Barney and Robin should not have divorced in How I Met Your Mother
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Sitcoms are not usually focused on the overall story or presentation as a whole. As such they present "twist" that will get the watcher to continue watching. How I Met Your Mother was famous for this in it's presentation of the "that could be the girl" scenario.
On sitcom writing:
1. Sitcom writers in general are not known for their exceptional story talent. Most of their effort goes into the comedic effect, this show is a prime example of that.
2. The writers also make story decision based on budget, ratings, and how it will benefit the company, not how it will effect the story for re-watching value.
On the message it sends:
-Sitcoms are not prime examples of how you should live your life. Barney being a playboy is probably the biggest hint the show can give you as far as his relationship being an "example". Also some people get divorced and that happens. It would be more "real" than painting them in a working relationship given how outrageous Barney generally is.
In my opinion(since this debate is opinionated to say the least) I think that part brought more realism to the show and gave the show as a whole a better "I can relate to it" feeling.
I'm not sure this is really a proper debate, but there you go. I'll await the response.
(i.e. they write each season as it gets funded, not as a whole).
In the matter of opinions. I think Season 9 was always going to be a letdown in some areas. Whether it be the Robin and Barney relationship(which didn't really add up) or him eventually meeting the mother.
The problem with ending in long running series is that expectations are always too high. Sitcoms are one of the worse offenders, with either very lazy endings, or no ending at all.
It wasn't needed but it would have played out better had they used proper spacing.
I still stand on the point that their divorce was not bad, but the planning of season 9 was.
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