I was never a fan of Friends. Besides scattered scenes, I might have watched only one full episode. Except for Rachel, I could not warm to the characters. And, I could not relate to their lives or laugh at the “jokes”.
I did, on the other hand, become a fan of another buddy series: How I Met Your Mother. I liked the characters, but moreover enjoyed the nutty aspects of their lives. Of course, most was far-fetched, but still believable. Most of the humor appealed to me, even if I am surely not in the target audience. I particularly liked how they included digs at Canada, even if it is such as easy target. Unlike some stupid critics, I found the “the mother” to be totally likeable and believable. She played a difficult role very well. The end, (which just made it to this side of the Atlantic) although sad, worked. The entire series was a hit. I will miss the crew and their crazy lives, but will be happy to enjoy re-runs and episodes I missed.
I shouldn’t admit this at my age, but I find How I Met Your Mother entertaining. This show is probably aimed at the 18-to-25 target market, but proves that you can be immature all your life.
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.
I could never warm to Friends; I may be one of the few on this planet. The only character I liked was Rachel, merely because I found Jennifer to be cute and (occasionally) funny. Feelings about the other characters ranged from disinterest to dislike.
In contrast, I enjoy watching How I Met Your Mother. I am probably not in the target group that producers and the network hope to reach (besides, I record the program and fast-forward through the ads), but I am entertained. It is well-written and humorous. I particularly like that they include a Canadian, who is always an easy target.
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.