The How I Met Your Mother edition of Inside the Actor’s Studio aired this week, and while you might want to guffaw at the notion, consider the fact that How I Met Your Mother is one of the very few sitcoms remaining to not only make it to nine seasons, but manage to build on its popularity and go out with most of its audience intact). When’s the last time we had a sitcom finale event, and don’t say The Office because the ratings for that finale were less than a regular episode of How I Met Your Mother. Some may not remember this, but HIMYM was actually a bubble show for its first four seasons — it was nearly cancelled several times — but managed to pick up hundreds of thousands of viewers once the show went into syndication.
As we sit on the eve’s eve of the series finale, the cast sat down and talked to James Lipton about the run. Among the highlights, Cobie Smulders and Alyson Hannigan kiss one last time (it was very harmless), the cast talk about their favorite and least favorite words (Radnor’s least favorite word is a good one: Catheter) and even share their favorite curse words. But, really, the highlight was watching Neil Patrick Harris and Jason Segel giving us a little bit of the confrontation from Les Mis. It is pure, unadulterated glee, and it is appropriately met with a standing ovation.
Here’s the entire episode.