Hulu’s ‘How I Met Your Father’ is a modern love story stuck in the past

In direction of the finish of How I Met Your Mom’s first season, an older Ted Mosby, voiced by the late Bob Saget, shared the following nugget of knowledge, “This is the factor about errors: Generally, even when you realize one thing’s a mistake, you gotta make it anyway.”

And that, children, is in all probability how we obtained How I Met Your Father.

The Hulu authentic sequence, created by Isaac Aptaker and Elizabeth Berger, serves as a sequel to Carter Bays and Craig Thomas’s formidable, enchanting sitcom, How I Met Your Mom. The present, which aired from 2005 to 2014, charmed viewers by telling a story of love, friendship, and life in New York Metropolis by means of a sequence of flashbacks. At its peak, HIMYM was sincerely particular; a hopeful love letter to love that would thaw even the most cold-hearted cynics. However 9 seasons later, it riled longtime followers with a messy ending that — together with a failed Greta Gerwig spin-off known as How I Met Your Dad — ought to have been sufficient to discourage anybody from repeating its premise. And but, we obtained How I Met Your Father anyway.

As the title suggests, the plot is flipped this time round. It is the yr 2050, and an older model of our protagonist Sophie (Kim Cattrall) is video chatting along with her son who’s away at school. With a glass of wine in hand, she dives into the story of how she met his father again in 2022, a yr when courting apps have been all the rage however Tinder matches not often resulted in romance. (Oh, and it appears there was no pandemic? An actual selection!) 


Flashbacks present a 29-year-old Sophie (Hilary Duff) repeatedly asserting that she’s been on 88 Tinder dates in a single yr and nonetheless hasn’t discovered her individual. Fortunately, she has her greatest pal and roommate, Valentina (Francia Raísa), to lean on when instances get robust, together with their random assortment of latest pals. The bunch consists of Uber driver/music instructor/man who went viral for a failed marriage proposal, Jesse (Christopher Lowell); his pal Sid (Suraj Sharma), who owns a bar known as Pemberton’s; Jesse’s adopted sister, Ellen (Tien Tran), who simply moved to New York after divorcing her spouse; and Charlie (Tom Ainsley), Valentina’s rich British boyfriend, who left his privileged life behind to observe her to the Huge Apple.

This is to good pals dwelling massive in the Huge Apple.
Credit score: Patrick Wymore / Hulu

The group does not have a basis as tight-knit as HIMYM’s Ted, Marshall, and Lily, however in a single night that options a meet-cute in an Uber, an unintentional telephone swap, a proposal, a grand romantic gesture, a rejection, and a shared quintessential New York expertise, the six (nearly effortlessly) lay the groundwork for a plausible budding friendship.

The sequel pays homage to the authentic sequence with gratifying inside jokes and Easter eggs, however sadly the HIMYM callbacks aren’t the solely indicators that How I Met Your Father is stuck in the past. Dated popular culture references to Jane Fonda exercise tapes and early 2000s music really feel pressured, like strategically-placed nostalgia attempting too onerous to hook millennial viewers. It is comprehensible to lengthy for a world earlier than expertise performed such a heavy function in our love tales, however a lot has modified since 2005. Dropping buzzwords associated to courting apps and web slang is not sufficient to make this modern sequence stand other than the dated blueprint it is utilizing as inspiration. To ensure that How I Met Your Father to succeed, writers cannot solely depend on replicating morsels of HIMYM’s magic and tapping into nostalgia. They’re going to want to totally embrace their modern-day setting and lean into what makes relationships, communication, and life so completely different right now.

Dropping buzzwords associated to courting apps and web slang is not sufficient to make this modern sequence stand other than the dated blueprint it is utilizing as inspiration.

4 screeners in, the snort observe does the heavy lifting for jokes that do not play, together with one line two minutes into the pilot that truly made me cringe. However that is to not say the present’s all unhealthy.

Duff brings a heavy dose of charisma to the function, and her gifted castmates have sufficient chemistry and attraction to maintain viewers coming again for Season 1’s ten episodes. Although HIMYM followers have already got a private funding in the sequence, it is price noting that prior viewing is not required. The present will hit for those who’re attempting to fill the Youthful void in your life, are nonetheless holding out hope for a Lizzie McGuire reboot, need to see former Nickelodeon icon Josh Peck share the display with Disney royalty, or are nonetheless in search of love whereas additionally three years deep into a pandemic. (Particularly then!)

Practically midway by means of the first season, the sequel is not legendary but. However as the authentic sequence taught us, generally issues are price the wait.

How I Met Your Father’s first two episodes at the moment are streaming on Hulu. New episodes dropping weekly.

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