Date of Award
Communication & Journalism
Dr. Leah LeFebvre
This study investigates the intertwining origin stories in the television show, How I Met Your Mother. The TV show focuses on the main character, Ted Mosby, on his search for love, a wife, and mother of his children, with the help of his best friends. While research regarding origin stories is incomplete, How I Met Your Mother will allow for framing of origin story research as the show features Ted narrating his quest to his future children. Through the analysis of a popularized television show, origin story research will be expanded to demonstrate that two origin stories can occur side-by-side as the narrator places himself in the story. Ted tells the story to reaffirm his love for the Mother, while subtly using it as a way to position himself close to Robin again. The narrative Ted tells allows him to be in the action, igniting a flame for an old lover through the telling of the story.
Stein, Sydney T. and LeFebvre, Dr. Leah T., "The Blue French Horn: Intertwining Origin Stories in How I Met Your Mother" (2017). Honors Theses AY 16/17. 39.