How I Met Your Mother, “Last Forever,” and What It Meant


How I Met Your Mother was a strange beast, wasn’t it? Airing only a year after the finale of Friends, I have a hard time believing anyone thought it would become the cultural behemoth that it did. Here was a story about a male lead character searching for the love of his life, the one, his other half–a concept that seems almost contrarian for its time. Love stories aren’t new in Hollywood, but they rarely focus on the male’s perspective, and at that time there was this idea–it still exists now, but to a lesser extent–that men were supposed to be pre-occupied by action movies and sports. Showing too much emotion was unmanly. Continue reading