How I Met Your Mother’s rapid slide into irrelevance shows what happens when TV finales go wrong


Summary generated on August 16, 2020

    Josh Radnor as Ted and Cristin Milioti as Tracy in the final ever 'How I Met Your Mother'As the show grew in popularity, stars flocked to it in the hopes of boosting their profiles by proxy.

    Introducing so many subplots and clues of varying import would go some way to explaining why the show's ending left fans infuriated.

    For fans, who had generally approved of the Barney/Robin relationship and fallen for Cristin Milioti's sunny performance as The Mother over the show's final run, it felt like a slap in the face.

    More than 22,000 fans signed a petition to have the finale rewritten, while a fan-edited climax, which depicted the show ending just as Ted and The Mother finally got together, went viral.

    For a show all about hip New Yorkers who hang out in a bar, there was often an odd conservative streak to the show's fixation on heterosexual marriage, babies and monogamy.

    It all leaves the show an unusual pop culture relic in 2020, with an enormous discrepancy between how big the show was just a few years ago, and how little it seems to matter today.

    Those new Funko Pops are still coming, somebody somewhere determining tiny plastic figurines of Ted Mosby are worth manufacturing, but it doesn't take into consideration how little the show exists in modern conversation.