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...
Prior to writing novels, the author enjoyed a multifaceted career: from decorated combat aviator to advertising professional to global communications director of a major consumer brand. He has traveled the world and met sports, film and television stars, political leaders, and royalty. He graduated from Middlebury College, is married, lives in Germany, and has two grown children.