Ted Mosby’s quest for love caught the hearts of many. Let’s look at some of the best parts during his journey on How I Met Your Mother.
How I Met Your Mother was one of the most entertaining shows to air on TV. Ted Mosby’s (Josh Radnor) desire and determination to find love was a heart-warming and hilarious journey. Supported by his friends, couple Marshall (Jason Segel) and Lily (Alyson Hannigan), on/off love interest Robin (Cobie Smulders), and womanizer Barney (Neil Patrick Harris), Ted’s life did not come without great growing moments with his closest pals.
It’s hard to believe that the controversial ending was over half a decade ago, but many true fans of the show may still be seeking clarity on Ted’s final decision. Luckily, HIMYM is still available on some streaming platforms like Hulu, but not on others (*cough Netflix cough*).
With that being said, let’s look at some of the best parts from the highly praised show.
Ah, the slap bet. After a silly wager between Barney and Marshall goes in the latter’s favor, Barney chooses his punishment as five slaps that can occur during any point in his life span. Now, armed with five of the most powerful, yet sudden slaps, Marshall wreaks havoc on Barney by sneakily throwing in slaps when he least expects it.
After unsurprisingly losing another bet and being forced to wear a “ducky tie,” Barney exchanges that dubious honor for another three slaps from Marshall. It seemed to be a never-ending cycle of slaps for the normally cunning womanizer.
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With Lily’s role as Slap Bet Commissioner, the slaps were regulated and enforced with a certain set of rules to ensure fairness.
The best component of the slap bet was the propensity to let the slapee (Barney) have it at the most unexpected time, as evidence of Marshall’s unrelenting rips on Barney.
Barney’s attempts at womanizing were hysterical to say the least. Through employing the most outlandish methods in hopes of landing a date, the sly, well-dressed gentleman never ceased to try out any scheme.
Enter the playbook. A book filled with loads of ploys to convince women about polished accolades and an attractive persona, Barney’s creative techniques were some of the most memorable moments of the show.
From dressing up as a rockstar to being the famous Lorenzo Von Matterhorn, Barney’s playbook was as memorable and effective as Marshall’s slaps on him. As for how the scheming character felt about his plays, let his signature wink do all the talking about his success.
HIMYM was filled with its moments, but it also had its famous slogans during the show, mostly proclaimed by Barney. First, his proclamations of things being “legendary” made the show MORE legendary given it was already a hit.
And if a moment was not feeling legendary, don’t worry, because Barney loved rising up to the challenge, hence his other famous phrase, “challenge accepted!” There was no reason to feel down when you had Barney’s frequent, memorable, one-word proclamations.
Ted’s Determination for Love
This last one is not hysterical at all, but rather moving. The central premise of the show focused on Ted Mosby seeking a life partner, and trying to do what he could to make that possible. Along the way, he ran into several love interests, and remained determined to find what he was looking for.
It was never easy for Ted during his various relationships, but the motivation and authenticity of his quest drove the show and frankly showed a resolute character in a category of his own when it came to the importance of love. It’s rare to see a fictional character so dedicated and passionate about finding the “one,” much less a nine-season show centered around it. For Ted, finding true love was his life mission at that moment, and his friends were not the only ones along the ride, many fans grew to love Ted Mosby and his memorable story too.
Which of these parts from the show are your favorite?