Sitcoms based in New York City with a quirky group of friends are no stranger to American TV. Seinfeld, Friends and Sex in the City—just to name a few.
On September 15, 2005, CBS’ How I Met Your Mother, on the other hand, brought a new kind of “funny” into the living rooms and homes of all the viewers. This sitcom is based around following actor Josh Radnor as Ted Mosby—architect— and his group of friends around their daily lives in the city. Barney, played by Neil Patrick Harris, acts as the well-dressed, mysterious player who is always ready for an adventure. Lily, played by Alyson Hannigan, is the artistic and sarcastic wife of Marshall, Jason Segal, the Minnesota native who is obsessed with football and becoming a lawyer. Last but not least, Robin, played by Cobie Smulders, is the news anchor from Canada who embodies every Canadian stereotype possible. Together, the main characters create a hysterical and relatable group of friends who always have a story to tell. But—let’s not forget what the show truly is all about— most importantly, the show circles around the elongated and detailed story line of how Ted Mosby met his wife. Every episode opens up with Ted talking to his kids, recounting the story of how he met their mother— it takes a good nine seasons, though.
The show won nine out of 28 nominated Emmy Awards. With the nearing end of How I Met Your Mother, let’s take a trip down memory lane and recall some of the best episodes to date.