Sometimes I think the majority of what the internet is for is for people to either hate or bitch or both. All I ever see on Tumblr when I look stuff up is people hating on characters or bitching on plotlines. I rarely bitch about my shows except when a character leaves, that’s really the only time I get worked up. I just want to love my shows even if they annoy me sometimes they are how I escape the bullshit of daily life.
Now the truth of the matter is, the show revolves around Ted Mosby. Ted is the one telling the story and Ted is the one who connects everyone. He was roommates with Marshall in college where Marshall also met Lily. Ted met Barney and introduced him to the group and the same goes for Robin. Above everything else, we can’t deny that he’s what really holds them all together.
I agree that Ted can be a bit needy and a bit annoying at times but keep in mind he’s the one telling the story. Of course he’s going to come off more flawed than anyone else but if you were telling the story of your life and your friends you’d probably say great things about your friends and talk about all the stupid shit you did along the way. This article explains it better than I ever could.
Can I also point out that the other characters can be awfully annoying, just in smaller doses because they aren’t the center of the story. Marshall is over-the-top lovey-dovey with Lily, Lily is somehow always super horny, Robin has “commitment issues” we get it and Barney, where do I even start? Still, Ted is the fallout guy for the story and because he is inevitably the character in the worst light he also gets the most flack.
I think if I hated Ted as much as so many people do it would ruin the show for me, because he is the center of the show. I personally think he’s the most relatable and the most real. I’m happy to go on this bumpy journey with him and see how it comes out in the end. When he finally finds what he’s looking for I’m pretty sure I’ll be sitting there with a big smile on my face and a few tears in my eyes.