‘Friends’ vs. ‘How I Met Your Mother’

Updated 2:07 p.m., March 24

Since the innovation of television, there has been shows that defined a generation. The television has been one of the most used devices for household entertainment since the 1960s.

Sitcoms like “I Love Lucy” and “Three’s Company” won the hearts of millions for the wit and humor that each show brought to the table. Other shows like “Cheers” and “Happy Days” brought America characters that will forever be remembered such as Sam “Mayday” Malone and Arthur “The Fonz” Fonzarelli.

Two of the most loved sitcoms of the past two generations have been battling for supremacy a while now. “Friends” and “How I Met Your Mother” – they both have their similarities and differences. Both shows are set at the same city: New York.

The heated debate of “Friends” and “How I Met Your Mother” have been going on since “HIMYM” ended in 2014. Each show was the face of comedy in their time periods, “Friends” was first aired in 1994 and ended with 10 seasons in 2004. “HIMYM” aired in 2005 and completed the series with nine seasons.

As for similarities, there are always mud throwing when it comes to the originality of “HIMYM.” This is attributed to the numbers of resemblance the show shares with “Friends.” For example in one plot line of “Friends,” Ross dates one of his students and “HIMYM” had the same situation where Ted also dates one of his students.

When it comes to viewership alone, “Friends” remains as the top dog. “HIMYM” has never ranked top ten in viewership in its nine year run while “Friends” stayed in three top tens during all ten years of air.

Personally I’d take the original over the carbon copy.

Watching Barney Stinson just reminded me of Joey and his antics with women. Barney is just Joey in a suit, let’s be honest now.

The chemistry of “Friends” was one of the main reason reasons why it was such a success. The cast of “Friends” in reality are indeed good friends, and that was displayed when they refused to shoot the final season unless they all got paid equally.

That bond the “Friends” cast had with each other is why we felt so connected to each character. We felt like we were part of the gang.

Now just because I think “Friends” is better, it does not mean I did not like “HIMYM” because I did watch “HIMYM” and enjoyed it.

“HIMYM” does have its moments that we all cherished too. From the blue french horn to the yellow umbrella, we laughed and we cried.

But at the end of the day, the “Friends” finale with the gang leaving the apartment one last time was way more powerful than finding out that the mother died and Ted got together with Robin, in “HIMYM.”

I mean what was the point of the show?