Because I’m bored

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Does anyone else think Friends and How I Met Your Mother [HIMYM] are quite alike?

I watched an episode of Friends the other day, immediately followed by one of HIMYM and it got me thinking, ya know, about how awfully similar they are. So I drew a bit of comparative-chart to identify some of the obvious similarities.

By chart I mean prose, and by drew I mean typed.

Friends

How I Met Your Mother

Ross commits to relationships too quickly.

Three divorces.

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Ted commits to relationships too quickly.

Says “I love you” to Robin on their first date.

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They hang out at Central Perk and sit on the same sofas every time.

Periodically, anyone apart from these six seen sitting on the sofas is asked to leave.

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They hang out at MacLaren’s Pub and sit in the same booth every time.

I think the Robin and Lily got into a silent-fight / stare-down with a few other girls who were sitting in their booth.

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Ross and Chandler have known each other since college.

Both were…interesting back then.

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Ted and Marshall have known each other since college.

Both were…interesting back then.

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Chandler and Monica are married. One married couple in the group.

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Lily and Marshall are married. One married couple in the group.

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Ross is a professor and tells the most sinfully boring stories.

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Ted is a professor and tells the most sinfully boring stories.

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Joey is a ladies’ man.

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Barney is a ladies’ man.

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Everyone hangs out at Monica’s grandmother’s apartment.

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Everyone hangs out quite a lot at Lily and Marshall’s apartment. Or is it Ted’s? Well, one apartment is frequented the most.

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Ross’ Halloween costume

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Ted’s Halloween costume

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Joey is of Italian origin.

Ok so this one was a long shot.

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Robin is Canadian.

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So they’re not identical *rolls eyes*. But you’ve gotta admit that that’s still a pretty decent number of similarities in the plot.

What did I miss?

*Note: None of the pictures used in this post are mine. They’ve all been taken from various sources across the internet. Most of them can be found by using these keywords: Friends, How I Met Your Mother, names of characters from both shows.

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6 thoughts on “Because I’m bored

  1. both series also have the guys getting into trouble with two guys who are sitting in their seats and all of them are intimidated by the guys

  2. sometimes I feel like the HIMYM writers watch an episode of friends and then sit to write.. and end up with an episode of stupid comedy. I dont like HIMYM after I started watching friends again.

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