And so it goes -- one of the signature sitcoms of the past decade will finally get the wrap party it deserves: CBS just announced that “How I Met Your Mother” will officially end next season. That will be the ninth one, if you are counting, and if ever there was a shaggy dog story that kept on keeping on, this is the one.
The show began auspiciously enough, but no one — not CBS nor co-creators Carter Bays or Craig Thomas — could have ever imagined in their wildest, craziest, most profitable dreams that this would stretch out nine seasons. (What must the children be thinking? Dad, will you just tell us how you met mom already? For crying out loud! We're nine years older and have graduated college...")
Who would have imagined that it would make an even bigger star of out Neil Patrick Harris, or turn Jason Segel into a movie star, or Cobie Smulders into a love object for millions of teen boys..? Or, that this show would actually add terms to the language — sort of secret handshakes between fans like, “The Blitz,” or “Reachers and settlers,” or MILSWANCA or the Mosby, or the Bro code, or the Woo Girl, or... hold on, lemme catch my breath... It was “Seinfeld-like” in that regard. And guest stars? ... We haven't got all day, sorry.
But it very nearly is over. “Through eight years, "How I Met Your Mother" has mastered the art of leading-edge comedy, emotional water-cooler moments and pop culture catchphrases,” said Nina Tassler, president, CBS Entertainment. “We are excited for Carter, Craig, Pam Fryman and this amazing cast to tell the final chapter and reveal television’s most mysterious mother to some of TV’s most passionate fans.”