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Speaking of Reality Shows…


How I Met Your Mother isn’t going to get back to the level of its second season, but the last couple of episodes have been pretty good, and Barney’s list of reality show catchphrases last week was one of the better gags the show has done: it’s the sort of joke that’s so simple and even obvious that I’m surprised a high-profile show hasn’t done it before (or if they have done it, it didn’t become a famous moment). I know some shows including Family Guy have made jokes about how over-used and stale the “weakest link” tagline is, but just going on and doing all of the shows is just a good idea. Also it’s a textbook example of the comedy principle that if a joke goes on too long, it stops being funny and then becomes funny again.

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