The last season of How I Met Your Mother was heavily criticized. It was a disappointment for many reasons, but it actually did some things correctly as well.
How i met your mother it was on its way to becoming one of the best sitcoms of all time until last season happened. Season 9 divided fans into two groups: those who defend the show, and those who felt so betrayed that they will never speak about it again. Most of season 9 didn’t take place in New York City, but in Farhampton, where Barney and Robin were about to get married. From Marshall’s redundant solo journey to the horrifying pace, the show’s final season was problematic on several levels.
However, not everything was bad. The long-awaited mom finally joined the show and did her best – she far exceeded the incredibly high expectations. The season also connected all the loose ends and took a trip down memory lane before giving all the characters a happy ending.
10 Letdown: Breaking records for worst episodes
Four of the worst episodes of the series belong to season 9. “Bedtime Stories” was written entirely in rhymes, while “Slapsgiving 3: Slappapointment in Slapmarra” and its cultural appropriation aged like milk.
Barney went delusional in “Mom and Dad” and “The Game of Poker” had nothing of substance.
9 Perfect: Tracy was a great character
The long-awaited mother finally joined the cast and instantly became one of the most likable characters on the show. Everything about Tracy was perfect: the way she instantly bonded with Lily on the train, the chemistry she shared with Ted, and her entire backstory that fits Ted so well.
“How Your Mother Met Me” was the best episode of the season and showed what Tracy was doing for the past eight years before meeting Ted. Expectations were high and fans were not disappointed.
8 Disappointment: certain stories were rushed
Most of season 9 revolved around the weekend when Robin and Barney got married, so it was really disappointing to see them fight and divorce in one episode (which is three years old) after they finally got married. They could have easily gotten married earlier on the show, so their marriage disintegration would have more substance. Although Barney and Robin were together, it is not their divorce that is the worst, but the way he was handled.
Some stories dragged on for too long, while others weren’t given enough screen time. It took Marshall half the season to reunite with the gang, traveling with a woman the public wasn’t interested in at all.
7 Perfect: it was full of emotional moments
As expected for the later seasons of the beloved sitcoms, season 9 was sentimental and was not without emotional scenes.
From the beautiful wedding in “The End of the Aisle” to Ted’s poignant speech about loving Tracy to her death in “Last Forever: Part Two,” there was no shortage of tears in season 9.
6 Disappointment: Barney’s character arc was killed
Barney’s character arc is a story about redemption. First, he transformed from a codependent hippie to the insecure and manipulative womanizer that audiences met in season 1. The show saw him transform into a man who eventually learned to take responsibility for his own actions and even faced his childhood trauma along the way. .
But that transformation was killed just so he could redo the ‘perfect month’ and get a random girl pregnant. While her love for her newborn daughter was touching, the whole story was completely redundant.
5 Perfect: references to past seasons
Season 9 reviewed a lot of old jokes and characters. Barney received his last bet just moments before Robin walked down the aisle and Tracy had her own little incident with Mitch, aka the Naked Man.
In “Vesuvius,” Ted goes over some of the show’s most memorable stories with Tracy before realizing that she had told him all the stories he had to share.
4 Letdown: The story was never about how Ted met Tracy
The title of the program is How i met your mother, but it should have been How I convinced you to date Aunt Robin. It turned out that the reason Ted decided to tell his kids the story of how he met Tracy was to get her approval to move on with his life and ask Robin out.
While the kids didn’t seem to mind being lied to, the audience certainly did. The show’s writers essentially betrayed fans, as well as Tracy.
3 Perfect: Lily redeemed herself
As the seasons progressed, Lily became increasingly unbearable. He confessed to manipulating Ted’s relationships, took Marshall for granted, and often took matters into his own hands by enforcing so-called “Aldrin justice.”
In season 6, Lily became nicer again. Even though most of the fans sided with Marshall in his infamous ‘go to Italy vs. Marshall becoming the judge’ fight, she had every right to be upset with her husband. Things weren’t easy for Lily in the last season – Marshall’s mother emotionally blackmailed her and she had to work very hard to keep Ted’s secret. Thanks to Linus, he managed well.
two Letdown: Ted and Robin break up together
Ted finished telling the story of how he met the mother of his children three minutes before the show ended for good. In those brief three minutes, Ted realizes that he is (still) in love with Robin and decides to visit her, bringing with him the iconic blue horn.
And so, without further words, the show ended forever. So what if one of the biggest stories on the show was about Ted letting Robin go? It’s like none of that matters in the end.
1 Perfect: flashbacks and flashforwards
Season 9 was divided into a series of flashbacks and flashforwards, and as it slowly progressed towards its end, audiences were able to put all of those moments together into one complete story.
The scenes were created as teasers for what was to come, but unfortunately, the writers misused them.
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