TV's Bottom 10 of 2013 from The Fien Print
Which shows join 'Dads' and 'Dracula' in Dan Fienberg's Bottom 10
6. "How I Met Your Mother" (CBS)
They did it! After torturing us for eight seasons about her identity, "How I Met Your Mother" finally introduced us to The Mother. That didn't redeem a spring of episodes that made me hate Barney and Robin more and more and more and more as a couple, but at least it was progress. And not only did the "HIMYM" team introduce the mother, but relatively unknown [unless you spend a lot of time on Broadway] Cristin Milioti has proven to be a surprising treasure. Naturally, in tried-and-true "HIMYM" fashion, though, the show has managed to waste The Mother by obstinately parsing out her appearances and teasing us with her failures to meet Ted. Yes, I know that Carter Bays & Craig Thomas have somehow gotten bogged down in the idea that the series has to end the SECOND Ted and the Mother actually meet, but they also thought that they had a strategy to creatively boost the show by stranding us at the Farhampton Inn for a full season. How's that working out for you? When The Mother has appeared, the fall episodes have been close-to-painless. When the mother has been absent, we've been treated to one dreadful episode after another. At least the rhyming episode was creatively ambitious, even if it failed. The episode where Robin and Barney's mother competed for his love? That was just excruciating. And then there was the episode in which Barney delivered a moral that was essentially, "Yes, I'm going to lie to you and hurt you sometimes, but when I do, it'll be awesome." Worst. Couple. On. TV. At least it'll all be over in March and then we can start pretending that "How I Met Your Mother was abruptly cancelled after the third season.