Imagine yourself 25 years down the road and looking back at post college years when you were just getting your career started like at the age of 27. Imagine looking for your future wife but not exactly knowing who she is but remembering every single moment that led up to that one perfect day. This is the basic backdrop of How I Met Your Mother. Of course there are many things that fall in between such as Neil Patrick Harris's infamous line "Suit Up!". The show is located in NYC mainly in an apartment and different places around NY but mainly set in their apartment and a bar called Mclanahan's which is conveniently ground level of their apartment.
I love this show because aside from the jokes and laughter it relates to the post college late 20's person. Everyone knows right after college you find a job, maybe move out of the house, maybe move in with some friends, and maybe find the girl of your dreams. This show does a great job of portraying that lifestyle. Granted not everyone is so fortunate to be able to find a job and get an apartment in NYC but, for the most part I think this show portrays what most post college kids end up doing.
The actors are excellent and you can almost relate yourself to a character because of the great acting. Ted is the hopeless romantic, Barney is the single bachelor who only thinks with one part of his body (later you find out why though), Marshal and Lily are your couple who are ready to take the plunge but still live young at heart, and Robin is the girl you can't have. All these characters are molded together to form a show that i think a basic post graduate late 20's person can relate to.
One of my biggest concerns about this show is that it has similarities to the show Friends. I mean NYC apartment, they are all friends, and the things that go in between. But unlike friends, i think the jokes are a lot less "wow that was so corny or stupid that i have to laugh". The jokes are a bit more mature and very witty. They also dont do the occasional pause after a joke thing such as to say "cmon audience laugh now". They will say something and if it is actually funny the characters themselves will laugh and react to it as if they were really told a joke.
The way things are revealed in the show are also excellent. A few twists and turns that are hard to see and thats what life is all about. Unexpected moments.