Alright for this one I'm comparing each character individually (yes I'm referencing Monica vs Lily and Marshall vs Chandler not couple vs couple). Ill be comparing them all and discussing a few 'other things' for each one too.
MONICA VS LILY
Sorry I know I said I wasn't coparing them in couples, and I'm still not but this is the best picture i could find with both of them. So, in beginning this one I want to start out by saying this is the easiest it gets for friends. I'm sorry, I love Alyson Hannigan to death but Courtney Cox is hilarious! Lily can get her points for having quotes and running gags of her own. But Lily is HIMYM's weakest link because we saw her so much less. Monica was definitely one of the more entertaining ones of her group of 6. So this one goes to friends!
HIMYM - 0 Friends - 1
MARSHALL VS CHANDLER
This one is interesting because these two are so different but give their respective shows exactly what they need. Really this one comes down to which show you like more. 2 people can sit and argue back and fourth but ultimately they will get no where and neither side will budge. Overall though I like marshall more because I like some one who can be sympathetic and not ALWAYS cracking jokes.
HIMYM - 1 Friends - 1
ROBIN SCHERBATSKY VS RACHEL GREEN
So now we have the 2 hot girls that the main character falls in love with. This is the hardest one. The similarities go on and on. They were both pretty much unknowns when they started the TV shows. They both play the role great and fit it well and both got famous from the shows. They are also both hilarious! I have to go once again though to HIMYM's Robin because she contributes much more to the show than Rachel. Plus Robin was a complete unknown coming in. But Jennifer anniston was in the movie leprechaun 1 year before Friends started for crying out loud. She got hired off that movie.
HIMYM - 2 Friends - 1
TED VS ROSS
Goodness they look like the same person huh? Well anyway, Ross is arguably the main character in the case of Friends and Ted is inarguably main character in the case of HIMYM. A lot of people tell me this is a close one but I just don't see it. Josh Radnor is a terrific actor and David Shwimmer just can't compete. I mean that deep Darth Vader voice makes it impossible for me to listen to him. And the added catch of him telling the story and the whole TV series being about his life really gives him a few points.
HIMYM - 3 Friends - 1
BARNEY VS JOEY
Barney wins. I mean this is the easiest one on this list. Barney is HIMYM's best link. Barney is hilar-wait for it- ious. He is ultra quotable and is always important since he was mostly responsible for all the women Ted met and dated.
HIMYM - 4 Friends - 1
HIMYM WINS? BUT WAIT,WHY?
Well for one consult the picture above. A bar is much more entertaining than a coffee place with 1 couch. And HIMYM changes up its framework almost every other episode. So fans experience something new every episode with everybody singing throughout the series at some point. And with HIMYM having a set path and storyline, fans have something that they are actually looking for.
Friends is REALLY funny and is a great show, they get my gold sticker. But HIMYM is simply better and funnier, so it gets my platinum stcker.