Not every show is the kind you can devour over the course of a few days or week. You can't push your way through poor plots or undeveloped characters. But for different viewers, different shows will peak your interest to the point where you're willing to continually hitting the next button on Netflix. What follows is a recommendation for a show you can burn through on Netflix. It doesn't require you to finish this marathon but it does pass along an experience only modern streaming technologies have given us, binge watching.
I started watching How I Met Your Mother years ago, back when season five was just airing and only the first few seasons were available for me to watch. After those first few seasons I got frustrated, for a show all about meeting a mother I was only concerned with nothing else. Ignoring some of the other developing character relationships was a big mistake now that I know what that show really turns into. As the show marches on they fill in back story, they hint at the future with flash forwards, they intertwine and tear apart key relationships between main characters, and they do their best to both keep you guessing and hoping all at the same time.
You could easily confuse this show with a modern version of Friends. The characters all hang out at a nearby bar, their lives are usually consumed with one of their ongoing relationships, and their New York apartments are incredibly large for a city notorious for a lack of space. Yet the attitude of Friends is washed away with a more upfront and realistic, for a sitcom, take on how someone in their late 20s to early 30s is living their life. You're still clinging to a younger version of yourself who wasn't worried about consequences but need to grow up into someone with a career. It's a change of cultures being past college but still not willing to give your life into having children and growing a career.
What How I Met Your Mother does best though is weaving everything together. The characters all seem like cliches, the stories seem predictable, and everything seems to be building towards one big reveal of the mother which by now you know doesn't happen until the final season. In between the beginning and the end however is a worthy series of twists and bumps along the road that, as a mid to late 20 year old, honestly teach and talk about some important life lessons.
Few shows can make you laugh and leave you devastated going from one episode to the next. Few have a cast that feel built from the ground up to enrich the characters they play. And few shows can accurately represent exactly what a normal life can be like. At any moment everything you had planned can be taken away from you, and at any moment you can gain something that means the world to you but you never saw coming. It's those ups and downs that make life worth living and make this show worth binging.