How I Met Your Mother is the best sitcom on network television. Sorry The Office, sorry 30 Rock, sorry that weird new Scrubs spinoff-but-not-really show, but you are all second rate in comparison. A show with an original premise and almost obsessive attention to continuity, HIMYM has continued to push all the buttons of viewers' emotions: laughter, joy, triumph, sadness — and it's even heartwarming. Somehow, a show this good has survived cancellation and has made it to its 100th episode, titled “Girls Vs. Suits”, which airs January 11 at 8PM on CBS.
In case you have been living under a rock these past few years (or are too busy watching reality junk or Two and a Half Men), HIMYM is told from the perspective of Ted Mosby (in voice-over by Bob Saget) in the year 2030, when he sits his kids down to tell them the story of how he met their mother (obviously). Ted gets sidetracked a lot though, and instead of just telling that story, he tells his kids stories from his life in New York in the present day.
Before he had kids, Ted (played by Josh Radnor) was a young architect looking for love. His best friend Marshall (Jason Segel) is a lawyer and Marshall’s wife Lily (Alyson Hannigan) is a kindergarten teacher. Marshall and Lily are the biggest relationship in the show; they've been together since the first day in college and have the love that everyone wishes they could have. On the outskirts are news reporter Robin (Cobie Smulders), an immigrant from Canada who is afraid of commitment, and the playboy Barney (Neil Patrick Harris), who finds the idea of marriage completely asinine and instead spends his time trying to sleep with as many girls as possible, any way he can. The show follows the lives of these five friends as they experience life, love, and hardship in New York City, all while "future" Ted gets closer and closer to revealing to his kids (and us) how he actually met their mother.