Since 1990, NBC has had a lock on comedy. Of the 20 “Best Comedy Series” Emmys given since then, 13 have been NBC shows, four from CBS, two from Fox, and one from HBO.
And I’m usually an NBC apologist. Seinfeld is my favorite comedy of all-time (not exactly going out on a limb there) and 30 Rock and The Office have kept me laughing since they came on air. But I think it’s time for another show to get its due: How I Met Your Mother.
Wedged in between all the pointless drivel CBS puts out on a regular basis, HIMYM is like a defibrillator for a flat-line patient: its only chance.
Based on a kitschy premise (reread the show title), the show is mostly forgotten because, well, it’s on CBS. But give it a shot. It’s only a half-hour, at 8 p.m. They even show the episodes online for free.
If nothing else, watch it for Neil Patrick Harris. Left for dead after Doogie Howser, M.D., NPH has come back strong, taking excellent writing and making it incredible with his timing. Jason Segal is fantastic, and the rest of the cast compliment each other in a way that only 30 Rock currently rivals.
This season, it’s been funnier than both 30 Rock and The Office, and it’s been a down season for HIHYM.
If you need more incentive, since it’s on at 8 p.m., you can watch it, then flip over to Monday Night Football.