How I Met Your Mother (2005)

“The series concerns the adventures of Ted Mosby and how he met the mother of his children. The story starts with the younger Mosby living in New York City and working as an architect; the narrative deals primarily with his best friends, including the long-lasting couple Marshall Eriksen and Lily Aldrin; the eccentric, womanizing-playboy Barney Stinson; and news anchor Robin Scherbatsky. The series explores many storylines, including a “will they or won’t they” relationship between Robin and each of the two single male characters, Marshall and Lily’s relationship, and the ups and downs of the characters’ careers.

The show’s frame story depicts Ted, verbally retelling the story to his son and daughter as they sit on the couch in the year 2030.

Created By: Carter Bays & Craig Thomas
Cobie As: Robin Scherbatsky
Additional Cast: Josh Radnor, Jason Segel, Alyson Hannigan & Neil Patrik Harris
Genre: Comedy
Runtime: 22 mins
Seasons: 9
Episodes: 208
Premiere Date: September 5, 2005
Finale Date: March 31, 2014
Additional Info: Internet Movie Database

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Episode Guide

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Production Notes

How I Met Your Mother was inspired by Carter Bays and Craig Thomas’s idea to “write about our friends and the stupid stuff we did in New York”, where they previously worked as writers for Late Show with David Letterman, among others. The two drew from their friendship in creating the characters. Ted is based loosely on Bays, and Marshall and Lily are based loosely on Thomas and his wife. Thomas’ wife Rebecca was initially reluctant to have a character based on her, but agreed if they could get Alyson Hannigan to play her. Hannigan was looking to do more comedy work, and was available.

In September 2008, Lifetime Television announced it had purchased the cable rerun rights to How I Met Your Mother at a rate of about $725,000 per episode. The four-year syndication contract stipulated that the studio deliver at least 110 half-hour episodes by the year 2010, and allowed for up to eight seasons of the show. At the end of the fourth season only 88 episodes had been produced, and a further 22 episodes were required, ensuring that there would be a fifth season.

Facts and Trivia

– All of Lyndsy Fonseca and David Henrie’s scenes as Ted’s future children were filmed during the first season to keep them the same age throughout the series. This includes a scene for the show’s eventual final episode that includes the titular Mother which were filmed early in the second season.

– Three of the main actors on the show have had their significant others in multiple episodes. Husband of Alyson Hannigan, Alexis Denisof, plays Sandy Rivers; Cobie Smulders fiance, Taran Killam, plays Blauman; and David Burtka, husband of Neil Patrick Harris, plays Scooter.

– There are only 12 times throughout the entire series that Barney shows up without a suit.

– Due to Jason Segel’s (Marshall) real-life smoking habit his co-star and on-screen wife Alyson Hannigan (Lily) often refuses to french kiss him during their scenes together.

– Whenever two characters get in a physical altercation, the song ‘Murdertrain’ by Robin’s ex-boyfriend Simon’s band ‘The Four Skins’ is heard under the scene.

– Had the show not been picked up after season 1, they would’ve ended it with Victoria being the mother.

– Although singers Britney Spears and Katy Perry were two of the biggest guest stars, fashion designer Tim Gunn was the most welcomed guest star from the cast and crew. Nearly everyone on set wanted an autograph from him.

– There are 13 interventions done in the series.

-Cobie Smulders is from Vancouver. Her character, Robin Scherbatsky, was originally supposed to be from Toronto, but this was changed to make her also from Vancouver.

– Barney wears the infamous ducky tie for 11 episodes.