Mar 13, 2015
Which Has More Beefcake: "Fringe" or "How I Met Your Mother"?
To find out, I picked a tv sitcom at random -- How I Met Your Mother, which I've never seen.
I picked the sixth season at random, and looked through the cast list on imdb. The plotlines seem even more heterosexist than on Fringe: every episode furthers a hetero-romantic relationship.
In case you're interested (and I don't know why you would be), the sitcom is about a middle-aged architect (Ted) explaining "how I met your mother" to his kids, in an endless series of very, very long conversations (couldn't he have just said "we met in the laundromat"?). To enliven the boredom, he recounts his young-adult adventures in sex and romance with his girlfriend Robin, his best friend Marshall, Marshall's wife Lily, and hetero horndog Barney (played by gay actor Neil Patrick Harris).
1: "Big Days." Barney talks to a girl in a bar, but she has ex boyfriends. Soap star James Ryen (left) appears as Coworker #3.
2: "Cleaning House." Barney's brother James reconciles with his father. Nothing.
3. "Unfinished." Barney tries to woo Ted by womanizing? Nothing.
5. "Architect of Destruction." Ted refuses to design a new skyscraper that would require demolishing a historic landmark, in order to impress a woman named Zoey. Apparently Ted and Robin have broken up. Geoff Stults again.
7. "Canning Randy": Marshall has to fire an incompetent employee. Nothing.
8. "Natural History": Ted and Zoey fight during a visit to the Museum of Natural History. Nothing.
9. "Glitter." Barney finds a video from Robin's teen star past. Nothing.
10. "Blitzgiving." A Thanksgiving episode. Nothing.
11. "The Mermaid Theory." Ted goes on a boat trip with Zoey's ex-husband. Nothing.
12. "False Positive." Lily thinks she's pregnant. Nothing.
13. "Bad News." Marshall's fertility doctor looks like Barney. Nothing.
14. "Last Words." Marshall's father's funeral. Nothing.
15. "Oh, Honey." Ted is in love with Zoey. Nothing.
17. "Garbage Island." Marshall withholds sex from Lily. Is Ted really telling this story to his preteen kids? Dan O'Brien plays Meeker (top photo, but I think that might be another Dan O'Brien).
18. "A Change of Heart." Barney tries to impress a woman by claiming to want to get married. Robbie Amell (left) as Scooby.
19. "Legendaddy." Barney reconciles with his father. Michael Rupnow as Scott.
20. "The Exploding Meatball Sub." Ted and Zooey's relationship problems. Robbie Amell is back.
22. "The Perfect Cocktail." The gang is barred from their bar hangout. Nothing.
23. "Landmark." More about the building to be demolished. Nothing.
24. "Challenge Accepted." Ted and Zooey break up. Nothing.
7 of 24 episodes (29%) had beefcake actors, but 15 of 22 episodes of Season 4 of Fringe (68%),
Over twice as much. Fringe wins by a landslide.
Somebody in the casting department likes a nice hard chest.
See also: The 15 Beefcake Stars of Fringe.