TV Crush of the Week: Robin Scherbatsky

When I first started watching How I Met Your Mother, Robin Scherbatsky was the last character I'd have thought to crush on. She was introduced as a sort of "perfect girl" for the main character, she's so generically pretty you'd think she stepped out of a box of hair dye, and for the first couple seasons most of her funny lines fell flat. Surrounded by the likes of Neil Patrick Harris, Alyson Hannigan, and Jason Segel, Cobie Smulders seemed out of her league.

But then something happened. Robin broke up with Ted because she wanted to put her career first. Ted, on the other hand, wanted a solid commitment. (How I love when network sitcoms turn the tables on traditional gender roles.)

Freed from being a love interest, Robin became one of the gang. Likewise, Cobie Smulders came into her own with the comic delivery, often getting the biggest laughs in an episode. Being a sitcom character requires an element of craziness, and over the last two seasons Robin has become more outlandish than anyone else. (For instance, she was raised as a boy and went on to be a Canadian pop star.) What I appreciate most is that Robin, unlike most pretty girls on TV, is a fully developed character full of what most writers would consider contradictions. She loves guns. She loves fashion. She loves romance. She hates the phrase "I love you." And now that she's dating fellow player Barney, shit is getting awesome.

So here's to Robin Scherbatsky, the whole package. Mwah!

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i so frequently love this show

there was an episode where ted moved out and lily and marshall realized they had never bought toilet paper and didn't own any pots. it was a totally cliche story line, but turned on its head because it wasn't the woman leaving a man behind, it was a couple who didn't know how to take care of themselves. i think that is even more different than if a story line where the woman doesn't know what to do, you know?

i'm also a fan of nonlinear narrative, which has nothing to do with feminism, but i'm glad for sitcoms that make a point of being a -show-. the office, everybody hates chris, arrested development. hopefully that makes sense! they draw attention to their story telling, that it's a story and not real. not that people think sitcoms are real. i don't know if i'm making sense. but there you go.

You're absolutely making

You're absolutely making sense. The jumbled narrative structure on this show has gotten so sharp. Much like Robin, it started off kind of clunky, but they have really perfected it. I started watching this thing out of Buffy the Vampire Slayer & Freaks and Geeks loyalty and Doogie Howser curiosity, with kind of a "Meh, could be worse, could be better" feeling. At this point, it's one of my favorite shows. The characters (and, yes, Robin's close to if not at the top of that list) and the pacing are both incredible.