How I Met Your Mother

Ted Mosby tells his kids the convoluted story of how he met their mother, via flashback of his 20-year-old self, looking for his soul mate. Ted takes his sweet time, telling the tale, as he brings up several unrelated events, side stories about his friends, and stories of meeting girls, who weren’t the mother.

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  1. Main cast member, Lily Aldrin is a bisexual, in a relationship turn marriage with a man, but just because she’s married to him, doesn’t mean she’ll make a comment or two, showing off her interest in women every now and then. This also doesn’t mean, she’ll become untruthful to her husband, Marshall, however. Lily loves Marshall and only Marshall more than anyone in the world, but might check out a girl’s rack, or kiss a fellow female, in appropriate situations.

    Recurring and one-time characters belonging to the LGBT community, such as James Stinson, Trudy, and Cindy, are portrayed in a positive light, are devoid of stereotypes, and their sexuality is never dusted under the radar. For example: Womanizing chauvinist, Barney Stinson is perfectly okay with his brother, James being gay, and never gives him any flak for it, not even jokingly. Although Barney has dedicated his life to banging as much women as possible, he understands how James is virtually the exact same kind of person he is, only he does it with men.

    Of course, being a comedy, that doesn’t mean there will be a few one-off jokes, that come at the expense of the LGBT community. For instance: In “First Time in New York” Robin laments about her first time having sex, which happened to be with a closeted gay guy. The flashback shows her teenage self in her girly, pink teen girl bedroom, laying down with the boy, after having sex. The boy then admits to her that he’s gay and Robin admits she already knew. When he asks her how she knew, we hear footsteps offscreen and the boy freaks out, saying that his mom is coming and she needs to hide under his bed, revealing that this feminine, girly bedroom was actually his.

    Overall, it’s a good show to watch if you’re from the LGBT community, if you don’t mind a couple racy gags here and there. To be fair, these offensive jokes and few and far between, as HIMYM is a lot more high-brow than a vulgar sit-com, that thinks repeatedly referencing bigoted stereotypes is funny. It’s a well-done show, that while focusing generally on straight people, includes one token bisexual, and a fair share of diverse, humanized, well-rounded LGBT side characters.

     

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