How I Met Your Mother: "The Exploding Meatball Sub" Review

It's tough to be a realistic sitcom. The inherent nature of a sitcom is to exaggerate a situation for comedic purposes. How I Met Your Mother does this, like every other sitcom out there. And usually they do it very well. The key is to keep things centered in some believability, something as close to reality as possible. When things step over that line, as they did in "The Exploding Meatball Sub," the results can be very unsatisfying. 

And I know calling Monday night's episode too unbelievable is a tough sell. I mean, is there even a more exaggerated character on television right now than Barney Stinson? More cartoon than man, Barney could never exist in the real world. But over the course of six seasons, he has existed in the HIMYM world and within that realm we have accepted the character. We have accepted and grown with every character on the show and went right along with the majority of their sitcom-based life choices. But once a series has established its sitcom world, it needs to know where its boundaries are. To be fair, How I Met Your Mother has some very flexible boundaries, but "The Exploding Meatball Sub" just went to far to be entirely enjoyable.  Read More...

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