I was lucky to get a preview of this show. We may struggle to come up with a good enough gimmick for our new sitcoms and How I Met Your Mother is certainly an interesting one. It basically has a framing device of Ted talking to his kids and then flashing back to 2005. However, the gimmick so clearly hasn't got 'legs', I wondered why no-one else had noticed.
- Each story has to be about how this guy met his wife - it's in the title. That's incredibly restrictive.
- The introductory bit with the kids has to be in each week and there's little variance you can do with it, it's going to be samey.
- At some point you have to show the 'mother' of the title. Pretty darn soon as well, I'd say, or it just gets annoying.
- But when they do show the mother then the whole 'will they, won't they' suspense is completely gone
In the States they are aiming at 22 episodes a season for five years and I couldn't see the gimmick lasting a season. It might work better for a short run British show but even in the
Don't get me wrong, it is one of the best of the current season sitcoms but you're sort of waiting for them to abandon the gimmick and just be a comedy about friends and dating. Which they eventually do later in the series.
I personally don't think you need a gimmick or some amazing twist no-one has ever seen before. Good characters involved in strong stories, saying and doing funny things may be all you need.