How I Met Your Father
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GenreSitcom
Created byIsaac Aptaker & Elizabeth Berger
Inspired byHow I Met Your Mother
by Carter Bays & Craig Thomas
Starring
Opening theme"Hey Beautiful" by Lennon Stella
ComposerJeff Cardoni
Country of originUnited States
Original languageEnglish
No. of seasons1
No. of episodes10
Production
Executive producers
  • Isaac Aptaker & Elizabeth Berger
  • Carter Bays & Craig Thomas
  • Pamela Fryman
  • Adam Londy
ProducerHilary Duff
CinematographyGary Baum
EditorSue Federman
Running time22–25 minutes
Production companies
DistributorDisney Platform Distribution
Release
Original networkHulu
Original releaseJanuary 18, 2022 (2022-01-18) –
present (present)

How I Met Your Father is an American sitcom created by Isaac Aptaker and Elizabeth Berger which premiered on Hulu on January 18, 2022. It is a spin-off to How I Met Your Mother. The series, which stars Hilary Duff, Christopher Lowell, Francia Raisa, Suraj Sharma, Tom Ainsley, Tien Tran, and Kim Cattrall, follows the main character, Sophie (Hilary Duff), and her group of friends in New York City's Manhattan. As a framing device, Sophie (Kim Cattrall), in the year 2050, recounts to her unseen son the events that followed meeting his father in January 2022, and how they ultimately had him. In February 2022, the series was renewed for a second season. The first season was met with mixed reception, with some criticism being directed at its attempts to capitalize on nostalgia without offering anything new.[1][2]

Cast and characters

Main

Recurring

In addition, Stony Blyden co-stars as Jasper, a bartender at Sid's bar

Special guest stars

Notable guest stars

Episodes

No.TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal release dateProd.
code
1"Pilot"Pamela FrymanIsaac Aptaker & Elizabeth Berger and
Carter Bays & Craig Thomas & Emily Spivey
January 18, 2022 (2022-01-18)1HME01
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In 2022, on her way to a promising date after a series of failed ones, Sophie meets Uber driver Jesse and his friend Sid. Sophie's date with Ian is perfect, but he is moving to Australia. Sophie's roommate Valentina reveals her new British boyfriend Charlie, who has moved across the world to be with her. When Sophie realizes that she has swapped phones with Sid, they rush to Sid's bar, meeting Ellen, Jesse's recently divorced sister from Iowa. Sid gets engaged to his long-distance girlfriend Hannah. Sophie tells Jesse her plan to walk the Brooklyn Bridge with her soulmate, but Jesse is cynical about love after his public rejection went viral. At the airport, Sophie gives Ian a heartfelt romantic speech before he leaves, and Sophie decides to walk the bridge with her friends. Future Sophie reveals that was the night she met the love of her life. The newly formed gang decides to have drinks at Jesse and Sid's place, revealed to be Ted and Marshall's old place.
  • Note: This episode was dedicated to Bob Saget.
2"FOMO"Pamela FrymanIsaac Aptaker & Elizabeth BergerJanuary 18, 2022 (2022-01-18)1HME02
While Sophie struggles with Ian's departure, Valentina feels smothered by Charlie's constant presence. She invites the others to a brand new club named FOMO in an effort for them to befriend Charlie. Jesse has a crush on Sophie, but she is distracted by Ian's messages. Valentina breaks up with Charlie but regrets her harsh words. She apologizes to Charlie, who realizes they should start their relationship fresh and that he needs to get his own place. Sophie and Jesse agree to remain friends as neither is ready for a relationship.
3"The Fixer"Kimberly McCulloughDan LevyJanuary 25, 2022 (2022-01-25)1HME03
Sophie visits Jesse's workplace to help him with a dating profile, inspiring them to be each other's wingman. Although Jesse is successful at talking to a girl, Sophie forces her to leave after realizing she was after his viral breakup video fame. Sophie confides in Jesse that she was always the fixer to her mom's failed relationships. Jesse tells Sophie that Drew, his vice principal, is hoping to get her number. Sophie accepts a date from Drew. Meanwhile, Charlie has begun searching for his own apartment. Ellen turns down his offer to be roommates, but after battling over an apartment they bond and decide to move in together. Sid and Hannah try desperately to keep the romance going from opposite sides of the country.
4"Dirrty Thirty"Pamela FrymanAmelie GilletteFebruary 1, 2022 (2022-02-01)1HME04
Sophie and Drew go on a date, where they connect and she invites him to her 30th birthday party. Conscious of his maturity, she changes the theme of the party from Christina Aguilera's "Dirrty" music video to "cocktail party" to try to impress him. When Sophie admits to Drew how jealous she is of his maturity, he assures her she does not need to change for him, and admits he sometimes feels like he missed out on being young and crazy. Jesse and Ellen try to make up for a lost time as siblings but find they do not really know each other anymore. Jesse apologizes for having missed out on being her big brother and vows to try to make it up to her. Unsure whether she is ready for commitment, Valentina allows Charlie to flirt with other women, but when she gets turned on by this, they decide they are ready for commitment. Sid wears a "man-gagement" ring to show his devotion, but it gets mixed results from the people who attend the party.
5"The Good Mom"Morenike Joela EvansChristopher EncellFebruary 8, 2022 (2022-02-08)1HME05
Sophie's mother Lori comes to town and invites Sophie out to see her new musician boyfriend Ash. Sophie accepts, backing out of a game night with Drew and his friends. Sophie is cautiously optimistic when she finds nothing wrong with Ash, but Valentina sees Lori kissing Ash's manager. Sophie confronts her mother, who reveals she always got bored and her boyfriends were not the problem. Sophie leaves to meet with Drew. Meanwhile, Ellen meets Rachel, the granddaughter of a deceased neighbor, and lies that she knew her. Rachel storms out upon learning the truth. Charlie decides he wants to help people confront their problems, and tries to help Jesse and Sid get over their past traumas. Although he succeeds, he is dismayed to find out how long school is, so Sid hires him as a bartender.
6"Stacey"Phill LewisDonald DiegoFebruary 15, 2022 (2022-02-15)1HME06
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Sid and Hannah invite Drew and Sophie on a weekend getaway. Sid reveals he dropped out of medical school to buy and operate the bar without consulting Hannah. Drew finds out about Sophie Internet-stalking his ex. Sid and Sophie talk about their mistakes: Sid wanted to do something for himself for once, while Sophie has never been in a real relationship. Sid promises to include Hannah in all future decisions, while Drew and Sophie apologize to each other, and he reveals that his relationship with Stacey was only perfect online. The rest of the gang attend Charlie and Ellen's first dinner party. Ellen tries to hide that she had slept with Jesse's date. However, when Mia admits it, Jesse reveals he was just tired of being single. Charlie reveals he has followed several women across the ocean before Valentina, but he explains that this time is different because he loves her, and she reciprocates.
7"Rivka Rebel"Kelly ParkKaren Joseph Adcock & Ria SardanaFebruary 22, 2022 (2022-02-22)1HME08
Sophie is forced to photograph a bat mitzvah. She brings Valentina as her assistant, but Rivka refuses to pose for any photos. When she and her friends steal fake drugs from Valentina's purse, Sophie and Valentina pretend they're real to get her to pose. The photos impress Rivka's mother, who offers to look at Sophie's best photo. Meanwhile, Jesse and Sid lock themselves in their apartment to work, but procrastinate. Sid reveals he is having trouble planning his wedding because his family is in India, while Jesse laments his lack of songwriting inspiration after Meredith left him. Charlie receives a bad Yelp review, and finds out it was Ellen, who admits her jealousy of his love life and success. He writes a good review of her.
8"The Perfect Shot"Lynda TarrykJeremy RothMarch 1, 2022 (2022-03-01)1HME07
Drew invites the gang to a school auction. Valentina, verbally abused by her boss, steals a Chanel purse, but he notices it missing, so Charlie steals it back. When Sophie breaks her tooth, Jesse brings her to a cheap dentist, where she meets many long-unsuccessful artists. She breaks her tooth again when Jesse's car breaks down. Jesse tells her how much he likes her photos, and she gets her perfect shot of him working on the car. Drew reveals he offered Jesse a full-time music teacher job because he believes Jesse's music is a pipe dream. She asks if he believes in her photography, and he admits that he thinks she needs a stable job. Sophie confides in Jesse about her fight with Drew, and they kiss. Meanwhile, Meredith arrives at the apartment to talk to Jesse, eventually revealing to the protective Ellen and Sid that she wrote a new single about Jesse.
9"Jay Street"Pamela FrymanAma Quao & Ally ThibaultMarch 8, 2022 (2022-03-08)1HME09
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The Captain is shown to have cheated on his wife, Becky. Jesse confronts Meredith, who explains she needed to figure out herself, but she regrets breaking up and wants him to play piano on her tour. Sophie goes to Drew's apartment to break up with him but is delayed by his parents, who have been implicated in a Ponzi scheme. She tells him he deserves to be with someone who is sure about him. The gallery owner calls to tell her the show will use her photograph. In 2050, Sophie's "perfect shot" is shown hanging on her wall. At the bar, Charlie attempts to get the gang to watch soccer with him to no avail. Hannah reveals she was offered a year-long fellowship in California after her residency. Charlie admits he is homesick, so Valentina decorates Charlie's apartment with British paraphernalia.
10"Timing Is Everything"Pamela FrymanIsaac Aptaker & Elizabeth BergerMarch 15, 2022 (2022-03-15)1HME10
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After their first date, Sophie overhears Jesse say "I love you" in his sleep after sex. When she confronts him, he reveals he rejected Meredith's offer to go on her tour because he does love her. Sophie tells him not to give up his dream for her as their relationship is new, angering him. She goes to MacLaren's, the bar downstairs, and meets Robin Scherbatsky, who encourages her to not make her decisions out of fear. However, Sophie sees Jesse kissing Meredith, and Robin tells her that "timing is everything". Meanwhile, Sid encourages Hannah to take the fellowship, and they elope. After a bad job interview, Ellen takes care of an unfriendly cat she finds in the streets. She runs into Rachel, her new neighbor and the cat's owner, who agrees to give Ellen a second chance; she also gets the job. Although Valentina wants children, Charlie does not want to be a bad parent like his mother, and they break up. Charlie, Ellen, Valentina, Sid and Hannah arrive at the art show to support Sophie. Because Becky demanded the Captain's boats in their divorce, Ian loses his job and arrives at the show.

Production

Development

Following the production of the 2014 CBS pilot How I Met Your Dad, which did not move forward, on December 14, 2016, it was reported that Isaac Aptaker and Elizabeth Berger were set to write a new version of the previous spin-off's pilot, re-titled How I Met Your Father, with Carter Bays and Craig Thomas serving as executive producers.[5] It was later announced that, after signing new contracts with 20th Century Fox Television that would see both Aptaker and Berger being promoted to executive producers and co-showrunners on This Is Us alongside Dan Fogelman, the idea would be put on hold until further notice.

On August 8, 2017, Fox chairman Dana Walden told Deadline Hollywood that 20th Television were attempting a spin-off with different writers, for the third time. Three days following the announcement, Deadline reported that Alison Bennett would write the spin-off, with the same title as the previous attempt with Aptaker and Berger. It was also learned that Bays and Thomas were once again hired as executive producers.[6] This attempt also fell through.[7]

On April 21, 2021, the spin-off series titled How I Met Your Father was given a 10-episode series order by Hulu. Aptaker and Berger will serve as creators, writers, and executive producers while Hilary Duff will serve as a producer. 20th Television is involved with producing the series.[7] On June 24, 2021, Pamela Fryman joined the series as an executive producer and to direct the pilot.[8] On February 15, 2022, Hulu renewed the series for a 20-episode second season.[9]

Casting

Upon series order announcement, Hilary Duff was cast to star.[10] On June 16, 2021, Chris Lowell joined the cast as the male lead.[11] In August 2021, Francia Raisa, Tom Ainsley, Tien Tran, and Suraj Sharma were cast in starring roles while Brandon Micheal Hall was cast in a recurring role.[12][13] However, a few weeks later, Hall exited the role due to a scheduling conflict and Daniel Augustin was cast to replace Hall.[14] The next day, Josh Peck and Ashley Reyes joined the cast in recurring roles.[4] On November 5, 2021, Kim Cattrall was cast in a recurring role as the future version of Duff's character Sophie.[15] Upon the series premiere, it was reported that Leighton Meester is set to recur.[16] On February 3, 2022, it was announced that Paget Brewster was cast to guest star on the episode,"The Good Mom", which aired on February 8, 2022.[17]

Filming

Principal photography for the series began on August 31, 2021.[18]

Release

How I Met Your Father premiered on Hulu on January 18, 2022.[19] Internationally, the show began streaming on Star on March 9, 2022.[20]

Reception

The review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes reported a 36% approval rating with an average rating of 5/10, based on 42 critic reviews. The website's critics consensus reads, "How I Met Your Father takes great pains to update its predecessor's formula for a modern audience, but this stilted retread only amounts to a painful slog."[21] Metacritic, which uses a weighted average, assigned a score of 48 out of 100 based on 18 critics, indicating "mixed or average reviews".[22]

Notes

  1. ^ Josh Peck is credited as "Special guest star", but is a recurring cast member.[4]

References

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