Being upset at a show being canceled seems like a thing we do often around here. Maybe because good shows get canceled way too often. Did anyone hear of letting shows grow? Is anyone even concerned about the craft anymore? And that’s not even going into all the people affected when a show is canceled, from the actors to the writers and everyone who works behind the scenes.
However, this show is particularly upsetting because watching it, we could tell there was a plan. We might not have liked that plan, we still have our issues with How I Met Your Mother, but it’s better to not like a plan than to never get to see the plan! It is, we promise.
But focusing on just that — and the questions left unanswered, so many of them!! — is underselling how charming this show actually was. There was a spark there, and though the show did get lost in the weeds a times, it was easy to see the path to something better.
We could have gotten into ship fights! Team Jesse or Team Sid? Plus there’s Valentina and Charlie and their future kid! How do we get there? Not to mention we need to know about the print of Sophie’s picture. How did she get it? Why was it in her apartment? Is someone else the father, but Jesse her endgame?
Questions that we needed answered. Growth that we are being robbed of. And a talented cast with insane chemistry that won’t get to show us where these characters are going, what they could have been. That’s sad in general, but it’s especially sad if we consider what the industry is right now, and how studios continue to put greed over the people creating the entertainment we consume.
How I Met Your Father is just the latest casualty. They won’t be the last ones. The entire industry needs a change. That’s what the WGA and SAG-AFTRA are fighting for. Hopefully, if they win what they deserve, we won’t have to be here so often, crying about what could have been.