It’s finally happening, people.
After the weird “How I Met Your Dad” trailer that circled the internet with Greta Gerwig in 2014 (which looked older than the production of Friends), there is finally an official spin-off to How I Met Your Mother.
How I Met Your Father, a 10-episode (so far???) comedy series is set to debut on January 18th, 2022. And from the looks of it, it doesn’t aim to disappoint.
How I Met Your Mother came out in 2005 and is known for its joke density, temporal craziness, and for creating the infamous Slapsgiving. The show is narrated by our lead, the infamously hatable/lovable Ted Mosby, who tells the story of how he met his baby mama to none other than his children.
Following a show that has won 10 Primetime Emmy Awards might be tough shoes to fill, but we have an inkling it’s going to be LEGEN-wait for it- DARY. Here’s why:
1. Hilary Duff.
We all awaited a Lizzie McGuire comeback in 2020. And though we’re still crying and throwing up from it falling through, this might be the next best thing.
Ever since Hil took a step back from the spotlight, millennials and zillennails have been longing for a nostalgic Duff moment.
Younger was great, we love! But, How I Met Your Father might be a closer vibe to what the Lizzie McGuire reboot was meant to be: Hilary portraying a character living in New York City in her 30s with an evident glimpse into her dating life. Though we won’t get to see if Gordan and Lizzie are true soulmates, we stan Hilary in this starring role that will hopefully scratch our nostalgic itch.
2. Kim Catrall
Need I really say more?
This woman plays one of the most iconic roles of late 90s television.
Much like Hilary, she will not be in the reboot of the original series that blessed us all with her genius (And Just Like That…). This woman’s confidence and comedic timing on-screen are undeniable. The fact that she will be playing the older version of Hilary’s character, Sophie, makes the character that much more exciting and makes the entire show more compelling.
3. The cast is much more diverse than the original.
We can only hope that the diversity of the cast means the storylines will also reflect that same diversity. It’s 2022 and we are looking for more specificity in our stories and character backgrounds than we were in the aughts.
So, my hope is that the characters will cover some of the vast and immeasurable experiences of POC and the LGBTQ+ folks. This will be a refreshing take on the show and a more realistic portrayal of what dating is like, especially in New York City.
4. Isaac Aptaker and Elizabeth Berger
Previously co-showrunners of This Is Us (and many other shows), Aptaker and Berger are the creators of the new How I Met Your Father.
If you’ve ever watched This Is Us, you’ve witnessed how captivating the show can be. I wish I was joking when I say this show made me cry at the end of every single episode. Their success with that show led it to become nominated for Best Television Series by the Golden Globe Awards among many other noteworthy nominations. Plus, This is Us is known for the same kind of timeline weirdness that HIMYM sort of…dare I say…invented?
5. Duff will also produce on the show
Duff hive rises! Not only will Hilary be starring in the new series, but she will play a hand in the production of the show. Duff in the past has executive produced several classics such as ‘Beauty And The Briefcase’ And ‘The Haunting Of Sharon Tate’ whilst also acting in them.
Hilary as lead actress and producer? It’s the main character moment we’re here for.
Great writers, a talented and diverse cast, and a storyline that we all know and love, while doesn’t necessarily guarantee a hit show, feels pretty darn promising. If that doesn’t get you to watch, maybe Duff’s wholesome social media posts about the show will. You’ve got a few days left to start catching up on HIMYM. Time is of the essence, my friends.