02 November 2010

HIMYM: The Comedy Problem

My review of last night's episode of How I Met Your Mother is up on TheAtlantic.com.  It is a corny show, and clearly not the best comedy on television, and yes sometimes the best characters on the show (Jason Segel and Neil Patrick Harris) just seem like they're being held back by their own dialogue, but in spite of the flaws, I find it oddly compelling. The characters are endearing, the comedy is goofy, and the writers make sincere efforts to address the real lives of twenty and thirtysomethings living in a city (in the hyper-reality world of a sitcom). They just seem to choose all the wrong moments to try to promote the show...

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