I could never get into Friends. Other than Rachel, I did not like the characters and found the dialogue mostly unfunny. On the contrary, I enjoy How I Met Your Mother. At times silly (which provides some of the appeal), there are moments of laugh-out-loud humor. I like the unusual mix of characters, and particularly enjoy the digs at Canada. Including a Canadian character was a stroke of genius.
I am amazed at how long they can stretch waiting for the denouement (which has yet to cross the Atlantic). And, I feel sorry for the two young actors that play the children, forced to sit in front a a camera for years and pretending to be interested using only facial expressions.
I have read that many are disappointed with the actress chosen to be the “mother”. I will have to wait and see if I agree.
Since all good comedians reside on the left side of political spectrum (Republicans are not allowed to have a sense of humor), they must be wetting themselves in anticipation and joy at the bumper crop of comic fodder in the presidential race. The turkey from Alaska/Arizona provides enough material for the entire industry.
But, she is thick-skinned or oblivious. The increased attention merely boosts her earning potential, and personal wealth interests her more than political office, which entails work, having real responsibility, and limits earning/spending. The rest seem to be well-meaning, but equally fertile ground for the comic circuit.
Let the ribbing begin...