He’s just looking for love in the big city. But HIMYM has not been known for the following things: 1) its sensitivity to issues of race and gender (the whole series is just a big ball o’ problematic, for reasons too complicated to recount here) and 2) its writing, which has been uniformly shitty from the get-go. The mother, whose name we found out was Tracy McConnell, was dead at the end of the episode. But what made that the worst series finale I have ever seen was the complete tone deafness of the final five minutes. They felt that HIMYM had betrayed them by asking them to invest nearly a decade in what ultimately turned out to be a few misty-eyed scenes between the Mother and Ted that added up to about eight or 10 minutes, or a 10th of the lifespan of a housefly. For years, the writers have been trying to keep the audience’s attention by tossing spitball romantic pairings at the wall—Robin and Ted, Ted and Stella, Robin and Barney, Robin and Ted again, Robin and Don, Ted and Zoey, Barney and Nora, Barney and Quinn, Kevin and Robin, Barney and Patrice, and so on and so forth—and praying that one will finally stick. The HIMYM finale has been widely panned by … They made Robin and Barney get divorced, which made the whole wedding in season 9 pointless and a waste of time. " Last Forever " is the final episode of the CBS sitcom How I Met Your Mother. Was the “How I Met Your Mother” Ending Really That Terrible? Nowhere is this more evident than in its treatment of romantic relationships. That’s how he met their mother — cue the scene above where his kids call him out on the fact that really, all that nine-year tale proves is that he’s in love with Aunt Robin. EDIT: To be clear, I have no problem with the mother dying. Until those last five minutes. That a six-year widower gave an old … The real reason "How I Met Your Mother" had the worst finale ever There are plenty of reasons to be upset about the long-running sitcom's conclusion—but one in particular sticks out I thought the series finale started off strong. I thought it was a bad direction for the story, and at odds with all the storytelling up to that point. And not understanding that is a monumental failure of basic storytelling. After all, nine years is a long time, and you certainly can’t keep an audience’s attention, or keep them invested in the process of  finding out who the Mother is, by creating five stable characters in stable monogamous relationships. And on Monday night, How I Met Your Mother had to wrap all that up into a one-hour series finale. 1. While I understand the writers had to focus on wrapping up the Mother-Ted narrative and showing them meeting for the first time, his peripheral role is further proof of how little the show’s writers acknowledged their audience at this point, considering that Barney’s been a fan favorite from the very beginning). Whenever I see a blandly pretty blond actress playing a quirky girlfriend role, I automatically assume it’s either Jennifer Morrison, Sarah Chalke, or a sentient mop in a platinum-blonde wig. 'How I Met Your Mother' finale: Critics call it 'terrible' and 'fine, if not legendary' Updated Jan 10, 2019; Posted Apr 01, 2014 "How I Met Your Mother" finale It was a good show, but others have written about that and here’s not the place for yet another review. The series finale would have been — wait for it — legendary, if this had been the ending that actually aired. I didn’t like most of what happened in the first 55 minutes of that finale. But I’m willing to give it to them because it was their story. ------------------------------------------. But fine, it wasn’t great, but it was the way you wanted to tell the story. And frankly, I wasn’t as disappointed by the finale as other fans were. Woman in viral TikTok video is not missing Arkansas girl Cassie Compton, police say, Tiffany Haddish allegedly doxed Black doctor who argued with her on Clubhouse about COVID, This week on the internet: Sea shanties and ‘Drivers License’, Andrew Yang’s bodega video blasted for not being filmed in an actual bodega, figured out the episode’s major plot points, putting Robin, Lily, and Ted in yellowface. ‘How I Met Your Mother’ never jumped the shark—it was always terrible When did How I Met Your Mother give up? I don’t generally like sitcoms, never have. It aired on March 31, 2014. The initial reaction across the Internet was overwhelmingly negative. For nine seasons, HIMYM has ridden on the strength of its running gags and the charisma of its lead performers, particularly Neil Patrick Harris, who emerged as a breakout character fairly early on (weirdly, Barney was only a supplementary character in the show’s finale. After the show pulled a bait-and-switch by getting rid of the Mother and asking fans to root for Robin and Ted for the 69 billionth time, fans were outraged. It was like listening to the last haunting notes of Stairway to Heaven, followed by a moment of silence and then Krusty the Clown guffawing and some goofy ragtime starting up. Now you might be asking “How can you hate Ted Mosby when you are a How I Met Your Mother fan? But honestly if you are viewing this question without seeing the finale you are a bad person. Even if you didn't watch How I Met Your Mother, someone you know is likely a victim of the series' tacked-on twist ending. Like Lost, HIMYM had spent years drawing fans in with its complex narrative and tantalizing hints and clues surrounding its central mystery (i.e. Sad, obviously, but kinda saw it coming. Was it season 5, when Robin and Barney started dating? It didn't. Music, Film, TV and Political News Coverage. These sorts of haphazard relationships and narrative gimmicks have been part of the fabric of HIMYM from the very beginning, and to a certain extent it’s made sense. While many on the Internet decried the finale as a “con,” a paint-by-numbers resolution of a narrative millions of devoted fans had been emotionally invested in for years, the truth is that HIMYM had thrown in the towel a long time ago. A father recounts to his children - through a series of flashbacks - the journey he and his four best friends took leading up to him meeting their mother. The same with the decisions to spend this entire season with halfassed hijinks at a wedding you’re going to drop a divorce on in a footnote. Watching an episode or so per day, you’re no longer in the lobster-slowly-boiling trap of a long-time watcher, and you can appreciate just how fast this series really did nose dive into being basically unwatchable. I didn’t start watching How I Met Your Mother until January of 2013. Trick question. And as the titles faded on Robin and Ted and that stupid blue French horn, even though I’d felt like they’d kinda been slapping me in the face the whole time, at that moment it felt like they’d been saving the last one just for me, and it was a doozy. the identity of the Mother). In addition to being lazy, maudlin, and just plain stupid (many online conspiracy theorists had figured out the episode’s major plot points, long before it actually aired), the finale for How I Met Your Mother—which spent nine seasons setting up how Ted meets the titular mother, only to kill her off and set him back up with on-again, off-again ex Robin—proved that co-creators Carter Bays and Craig Thomas had no investment in the narrative they had spent nearly a decade crafting, nor the devoted audience they had cultivated. I wouldn’t have liked it, but the story was done and told. Just not the kind any TV show really wants to make. SALON ® is registered in the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office as a trademark of Salon.com, LLC. and that the show had balls to not give fans the ending that they wanted. Since I started watching with my boyfriend on Netflix a few months ago, I’ve seen eight out of nine seasons (the Victoria-Robin-Ted storyline nauseates us to the point where we refuse to acknowledge the first season’s existence), and the fact that I was invested enough in the characters’ emotional lives to be infuriated by the finale is a good indication of the fondness I have for the show. Or even further wasting all that time on pointless rambles when you could have spent half the season telling the story of these future events that irritated all of us, round them out and fill in the gaps to see how the characters got there. But when it comes to the central premise of the show—i.e., the leadup toward Ted meeting the Mother—the show set up one ground rule from the very beginning: Robin was not the Mother, and Ted would ultimately end up with the Mother. It Looks Like The Alternate "How I Met Your Mother" Ending Has Leaked Online. It may be so. All rights reserved. This one is mine. While all of these moments could potentially serve as candidates for the exact moment when the show jumped the shark, the answer is ultimately none of the above. The episode serves as the 23rd and 24th episode of season nine, and the 207th and 208th episode overall; the episode's two parts are classified as two separate episodes. HIMYM didn’t care if we were offended by racist or sexist or transphobic jokes, and it didn’t care that Marshall kept mentioning his desire to practice “environmental law” (a phrase that serves as the basis of a great drinking game if there ever was one) without ever referencing what an environmental lawyer actually did, or that for someone whose architectural skills supposedly warranted a cover story in New York magazine, Ted Mosby was an incredibly shitty architect, if the Goliath National Bank was any indication. Of course, nowadays no one can even talk about the series without immediately ranting about how much they hated the finale. I wasn’t even upset per se that Ted ended up with Robin. She served as the Daily Dot’s IRL editor from January 2014 to July 2015. But I enjoy HIMYM the same way that I enjoy eating the blocks of cheddar they pass out on long plane rides: I know the cheese is not high-quality and it’s not necessarily good for me, but if I’m hungry and bored and there’s no other food around then damn, do they taste good. No. I was disappointed. For instance, Zoe was annoying, but she was basically a blip, not around long enough to really develop the hatred you would if you watched it with week breaks between episodes for months and months. By the time Ted told his children the story, she had been dead for six years, victim of a “sickness,” during which Ted loved her very, very much. MAJOR SPOILERS AHEAD if you have never seen HIMYM (and if you haven't, I'm telling you to just save yourself the heartache and don't start). Ted and Tracy’s (the mother) first meeting was absolutely perfect and I adored her character. She’s been dead for six seconds to us the viewers. Isn’t that something we all aspire for?” Sure finding love is a worthy cause. When I first watched the series for the first time, I absolutely HATED the ending. The CBS sitcom finally revealed its central mystery -- how Ted (Josh Radnor) met the mother … She. I thought the series finale started off strong. HIMYM didn’t care if we thought Ted should end up with the Mother or Robin or the girl from Scrubs or a Swiffer. Sometimes, they can’t. And the relationship dynamics on the show are realistic, in the sense that your friends’ significant others tend to drift in and out of your life, and years later, you don’t think of them so much as people as a revolving cast of sentient mops. EJ Dickson is a writer and editor who primarily covers sex, dating, and relationships, with a special focus on the intersection of intimacy and technology. I was crying and raging at the same time. So, all nine seasons of How I Met Your Mother are landing on Aussie Netflix this week and it got me thinking about how much I adore the show. With Josh Radnor, Jason Segel, Cobie Smulders, Neil Patrick Harris. After 208 episodes and nine seasons, "How I Met Your Mother" has met its end. So, that happened. Copyright © 2019 Salon.com, LLC. Barney and Robin get divorced. Reproduction of material from any Salon pages without written permission is strictly prohibited. What I hated was the disrespect to her, and the undoing of 9 years by having Ted end up with Robin anyways. But the truth is, HIMYM had been betraying us all along, by not caring about its audience or respecting its intelligence even one iota. It was an ode to the time Ted had with his friends and wife, of a nostalgia for when he was younger and almost had it all. If it had ended at the 55 minute mark, that would have been the takeaway. When, exactly, did HIMYM’s writers and producers give up on the series? This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. And like Lost, by the time the series ended, HIMYM turned out to be—warning, spoilers—an enormous disappointment. Related: How I Met Your Mother: Every Fake Website Created (That You Can Visit) Lily's hilariously bad accents were another one of the character's most memorable quirks in How I Met Your Mother.The series made it an effort to point out Lily's use of accents in the season 4 episode "Intervention. And when you’re watching a show straight through like that, there are certain things that annoy you less than they did the full time watcher, and others that annoy you even more. "How I Met Your Mother" is like that one ex you keep going back to even though you know it alway ends the same; in bitter disappointment and pure pain. That’s not to say I’m not a fan of HIMYM: I am. The same with a lot of the future course of these characters’ lives. The hour-long “How I Met Your Mother” series finale proved the conspiracy theorists right. That’s a pile of crap right there, but then we write on the Internet, so that’s our bread and butter. Ted gets Robin in the end and this is very rushed. End Game: TV’s Best and Worst Series Finales From ‘Lost’ to ‘The Sopranos,’ these are last episodes that got it right — and very, very wrong Or was it as early as season 3, when Britney Spears’s three-episode arc set a precedent for the show inviting a slew of female celebrity guests, each of which had larger breasts and worse acting skills than the one before? During its nine seasons, HIMYM has played musical chairs with its three central characters’ love lives (Lily and Marshall, the anchors of the show and my favorite characters, are the exception), swapping celebrity guest star lover for celebrity guest star lover and praying audiences won’t be able to tell the difference. When she died, and Barney and Robin divorced, Ted decided to go back to Robin, I was livid. Eighty percent of the time, I’m correct, and 100 percent of the time I think that the mop would have made a better casting choice. How I Met Your Mother - Ending SceneHow I Met Your Mother Finale Episode Ending Although HIMYM has never made a secret of not caring about its audience’s intelligence, last night, by undoing nearly a decade of work the show’s creators had done trying to get people to love the show its characters and keep watching in the first place, HIMYM proved it didn’t care about our time, either. Having watched the ninth season live, and suffering through the horrific first half of that season with everyone else, it was a relief to see the show get its legs again for the last ten or so episodes of its run, when it was really hitting on all cylinders (except that idiotic “son of a beeetch” catch phrase of Lily’s, who in the world ever thought that was funny?). In honor of 'The Americans,' 'New Girl' and 'The Middle' signing off for good, we've ranked the 10 best and five worst TV finales of all time, from 'Six Feet Under' to 'How I Met Your Mother.' Ted and Tracey's relationship was rushed and it was very random to kill off the mother. For nine long seasons, I have been a How I Met Your Mother fan, a stalwart viewer through sometimes terrible, occasionally pointless story arcs (cough, season eight, cough). Before I started watching (and became a fan of) How I Met Your Mother, my friend summarized the basic premise to me briefly last year. It only took 208 episodes and about twelve dozen close calls, but “How I Met Your Mother” did it, finally letting Ted and Tracy meet-cute under a yellow umbrella in the rain. On the other hand, the mid-run drop off in the show’s quality becomes even more distinct. Associated Press articles: Copyright © 2016 The Associated Press. Warning: Spoiler Alert. Only character with a good ending was Barney. But hey dad, why don’t you go bang Aunt Robin?!? He is an excellent actor and meshes well with a star-studded cast. The How I Met Your Mother series finale may have been a poor and unsatisfying ending to the show, but it's not the worst finale of all-time. Sure, the finale of How I Met Your Mother has the true believing supporter and intrepid thinkpiece contrarian who insists the finale was "perfect" or at the very least, "fitting. However in the end that premise turned out to be a lie. If How I Met Your Mother was a straight show, played out under a different title and premise, then the ending could well have worked. But in any case, I watched eight seasons on Netflix over the course of a few months, and then watched the ninth live. In truth, HIMYM never jumped the shark, because HIMYM was always terrible. How I Met Your Mother made history last night. The show does not give proper amount of episodes to build this transition from Tracey to Robin. That’s not a “ooh, look at me I’m so elite and barely own a television” so much as a statement of preference. When she was done, I told her it was like another show I’d never seen before: Lost. It’s not how I would have written it, but it was still written well in some sense. Her work has since appeared in the New York Times, Rolling Stone, Mic, Bustle, Romper, and Men’s Health. I’d caught a few of the episodes on rerun late at night on WGN, but not enough to really form an opinion of it. There are many preferences in the world. When one finally does—the Barney-Robin pairing, for instance, which I found totally implausible at first but then gradually started to grow on me—it usually unravels, abruptly and without apparent reason, in the interest of throwing in another plot twist. In a way, it was fitting, because it exemplified the lack of respect for its audience’s intelligence and desire to pander to the lowest common denominator that have been part of HIMYM’s modus operandi all along. It seems like HIMYM’s writers have always coasted on its high-concept premise and its relatively complex structure, and paid little attention to actual character or plot development. The comparison was intended to be tongue-in-cheek, but it’s never been more apt than now, a day after HIMYM’s series finale. BY SOPHIA WENGIER How I Met Your Mother is a popular sitcom that aired for nine seasons with interesting characters and comedy, mixed with important themes about life and love. This piece originally appeared on Pajiba. That was what How I Met Your Mother wanted to send as its message: Treasure what you have when you have it. Was it season 7, when Ted tearfully told Robin that he still loved her and she rebuffed him for the umpteenth time? 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