How I Met Your Mother

I Don’t Have to Wait For It Anymore: A Goodbye to How I Met Your Mother

A friend of mine in college once said that we make a home with the people nearest to us. That’s why we tend to become friends with people who live in our halls or take classes with us or work in our office. It’s not always a matter of being meant for each other, as specific individuals, although sometimes that can happen—it’s just that we as people are meant to connect with other people. It’s what we do.

How I Met Your Mother is like that, in show form.

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2013: The Best of TV

Welcome to 2014! Sherlock is back (and Greg Lestrade is lookin’ FINE). Community is back. Victor Garber is back. David Tennant is coming to American television. Parks and Rec hits its 100th. I’m finally going to watch Scandal and The West Wing (#resolutions). It’s all very exciting. But before we jump into the new year, let’s look back at the best of the last. (more…)

“Chappy’s heart rate has slowed WAY down”–TV’s Best Extreme Weather Episodes

As a native Floridian who went to college in Boston, lived in Alaska for a year, and is now kickin’ it in New York, I absolutely live for the drama of a Floridian cold front. Calm down, Florida. It’s sunny in the mid-40s. Alaskans would eat their mittens for that kind of weather. Buy a scarf and a cup of hot coffee, watch these episodes, and tell me if you still think you’ve got it rough. (more…)

Not Even a TVmouse: My Favorite Holiday Episodes

When I was almost two years old, I fell asleep at the table on Christmas Eve. My parents decided to read ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas anyway. When they got to the line, “Not a creature was stirring, not even a—,” I didn’t move or open my eyes, but I did yell out, “MOUSE!”

TVmouse loves a good holiday story. (more…)

How I Met Your Mother Recap: “Nannies”–Always Run on Third and One

“I woke up in the dumpster covered in diapers, and I found a pacifier somewhere I’m not willing to discuss.”

Welcome to Bangtoberfest!

Newly-single Barney is making up for lost time—or throwing himself into meaningless relationships to ease his pain, depending upon your perspective. In any case, there’s a t-shirt cannon involved. Robin tells Barney that he needs time to heal, but this Bangtoberfest merch cost him $7,000, so emotional stability is going to have to wait. (more…)

How I Met Your Mother Recap: “The Pre-Nup”–Autumn of Breakups

“You know, it’s big comedy, but you also really care about these characters.”

German situational comedies and How I Met Your Mother have that in common. For a show that paints in pretty broad strokes (2,000 page pre-nup! Naked German man!), the heart of the story has always been its detail—the little traits that rip characters apart or pull them together. Thomas and Bays are so certain that this is what matters, so certain that we’re in this for the people, that they don’t lean on the element of surprise. They tell us what’s next and trust that we’ll still care enough to watch it happen. We know a breakup is coming, but it hurts anyway. (more…)