 telling his kids the story of how he met their mother. He starts the story in 2005 when his friends Marshall Eriksen (Jason Segel) and Lily Aldrin (Alyson Hannigan) get engaged. He then goes on to tell his kids how he met their aunt, Robin Scherbatsky (Cobie Smulders) at MacLaren’s Pub in New York, and playboy uncle, Barney Stinson (Neil Patrick Harris).
The plot revolves around many stories with the main one being about Ted’s love life. One relationship ends with Ted being left at the altar, and another ends via a long distance call from Germany. Throughout most of the series, one relationship Ted hasn’t gotten over is the one he had with Robin which is revealed later that Robin feels the same way (even during her wedding with Barney).
Towards the end of the series, Ted reveals to Lilly that he is planning to move to Chicago to start a new life and get away from New York. The news comes as a surprise to all when Ted tells them that he’ll be leaving the day after the wedding. The gang say their good-byes, and both he and Barney share one last high-five Barney dubs ‘a High-Infinity’.
In the last season, we finally see Ted and the mother, Tracy McConnell (Cristin Milioti) recounting their lives prior to meeting each other. The 200th episode titled How Your Mother Met Me, showed the mother’s side of how they met, with their first ‘encounter’ being when Ted accidentally teaches architecture in the Economics class before racing to his own class.
How I Met Your Mother ends in both the saddest and funniest way possible. Barney and Robin end up getting a divorce after three years of marriage, Lily and Marshall sell the old apartment for more space with their three kids, and Ted and Tracy finally get married after a five-year engagement and two kids.
The final scene shows Ted’s kids explain how the whole story was a way of telling them that he is still in love with Aunt Robin, and how he wanted to get their approval. Tracy had died six years prior and they agree that he should move on. It ends with a trope to the first season where Ted steals the Blue French Horn again and is waiting outside Robin’s apartment window.
The series as a whole is one of the best I have ever watched and has set the standard for future comedy shows. I believe that How I Met Your Mother is a series that will be loved by many generations. Its’ loveable characters and brilliant humour make it a series that viewers must see.
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– Written by Jayson Gardner