'How I Met Your Father' Resurrects 'HIMYM' Apartment & Fans Love It despite Critics Calling the Show a 'Pale Imitation'

Esther NJeri
Jan 19, 2022
10:00 A.M.
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For close to a decade, fans followed the exciting lives of four friends, Ted Mosby, Marshall Erikson, Lily Aldrin, and Barney Stinson, in the CBS sitcom "How I Met Your Mother."


For nine seasons lasting between 2005 and 2014, fans watched as the main character Ted Mosby, played by Josh Radnor, recounts his and his friends' adventures to his children in the year 2030.

The scenes switch from the present to flashbacks of the events that led Ted to meet his children's mother. The multiple points of view kept fans glued to their screens, curious to know the mysterious woman.

The new 'How I Met Your Father' cast | Photo: YouTube/Hulu


However, Ted only revealed her name in the eighth season. The show remained popular among fans for the entirety of its running, with its rich theatrics, comical genius, and heartwarming love stories therein.

And now, the show's spin-off "How I Met Your Father" is out on Hulu. The show premiered on January 18, and fans were excited to meet the new characters. 


The first episode chronicles a new gang of Millenials moving into an old New York apartment. The lead character Sophie is played by Hilary Duff, while the tenants are Jesse and Sid, played by Chris Lowell and Suraj Sharma, respectively. 

Sophie is a hopeless romantic, just like Mosby. As with the original show, the year is 2050, and future Sophie, voiced by Kim Cattrall, looks back at her life in 2022. 



Fans were in for a pleasant surprise towards the end of the first episode as they discovered that the apartment is the same one from the original show, where Ted, Marshall, and Lily lived. 

The showrunner of "HIMYF" says while the new show has an entirely different storyline, they wanted to pay tribute to the original show and give their fanbase something special. 


Jesse explains that the apartment belonged to an old married couple, referring to "HIMYM"'s Marshall and Lily. As the camera points to a decoration atop the fireplace, Jesse says, as reported by L.A Times:

"We even got them to leave their swords." 



Fans were beyond themselves with excitement, with some disclosing that the apartment brought them some nostalgic vibes. 

One excited Twitter user shared that the show was already off to a good start and hoped fans would give the story a chance to unfold. 

It is evident from the comments that even fans who did not especially like "HIMYM" will follow Sophie's story as she builds up towards revealing her mystery man.

However, while "HIMYF" has brought back memories and the nostalgia of a significant hit show to some, others feel the reboot is not good enough, referring to it as a "pale imitation" of "HIMYM."