While certain aspects of How I Met Your Mother haven't aged well, like the way Barney treats women and Ted's "nice guy" attitude, there is still a charm to the extremely talented main cast of the series. No character shines brighter on HIMYM than Jason Segel's Marshall Eriksen. The lovable giant from Minnesota is a constant source of glee throughout the show's nine seasons, and serves as the emotional crux for many of the series' most moving moments. Not to mention Marshall Eriksen's funny moments are a reliable comic relief, though the character as a whole has much more depth.
Viewers have the privilege of watching Segel's character grow through several life-changing moments over the show's 200+ episodes, from low points like the dissipation of his original engagement to Lily and losing his father, to high points like his eventual marriage to Lily and the birth of their son. Marshall Eriksen's best moments are what make him an unquestionably all-time great sitcom character.