After consistently being popular with millennials for all nine seasons, sitcom How I Met Your Mother ends tonight. On the surface, this show about a twentysomething friend group living in New York City seems unremarkable. Yet with 9.47 million fans per episode in season 1 and 9.02 million average in season 8, it has a consistency the New York Daily News calls “almost spooky”–the kind of success “that doesn’t happen on television”. CBS has already ordered a pilot for a stand-alone spin-off, How I Met Your Dad.
So, what is it about How I Met Your Mother that keeps people, millennials coming back for more another round? It all boils down to our warped sense of optimism. Read on for more!