When Friends ended in 2004, it left a vast void in my life. Little did I know that another show would be hitting the silver screen within the period of one year. A sitcom that basically converted the characters of Friends, substituted the coffee for beer and added the mystery of the 6th ‘friend’.
Now don’t get me wrong, I am a huge fan of Friends. I watched all the seasons , from rooting for Ross and Rachel and being shocked at Monica and Chandler’s relationship to crying at Pheobe’s wedding and laughing at Joey’s antics. Even though I watched the majority of the show in reruns considering that I was 14 at the time it ended, I felt that I grew up with this show as it was an era or reruns.
Like the majority of the Friends fan following, I was sad to see the show end – however television producers followed up with an equally entertaining show through the release of How I Met Your Mother in 2005. I actually was old enough to follow a show at this point, and watched every single episode eagerly as it tried to fit into the huge empty space that Friends had vacated only a year ago.
The similarities in the show are uncanny, thus making a number of Friends fans turn to HIMYM. The only new element that this show brought to screens was intrigue – the mystery incorporated into the show from the very start – the character of the mother. The setting of the show is unusual, with each episode relating a story of the past as the main character relates the story of meeting his wife to his children.
Here are some of the main similarities of the two shows:
Both shows are based in New York City
These are just some of the similarities in the show, leaving out the whole Marshall is based on Chandler and that Ross and Ted are hopelessly in love with love. Despite their similarities, HIMYM has failed to reach the height of success that Friends experienced. The main reason for this is that Friends provided a unique experience whilst HIMYM started strong, the lack of the 6th character and the continuous mystery has taken a toll on the patience of audiences. If they had introduced the mother and related some stories with the perspective of both parents, the show would have entered a whole new era.
What do you think is the reason for the uber success of Friends in comparison to HIMYM?