From the title of the show I was expecting a lame family sitcom in the genre of 8 Simple Rules. In those shows, I could never really get behind the same stale humor of how teenagers are rebellious, married men are fat crude and lazy, or the character who says dumb things in an attempt to make us laugh. To my surprise, How I Met Your Mother is a show that follows characters not so old that they are static but too old for teenage Dawson's Creek "he loves me, he loves me not" drama
The show takes an in media res perspective on the lives of a group of character in their mid to late 20s. The characters share a strong, close friendship but yet live very different lives much like Friends. The show never dwells too long on the drama and decisions that steer these character's lives. There is a constant play between characters trying to avoid the box society constructs for them and the way the characters simultaneously succumb and defeat that box.
Did I mention that with this show you also get Neil Patrick Harris and Alyson Hannigan? Those two are good actors and pretty good comedians. Alyson plays her character quirky of course but with more depth and more dimensions. Neil plays a character that doesn't want to grow up but isn't stupid about it. I don't too frequently laugh out loud at a show but this show pulls it off. It's definitely fresh, creative, and well paced.