I did something Monday night I hadn't done in a very long time: laughed at a sitcom. Three sitcoms in fact. (Yeah, yuck it up, I know what you were thinking.)
I've heard the sitcom is dead, but let me tell you the Monday line-up of Big Bang Theory (giggle), How I Met Your Mother (Barney rules!!) and Two-and-a-Half Men (I'm surprised this is on network TV it's so rudely funny) is just 90 minutes of fun.
It's almost reminiscent of the old Cheers-led Thursdays. Only smarter and, just a little, baser.
Even though it comes in the middle of this three-pack of funny, HIMYM is the stand-out of the group. And, standing head-and-shoulders above his peers, is NPH's Barney Stinson.
Any man, real or imagined, who can drunkenly text "?" for a 3 a.m. booty call and get a "!" back? Well, my friend, that's a man we should all strive to emulate.
Barney is all id (in case you forgot college psych). Yeah, like you wouldn't want to be too.
He (along with Charlie Sheen) gets some of the best lines ever written for the small screen. Last night's "Bimbo monologue" is a case in point.
When Barney is forced to choose between the woman he has caught "feelings" for and bimbos, he says: "I choose bimbos. Bimbos make me happy. Bimbos make me feel alive. Bimbos make me want to pretend to be a better man. This whole thing with Robin was just a fling, but, at the end of the day, my heart belongs to bimbos."
For a more insightful look into a man's heart I think, no, I know you'd have to go back to Shakespeare.