A “How I Met Your Mother” sequel series titled “How I Met Your Father” has been ordered at Hulu with Hilary Duff attached to star.
In the near future, Sophie (Duff) is telling her son the story of how she met his father: a story that catapults us back to the year 2021 where Sophie and her close-knit group of friends are in the midst of figuring out who they are, what they want out of life, and how to fall in love in the age of dating apps and limitless options. According to an individual with knowledge of the project, it remains unclear how/if the new show will tie into the original.
When HIMYM was in the height of its run, I was a big fan. I was appointment watching, loving the weird, goofy situations they all got into, the supporting cast, and the baffling endless train of 10's that Ted somehow got. That said, the final season was a big time bummer. A complete and total whiff. Something that came to mind after this news about the sequel series came out was WOW How I met your mother was EXTREMELY unmemorable.
I've watched 208 episodes of this show and barely anything from it sticks out to me at all in retrospect. Not only that but after the show wrapped I had absolutely zero desire to rewatch it at all. While it was at it's peak, this show was getting great ratings, people were referencing it all the time and it didn't really seem like something we would forget. But I think a lot of people have! Everyday folks quote moments and scenes from other sitcoms with similar popularity all the time, but when is the last time you heard someone say "Suit up" or "Challenge accepted" or whatever. It feels like the only thing mentioned when the show gets brought up is how bad they flubbed the ending.
Cultural relevancy aside, I honestly just don't think it's memorable at all. When you look at other comparable sitcoms, there are a ton of moments that stick out and are, at the very least, very memorable. I couldn't really tell you anything about HIMYM other than I hated Ted and liked everyone else. They just never had moments that stick with you, which is crazy because, again, this was an immensely popular show.
I also don't think this falls into the category of Big Bang or Young Sheldon, it cast a wider net than that. It's just a crazy thing to think about, which makes the thought of giving it a sequel series with Hillary Duff of all people even more confusing. Duff recently had to walk away from her Lizzy McGuire reboot with Disney+ because of creative differences, so I guess this is her chance to do something adult-themed and get back into the TV world.