How I Met Your Motheris certainly legendary as far as sitcoms go for its loveable ensemble cast, heartwarming storytelling, and hilarious jokes in between. But, like many shows from the early 2000s, it’s not immune to things that didn’t age well.
Ranjit (Marshall Manesh) was the gang’s favorite taxi driver from Bangladesh, who would greet them with a “Hello!” everyone time they all piled into his taxi. As loveable of a recurring character as he was, he was also depicted in an incredible racist fashion.
For a show set in New York City with a lead actor who is openly gay, it was always surprising to see so many homophobic jokes. You could chalk it up to being early 2000s humor, but nevertheless, it still wouldn’t fly today.
Barney’s Sexual Assaults
The character of Barney Stinson was meant to be a player, a womanizer, someone whose sole purpose in life was to sleep with women. But there were plenty of instances where the show took Barney’s personality and antics too far and verged on sexual assault.
It was an unfortunate trend of shows from the early 2000s — Friends, The Office, and even How I Met Your Mother — to make straight-up fat jokes. On several occasions, the characters would insult a person’s weight, but no one got the brunt like Patrice.
Slut-shaming happened more often than not on HIMYM, especially by the female characters. Lily and Robin would always shame the girls Barney slept with, and Robin herself was deemed a slut for once falling for one of Barney’s plays.
The Hot/Crazy Scale
HIMYM was famous for referring to women as “crazy,” whether it be while in a relationship or after ending one. The men on the show feared and joked about it, despite not being very humorous then or now.
“Who’s Hot and Who’s Scott?”
Probably the most problematic “joke” from HIMYM was the Who’s Hot and Who’s Scott game played by the gang, during which they would observe a group of women and try to pick out the transgender woman.
Jokes About Male Characters’ Feminine Sides
This is one trope that’s slowly but surely fazing out of television now, but back when HIMYM was airing, it was typical for a male character’s femininity to be made the butt of a joke — or several.
The Racist Episode
As if the character of Ranjit wasn’t racist enough, the show had to go and make the entire main cast commit cultural appropriation.
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