How I Met Your Mother Killed The Mother Off Immediately
How I Met Your Mother was TV's answer to what it would be like if the gang from Friends had a collective drinking problem. The show spent nine seasons teasing out the identity of the titular mother, as a future Ted likely drove his children to the brink of madness with irrelevant stories about his friends' sexual conquests. At last, in the final season, we meet the mother, Tracy. Then in the final episode, we see her meet Ted. And then we get to ... watch her prematurely kick the bucket thanks to some unnamed illness. This happens literally within one minute of their wedding scene.
20th TelevisionMeaning the namesake of the entire series got only slightly more screentime than the recipe for a martini with a bouillon cube in it.
Then we cut back to the framing device of Ted's story. Ted (who no longer sounds like Bob Saget for some reason) finishes his epic tale, and his kids, who are surprisingly not cobweb-covered skeletons, point out that his anecdotes were less about their tragically deceased mom and more about a laundry list of other women he got it on with. Specifically, their "aunt" Robin.
20th Television"Also, why would you think we wanted to hear about your threesome?"
Presumably, in the future year of 2030, psychotherapy has been outlawed. Otherwise, why would Ted subject his poor children to this bullshit? The show ends with Ted leaving his kids behind to chat about what a dirtbag their dad is as he runs into the night to hit on Robin.
20th TelevisionThis probably makes more sense in context.