Friends vs. HIMYM

I know that there are probably LOADS of posts and stuff floating around on the web about the similarities of Friends and How I Met Your Mother (HIMYM)… AAAAAND I don’t care. I want to have my time in the so-called lime light, by stating some cool similarities that I noticed all by my lonesome!

Friends, HIMYM

My opinion… nothing beats Friends.

There are a few similarities, like how both shows are in New York, both shows have time flash backs, in both shows at least one of the characters move away for a while, in both shows 2 of the characters are better friends with each other than the rest (Ted & Marshall – HIMYM, Chandler & Ross – Friends), in both shows at least 2 of the main characters marry each other, in both shows the characters constantly live with each other eg.

  • In Friends, Rachel lives with Monica, then Phoebe, then Joey and then Ross. Ross lives with Joey and Chandler and then with Rachel, Chandler lives with Joey and then with Monica, Phoebe lives with Monica and then with Rachel.
  • In HIMYM, Ted lives with Marshall and Lily then lives with Robin, Lily lives with Marshall and Ted, then lives with a raccoon (come on, you know I had to) then lives with Barney, Robin lives with Ted after living with 5, yes! that FIVE, dogs.

And some more…

THEY ALL HANG OUT AT THE SAME PLACE ALL THE TIME

  • In Friends its the couch and or bar stools and chairs around said couch in The Central Perk.
  • In HIMYM its mostly one booth in MacLaren’s Pub, but varies to different spots during the show.
Friends, HIMYM

Always!!!

NO ONE KNOWS WHAT CHANDLER AND BARNEY DO FOR WORK

  • In Friends Chandler never hides his occupation, the other characters just never remember what he does.
  • In HIMYM Barney just goes “Please!” when asked what work he does, so far I still don’t know what he does.

THE “BIRTHDAY GIRL”

  • In Friends S10E01 – Precious is Mike’s girlfriend and Phoebe tells her that Mike is back with her… all of this happens on her birthday.
  • In HIMYM S01E04 – Ted tries to make it work with his previous girlfriends, one of which is Natalie, a girl he dumped 3 years earlier… on her birthday. She gives him another chance and he soon realises that he has to break up with her, which he does… on her birthday. AGAIN!
Anne Dudek

IT’S THE SAME GIRL IN BOTH SHOWS – Anne Dudek

MAGGIE WHEELER…

  • In Friends we all know her by her erm… lovely… laugh and that disturbing OH. MY. GWAD. Yes, it’s Janice.
  • In HIMYM S03E07 she is the estate agent, Margaret. (Yes, you kinda think she’s gonna drop an  OH. MY. GWAD. in there at some point)
Maggie Wheeler

I KNOW!!!

KEEP IT IN THE GROUP

  • In Friends Rachel dates 2 of the other main characters – Ross and Joey
  • In HIMYM Robin dates 2 of the other main characters – Ted and Barney

Side note: both of them have strict scary fathers…

RELATIONSHIPS

Friends, HIMYM

Boom!!!

FRIENDS

Chandler & Monica

  • Run off to Las Vegas to get married quick – doesn’t happen.
  • Eventually does get married, and Joey conducts it.
  • Move to the suburbs after getting hitched.
  • They have trouble getting pregnant.

Ross & Rachel

  • Date on and off throughout the show.

HIMYM

Marshall & Lily

  • Run off to Atlantic City to get married quick – doesn’t happen.
  • Eventually does get married, and Barney conducts it.
  • Get given a house in the suburbs and eventually move there
  • They have trouble getting pregnant… in the beginning.

Ted & Robin

  • Date on and off throughout the show.

Those are the ones I can remember now, I’m sure there are waaaayyy more… so feel free to enlighten me 🙂

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16 thoughts on “Friends vs. HIMYM

  1. I love HIMYM. I’ve never seen an episode of Friends but I’ve read so many great things about it so I’m planning to watch it soon. 🙂

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  2. OH MY GOSH MIND BLOWN – AWESOMMMMMMME! Friends is the best, but I wont’ say no to a few HIMYM episodes either 🙂

    Speaking of which… Isn’t it time we had a marathon?

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    • I’ve have since realised some other interesting similarities… but these I think are fine.

      Marathon shall be held asap. I need my Jane and Friends fix!

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  3. Mike’ mother in friends is ted’s mothr in HIMYM, N Mrs Buckminster who interviewed to be Marvin’s Nannie was the airport lady when Racheal goes to London

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