The How I Met Your Mother (HIMYM) spin-off, How I Met Your Father (HIMYF), is finally here.
Former Lizzie McGuire actress Hilary Duff stars as 30-something Sophie – a woman living in modern-day New York and hoping to find the man who’ll become her child’s father.
Much like HIMYM, there’s a voiceover (this time by Kim Cattrall), recounting the story to said future child.
But is it a reboot? Are the two shows connected? And will fans of HIMYM like it?
Here’s what you need to know.
What’s the connection between the How I Met Your… shows?
While How I Met Your Father isn’t a reboot, it is a ‘standalone sequel’ to the original show.
How I Met Your Mother ran for nine series, from 2005 to 2014 – but it finished with a conclusive (yet controversial) finale.
The new version was ‘set in the world of the previous show, but it’s really its own thing,’ said creator Isaac Aptaker during a press tour.
He added: ‘That said, we love How I Met Your Mother… There are going to be lots of little rewards for people who love the original if they stick with us.’
As a standalone show, How I Met Your Father is set in the present day – and doesn’t carry on the same story as before. However, it does have a few similarities.
Both shows feature a group of (mostly) platonic friends living in New York, looking for love – though they’re all new characters. No Barney Stinson or Ted Mosby in sight.
And then there is, of course, the voiceover propelling the show forward.
HIMYM’s original creators, Carter Bays and Craig Thomas, are both executive producers on the new series.
So, they’ve seemingly given their seal of approval to the HIMYF’s creators, Issac and Elizabeth Berger.
It’s been shot with multiple cameras, just like the original. This is the typical way sitcoms are filmed – but it’s a bit unusual these days, as there aren’t too many sitcoms on the air.
However, the show isn’t on the US network CBS like the original was – rather the streaming platform Hulu.
And whether fans of the original will warm to the new show remains to be seen.
Only the first four episodes have been released in the US, and so far, reviews have been tepid, with the show scoring a grand total of 36% on Rotten Tomatoes.
Fans seem to be enjoying it better than critics so far, however, with the audience score sitting at a passable 77%.
Credit: Original article published here.