How we say goodbye to 'How I Met Your Mother'
It was 2005 when Future Ted, as voiced by Bob Saget, sat his bored teenaged kids down to tell them the "long story" of how he met their mother. If this were told in real time, those kids would now be 23 and 25. Sure, it's been a long story, but what a story it's been.
In nine years the series has been equally sweet, frustrating, teasing, twisted and most of all, funny. We'll have more on the series highlights here in coming days, but first let's soak in the long goodbye and decide how we will say farewell to How I Met Your Mother before the finale airs at 8 p.m. Monday on CBS in a special one-hour episode after nine seasons.
Suit up! Ducky ties are optional when Gabriella’s at the Renaissance Tampa Hotel International Plaza hosts a Legen...wait for it...Dary viewing party for the series finale of How I Met Your Mother. A simulation of McLaren’s Pub (and Barney and Ted’s apartment-bar Puzzles) will be the gathering spot for a night of snacks from Pelagia Trattoria, “mini-burgers” and Robin Scherbatsky cocktails. For the trivia contest featuring one liners, sayings and celebrities from the show we say — challenge accepted! Gabriella’s is located in the lobby level of the Renaissance Tampa International Plaza Hotel, 4200 Jim Walter Blvd., Tampa. Seating is limited. The fun begins at 7 p.m. and the finale airs at 8 p.m. on CBS, when a one-hour goodbye will cap the popular comedy at nine seasons.
Don't want to risk missing important dialogue in a noisy McLaren's doppleganger? Have a party of your own. Tell your guests to show up in a Barney-worthy suit, or red cowboy boots or carry a yellow umbrella with a (hopefully temporary) tramp stamp butterfly tattoo on their lower back. Or you can take inspiration from the show's Halloween episodes and come dressed as a slutty pumpkin or a hanging chad. For decor, get some musical instruments from a thrift store and spray-paint them blue. Beer is of course the drink of choice but a Robin Scherbatsky cocktail combines coconut rum, peach schnapps, vanilla vodka, strawberry creme liqueur, cranberry juice and sugar mixed with a handful of maraschino cherries. It sounds like a sugar rush in cocktail form, which is why Marshall loves it and claims to have invented it.
Watch and learn
Watch the whole cast of How I Met Your Mother on an episode of Inside the Actors Studio, debuting this Thursday night at 8 pm on Bravo.
Using Hulu or Netflix you can catch up on some of the cast and creator's favorite episodes. My personal favorite is "Slap Bet" (Season 2, Episode 9) which introduces both Robin Sparkles and the awesome slap bet. That turns out to also be a favorite of Cobie Smulders (Robin). I mean who wouldn't want a chance to smack someone across the face with all their might? Josh Radnor (Ted) has said "The Time Travelers" (Season 8, Episode 20) is his favorite if only because it ends with him and Neil Patrick Harris, or rather six of them, singing For the Longest Time. Harris, who plays the lady hound Barney, picked "Girls Versus Suits" (Season 5, Episode 12) of course, for its Broadway-worthy song and dance number. Jason Segel (Marshall) went dark and picked the sad "Bad News" (Season 6, Episode 13) in which Marshall's father passes away. Alyson Hannigan (Lilly) picked "Three Days of Snow" (Season 4, Episode 13). That's the one where a marching band greets Lily at the airport to the tune of Auld Lang Syne.
There actually have been books that have been spun off the show:
- The Bro Code, cited by Barney many times throughout the series, is a set of written rules for bros to follow, and has been published as a tie-in novel, an audiobook, an iPhone application and an Android application. Barney alleges it was written by Barnabus Stinson, a contemporary of George Washington and Benjamin Franklin.
- Bro on the Go, a companion to The Bro Code, released in 2009.
- Bro Code for Parents: What to Expect When You're Awesome, released in 2012.
- The Playbook, based on the fifth season episode of the same name, by Barney Stinson and Matt Kuhn.
- How I Met Your Mother and Philosophy, written under the pseudonym Lorenzo von Matterhorn.