The Pilot Episode “How I Met your Mother” is Problematic, to put it Mildly

The Barney pilot is a straight scum.

The year was 2005. friends’The end was a memory not too distant. Where the hell was an annoyed suburban kid like me who was going to have the solution of watching a group of twenty fight their way through New York now? Enter: How I Met Your Mother.

There was a time when I came home from school and watched an hour of HIMYM followed by an hour of friends on network television. That’s all to say that a) yes, I was super cool at school, and b) I watched so a lot HIMYM in the 00s.

Is that why I ended up moving to New York in my twenties …?

Especially given the lingering impact of the debacle that was the finale, I started to wonder how much my views on the very first episode would have changed since the mid-2000s – so I reviewed the pilot episode.

After all, challenging myself to watch nostalgic shows is like, well, Something to do now.

First, remember when the phrase “It was 2005” sounded like a message from the future? Lord, it was a simpler time.

Okay, I know this is obviously a joke ™ – but I feel like this emotional dichotomy of Ted’s opening up on his friends’ engagement shows his selfish streak.

Now, if there was a character, I would bet my money to be problematic with the 2020 vision – it would clearly be none other than Barney Stinson. But come on. THIS is the first thing he says on the show:

Then we have Barney’s first words about Robin. Of course, the show is everything, “What an adorable naughty! About his rude comments.

But honestly, why are some of them friends with Barney? Why is he not the bad guy?

Then we have Lily, who was accidentally hit in the eye by a rogue champagne cork. Taxi driver Ranjit asks if the injury was caused by Marshall hitting Lily, and Lily responds with … yeah.

Then Ted goes out with Robin before he can go to Orlando for a week, and he literally says that she is not like the other girls:

Unfortunately, the date is thwarted by Robin’s colleagues. They refer to a person on the verge of committing suicide in an ongoing report as a “horseman,” among other appallingly callous and derogatory terms.

Now I know that this woman is not one of the main “friends” of HIMYM – but still, Robin is right, “Yep, that sounds good, let’s get into the van. “

Ted therefore does not kiss Robin in front of his colleagues who have just discussed suicide, which seems valid. Well, that’s until Lily posts this comment:

To seek more heinous advice, they turn to Barney. He also thinks that Ted should have kissed Robin and forcefully kissed Marshall without his consent to … prove it?

It actually convinces Ted to change his mind.

Seriously, this may be one of the worst dating tips I have heard on a TV show in a hot minute. It would be perfectly normal for Ted not to see Robin for a week, even if she was not going to Orlando.

Ted follows the love experts, and we get the infamous blue French horn. Nothing like flying a bit and showing up unexpectedly in the middle of the night to get the girl of your dreams.

Again, they just met and had ONE date.

Meanwhile, Barney assumes that Ranjit, who is from Bangladesh, is from Lebanon – because that “joke” won’t stop.

Again, and I can’t stress this enough: why are some of them spending time with Barney?

While Lily tries to get away from her supposed friend, Ted shoots too early too early. If it was real life, all this kerfuffle would be the mother of red flags. To me, that’s Ted’s biggest flaw: he is so desperate to find a woman that he doesn’t really listen to the women he is dating. Hope he learns!

 

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